Silindokuhle bagged R5 000, and runner-up, Kathleen de Klerk (22), R2 500, sponsored by the Certification Management Office.
Daniel Badenhorst, formerly of Reddeco and third-year moderator, assisted with the initial selection of the top two designs. The entries were further assessed by Keo Mokholwane of Vesuvio Luxury Interiors, and Rammona Lesole of RA Design Studio.
Silindokuhle’s designs will soon be manufactured and ready for 2022 events. Clifford says the entire manufacturing process will be recorded and, possibly, prototyped and displayed for other students to also benefit from the project.
An excited Silindokuhle, who is currently enrolled for an Advanced Diploma, says he initially did not know that it was a competition, and was amazed when he was announced as the winner. He adds that the project was quite different from other student projects since, this time around, they had to work with real clients.
The budding interior designer hails from Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape. His educational journey has been tough, but worthwhile. He arrived in Pretoria with only a few bags containing his personal belongings four years ago and could only find a place to stay in Tembisa from where he had to travel to the Arts Campus every day. He has since found accommodation in the Legae residence.
The go-getter plans to gain as much industry experience as possible before starting his own business. He added the prize money to other savings and bought himself a personal computer from which more inspiring designs will most certainly originate.
In congratulating Silindokuhle, Dr Makkie Pieterse, Assistant Registrar: Certification Management, says their office is very impressed with his designs and that the internal partnership was a win-win for all.