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


We Hope to Meet You Here – Craft Designers & Legislative Custodians

Property Rights Alliance & Free Market Foundation

INVITE you to the global launch of the

International Property Rights Index 2018*

Date:     8 August 2018

Place:    Holiday Inn Johannesburg-Rosebank | The Zone | 187 Oxford Road | Rosebank

Time:    0730-1400 including lunch [media and speakers 1400-1500]

Fee:       None

RSVP:    Seating limited to 50 – please RSVP here


07:30 – 08:30     Registration | Arrival tea and coffee with light breakfast snacks

08:30 – 08:40     Opening Remarks by MC Temba Nolutshungu (Director | FMF)

08:40 – 09:10     Keynote Address: Mmboneni Muofhe (DDG | Science and Technology)
Intellectual Property as a tool for development

09:10 – 09:20     Presentation: Lorenzo Montanari (Executive Director | Property Rights Alliance)

An overview of the IPRI Index: Historical context and present application

09:20 – 09:45     Presentation: Prof Sary Levy-Carciente (Economist from Venezuela & Hernando de Soto Fellow)
International Property Rights Index 2018: its relevance, how it is built, this year’s results, its relationship with development and 21st century society

09:45 – 10:15     Questions & Answers

10:15 – 10:45     Mid-morning tea and coffee

10:45 – 11:00     Presentation: Leon Louw (Executive Director | Free Market Foundation)

Smoke and mirrors: Attack on the Rule of Law

11:00 – 11:15     Presentation: Prof Kelly Chibale (Founder & Director | H3D; MRC/UCT
Drug Discovery & Development Research Unit | UCT)
Intellectual property in innovative pharmaceuticals: From right to responsibility and economic impact

11:15 – 11:30     Presentation: Jasson Urbach (Director | Free Market Foundation)

Case study: How the FMF’s Khaya Lam Land Reform Project is restoring property rights and securing a brighter future

11:30 – 12:00     Questions & Answers

12:30 – 14:00     Lunch & Networking

14:00 – 15:00     Media engagement with speakers

*The International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the flagship publication of Property Rights Alliance. The IPRI scores the underlying institutions of a strong property rights regime: the legal and political environment, physical property rights, and intellectual property rights. It is the world’s only index entirely dedicated to the measurement of intellectual and physical property rights.


Temba A Nolutshungu is a Director of the Free Market Foundation. As one of the pioneers of the black consciousness movement his inevitable collision with the apartheid state saw him traverse the ideological spectrum from an inveterate communist to an advocate of classical liberalism. Temba ascribes this metamorphosis to the fact that the apartheid state was omnipotent, dictating the lives of blacks from cradle to grave. Having been detained twice under the Terrorism Act, his resolve to be instrumental in limiting the power of government was strengthened by his immersion in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell.

Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology. He was a UNESCO Biotechnology Fellow at the Agricultural Research Council in 1997 before joining the Foundation for Research Development (now National Research Foundation) as Coordinator and then Manager for Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP). Mr Muofhe’s current responsibilities include the implementation of South Africa’s Bioeconomy Strategy which aims to utilise South Africa’s rich biodiversity, specialised skills base and global partnerships to address health, agriculture and industrial and environmental challenges thereby improving the livelihood of citizens and stimulating economic growth. He is also a non-Executive Director of Biovac (a partly state-owned vaccine manufacturing company) and The Innovation Hub (the first Science and Technology Park in Africa to be accredited by the International Association of Science Parks).

Lorenzo Montanari is Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA), an advocacy group affiliated with ATR for the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally. In his capacity at Property Rights Alliance, he is in charge of publishing the International Property Rights Index, an international comparative study focused on intellectual and physical property rights. Previously, he worked for a public affairs firm in Washington, DC and at the international department of the GSPM/George Washington University. He also worked as a political analyst and electoral observer in Latin America. Lorenzo holds a BA/MA in Political Science and in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a MA in Political Management from the George Washington University. He collaborates with Forbes, The Daily Caller, The Urban Folks (Japan), Formiche and Atlantico.

Sary Levy-Carciente is a Venezuelan economist with expertise in the field of financial macroeconomics. She holds a Doctorate in Development Studies, a Master in International Economics and a Specialization in Administrative Sciences. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Economic Sciences in Venezuela, is a full professor at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and coordinates the Public Expenditure Observatory of the Center for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge CEDICE, Venezuela. In her academic career, she has been: Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences; Coordinator of Research of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research at UCV. Her doctoral thesis focused on financial instability, and nowadays she is coordinating a research programme on network theory measuring systemic risk in the financial sector. She also works as business and financial consultant, has several publications and has been a speaker at academic and professional meetings. Since 2015, Dr Levy-Carciente is responsible for the calculation and analysis of the International Property Rights Index, developed by the Property Rights Alliance (Washington, DC).

Leon Louw is a well known South African personality who, for over a generation, has been active in diverse aspects of public life. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa, especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that took place during the last two decades of apartheid, and the inclusion of the property rights clause in the constitution. With his wife, Frances Kendall, he was nominated thrice for the Nobel Peace Prize for proposals made in their book South Africa: The Solution. Leon is the Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation.

Kelly Chibale studied for his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Zambia and his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK.  This was followed by postdoctoral stints at the University of Liverpool, UK and at the Scripps Research Institute, USA. He was a Sandler Sabbatical Fellow at the University of California San Francisco, a US Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Visiting Professor at Pfizer in the UK.  He is a full Professor of Organic Chemistry at UCT, a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery, founding Director of the extramural South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit at UCT and the Founder and Director of the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre H3D, Africa’s first integrated drug discovery centre. Kelly was recently appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the newly established SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) board.  He previously served as member of the Medicines for Malaria Venture Expert Scientific Advisory Committee and the Expert Advisory Board of the UK government’s Department of Health Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund. He was recently named as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders for 2018.

Jasson Urbach is an economist and a director at the Free Market Foundation, where he also heads the Health Policy Unit. Jasson has published academic papers and several monographs. He has also had a number of opinion pieces published in the popular media both locally and internationally.


Life, the good and bad

Happy news:

On 9 May, the Joy of Jazz Music Festival announced that Tlale Makhene’s performance will feature Kgomotso le Roux on voice and mbira. It is with great appreciation that Khwela Factory will manufacture both their outfits for this production.

Sad news:

May is a difficult month because of the passing of Kgomotso le Roux’s mentor, Rosy Morero Bulane Sabe AKA Neno. Khwela Factory sends its sincere condolences to the Bulane and Hopa family. Here’s a tribute to Neno:


May the spirit of love comfort those who are experiencing difficulty or pain this moment. May the spirit of all that is good heal you in every way.