About Us


To transform client brand and communication needs into remarkable print and electronic media in a readable, transparent and excellent manner.


To give our clients a voice and an impact that resonates in the South African market and reverberates far beyond its borders, both immediately and for years to come.

Our values

  • Loyalty
  • Communication
  • Integrity/transparency
  • Service excellence
  • Attention to detail


Who we are

Artworks is a Durban-based design agency that compiles, designs and publishes a wide range of print and electronic media on behalf of clients in the public, private and NGO sectors. We have a small but dedicated team that has developed considerable expertise in the areas of tourism, education, forestry, corporate, arts & culture and climate change. We are born and bred South Africans who are passionate about Durban and proud of our country. We focus on finding appropriate solutions, we are optimistic about the future and we seek to add value to everything we do.

What makes us unique?

Artworks lays claim to the title of the first DTP agency in Durban (1989)! We can thus offer our clients years of well-earned knowledge and expertise: our directors and management team have over 100 combined years of experience at Artworks! The directors perform the same layout/design tasks as the rest of the staff, making them hands-on and accessible to both staff and clients. Our dedication to 100% client satisfaction is manifest in our longstanding relationships, attention to detail and deadline, hand delivery of publications where necessary, and allowance for clients to sit next to our dtp operators or commandeer a corner of our offices while patiently advise them throughout the process. Nothing leaves our studio without first being proofread: an essential service that we have built into the bottom line in order to make our clients and their publications look (and sound) good!

BEE status

Artworks has a BEE rating of AAA+ by independent auditors EmpowerDEX (100% black-owned and 50% of the business is black woman-owned). This qualifies Artworks as a Level One contributor to BEE as per the Department of Trade and Industry’s Code of Good Practice.

Our team

All our staff members have worked at Artworks for more than five years, which lends stability and longevity to the company, and most call Artworks their first work ‘home’.

Shakila Chetty: Studio Director and member. Phindile Mantantana: Creative Director and member. Shiki Bhawanibik: Client Services and Production Manager. Gaylene Jablonkay: Managing Editor. Halima Hoosen Preston: Publication and Website Designer. Mazwi Madikizela: Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Linda Pillay: Financial Administrator.

Browse our Brochure for 2020: pdf