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DUT: Student designs gold bangle for AngloGold Ashanti

DUT: Student designs gold bangle for AngloGold Ashanti


Jewellery Design student Nomfundo Cebekhulu has been named a finalist of the 2007/8 AngloGold Ashanti competition after making waves in designing precious gold upper arm bangle for ladies.

Nomfundo outshone others when she was selected as a finalist for the AngloGold Ashanti competition showcasing her jewellery designing skills. She is doing her third year of study at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) at the City campus. She competed with twenty five other designers countrywide. She comes from uMlazi, south of Durban.

“When I first heard that my work had been selected for finals at AngloGold Ashanti I didn’t believe it. I thought it was a prank. I was shocked and later was over the moon. I like jewellery and enjoy being creative and seeing people appreciate my work,” says Nomfundo. Her excitement is not about winning the competition but having her gold bangle as her final product recognized and featured in the AngloGold Ashanti’s gloss magazine.

Ecstatic she says she wants to pursue her BTech degree and later join the industry or lecture at the University which she prefers. She is passionate about imparting her knowledge to other people.

Honing her entrepreneurial expertise she runs a display table every Saturday morning at Essenwood Market where she promotes and sells design work for twenty other students in her class. While managing the display table she chats with customers and convinces them to place orders for students’ jewellery (private work). She has received orders from customers asking to add two stones on each side band of their wedding ring. She has since made about R6000 profit for students to share amongst themselves. She takes 20% of the profit made.

For more information contact Nomfundo Cebekhulu on 083 757 9505.