Thandana: 10 Years of Local Leather Luxury


Thandana Bag Co celebrates a decade of manufacturing proudly South African luxury travel products.

Thandana T10YSling Bag
Photo Credits Ziyaad Plaatjes


These luxury travel products are handmade with Thandana's own exclusive range of fabrics. The fabrics are trendy, fashionable, versatile, and water resistant, and are laminated to extend the lifetime of the products. The laminated fabric combined with genuine Bovine South African leather means its durability will make the Thandana piece last for years.

Thandana means to love one another in Zulu, which is embodied in their team of 20 skilled artisan labourers who are based in Durban and from nearby local communities in Zululand.

To celebrate 10 years the Thandana Bag Co manufactured 100 limited edition units - Thandana 10 Year Sling (T10YSling).

It has been an absolute honour to receive number 018 of 100 of these limited edition stylish sling bags, which has actually become amongst my favourite bags to use.

As someone who is low maintenance - carrying only the bare essentials - I prefer a small, light, sling bag that is held close to me (for security reasons) and my Thandana bag fits this description whilst remaining stylish with almost any outfit that I wear.

Nabihah Plaatjes with her T10YSling from Thandana Bag Co
Photo Credits Ziyaad Plaatjes

The bag is genuine bovine leather throughout, which is lined inside with a custom made Thandana logo lining, and has a gold adjuster on the 1.25m shoulder strap with 2 gold clips for detaching.

For easy storage there is:

  • 4 inner card slots
  • 2 separate side gold YKK zip compartments with leather pulleys for coins and notes
  • An inner compartment with gold magnetic stud for your ID, passport, or cellphone
  • Another compartment at the back of the sling with an inner zip compartment as well

Fifty of these exclusive bags are available in leather for sale on Thandana's online store from R999 incl VAT.

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Nabihah Plaatjes is the Co-Founder of

She is an Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Change Agent, Published Contributing Author, Journalist, Marketing and Social Media Specialist, a Bachelor of Arts graduate, and has been writing since the age of 9.

Nabihah is passionate about Brand Awareness and Brand Loyalty and uses her knowledge in these fields together with her copywriting, editing and proof-reading skills to bring brands to life. is a primary example of how she can build your brand.

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2023 CEO of the Independent Media Association of South Africa (IMASA)

2018 Contributing Author to SAFFRON: A Collection of Personal Narratives

2017 Recipient of Owami Women & Brand South Africa's Play Your Part Award

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2021 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans: Arts, Entertainment, Film & Media 

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