photoHi, my name is Manuela. I am the proud owner of this online shop and blog. My roots are from the beautiful town Split in Croatia and the German capital, Berlin – I am based in Cape Town since 2006. I have created this website/blog to give an insight about the beauty of living in South Africa, the African influence in my life as an European living in the Mother City and the exposure to the creativity around me.

It all started with a few requests to source bespoke African products for friends in Europe – the idea of being one point of contact based in Cape Town was formed. Bonsela was launched in 2010 as online shop and blog featuring wonderful treasures and showcases of some of South Africa’s most talented and celebrated designers as well as crafters and their unique products. In 2013 I started a project called GROWBAG, which is transforming old billboard material into a unique planting container range. It aim is to fit into everybody’s life and living space – follow the Growbag tab to find out more about the project.. We offer wholesale prices on selected items in the Bonsela Shop as well as a sourcing service for companies, designers and shops owners in order to fit their needs of showcasing bespoke handpicked African products.

Thank you for your support and interest in Bonsela, I hope you enjoy the products on offer! Feel free to share the content – if you do so, please credit bonsela.co.za. Should you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to email me on: hello (@) bonsela .co .za.