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 Nomfusi’s funeral will be on Wednesday 27 Dec at 10.00 am in Hamburg.

Our thoughts are with her family and daughter.


A memorial service will be held at the community hall in Hamburg on Monday 25th December at 10.00am.

Any donations for her young daughter and family would be welcome.






Sad news, the untimely death of

NOMFUSI NKLANI        10.12.1974 – 19.12.2017








From Carol Hofmeyr and all the members of the Keiskamma Trust

‘ I have known Nomfusi for 17 years. She was one of the first women in Hamburg to join the Art Project when we opened in 2000. Marielda Marais of the University of Johannesburg identified her as a talented artist and because of this, with funding from my niece Claire Kantor’s memorial art education fund, she and 4 other young people from Hamburg attended Walter Sisulu University and received a diploma in Fine Arts in 2005.

While studying in East London, the students lived in my husband and my flat in East London where we grew to love Nomfusi for her positive attitude and enthusiasm.

She was a very talented artist and designed parts of all our major works such as The Keiskamma Tapestry, The Keiskamma Altarpiece and the Keiskamma Guernica.

She was the first Keiskamma artist to conceive and design a work totally on her own. This work is the Steve Biko Tapestry which has been purchased by Professor Brenda Schmahmann for her Resaerch Unit at the University of Johannesburg.

In 2017 her solo work was shown at the National Arts Festival as part of the exhibition celebrating Eastern Cape struggle heroes.

Nomfusi’s major interest was in art, teaching in schools. This she did for the last 5 years. She was the co ordinator of our Isango  youth education program.

She became ill in July this year and since then has struggled to keep going. She remained positive in spite of several setbacks and in November we thought that at last she was starting to get better. Mrs Mavis Zita and her husband took her in to their home to help her rehabilitate. She was recovering well and went home to her family.

Sadly on Monday she collapsed and died in Nompumelelo Hospital early on Tuesday morning.

All visitors and friends of the Keiskamma Art Project will remember her as enthusiastic, friendly and energetic.

Mrs Zita said she was determined to get  better especially for the sake of her daughter, Angel.

Keiskamma Art Project will not be the same without her.’







A collaboration between Keiskamma Art Project, Keiskamma Music Academy and Kuru Art Project.
The Production “First Dances” explores interactions between the music and art of the Naro San people of Botswana, the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape and Western classical traditions.

16 youth msuicians form Keiskamma Music Academy will be performing with backdrops made by Keiskamma Art Project. Art and craft articles will be for sale.

Follow this link Dates and Info for UK tour



 We, KEISKAMMA TRUST, would like to thank all those who so generously donated after our appeal, earlier this year.

We continue to strive to restore hope and health to every member of the community.



Keiskamma Art Project’s  INTSIKIZI TAPESTRIES on exhibition

Opening Saturday 20th May at 11am, IS ART GALLERY, Franschhoek, Cape Town

Meet Cebo Mvubu, the art director of this set of Tapestries at the opening.

Walkabouts @ 2pm on Saturday 20th May and 11.30 and 2pm on Sunday 21st May 2017


IS Art Gallery: ‘Intsikizi’

Our WATERSHED shop is closing

at the end of May 2017. Please visit www. to place orders and purchase our products, online.













Thanks to our Watershed staff Nontozamo Gxamza, Linda Lubinda Musandaira and Joshua Stanley for being there through hot summers, freezing winter days, public holidays and more. We valued your energy and input. Thank you


DECOREX this weekend in Cape Town, David Bellamy’s new range. We are proud to be part of his collection. Head down to the CTICC for 100% Design

CAPOEIRA happenings in HAMBURG

Excitement before Easter as Tom and Johnny returned to Hamburg to welcome the new Capoeira students by way of the BATIZADO event. Read more….

Abolição Oxford Capoeira in Hamburg


This informative and well researched documentary is fascinating by Dr Nicola Ashmore


for more  videos and insights go to:

So much NEWS….

WE celebrated the Cape Town launch of Prof Brenda Schmahmann’s book, The Keiskamma Art Project- Restoring Hope and Livelihoods, on a sweltering Saturday 18th Feb in UCT IRMA STERN MUSEUM’s vibrant lounge. A well attended affair with Carol Hofmeyr, our Founder, presenting a poignant speech.

and then on the 21st FEB, the official launch of

David Bellamy of Bbellamy & Bbellamy, and Cebo Mvubu of the Keiskamma Art Project spoke about collaborating together on David’s SOLAR FLARE CHAIR and other artpieces. A very informative and delightful talk.  ANd with that was announced to be live and waiting for the first sale!

sneaky tastings behind the scenes!

Thank you to Rickety Bridge and Ernie Els for sponsoring amazing wines.

Alongside all of these excitements was a beautiful exhibition of Keiskamma Art Project’s embroidered artworks….

some new “Inspired by Irma Stern” pieces.


Noluntu Mavela selling up a storm!

Here it is…

SAVE THE DATE: 18th Feb 11.00 am at UCT Irma Stern Gallery.

Diarise this now. Exciting event happening on this date and you are ALL welcome. More news soon……




 ONLY at STAND F67 , CAPE TOWN Waterfront, next to the Aquarium.

Watershed Sale 01


Really great bargains.

Special Woman’s Day surprise with every purchase on TUESDAY 9th AUGUST.



CAROL HOFMEYR, founder and visionary of Keiskamma Trust is featured on eTV in their documentary SOUTH AFRICAN HEROES, in this Women’s Day, month!


GOGOS UNITE IN KZN…..South African Grandmothers Gathering


A group of 10 grandmothers from Keiskamma Trust Health, attended a grandmothers conference in Durban from the 14th -16th July, sponsored by the Steven Lewis Foundation. Keiskamma Trust’s theme was “How to support and care for an HIV positive grandchild” facilitated by Eunice Mangwane and Mrs Mavis Zita.

Grandmothers are the pillars of communities as they are raising their own grandchildren due to HIV related deaths of parents or parents working elsewhere.

They brought back to our rural village of Hamburg, Eastern Cape, vital knowledge which they wish to share with those who could not attend.

They learnt:

You must listen to your grandchildren and exercise patience when dealing with them.

To seek counselling for any burdensome challenges

How to interact with Adolescents

To tell the truth, to ensure trust.

How important it is to maintain confidentiality.







A New set of 6 INTSIKIZI TAPESTRIES (Ground Hornbill) by artist CEBO MVUBU



Intsikizi Photo

Dont miss the walkabout today, Saturday 11 June, with Lucy Kemp, Mabula Ground Hornbill Project Manager and authority, 2pm infront of the Intsikizi Tapestries, Municipal Auditorium, Hermanus.

AND SUNDAY 12 June, A WALKABOUT with Founder of KEISKAMMA ART PROJECT and TRUST, Dr Carol Hofmeyr at 10am, and at 2pm Lucy Kemp and artist Cebo Mvubu about the Ground Hornbill and the Intiskizi Tapestries.


Keiskamma Altarpiece in Hermanus!

A rare opportunity to see our world renown artwork, in the Western Cape.

We are part of the Hermanus Fynarts festival opening today Saturday 11 June until Sunday 19th June 2016

Municipal Auditorium, Hermanus

#keiskamma_trust #altarpiece #hermanusfynarts

keiskamma altarpiece photo


Our Wellness Wagon is still going strong in 4 CBO’s!

Isipho in Peterson, Bulungula Incubators in Coffee Bay, Loaves and Fishes in East London and KT.

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Children in ECD centres and Primary schools in these areas have their ears, eyes and teeth checked  and with the assistance of the Department of Health those that need de worming  and vitamins are provided with medication.

This is greatly appreciated especially in villages far from the clinics.

Its a team effort together with DOH, our centre based carers and outreach nurses in the clinics.



Graduation Ceremony for Early Childhood Development Practitioners and Community Development students May 2016



7 ECD Practitioners who completed Level 4 and 5 Community Development students who were taken to CSD through the Trust to Rhodes with Solon’s funding.

This is an attempt to improve the education of our staff and increase their knowledge in the ECD sector and Community based services.



Trainers Training – Annette Loubser and Matthew Kellen during May

Noluntu making a point to Nokuphiwa whilst Nomfusi observes the action

Matthew, Ndileka and Cebo on Workplace-facilitator-training

Matthew observing Ndileka, Cebo and Nozeti working through the material

Nomfusi, Nokuphiwa and Noluntu on the Workplace-faciltator-training

Nomfusi, Noluntu and Nokuphiwa knuckling down

Cebo and Nozeti on the Workplace-facilitator-training (2)

Cebo listening avidly to Nozet making a point

Workplace Facilitator Training workshop that Annette Loubser  gave. The training is part of the Isango training of trainers to mentor new recruits in the art centre. Matthew Kellen is in charge. Annette’s training input is for four days but their practical work is over a period of four weeks. Matthew will be mentoring the practical work for the trainers who are based at various parts of the art centre – production, design, marketing, retail, financial management as well as design.  Good luck guys. The trainers attending were:  Nozati, Cebo, Ndileka, Nombuyiselo, Nokuphiwa, Xoliswa, Nomfusi and Nokuphumla.

Well Done Nosipho

Nosipho Ngqula and Unathi Mtshemla set off to Canada on the 26th of January 2016 for the celebration of Nosipho being chosen as one of the Top 30 under 30 to be celebrated on February 9th at International Youth week as well as participate in other series of events held by Keiskamma Canada. Nosipho was selected out of over 65 nominations for the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s “Top 30 Under 30” Magazine. Nosipho was selected because she is an outstanding global citizen and a model of civic engagement in International Development. Congratulations!!

On the other hand, Unathi went to represent the Trust to participate in a discussion of the mutual benefit of partnerships between Canada and South Africa as well as join a board meeting of Keiskamma Canada to discuss the partnership between Keiskamma Canada and Keiskamma Trust. And also attend the opening of the Nature tapestries of the Trust at the McMullen Gallery of the University of Alberta hospital.

Nosipho, our beautiful Ambassador

Nosipho, our beautiful Ambassador

Unathi, another beautiful Ambassador

Unathi, another beautiful Ambassador

It's not all hard work

It’s not all hard work

Intsikizi's on the wall, a little bit of Keiskamma in Canada

Intsikizi’s on the wall, a little bit of Keiskamma in Canada

Nosipho flanked by Anne Fanning and Linda Duncan

Nosipho flanked by Anne Fanning and Linda Duncan

The Dedication of the McCullen Tapestries, Unathi and Nosipho

The Dedication of the McCullen Tapestries, Unathi and Nosipho

The beautiful tapestries

Carla Kogelman’s Nomination for a Zilveren Camera Award

Carla gets third place in both the sport and portrait series categories, well done.

Carla Kogelman (b. 1961) has worked in the theatre industry for 25 years. In December 2011, she graduated at the Foto Academie Amsterdam. She was always interested in the stories backstage, the actors’ stories instead of those being performed on stage. Her portrait series of actors backstage won first prize at the Zilveren Camera in 2011 and the Dutch national photography portfolio contest, the SO (Selection Of Dutch Photography) Awards, in 2013.

Carla Kogelman

Carla Kogelman

Carla visited Hamburg, June 2015, with Speeltheater Holland Studio, who with Macebo Mavuso created “Red Earth” . The innovative sets and puppets were devised for the production by Onny Huisink in collaboration with the renowned Keiskamma Art Project from Hamburg Eastern Cape. (Cebo Mvubu, Eddy Lange, Veronica Betani and Florence Danais Gault).

Carla’s work was funded by Photo Festival Reporter in St. Brieuc, France. She shot a photo series titled “I am South Africa” and also took some portraits. Carla has been nominated twice for a Zilveren Camera Award for 2015.
Thank you Carla and good luck.

Portraits of Keiskamma people

Babalwa Ndonga

Babalwa Ndonga


Busisiwe Nyongo

Busisiwe Nyongo


Zukiswa Zitha

Zukiswa Zitha

Sibonelo Mangcangaza

Sibonelo Mangcangaza

Nomgcobo Nompunga

Nomgcobo Nompunga

Nomonde Mtandana

Nomonde Mtandana

Nomabhaso Nyongo

Nomabhaso Nyongo

Esethu Makhubalo

Esethu Makhubalo