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Success for CDI members at Decorex – R115 000 in sales

Wednesday, 06 September 2017   (0 Comments)
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Seven of our CDI Western Cape members had the opportunity to showcase at Decorex Joburg, the
décor, design and lifestyle exhibition which took place from 8 to 12 August. Our Market Support team were on hand to assist the small businesses who joined producers from the other eight provinces to exhibit under the South African Collective banner, supported by the Department of Small Business Development (dsbd).

According to CDI Market Support Coordinator, Ayanda Bala-Nyamimba, the show was very successful for the businesses that participated this year.

“For some it was their first time at a prestigious event and a great learning experience for them. The Women’s Day theme made customers dig deep into their pockets as they bought gifts for the precious women in their lives.  Altogether our Western Cape producers made a total of R115 000 in sales. We appreciate the contribution made by the dsbd in terms of securing the floor space, professional stand build and event management, as this raised the bar for the sector and appreciation for local handmade products. It also allowed the participants to truly maximise the display of their products,” says Ayanda.

The Western Cape businesses also collectively won the ‘Decorex Excellence Award’ for their beautiful, well-made products.

Mathokoza Nhlapo of Sithabe African Crafts said about her experience: This year Sithabe's focus was mainly to market to local and international interior designers and stylists. This event gave us a good platform for this. There was excitement and positive reception of the products.”

Jewellery designer and owner of Indwe Designs,
Nondwe Nyathi said that Decorex was a good experience for her as it was her first time participating, and she was thrilled at the positive response her products received.

And Zikhona Tefu, owner of O’live Handmade Soaps said: “Decorex was amazing! We met a lot of our customers from previous shows and they were so thrilled to see us! It was also an amazing platform to meet new stockists, especially since we are trying to expand into Johannesburg. I think for us, beyond making sales there (which were very good), what was more important was all the leads for future business.”

The businesses that participated were: 

Potina Ceramics
– Blends traditional smoke firing techniques with a contemporary approach to form and function

Fani Ceramics – Specialises in minimalistic ceramic pieces with intensely crafted finishing detail

Ckho Ceramiques – Creates ceramic handmade tableware and high-end decorative pieces

Indwe Designs – Handmakes high-end jewellery pieces to suit the intrepid and adventurous

Chimpel – Designs handmade clutches and accessories made with soft, natural and exotic leather

Sithabe African Arts – Designs exquisite and authentic South African cultural products made by rural women

O’live Handmade Soap - Harnesses the unique natural qualities of indigenous herbs and plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom to produce world-class soap and skincare products

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