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Local talent soothes the soul in Spain

BMus graduate Tarynne Swarts, who is currently studying towards her doctorate in educational science at the University of Granada in Spain is about to introduce her electro mix of Afro-fusion and Latin-jazz sounds to Port Elizabeth audiences and plans to launch her latest album in May this year.

Swarts who has released an album Pachamama which in Spain means “Mother Nature”, is collaborating with local musicians to introduce Pachamama to her home town audience before she heads back to Spain.

Pachamama was recorded in Ibiza in Spain with eight tracks recorded in Spanish, Zulu and English. She was also a former arts and culture educator at Woodridge College and Preparatory School.


The Herald, March 2016


PE talent nabs "most beautiful object" award

Design graduate Laduma Ngxokolo, who previously won the Alumni Rising Star Award, has produced the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2016. This is the form of a shawl. 10 objects were nominated for this category and Ngxokolo was nominated by design, decor and styling guru Tracey lee Lynch for his knitwear shawl.

Ngxokolo plans on opening his own factory in South Africa and establish Maxhosa by Laduma as a lifestyle brand. He has also featured on television in 21 icons and is the first African designer to be invited to design packaging for Chivas Regal.

The Herald, March 2016


Passionate about business

NMMU graduate, Rush Bhana, uses his skills to expand in hometown. Port Elizabeth-born entrepreneur was exposed to the inner workings of business from an early of seven, watching his father, Vijay Bhana, build and run 17 shops in Korsten.

Bhana, who is the founder and chief executive of Johannesburg-based marketing and branding enterprise The Trump Card, honed his skills in the industry and is now expanding to develop his market in his hometown.

Bhana studied financial planning at the institution where he then started to climb the corporate ladder at financial institutions including Standard Bank and KPMG.


The Herald, March 2016


Master’s graduate stands chance to win coveted architectural award

From humble beginnings to nominee for design award, this NMMU graduate is making waves in the world.

Leon van der Westhuizen, who grew up in the small town of Piketberg in the Western Cape was surrounded by great architectural designs such as the large Dutch Reformed church built in 1881 by Carl Otto Hager in his trademark neo-Gothic style.

Van der Westhuizen has been named the Eastern Cape Regional Architectural Corobrik Student of the Year finalist for the national competition for his design focusing on regenerating the derelict Boet Erasmus Stadium into a biological water treatment and research facility.  
Top-performing master’s students from each university in South Africa which offers architecture are entered into the competition. The national winner will be announced in May.

The Herald, March 2016


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