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MBDA and Laduma partner to empower entrepreneurs

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GOOD NEWS: Laduma along with The MBDA will help Young designers learn how to build their businesses faster and create employment opportunities for themselves and others.

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) and fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo and his partners are inviting design entrepreneurs to a one-day empowerment workshop on Saturday, 25 February 2017, from 9:30am until 6pm.

By sharing design business knowledge, the initiative hopes to empower and rapidly incubate South African design entrepreneurs who have limited resources to grow their businesses.

Young designers will learn to build their businesses faster and create employment opportunities for themselves and others through dialogue and exchange with one of South Africa’s most successful home-grown exports.

“Laduma stunned the world with his MAXHOSA knitwear after successfully launching and establishing himself in the global fashion market despite facing a set of similar challenges that majority of our city’s aspirant creatives” said Luvuyo Bangazi, MBDA spokesperson.

“Laduma’s understanding of the challenges and hurdles of start-ups in design and creative industries in general makes him an excellent mentor and coach for discussing and transferring ideas, skills and knowledge with upcoming creative and design entrepreneurs in the city. The MBDA is proud to be the host of this exciting initiative which very much complements the work we are doing in the inner city, urban rejuvenation and stimulating creativity” concluded Bangazi.

Laduma’s work has been showcased at fashion shows across the world. He has received numerous achievements and won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy. He was awarded the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to study masters in Material Futures at the Central St. Martins and graduated in 2016.

Now, Laduma has made himself available to engage with 50 designers and entrepreneurs for a full day workshop that will take place across five major cities in South Africa: Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and East London. The first workshop will be held at Roof Garden Bar, 33 Chapel Street, Central in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Entrance is free but registration is necessary.
The criteria for the workshop is as follows: The artist should have an existing brand/business or credible idea, shows passion and understanding of their specialist field and the artist must be a struggling entrepreneur or at least facing business growth challenges caused by limited access to resources.

Artists wishing to participate may send written/recorded motivation of why they should be part of
the initiative, their curriculum vitae and up to five pages of their work to ladumatalks@maxhosa.co.za.