Money from artefacts will improve lives

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

More than 150 young people and women in Phalaborwa will now sell their beadwork, pottery and drawings to tourists from proper premises .

Public works MEC Machweni Semenya handed over four rooms to the Chivirikani Art Project in Lulekani, outside Phalaborwa in Limpopo, on Friday.

The R970000 project is the result of a request last year by the project coordinators during Semenya's visit to evaluate the progress of government projects.

Women making unique artefacts urged the MEC to provide them with a permanent building to make and sell their wares. They complained that the sun and rain made it impossible for them to work.

Project chairman Sarah Mfumo said: "This is a dream come true. Phalaborwa, a mining and tourist town, welcomes more than 2000 tourists a month to the Kruger National Park.

One tourist in the town means one job for artist, and the eradication of poverty."

Mfumo said the women and the youth would now be able to send the children in the area to school and provide for them properly "because we will be making good money through art".