Media statement by Nomonde Mbadi, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs
Proud Durban University of Technology graduate, Dennis Gebashe is fast becoming a mover and shaker in the jewellery design industry after being transferred to the Mining Qualifications Authority to continue his apprenticeship under the famous Natal Wholesale Jewellers (NWJ), a chain of jewellery stores in Durban.
Gebashe comes from P-section in Umlazi, and is successfully climbing the corporate ladder in the jewellery design field. He graduated with a National Diploma in Jewellery Design this year, a field not so familiar to the African community.
The apprenticeship is a two year contract. However, the young lad will spend the better part of his apprenticeship in Johannesburg. He has been transferred to Johannesburg for further advancement in his career.
Gebashe’s talent was recognized last year when, as part of his final year project on “found objects”, he chose to convert recycled beer caps into fashionable earrings. The project taught him to be a responsible citizen by recycling litter into cash.
He is working closely with the Tabeisa office at DUT in a bid for his work to be distributed in the UK. On a part time basis or on request, he is still working in his ‘trash making’ business of bottle cap earrings.
TABEISA (Technical and Business Education Initiative In South Africa) is a consortium of two British universities (Coventry and Greenwich) and four South African higher education institutions (Durban University of Technology, Peninsula University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology and Walter Sisulu University). This consortium was initiated to:
• foster, develop and realise economic and social development within the black community in South Africa, and
• to increase, measurably and sustainable, the contribution of disadvantaged groups to the formal economy in South Africa through technology-based entrepreneurial activity.
The purpose of TABEISA is to generate increased employment for university of technology students from disadvantaged groups and to foster small business creation.
For more information, please contact Bhekani Dlamin on 031 3737 2845 to facilitate the interview.