The next 6 months

Above: Memme Ramaila – for information about this extraordinary farmer, visit

There goes another half year. Hopefully we all are happy with the way we have been managing our lives. Firstly, Khwela would like to thank all of you who drove out to Brits in order to celebrate African unity with us through food, music, fashion, honey and other craft goodies. This event was held at Memme Ramaila’s farm. Memme is a leader in the agriculture sector as a bee and maize farmer. She put her heart and soul into promoting farming for rural women and youth. Your support is much appreciated and we hope that this year will continue to be a year of growth, planning for next year and completely challenging ourselves to make full use of our potential.

Khwela Factory is currently working on it’s collection of Unoyiwawa merchandise and we hope to soon bring an African flavor to your souvenirs or torn upholstery. Watch this space for when we announce an opportunity to pre-order our goods at a massive 50% discount.

If you have any specific textile needs, contact By supporting us, you would be supporting products that speak to our African identity made in South Africa.

Rug Makers’ Opportunity

Khwela Factory is looking for rug makers or manufacturers to serve as suppliers to the company. 

Work overview: The successful candidate will make the rugs and print the design of the rug according the image supplied by Khwela Factory. 


  • Experience in making rugs with the right equipment and images of previous work done is most important. 

Other requirements:

  • Own equipment for making the required rugs
  • Punctuality
  • Reliability

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be enthusiastic and interested in products made in Africa
  • Have good communication skills, both written and verbal or have an interpreter
  • Be confident dealing with the client
  • Demonstrate imagination and creativity when it comes to making the rug according to the design

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please email your CV / company profile and pictures of previous rugs made, by no later than 4pm on 10 May 2019 to whatsapp to +2779 482 2051.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Graphic Design Opportunity

Khwela Factory is looking for graphic designers to serve as suppliers to the company. 

Reports to: The CEO of Khwela Factory

Work overview: The successful candidate will redesign our logo, design prints for our fabrics, business cards, promotional and branding material for pop up exhibitions for the company with a focus on instilling an appreciation of ancient African knowledge systems through the Unoyiwawa concept.


Formal qualification in graphic designing and one of the following:

  • Fashion designing
  • Fine art
  • Branding
  • Advertising
  • Marketing

Other requirements:

  • At least 2 years’ experience in designing according to a brief
  • Own equipment for producing the design work required
  • Punctuality
  • Reliability

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be enthusiastic and interested in the craft sector
  • Have good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be confident dealing with the client
  • Demonstrate imagination and creativity when it comes to designing as required from time to time

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please email your CV and a catalogue, by no later than 4pm on 18 April 2019.

Unsuccessful candidates will not be notified via email.

South Africa’s Craft 2024 Implementation Blueprint

The South African Department of Arts and Culture Craft Unit led by Joseph Mathe announced a way forward for the sector in the form of a 2024 implementation blueprint that the sector can use to align their activities and benefit from the opportunities that will be available in the 2019 – 2020 period.

This comes at a time where the South African craft sector desperately needs access to:

  1. Information about opportunities in the sector
  2. Funding
  3. Small business non-financial support
  4. Markets within South Africa and internationally
  5. Raw materials to increase profitability
  6. Skills development and capacity building

The blueprint document highlights some of the activities that the unit will focus on where the sector will benefit from the following projects:

  1. The unit will continue to form strategic relationships to unlock access to funding through ring-fenced funds in partnership with the Department of Small Business Development, the Department of Science and Technology as well as craft related SETAs.
  2. The unit will continue supporting the market access platforms managed by the Craft & Design Institute and the Bokoni-Bophirima Craft & Design Institute
  3. The Innibos National Craft Awards will be supported in partnership with the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation.

Tender notices for the 2020 year to be approved by the senior executive at the DAC that craft practitioners can prepare for are also included in the document. Click here to access the Blueprint

Best Craft Practice in Kenya

On 18 November 2018, courtesy of the Kenyan Tourism Board, we went on a Safari Tour where we explored the treasures of Kenya including the Elephant Sanctuary, the Giraffe sanctuary then the human part of the Safari, Kazuri Factory.

Kazuri manufactures ceramic beads, plates, cups and souvenirs using clay from Mount Kenya. The Factory employs over 300 women, many of whom did not go to school. Currently, there are over 300 women on the waiting list. Those that get to be employed are provided with medical aid and a salary. They each make between 700 and 1000 beads per day depending on the shape of each bead and the intricate detail painted on each hand made product.

These products are exported all over the world.

Once the clay is collected from Mount Kenya, it is placed in a machine with water that refines the clay till it is ready for molding. Their molding tools help to create consistency in the bead types. They have water tanks that collect rain water so that saves costs.

A kiln is used to dry the clay before it is decorated with acrylic paint imported from South Africa. Once they are decorated, they are heated again. The kilns and machinery used to prepare the clay is imported from the United Kingdom. The products are heated over night because during the day, it is too hot.

There are different designs created and tested in the market then most of the production is based on orders.

This establishment was initially supported by private British funding and is today, a very attractive tourist destination for Kenya. 75 years later, this is a gem that is a good example of what development is possible in Africa through craft.

Khwela Factory call for Craft Makers and Designers in South Africa

Khwela Factory call for craft makers and designers in South Africa to participate in a craft strategy interview for the Dialogue Conference on 24, 25, and 26 October 2018.

Limited space is available for attending this conference and subject to an invitation from the Department of Arts and Culture. 10-minute interviews are conducted with each craft practitioner who expresses an interest to participate in the growth of the sector. Click here for background information

All interviews will be conducted between 9am and 5pm on the following days:

5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25 September 2018

Only craft makers and designers will be interviewed.

Deadline for interviews: 25 September 2018

Opportunity description:

The results from the interviews will be consolidated and incorporated into a presentation at the October Craft Sector Dialogue Conference.

Motsumi Makgale Makhene is the strategy and policy expert for this craft strategy process that began on 1 August 2018 and ends in March 2019.

Motsumi Makhene has over 40 years’ experience as an arts educator, Further Education and Training Policy analyst and strategist. He has 24 years’ experience in management and organisational development. He is currently the Executive Director of the Funda Community College. Before this, he was the Principal and Chief Accounting Officer of the Central Johannesburg Colleges. He worked as a Deputy and then Executive Director of the Abt Associates (South Africa), a USAID  funded development project responsible for Technical Assistance to the Department of Education’s FET Branch on policy and strategy development support and science education modelling. His full CV is available upon request.

Become part of the Dialogue by sending your contact details to

Whatsapp Tshidiso Makhetha on +2766 075 0447 or Kgomotso le Roux on +2779 482 2051 and include a letter of interest to be part of the Dialogue.

Khwela Factory is passionate about managing sustainable community development projects. The objectives of this craft strategy would be to increase:

  • Access to information on available opportunities and programmes
  • Access to training and skills development
  • Access to raw materials for craft opportunities
  • Access to funding
  • Focus on the value of indigenous African knowledge systems for the craft sector
  • Improve institutional capacity for executing the DAC’s work in the craft sector