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NOVEMBER 2016 Woza Moya, supported by the Rotary Global Grant, has been empowering local crafters in the Ofafa Valley of KwaZulu-Natal. On 16 November, at the opening of Buzzart 2016, at the KZNSA (KwaZuluNatal Society for Arts) Exhibition, our latest new designs and products were on show. We were thrilled to have Dr Marion Spence and John Hinck and other Rotarians present. Director of KZNSA, Angela Shaw, thanked Rotary in her speech, for their on-going support of this unique partnership between Woza Moya and KZNSA. This has enriched our team and crafters tremendously, opening their eyes to the world of design, color, shapes, and finishing touches. Many new products have been through the exhaustive design process and are currently on sale at the KZNSA gallery shop. Product Design Specialist, Angela introduced our hand embroidery group to geometric and mandala designs, including their own freestyle motifs. Our famous sock monkeys have a new family member; the soon to be released Sock Lion. Our grannies’ knitting group had their quirky beanies redesigned using new colors and elegant stripes. The Gogos are now creating lovely thick crocheted bath mats, made from recycled cotton knit fabric offcuts, donated by Powerhouse Clothing. There has also been extensive development and training ‘behind the scenes’. Our Crafts Sales and Marketing Consultant, Venessa Muller, has been hard at work improving procurement systems, training the Craft team in Production Planning, Stock Control, Budgeting and Costing, and Communications. The 2 Crafts Consultants employed by Woza Moya for one year, under the Rotary Global Grant, are taking our Crafts Team and Products to another level. There are many new ideas still to come!

Also in November : • • • •

We welcomed Jonathon and Leigh Bowman-Perks CEO of the Inspiring Leadership Trust, to Woza Moya. Click here to see the new Youth Centre and their visit to us Woza Moya media workers, S’Celo and Khanyisani embarked on an exciting video road trip to document success stories of the work done by CREATE, an NGO that seeks to rehabilitate people with disabilities in their communities. They interviewed some truly remarkable people over three days in picturesque villages from Ezinqoleni in the South Coast to KwaMbonambi in the North Coast. The interviewees included Mr Wosiyani who is the first person with disabilities elected onto the Tribal Council and the Local Council of KwaMbonambi. This enables him to campaign for people with disabilities to access justice. Woza Moya media volunteers, Roy and Viro mentored the intrepid filmmakers on the trip where they were exposed to filming with a professional DSLR camera rig using wireless lavaliere microphones. They were joined by Bongi and Lungi from CREATE who helped to facilitate the interaction with the community members. Thulisile presented highlights of our Self-Help Groups (SHGs) at the Sinamandla AGM, proposing that our SHGs are now mature enough to form a Cluster Level Association. We are so proud of our Thuli for winning the SHG Staff Person Award of the Year! Mari van der Merwe and Debbie Rowes launched the beginning of a 2 year Early Childhood Development capacity building program for all the creches around the Ofafa Valley. The final plan is for 8 local ECD Practitioners to complete the ETDP SETA Accredited NQF Level 4 Training.

Raffle Tickets available at BRC or in Durban at KZNSA where you can also view the stunning quilt and other pr izes

R 150 Each.

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Woza Moya Newsletter 68  
Woza Moya Newsletter 68  

Issue 68 / November 2016