Diamond company honours top design studentsby MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – DE BEERS, the world’s leading diamond company, has announced the winners of its prestigious design competition.
The youth have been rewarded under the auspices of the 18th Shining Light Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The awards event showcases young talent from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
The overall winner was Lilja Pesanka Hastie, from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, who picked up the highest accolade of ‘The Forevermark Promise Award’. Lilja now has the offer of a year’s training scholarship with De Beers Group’s Forevermark design team in Milan, Italy.
Louise Kriek and Madeli Viljoen, both also from the Tshwane University of Technology, received ‘The Cursor Sursum Award’ as runners-up. They will be offered three-month training scholarships in Milan.
Julius Brettschneider, from Adrian & Meyer Jewellers (Windhoek, Namibia), Mpho Mokgatle, from the Oodi College of Applied Arts & Technology (Gaborone, Botswana), and Omphile Sibanda, from the Tshwane University of Technology, were all given ‘The Shining Light Development Award’.
All 12 finalists walked away with ‘The De Beers 2015 Shining Light Recognition Award’, and each producer country finalist also received a two-year scholarship with the Keith White School of Jewellery Design and Manufacturing in South Africa, set to catapult them straight into a high
profile career in the jewellery industry.
Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive of De Beers Group, hailed the finalists.
“You truly are the shining lights of Southern Africa and I look forward to watching you light up the diamond industry in years to come.
“As the modern diamond jewellery designer needs a head for business, just as much as they
need an artistic eye and a skilled hand, this year’s awards have sought to identify those that have the commercial acumen to match their creative flair.”
A wide variety of De Beers Group stakeholders, including key partners and shareholders, and leading figures from the mining industry, joined the finalists, with their friends and family, at the ceremony.
– CAJ News
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