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Kleinste Dorpie in Wes Kaapland presteer internasionaal

 

Vanrhynsdorp: Die Weskus dorpie spog die afgelope  jaar met gereelde buitelanders wat hier kom kers opsteek.

Die afgelope vier jaar, nadat die SA Leer Akademie waar mense kan leer om leer produkte totaal met die hand te maak, platteland toe getrek het

En sedertdien het mense van Dubai, België, Zimbabwe, Brasilië, Namibia en Botswana al die pad hiernatoe gekom om opgelei te word deur een van Suid Afrika se top opleiers in leer handwerk.

Die SA Leer Akademie, gestig in 1983 deur Frik van Jaarsveld, het vier jaar gelede Vanrhynsdorp toe getrek om daar in rus en vrede opleiding te gee.

“Ons maak leer produkte op dieselfde manier wat leer meesters in die vorige eeu dit gedoen het. Ons maak meeste van ons eie gereedskap en stik alles met die hand”, aldus Frik.

 

Sema Raditgadi van Botswana besig om ‘n gordel te stik en ‘n finale handsak

SALA, soos die Leer Akademie bekend staan, het ook Suid Afrika se enigste handleiding in leerwerk opgestel.

Leer werk kursusse neem tien dae en daarna kan suksesvolle leerlinge produkte van internasionale gehalte maak.

Omdat die kuns van handgemaakte leer produkte besig was om uit te sterf het die grootste maatskappye oorsee opgehou om handgereedskap te maak en meeste van die gereedskap word nou in die Ooste vervaardig.

 

So lyk ‘n handgemaakte briewetas

Volgens leer handwerkers is die gereedskap van ‘n swakker gehalte, breek maklik en is moeilik om te vervang.

Die Akademie het verlede jaar met navorsing en ontwikkeling begin en maak tans vir elke student ‘n basiese stel gereedskap waarmee hulle tuis kan begin werk na die kursus.

Volgens Frik het die Akademie die afgelope 30 jaar reeds sowat 200 mense aan die kuns bekendgestel en doen elke maand ten minste een kursus.

 

Kreatiewe handsak

“Almal kan nie Vanrhynsdorp toe kom vir tien dae nie. Daarom gaan ons ook gereeld na die ander groter sentra in Suid Afrika om kursusse aan te bied.

“Ons was verras die afgelope twee jaar om aansoeke te kry uit Dubai, Zimbabwe en veral toe ‘n vrou van België ook by ons kom opleiding ontvang. Ons hanteer tans navrae vanaf Kenia en die res van Afrika.

Een van ons studente is op pad Portugal toe om vandaar Suid Afrikaanse leer goedere te verkoop.

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World Bank: African economy growing

Africa’s overall economy is without a doubt on the right track and may even come up with a quicker financial recovery from the recession when compared to the US. This is based on the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2011.

The report, released in mid-January, forecasted that sub-Saharan Africa would most likely improve its gross domestic product (GDP) from 4.7% in 2010 to 5.3% for this year. That number might possibly be bumped upwards to 5.5% in 2012.

The report in particular mentioned that price levels in metals, minerals and oil, along with more significant investment in manufacturing and telecommunications companies, have definitely contributed towards the growth.


As indicated by Phumelele Mbiyo, Standard Bank’s Senior Africa Strategist for Global Market Research, the numbers suggest that economic activity, particularly in relation to mining and construction, is without a doubt growing in the region.

“The reason behind this type of increase is simply because prices for commodities are fairly high and they have enticed investment, in particular from emerging markets such as China,” he said.

Mbiyo is convinced an average person would most likely reap the benefits of these types of optimistic forecasts, as companies have the desire to seek the services of locals.


“There has already been increased employment of locals within the mining and construction industries. There is certainly destined to be a considerable amount of employment in future, primarily by European and American based companies who have invested heavily in mining in Africa.”

High continental growth

Having said that, the report pointed out the fact that the best growth rates were not necessarily to emerge from South Africa, the region’s traditional economic hub. Rather, the greatest figures originated from countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.

South Africa has been projected at 3.5% for 2011 in contrast to other countries from the other countries in the region were believed to grow at an average of 6.4% for the same year.


Mbiyo outlined that this is simply not for the reason that South Africa’s growth is slowing down, but instead for the reason that other countries are beginning completely new industries now not to mention coming from a low base whereas South Africa had already established exactly the same industrial sectors years ago.

“Angola is set to grow by 7% on average whereas Ghana will average 13% over the following two years. Simply because the latter is beginning to supply oil,” said Mbiyo.

He added that Africa should really at this time concentrate on sustaining growth mainly because the continent continue to lags behind other major developing and developed economies.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com,

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