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Wednesday, February 24, 2016


(Robin Opperman, director of Umcebo Design and Umcebo artist: Samuel Gwezva watch as Wonderboy Mathenjwa checks the positioning of the chandelier. Pic by Niamh Vorster)

Two enormous chandeliers made by top local art makers, Umcebo Design, from recycled materials, which were shown at the Intellectual Property 2015 exhibition, have been donated to The Denis Hurley Centre to hang on permanent display in the Centre.

Umcebo Design create statement decor items, mostly inspired by flora and fauna themes. They also take on public art commissions and projects, and run art workshops with emerging art-makers and children, encouraging them to use recycled and discarded materials in creating art.

The Denis Hurley Centre is a purpose-made new building alongside Emmanuel Cathedral in the city’s CBD. This busy multi-purpose multi-faith facility promotes extensive outreach, support, feeding and training for the homeless, unemployed and refugee communities, and provides primary health care as well as community building programmes in one of the most diverse, challenging and impoverished neighbourhoods of downtown Durban. It was opened in November 2015 – the centenary commemoration of the birth of Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI, whose legacy the building honours.

For more information please contact Raymond Perrier, Director the Denis Hurley Centre, on 031 301 2240 or email:

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