PlatAfrica announces 2019 winners

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PlatAfrica on Wednesday night unveiled the 2019 winners in jewellery design and manufacturing competition in South Africa. Winners both professional and student categories were crowned in a beautiful ceremony graced by experts in the platinum industry.

The competition held yearly provides a platform to the upcoming and established South African jewellery designers to display their creativity in platinum. It is sponsored by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in partnership with Platinum Guild International India and Metal concentrators (South African industry).

“Over the past 20 years, the PlatAfrica awards have enabled hundreds of jewellers in South Africa to work with platinum and develop their skills for the local and international markets. This has created local benefits and job creation, and for some, served as a launch platform to enter the international market. Today, a PlatAfrica award is considered the ultimate accolade in platinum jewellery design on the continent,” read the statement of Chris Griffith, CEO Anglo American Platinum.

Under the professional category, Ester Boshoff of Beaudell designs carried out the day followed by Aimee Bredenkam from Prin&Prins Diamonds. The third and fourth positions went to Chris Janse Van Renseburg and Mandlenkosi Mose None from Studio C Manufacturers Jewellers and Nkosi&Nnote Jewellery Manufacturers respectively.

Mfundo Nondyola from Cape Peninsula University of Technology bagged student category award while Christina Toros from Prins&Prins Diamonds came second, Anker Van der Linden from the Durban University of Technology with Jane Schoeman from Stellenbosch University and Nomsa Mpingawere from Platinum Incubator ranked jointly at fourth.

By Samuel Ouma