short story about us
aBantu Development Agency is a South African Not for Profit Company (NPC) and Not for Profit Organization (NPO) based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Our goal is to facilitate development and support economic growth within the townships of Port Elizabeth and around the Eastern Cape. Through our projects and programs we aim to provide the necessary resources and development assistance to the communities. Our approach to address the challenges on local level is highly influenced by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
21 February 2022
We took 7 women who work in arts and craft on a product development retreat. This retreat was a session to get to know the women behind the products and to understand their process of creation and design. Our Facilitator Gugu Peteni took them through the processes of design and generating ideas. Sessions to crit and look deeper into their products was an interesting and insightful journey. The project is running for three months, where the women will be taken through steps of developing products that can compete in the market. At the end of the product development they will come out with products that will be exhibited at the Mendi Arts Center in New Brighton Port Elizabeth.
This project is proudly funded by the National Arts Council(NAC) and in collaboration with the Mendi Art Center.
24 November 2021
The performances are pre-recorded in front of a small crowd.
The pandemic has also closed borders, making it difficult for artists to travel and collaborate with artists from other countries. As a result, we've chosen to extend the event to our fellow artists in Gqeberha [Port Elizabeth, South Africa] as part of the initiative's cultural exchange component.
Harambee Live, Cliff Barnes and The Fear of Winning (Germany), Ozan Tunc (Turkey), Visa Band (Syria), Nomabotwe and PoeticSoul(South Africa) are among the acts performing this year. This project is supported by The city of Osnabrück is funding this effort through their kulturmarathon gemeinsam für Osnabrück program.
In addition, we collaborate with the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) in Gqeberha, South Africa.
04 June 2021
ekse school radio has been announced as the Ellen and Karl-Heinz Hornhues Stiftung Pro Afrika award for 2021, this is an Africa Prize as part of the International Cultural Festival in Osnabrück Germany. The prize money will go towards much needed equipment and administration of the school radio.