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Thuli and team crochet like a dream

Mooi River community project

Nerissa Card proudly shows off her pressie – a new bath mat crocheted by the women from Senzokuhle Community Projects in Mooi River.

More than two years ago, Nerissa wrote an article in The Meander Chronicle highlighting the work of the Senzokuhle Community Projects group of women from Mooi River.

Thuli Ncube and about 10 women were crocheting their way to a more sustainable future, after Thuli came up with an idea to start a business employing members of her family.

“I was working at Mooi River Textiles at the time and noticed that the factory was throwing away yarn. My grandmother had taught me to crochet, so I asked the factory if I could take the yarn. They agreed and I started crocheting bathroom products – mats, toilet mats, that kind of thing,” Thuli said at the time.

“I showed the factory what I was doing and they started to sell my products,” said Thuli.


Showing off some of the goods they produce are, clockwise from back left, Zanele Mncube, Jellina Shezi, Gertrude Mncube, Gladys Mncube, Thuli Mncube, Zandile Manana, Noxolo Mncube, Thandi Mncube and Nonkululeko Ntombela. (Picture taken in 2018 by Nerissa Card)

The small business developed from there, selling locally through word of mouth and to local hospitality operations.

We’re glad to report that these resourceful women are still at it, and they are making truly beautiful products. One place you can get them is at the popular Earth Route Market held in Nottingham Road in the Agricultural hall next to the Notties library each Saturday. Products from the Senzokuhle Community Projects team are sold at a stall which – as far as I know – is usually situated outside, on the right of the building.

Some of the products sold by Senzokuhle Community Projects. Picture: Nerissa Card

Look who else you’ll spot at the Earth Route Market.

I chatted with Thuli this past weekend and she said, while the Covid-19 crisis and the hard lockdown had affected them negatively, business wise, things were starting to return to normal. They are selling quite well at the market and to local hotels and B&Bs, and I can assure you, the products are beautiful and good value at about R200-R250.

Christmas gift?

And with Christmas on the way (nudge nudge), what better pressie to get a loved one?

So next time you’re in Notties on a Saturday …

Now read: Community kickstarts Ntuli farm veggie gardens

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