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Here are the five shortlisted candidates for the DUNDEED competition
One of these projects will walk away with £5,000 to further develop their project.
Thebe Magugu takes a seat at the fashion table
The 25-year-old former Design Indaba Emerging Creative recently won the 2019 LVMH Prize for his womenswear which often carry subtle political messages.
Graphic designer Thulisizwe Mamba on running a creative business
“Most of the time I’m reaching out to new clients, updating my work, doing invoices and reaching out to new suppliers.”
Paloma Strelitz on collective agency
The Design Indaba Future Cities Residency talked to UCT architecture students about the power of creativity and collective action.
Sphelele Gumede creates menacing characters using vivid colours
In his series 52.177 the illustrator explores his personal inspirations.
Lebohang Kganye unpacks her family's journey of migration
“The project evolves around how my family landed in Johannesburg – how they ended up in the city from the farmlands. But it’s really a relatable story."
Rolecia Janse van Rensburg's quirky approach to interior design
Part of the 2019 Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme, Rolecia Janse van Rensburg's work is inspired by colourful moments and human interaction.
Emerging creative Wandile Leeu on bridging the gap between tradition and cool
“The whole essence behind us establishing the brand was to celebrate the city and the people and the mentality of what Joburg is about.”
How human connection inspires Neo Mahlangu’s work
We met up with visual artist Neo Mahlangu as she exhibited her work at 100 % Design in Johannesburg.
Sifiso Shange honours women with his ‘Afri Modern’ designs
As the founder and director of Afri Modern, Sifiso Shange is making waves with his culturally influenced designs.
Ukugrumba exhumes the tales of forgotten foot soldiers of the past
Design Indaba Emerging Creative Tshepiso Mabula’s series 'Ukugrumba' examines the vacant spaces in conversations about justice, liberation and reconciliation.
How Blackboard is helping kids unleash their creativity
Nkanyezi Masango, founder of Blackboard, believes exposing kids to creative careers can unlock a world of opportunities.
Lukhanyo Mdingi on the defining characteristics of his eponymous label
“Luxury, essentially, is time. Using the spirit of time in the best way, in order to create quality items.”
Discover forgotten worlds with The Lost Botanist
We journey forth with The Lost Botanist into worlds unknown made possible through animation and VR technology.
Architect Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou on building African smart cities
"The problems we will face tomorrow in Africa are so big that we can’t count only on the politicians and experts to find solutions."
How data science in and for Africa can blaze new trails
The new School for Data Science and Computational Thinking argues that locals should take the lead in developing data-driven solutions to local challenges.
Street artist Nardstar is painting women of colour in public spaces
Nardstar's murals can be found in New York, Paris and her hometown, Cape Town
Illustrating vernacular South African terms
Kobie Niewoudt explores “Tsotsitaal” (the slang language among Cape Town's youth) with her illustrations and quirky gifs.
Designer Siyanda Mbele on fusing functionality, aesthetics and culture
By creating practical, locally made art and furniture, Mbele hopes to inspire younger South African designers to learn and teach.
Tackling unemployment through a holistic approach to design
Devised by service designer Hazel Scrimgeour, LINKUP is a platform set to make a difference to South Africa's unemployed youth.
Primrose Chimhanda on nature as inspiration for her textile designs
“Each design is inspired by a form of nature which represents an expression of the most powerful lessons I’ve learnt.”
Michelle Mlati's afrofuturist approach to spatial planning
“It is about spatially rewriting the city to not only mitigate apartheid spatial legacies...but one that transforms with evolving black culture.”
Eleazer Radebe’s journey into the world of fashion
From humble beginnings and several detours, Design Indaba Emerging Creative Eleazer Radebe is carving a wholesome fashion and lifestyle brand, By Ele.
Three creatives on the importance of dabbling in different sectors
Former Design Indaba Emerging Creatives reflect on their journeys since leaving the incubator programme.
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