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Ngwenya Village's new look

By unknown | Oct 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

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One of the most refreshing venues in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Ngwenya Village, has received a huge make-over.

Formed in 1996, Ngwenya Village is based in Muldersdrift in the West Rand. The place will launch its new look in style, with an innovative recycling project in which kids can make Christmas gifts from papier mache and plastic. The event will be held on November 3 and 4.

There will also be arts and crafts, pony rides and candle-making for the kids, Gilroy's beer and delectable food from Zest restaurant. Ngwenya's glass shop, meanwhile, boasts a kaleidoscopic variety of glass and craft from all over South Africa and Swaziland.

Jes Prettejohn of Ngwenya Village says: "We want to attract more tourists, and we feel one of the ways of doing this is by showcasing quality products that they would be proud to buy and have in their homes."

"We've found over the years that people love watching things being made, which is why we've created a centre where the public can come and have things designed and made to their specifications, while interacting with the artists."

Ngwenya Village has a craft centre and a tea garden as well as various little shops.

Local glass artists such as Rusty Schalkwyk, who manufactures crystal glass trophies and awards, has made a name for himself here.


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