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Sunday, December 15, 2013


(Burnt wood hippopotamus by Sibusiso Gumede)

Support The African Art Centre this Christmas and make a difference to the livelihoods of unemployed crafters and artists from KwaZulu-Natal. Every purchase made from the African Art Centre provides employment and income for the crafters supported by the Centre.

The African Art Centre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to changing the lives of artists and crafters from KwaZulu-Natal by empowering them through innovative skills training, development and promotion. It has provided thousands of artists and craftspeople with opportunities for self-employment and the realization of their talents. “

“We reach out to the poorest communities, rural women, the disabled, unemployed, youth and HIV/AIDS affected persons,” says director Sharon Crampton. “Our interventions and programmes make a huge difference to their quality of life. From a handful of registered producers, the African Centre has grown and currently boasts well over 1,000 registered artists and crafters.

:The development of the craft industry is a potentially powerful means of bringing job creation to thousands of people,” Crampton continues. “The production of craft has the capacity to provide employment and promote wealth creation most especially in South Africa’s rural areas where at least 50% of indigenous craft workers live. In KwaZulu-Natal, thousands of people eke out a living through making and selling crafts, but their lack of access to markets limits their opportunities. The African Art Centre assists crafters to produce work of consistently superior quality and to effectively market their products both in South Africa and internationally.”

Visit the African Art Centre this festive season for a large selection of handmade Christmas ornaments and unique gifts at a wide range of prices to suit all pockets. The African Art Centre is situated at 94 Florida Road, Morningside. More information from the Director, Sharon Crampton, or the Development Officer, Nozipho Zulu, on 031 312 3805 or email or visit