Finding beauty in waste

2019 #InnibosNationalCraftAwards entrants Nick and Nichole Nyalungu are as trendy, savvy and creative as the products they craft.

They have created a range of shoes, bags and accessories under the label Nick & Nichol’s, using materials that might otherwise be discarded. 
Residents of Kabokweni, outside of White River in Mpumalanga, the pair is committed to not only creating magic out of nothing, but to skills transfer.

“We make stylish, trendy and sophisticated items from ‘garbage’, including bags and accessories from the inner tubes of bicycles and car tyres.”

Driven by their faith and the determination to ‘do it for themselves’ and uplift others, Nick and Nichole are currently putting together a training programme to teach other youngsters how to create marketable products from scraps.

They have been working together for three years have submitted hand-crafted bags and shoes for adjudication.


The third Innibos National Premier Craft Awards will once again showcase the excellence in skill of South Africa’s crafters. The overall winner will walk away with R50 000, the first runner-up with R20 000 and the second runner-up with R15 000. In addition, there will be merit awards for the Best Emerging Craftsmen, along with sound financial advice to grow their business.

Crafters have until April 12, 2019, to enter. They need simply take a photo of their entry – next to a matchbox for size of scale, and either email it to or send it to 071 621 3597 via MMS or WhatsApp. There is no entry fee.

Remember to include your name, the town in which you live and your contact details.

Entrants who have not heard from the organisers within 30 days of the closing date must take it as given that they did not make the shortlist for final judging.

The finalists must be available to attend the awards evening on June 23.