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October 2013

Mohair goes funky (published October 2013)


WEIRD and funky fashion was the theme of the evening as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students showed off their work at the graduate showcase.

The annual event was attended and judged by some familiar names in the fashion industry, icluding NMMU graduate and award-winning Xhosa knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo.

In Jansenville, the International Mohair Summit saw Kelly Esterhuyse, BTech fashion graduate using the opportunity to launch her new mohair knitwear range which she hopes will be exported to Europe and the US soon. Estehuyse won the 2011 Elle New Talent award.






Blogging putting Bay in spotlight (published October 2013)


THREE Port Elizabeth bloggers are putting PE on the map by showcasing Nelson Mandela Bay's hidden treasures in the Ford EcoSport Urban Discovery competition.

The NMMU trio, BAS graduate Lauren Buchanan, her sister, media communication and culture student Andrea Buchanan and law student Simonne Paarman entered the competition because Lauren believed PE to be the best city with a lot to offer.

The competition challenges teams in the different cities to unearth their cities "best-kept secret destinations". The prize is a Ford EcoSport and the teams have to write a blog documenting their discoveries and upload photographs and videos to get people to follow their adventures and interact with them. Each team is given a Ford EcoSport to help them explore.



2013 Business women of the year (published October 2013)


BCUR graduate Dr Thandi Ndlovu has been awarded one of the Business women of the year awards for 2013 for the entrepreneurial category. The award, 34 years running, recognises high achieving women in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. It’s the longest running award for women in business in the country.

Ndlovu is also the executive chairwoman pf Motheo Construction Group and has overseen the supply of 30 000 serviced housing sites and more than 60 000 affordable housing units worth more than R1.2-billion over the past few years.




NMMU designers offer unique talent (published October 2013)


INNOVATIVE and colourful designs are some of the highlights visitors enjoyed at the annual Collective Graduate Exhibition hosted by photography, textile, fashion and interior design students at NMMU.

BTech fashion student, Leigh-Anne Liebenberg, used mohair for her material natural design. Thomas Bekker, BTech photography student used the concept of interactive fashion magazines on an ipad dealing with moving images.

The exhibitionwas open to all and free to enter.



Bay Soprano saves the day (published October 2013)


NMMU BMus graduate, Liske Potgieter, saved the day when she was called upon at last minute to stand in for renowned soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, who was meant to perform at the Opera and Choral Gala Concert.

The concert which took place at the Feather Market Centre featured the Eastern Cape Children's Choir and NMMU singers. Mkwanazi was unable to perform due to a throat infection and bubbly Potgieter performed Franz Lehar's Vilja Lied from The Merry Widow.

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