Mintek Bursar Scoops Jewellery Award

Ntsikelelo Shange, a Mintek bursar studying in his 3rd year for a diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) scooped the Thuthuka Unique Idea Award held earlier in March at UJ. 

Shange won an award for designing a fine crafted pendant made of 925 sterling silver and six semi-precious stones of different colours. He said, “The design was inspired by Aloe Vera, it signifies a combination of both simplicity and elegance of a vibrant Africa. It is appreciated for its stylish look, brilliant finish and innovative design.”


He walked away with 500 grams of fine silver and Converse T-shirt. His award- winning design was presented at the Thuthuka Jewellery Awards Exhibition along with other jewellery designed by students from community schools and universities across the country.


The design brief for the students was to explore creative solution design, solutions incorporating semi-precious stones, cut and polished in a diverse range of colours, forms and shapes and sizes.