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Ep 2: Design, manufacturing, and facing up to the realities of building a business when you have no Plan B with Siyanda Mbele

In this episode I chat with interior and furniture designer Siyanda Mbele. Siyanda is the founder of Pinda Design, the design studio he set up in his hometown of Durban, South Africa. He designs and manufactures hand-painted furniture inspired by South Africa’s diverse cultures. Siyanda’s interest in producing products began whilst studying Interior design at Durban University Of Technology. Upon graduation he started freelancing do interior drawing for other design companies, as well as lecturing part-time which gave him the freedom to earn a base income to fund his business. 

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Ep 1: Welcome To Behind The Design

A warm welcome to the Behind The Design podcast, hosted by me, Tapiwa Matsinde. Starting a podcast that shares the stories of designers and creatives from across Africa and in the diaspora has been a dream of my mine for a while, and having finally taken the steps to do so I am so so pleased to finally be able to welcome you to the first episode and season.

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Introducing Behind The Design Podcast

I have started a podcast! This is something that has been on my mind for a long while now, and I’ve finally decided to do something about it. Having worked behind the scenes to put everything place I am delighted to introduce Behind The Design podcast where I will be interviewing some of Africa’s and the diaspora’s established and emerging creatives. Getting them to share their entrepreneurial journeys and inspirations to inspire and motivate you as you build and nurture your own business.

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