Granted, it might the South Africa International Young Design Entrepreneur award (that’s why it’s not so amazing that it’s 3 South African’s), but it’s still a lofty award to be nominated for. The 3 entrepreneurs are:
Given Gugulethu Nkuna:
After completing a learnership (NQF level 4 Micro craft enterprise) with the SA Craft Council, Given started making accessories with cheap and affordable materials. In 2003 he began making jewellery with denim and buttons which sold well at a jewellery exhibition. Later that year he started making coin wallets from ‘China’ bags. It was this product which put him on the craft map and earned his survival in the creative industries. He carried these everywhere he went and people bought them in trains, taxis and shops.
Majolandile Andile Dyalvane:
Born in the small town of Keiskamma Hoek in the Eastern Cape but grew up in a small village called Ngobozana. Tasked with caring for his father’s livestock after school and during school holidays and therefore spent his childhood playing games with other boys in the mountains and in fields along rivers and valleys. His interest in and love for ceramics was born from the games he played by the river with his friends. He would gather clay and make clay animals, blissfully unaware at the time of the technology which perfected this craft and therefore blissfully unaware that this could actually become his career choice.
Ricky Lee Gordon:
Having matriculated from the Damelin School of art in 2003 with four, 100% distinctions in art, Ricky received the highest overall art mark for that year in South Africa, however, he chose not to continue his studies but rather to travel to London where he worked as an in-house designer and creative for an underground hip hop fashion label and retail outlet “Urban Species”. He created his own clothing brand while living in London and named it “MUTHALAND”. On his return to South Africa in 2004 Soviet Jeanswear invested in this brand which then boomed nationwide.
Read more about each candidate on the website.