VNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 7 Grocott’s Mail 26 JUNE 2020 l at the CDI. Newton points out that traders have been as negatively affected by the cancellations of public gatherings as artists have. “Many traders are dependent on festivals and markets across the country to sell their wares and their income has been severely impacted. This is the time to support local small businesses and we would like to urge Festival visitors to pop in and buy something – even if it is something small.” on the platform, showcasing over 3 790 products. “We are excited about this opportunity to work with the National Arts Festival on the Virtual Green. Through Peek we are raising awareness with consumers and buyers to ensure local businesses continue to find leads, particularly with physical market opportunities constrained. We hope that South Africans will show their love of local and take time to connect with local makers online,” says Erica Elk, Group CEO online digital platform www. peek.org.za has grown significantly. It is dedicated to showcasing beautiful craft and design products made in South Africa and has been made possible thanks to funding by the national Department of Small Business Development. Over a quarter of visitors to Peek are from overseas, with visitors from the US, France, UK, Canada, and Germany amongst other countries frequenting the site to find products. Currently there are 528 businesses registered
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