Markets for Cato Manor craft
Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Mike
Mabuyakhulu (left) officially launched the Umkhumbane
Arts and Crafts Centre. Plans to establish another
centre in Chesterville are in the pipeline.
These four members of the Umkhumbane Arts and Crafts
Centre will soon be undertaking a trip to New Zealand
to market locally produced craft.
Umkhumbane Arts and Crafts centre was officially launched
to a rousing round of applause from the KZN Minister of Economic
Affairs and Tourism, Mike Mabuyakhulu, in a ceremony held
at the centre in Bellair Road. The centre has been hailed
as a beacon of hope for unemployed people in Cato Manor.
and craft is synonymous with tourism. It is a powerful marketing
tool for our province. It is what makes our province unique
and a first choice destination for international tourists.
In attracting the tourist we are able to generate income and
help alleviate poverty," said Minister Mabuyakhulu.
Art and craft that is produced in Cato Manor is already being
exported abroad. A representative of Sizimisele Development
Trust has just recently returned from a trip to France to
create a market for locally produced craft.
Four women from the first group of trainees are embarking
on a trip to New Zealand to market locally produced craft.
The trip has been sponsored by the Greater Durban Community
"The New Zealand government has shown a keen interest
in what we produce in Cato Manor and their market seems to
be unexploited," said Thandi Shange, a member of the
group that will travel abroad.
The official launch of the Centre was also used as a graduation
ceremony for the first 40 women who have received intensive
training in the production of craft and business management
The group is in the process of registering the Umkhumbane
Arts and Craft Centre as a Trust. It is almost a year since
the art and craft project was introduced in Cato Manor. The
second group of trainees is expected to commence training
during the second half of this year.