Artworks' History

Artworks (Computer Artwork Services) boasted the first Apple Mac in Durban in 1988 and Shakila Chetty (currently Director) became Durban's first Mac-based DTP operator. When Andy Mason (of Tekwen Publications) decided to come on board in 1989, the first DTP agency in Durban was officially born.


Artworks became renowned for its civil society ethos in the struggle for human rights and democracy in post-apartheid South Africa but with the shrinking of the South African NGO sector in the late 90s, the company diversified its client base to include leading corporate companies, public institutions, as well as provincial and local government. Artworks rebranded itself in 2015 under the leadership of Shakila Chetty and Phindile Mantantana, heralding a new era of the company being 50% black woman-owned and 100% black-owned.