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H.E. Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, South African Embassy Vienna

Mag.a Renate Brauner, Vice-Mayor of the City of Vienna

Erich Hohenberger, District governor Vienna 1030

Mag.a Renate Brauner, Vice-Mayor of the City of Vienna:

The “rainbow nation” of South Africa is on the move, the 2010 World Cup is probably the best example. The challenges and social problems facing the country are, however, still huge. Even Africa's most developed economy was last year caught by the global economic crisis. But in spite of it, people are cheerful and cordial. We should be inspired of this joy of life and the boundless optimism.

SISONKE means togetherness in Zulu. In line with this motto, KulturAXE Vienna and IMFUNDISO South Africa have since 2006 raised an unique art and design project off the ground. Within the frame of this initiative for creative exchange, African and European artists and designers may contribute to poverty reduction with all their passion. A commitment as the one of the South African jewellery designer Isaac Nkwe, founder of the IMFUNDISO schools, is not common and therefore all the more remarkable.

As president of the association “Friends of Education Africa in Vienna” I endorse since years the active support of the City of Vienna of projects such as the Masibambane College in Orange Farm, which has been existing for ten years, or the Impilo orphanage in Johannesburg. The Vienna-based Association KulturAXE has established a name for itself with numerous transnational cooperation projects and represents as such an ideal partner for us for creative collaboration.

I'm really looking forward to this year's SISONKE events and invite you all cordially to visit them. Together, and with the spirit this initiative is based on, we can move much!

H.E. Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, South African Embassy Vienna

The year 2010 is an important milestone in South Africa's history, because for the first time the FIFA World Cup will be hosted on the African continent. Ke Nako - Celebrate Africa's Humanity™.

The SISONKE Art & Design Week with “7 Colours” conveys not only a vivid impression of South Africa's young talents but foremost showcases the collective creative work of artists from Austria, Slovakia and South Africa in this unique transcontinental project. What makes SISONKE special is that it truly acts in the spirit of 'togetherness'.

Leading the SISONKE project are Isaac Nkwe, founder of the IMFUNDISO design schools in South Africa and Caroline Fekete-Kaiser, Director of KulturAXE Vienna. Their visionary partnership also constitutes a meaningful contribution to poverty eradication and the creation of employment opportunities in South Africa.

I am proud to be a patron of the SISONKE Art & Design Week 2010 and trust that all of you will be able to witness the wealth of South Africa's creativity and design as well as this inspiring spirit of cultural 'togetherness'.

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