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40 rising stars named by Design Indaba Emerging Creatives

Design Indaba's Emerging Creatives platform has named the 40 gifted youngsters who will participate in the local creative developmental programme.
Design Indaba Emerging Creative, Buhle Nkalashe
Design Indaba Emerging Creative, Buhle Nkalashe

The platform, that has been supporting South Africa’s fresh talent for 17 years, received more than 380 entries this year.

The Emerging Creatives programme is designed to hone talent and provide participants with strategies to take their work to the next level and to market.

Over the years, the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives platform has successfully launched the careers of a number of gifted creatives, including the likes of Mpho Vackier, Russell Abrahams, Daniel Ting Chong, Crystal Birch, and scores of others.

“We are delighted to continue our annual support for our country’s young creatives, particularly in a constrained pandemic environment,” says Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo.

Innovation in design-led problem-solving

The Class of 2022 was selected by curators Lukhanyo Mdingi and Ditiro Mashigo - both well-known fashion designers who also happen to be former emerging creatives themselves. Both were impressed by the high quality of the submissions.

“I’m incredibly inspired to see the brewing and exceptional talent of the emerging creatives,” says Mdingi.

“Year after year, Design Indaba has provided a platform for aspiring designers at large to showcase their work and what they have to offer the industry. They are to be commended for this,” adds Mdingi.

In sifting through the many submissions, Mashigo’s agenda was to seek out "innovation in design-led problem-solving and an honest point of view from South African emerging design talents on issues of climate change, socio economics and equality".

Creative thinking a survival skill

Congratulations to all those who have come through the rigorous curatorial selection process – this year’s emerging creatives are enormously talented, and we look forward to seeing the Class of 2022’s contribution,” says Dr Stella Khumalo, Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

“The pandemic has shown us that creative thinking is not a luxury but a survival skill, so nurturing creative talent is vital. We are proud to partner with the Design Indaba once again to invest in the future of the South Africa’s creative industries,” adds Khumalo.

Naidoo adds: “We are grateful to our partner, the DSAC for its ongoing commitment to stand with the rising stars of tomorrow.”

The 2022 inductees are:

  1. Luke Rudman
  2. Charity Vilakazi
  3. Julia Duduzile Mohanoe
  4. Kutlwano Monyai
  5. Mona-lisa Mthethwa
  6. Nandipha Yanta
  7. Nuraan Khan
  8. Lumka Jordaan
  9. Naomi Zwane
  10. Amy-Leigh Braaf
  11. Daniella Kilpatrick
  12. Katlego Magano
  13. Lundi Mlonyeni
  14. Mbangiso Mabaso
  15. Mishaal Gangaram
  16. Moeko Karabelo Selebalo
  17. Mohau Moholane
  18. Njabulo Maseko
  19. Riyaadh Ismail
  20. Samkelo Boyde Xaba
  21. Sibusiso Feni
  22. Siyabonga Mtshali
  23. Sizani Baloyi
  24. Thulani Kubeka
  25. Fernando
  26. Kyle Kemink
  27. Fikile Sokhulu
  28. Drew Kendall Haller
  29. Nkululeko Mthembu
  30. Tsepiso Lekganyane
  31. Noxolo Thando Masuku
  32. Lindiwe Irene Rethebile Gugushe
  33. Mikhailia Petersen
  34. Thando Ntuli
  35. Lehlogonolo Khaas
  36. Lauren Gericke
  37. Leila Walter
  38. Akshar Maganbeharie
  39. Arron Moos
  40. Buhle Nkalashe

The young designers handpicked for the 2022 edition will be introduced to the public via an extended virtual exhibition and Design Indaba’s thriving social media channels. The Class of 2022 will also benefit from masterclass sessions with international and local experts, like UK-based Artsthread, documentary video sessions, and dedicated personal profiles on

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