Sibusiso Mhlanga first started glassblowing in 1979 when Ngwenya Glass was first opened by a Swedish Aid company. He spent 9 months in Sweden training at the world famous Kosta Boda glassworks in Kosta. Here he learned to speak Swedish and was under the tutorship of one of the worlds greatest glassblowers – Jan Erik Ritzman .
My name is Bongani Dlamini. I am a glass blower at Ngwenya Glass, and have been one for the last twenty years, mentored by Mr Magagula. Working here has enabled me to give an education for my children, whom I am very proud of, and a home my wife can call hers. Working here has been, and is, a pleasure. The sharing of ideas and advising the youngsters, about being a man. Of course we are not always serious we joke tease and laugh at one another. I am especially proud of having been part of the team that designed the giraffe pitcher; it’s truly a hit amongst our guests.