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SA crafters to showcase in the US
About 10 crafters will this week get an opportunity to showcase their art to buyers in Atlanta, in the United States (US).

Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Elizabeth Thabethe, said her department has supported at least 10 crafters to travel to Atlanta to interact directly with the buyers and exhibit their art.

“These platforms are part of our efforts to create opportunities for our locally manufactured products and we must continue to open markets for our small to medium enterprises, including cooperatives,” she said.

The Department of Small Business Development, together with the Department of Arts and Culture, as well as the Department of Communications form part of the Department of Small Business Development’s creative industry led initiative to take locally manufactured craft products to the international markets.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, are part of the delegation that will be in Atlanta from 6-9 July.

South Africa has a permanent showroom in Atlanta which primarily showcases hand-made quality products from all the nine provinces depicting the country’s diverse culture and heritage.

“Access to markets remains a fundamental challenge for our crafters hence the partnership with the Department of Small Business Development. We can certainly achieve more if we leverage on each other’s strengths and resources,” said Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi.

Minister Muthambi said the Department of Communication and Brand SA will ensure that the exceptional work that South Africa does abroad is shared with people locally.

“It is important to profile our people and their work to demonstrate that we are truly moving South Africa forward,” she said.

After the Atlanta trip, the team will leave for Santa Fe in the US, from 10-12 July.

About five artists will participate at the folk art market in Santa Fe which is one the world’s greatest art market and attracts thousands and thousands of people across the globe. –

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