MEC Onicca Moloi would like to express her appreciation to the people of Limpopo and all who supported our local designers and crafters, on that account, helping them to make a notable earning during the Mapungubwe Arts, Culture and Heritage Festival in December.
A detailed evaluation indicates that crafters and designers who displayed their products at a flea market created for them by the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture at the Library Gardens during the annual event collectively made a R64 000.00 earning.
Separately, crafters and designers received orders amounting to R10 000.
MEC Moloi is delighted that the decision to create a flea market at the Library Gardens, an easily accessible area in the Polokwane Central Business District has paid off.
“That particular area is always teeming with potential customers, banks are nearby, so we needed to locate the crafters and designers in such an area where many people would see their products,” says MEC Moloi.
Equally, crafters and designers were very happy with this life changing move. One of the crafters Ngwanatheko Maserumule of Bakgobokani Arts and Crafts company from Sekhukhune district says she made R2000 minutes after setting up her products for public display. “We really liked that spot. It was the first time they put us there and I wish even in the future they can take us back to that same place. All of us made money, and I still have orders,” said Maserumule, who sells beadwork, traditionally inspired clothing and cultural artifacts.
MEC Moloi says the department has plans to help the designers and crafters. “We’ve drafted an Arts and Crafts catalogue which we’re distributing to all government departments, municipalities and government entities, from which they can order products whenever they need to buy corporate gifts,” MEC Moloi added that the craft catalogue contains details of various crafters and designers from the Limpopo province.
“We’ve also met with the National Craft and Design Coordinating Body (NCDCB), through which various provincial and national government departments, provincial investment promotion agencies, the South African Bureau of Standards and artists collaborate to promote the artistry and we all agree that we should help crafters and artists in every way possible,” says MEC Moloi.
The MEC says the department will continue to explore many other ways to link the crafters and designers with markets, both locally and internationally. “We’re also looking at busy spots in all the districts, where we will create flea markets during month ends,” MEC Moloi added.
“This is a multimillion rand industry and if properly supported, it will grow our province’s economy and therefore create the much needed job opportunities,” the MEC says.