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Kirstenbosch Market provides valuable experience for CDI members

Thursday, 30 May 2019  
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The Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market has again proven to be of tremendous value as a
learning ground for craft and design businesses that are starting out and new to markets. The final market of the 2018/19 season took place on 26 May, and ten CDI members were involved as traders over the course of the September to May period of the Market.


The ten businesses participated thanks to the ongoing partnership between the CDI and the market organisers, which was developed to assist in the growth of emerging businesses.

The Kirstenbosch Market is one of the most sought-after markets in Cape Town with nearly 300 stalls which sell a wide variety of products from handmade items, ceramics, leather goods, art, furniture and much more. The market also includes delicious food, drinks and live music for entertainment on a Sunday. The market is held on the last Sunday of every month from September to May.

According to Ayanda Bala-Nyamimba, CDI Market Development Coordinator, the Kirstenbosch Market has proven to be a great learning ground for businesses that are starting out.

“They gain confidence and are able to improve their products from the valuable feedback they receive from the diverse people who visit the market. It also provides an opportunity to network and interact with other creative businesses and collaborations are formed in the process. We look forward to introducing more new businesses to the Kirstenbosch Market in the new season commencing in September,” says Ayanda.

CDI member Alejandra Olivera, the owner of Oulik ( and one of the participants in the market, describes the experience as “incredible”.

Oulik is a range of handcrafted leather baby products, created
to be “as pleasurable to use as they are to behold.”

“I not only made sales, I also collected more than 45 email addresses of people that took interest in my products,” says Alejandra. Her highlights were increased exposure and sales, receiving positive feedback about the products, and the increase in her client database.

“I am grateful to the CDI and Ayanda, who gave me the opportunity to be part of this market at the end of the summer. The CDI also presented an opportunity with Enhance Retail for me to get new professional product photos, which I have used to set up my website. And, I have now had the opportunity to submit my products (including a new collection of convertible backpacks) for consideration for the CDI shop in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.”

“Without the support of CDI, it is impossible for me to have access to these kinds of markets.”

Mcdonald Muringani, owner of Mukanya Creations, which specialises in handcrafted leather goods such as handbags, wallets, belts and customised bike seats, says he had good feedback on the market days. “I have learnt a lot about the products that people buy, which is small products less than R200,” he says.

He adds that the CDI has helped him with exposure and with photoshoots of his products. “I am happy that I am growing slowly but surely. I'm also on the CDI website through which I have had one client who ordered in bulk.”


Mcdonald Muringani

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