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This Stellenbosch graduate went from molecular science into designing her own luxury handbag range.
This Bible-verse inspired building is snagging awards for its unique swan-like design
The distinctive roof is a pearly white concrete structure with sweeping, futuristic curves.
Tiaan Beukes is one designer that will not be put in a box when it comes to his designs.
A jewellery designer who operates between the boundaries of fine art, goldsmithing and wood sculpture.
Cole Ndelu's arresting work tackles collective memory and the portrayal of black bodies
The Durban-based artist and photographer challenges representation with her disruptive imagery.
S’CoolBeans: the “stealth-health” sandwich spread
Students develop nutritious alternative to Nutella in South Africa.
Martinus van Tee
Martinus van Tee is an illustrator and caricaturist living in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
A Michelin star for bobotie and biltong
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is the first South African chef to win a Michelin star for his South African-inspired menu JAN, his restaurant in Nice, France.
Madri van Zyl
Madri van Zyl is a Stellenbosch University graduate specialising in Contemporary Jewellery Design. She founded Iloni Jewellery in 2015.
Building unique bicycles in his spare time
BouwerWorks is an independent bicycle-building company in Stellenbosch that creates unique bicycles for modern commuters.
Behind a décor design brand in the small town of Stellenbosch
Mia Danieli tells us why sustainability and natural materials form the heart of Mia Mélange.
Taking wearable technology to the next level
The wearable technology industry is still in its infancy but local scientists from Stellenbosch are quietly revolutionising it.
Elsje Designs creates whimsical décor and paper items, from wall art to mobiles and stationery.
#MakeChange: Thinking inside the box
Two South African entrepreneur-fathers are adapting a Finnish design to help low-income mothers look after their newborns.
Burgundy Collective, based in Stellenbosch, manufactures high-quality genuine leather bags.
Stellenbosch-based Anine Roos creates jewellery under her Paper Doll brand and is a 2015 Emerging Creative.
Freedom of Movement
Stellenbosch-based Freedom of Movement create vintage-inspired leather bags with a modern touch.
"Somewhere" by Sipho The Gift, featuring Well$
A catchy, thought-provoking track by young Stellenbosch-based rapper-producer Sipho The Gift.
SUTLA combines creativity and engineering in world-class designs that are unique and functional.
SHIFT aims to showcase the innovate capacity and potential of the people of Stellenbosch.
Ana Luisa Footwear
Ana Luisa offers offbeat shoes with a splash of fun and comfort.
Son of Burnard
Son of Burnard is a jewellery company and part of the 2014 Emerging Creatives programme.
Andy Fenner: My Meat Manifesto
Meat merchant and food designer Andy Fenner spoke at the Spier Secret Festival 2013 about eating less meat and giving the meat we do eat more attention.
Robert Sayre: Food as a way to foster inter-country discourse
Conflict Kitchen’s cultural director and chef talks about using ethnic food as “bait” to get people to learn about the country where that food is from.
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