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The Consul General Ms. Phumzile Mazibuko attended the opening and dedication event for Dr’s Charles V. and Dana C. Hamilton Intitute for Research and Civic Involvement Reading Room at the DuSable Museum of African American History, host by CEO Ms. Perri Irmer, and Dr. Wilmot James, who is currently a visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York and led the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, delivered the keynote address.
A group of 33 leading South African designers will present their new product ranges of small furniture, lighting, home textiles, and fashion and home accessories at a new exhibition in Cape Town this month.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition, taking place at the Homecoming Centre in the East City precinct of Cape Town from February 22 – 25, showcases the best of SA craft and design, ready to be ordered by local buyers and international importers, retailers and decorators. If you are in Cape Town from February 22 – 25, don’t miss out on this fantastic new exhibition.
Entrance is free – we hope to see you there!
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition is part of the ´Development by Design´ programme, which enables small and medium businesses in South Africa to develop and grow. Over 50 entrepreneurs have been participating in this programme, taking their design studio, workshop or manufacturing company to the ‘next level’, and onwards to the export market. The project is an initiative of The Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), and their local partners, the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).
With a focus on the latest international design trends, whilst retaining their integrity of provenance, the companies’ new product ranges include bags made of intricately woven recycled rubber tyre tubing by Mors, pendant lamps made of interlocking patterns of bamboo and wood veneer by Minima, and jacquard woven textiles in bold colours and patterns by African Jacquard. In order to really stand out with their own design ‘signatures’ the entrepreneurs drew inspiration from their African roots, translating traditional design language into a contemporary design vernacular. The paper sleeves, bags and wallets by The Wren are made of natural materials and therefore have a reduced environmental footprint, whilst the handmade felt accessories by Heartfelt take social aspects into account, providing decent work and income for women in a remote rural community. John Vogel’s furniture has handwoven panels, which are manufactured in their Cape Town factory, employing more than 50 skilled people.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will take place from February 22 – 25 daily at the Homecoming Centre (15A Buitenkant Street) from 10am – 6pm in the East City of Cape Town. For more visit our news page here.
The NEXT18 Trade Exhibition will coincide with the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, a new initiative of The Netherlands Consulate General, which will take place in venues around the East City. To find out more about the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, visit the website: http://cocreatesa.nl/cocreatedesign-festival-2018/
Ms Phumzile Mazibuko
Consul General, South African Consulate in Chicago
As of January 2018, Ms Phumzile Mazibuko is the Consul General of South Africa in Chicago, where she is responsible for the overall management of the Consulate General. The Consul General will promote trade and investments, enhance people to people cooperation in the field of arts, culture, education, and effectively render consular services to South Africans in 14 states in the Midwest region of the United States. The Consul General’s consular jurisdiction includes the following states, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Arkansas.
Ms Mazibuko has served in different capacities within both the national and provincial government in South Africa including as the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of International Relations & Cooperation and as a Senior Manager for Communication in the Department of Housing and Local Government in Limpopo.
Ms Mazibuko is a career diplomat having served abroad at the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India. She has also served as a Desk Officer at the Greater China Desk, within the Department of International relations of South Africa.
She is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), formerly known as the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Law & Refugee Law. She is currently studying towards her Masters in Diplomatic Studies with the University of Pretoria.
It is unbelievable how time flies when one is having fun. Like all good things, my tour of duty has come to the end in the Mid-West of this very U.SI have thought long and hard what the appropriate parting message must say or sound like, but I have come to this conclusion, the heat speaking clearer than any words.So I share with you the feelings of and from my heart:
- Over the last 5 and a half years, I have crisscrossed the Mid-West.
- I have conversed with the many faces representing this Mid-West.
- I have walked the State Fair Grounds from Missouri to Arkansas.
- I have shared meals from North Dakota to Nebraska.
- I have seen the beauty of this land from Wisconsin to Ohio and everything in between.
- I have been welcomed with open arms in every one of the 14 States I covered.
Thank you Mid-West, thank for allowing me to enrich and expand my horizons in your streets. Thank you for allowing me to grow as I search for opportunities to improve the lives of my people.
Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to enable our people to interact with each other.
I shared an observation I made a few times now:
My tour has been like harvesting and onion. The food was not immediately visible and available to me . But with your help, your encouragement, I kept peeling, and finally I found the food .
I found the food just in time for me to move to new learning environments.
I pray that as I step out of the spotlight, the incoming Consul General , will be received with the same love and warmth I received .
I hold firm that good bye is not a word in my vocabulary.
I know our paths will cross again, until than may the Good Lord carry us, protect us and keep us in His hand as we continue to strengthen the relationship between the U.S and South Africa through service .
Respectfully yours in service
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