The Siyazisiza Trust places people at the centre of their development process and ensures their active involvement and leadership in all interventions. Our approach strengthens the capacity of local communities to analyse their livelihood systems, identify their main constraints and test possible solutions. By merging their own traditional knowledge with external information, farmers can eventually identify and adopt the practices and technologies most suitable to their livelihood system and needs to become more productive, profitable and responsive to changing conditions.

We adopt a holistic approach towards improving food security and rural livelihoods ensuring that – beyond food production – nutritional awareness, coping with climate change, and entrepreneurial and marketing skills are core components of the learning process.

In summary, we provide our beneficiaries with the following services:

  1. Training and education,
  2. Infrastructure grants and loans,
  3. Market facilitation,
  4. Distribution of inputs and produce.

The Trust’s craft development approach is centred on the establishment of secondary marketing business entities which will each serve geographically selected crafters producers, living in the most remote of rural areas, with limited, if any, access to markets.

The Trust’s role as intermediary between rural crafters and the market is systematically being transferred to these secondary marketing businesses which are receiving support and mentorship from the Trust and its associated service delivery partners.

Secondary marketing business members receive training, mentoring and support in the following areas:

  • Basic business and financial management training
  • Advanced business training: Management and leadership
  • QuickBooks Accounting training
  • Sales and Marketing training
  • Linking businesses to markets and facilitating relationships with existing clients
  • Production management and quality control
  • Business registration
  • Branding and registration of intellectual property rights

Rural craft producers are business entities in their own right – supplying products to secondary entities and being paid by them. The Siyazisiza Trust and its associated service delivery partners support rural crafters and provide training and mentoring in the following areas:

  • Business & financial skills training (opening and managing of bank accounts, record keeping etc.)
  • Establishment of committees and co-operatives if required (the latter is facilitated by a co-operatives expert)
  • Technical training on new products developed
  • Pricing and fair trade:
    In assisting the rural crafters to develop entrepreneurial skills, pricing is constantly discussed. The Siyazisiza Trust’s mentors works closely with all the crafters when prices are negotiated and reviewed annually.
  • Product development:
    New products designs are generally based on, but not confined to, traditional skills and artifacts, and are developed annually. Product development is market-driven and in this regard, consultations are held with selected buyers with the view of understanding their requirements.
  • Environmental awareness
    The Siyazisiza Trust endeavours to be as environmentally responsible as possible in all of our activities and a number of initiatives have been implemented since our establishment.


Marketing and sales of craft products are administered by the five secondary marketing business entities
which each support rural craft producers within their specific geographical areas.


Contact:          Cry Kekana – Marketing & Sales

Telephone:      073 645 6876

Contact:          Nombuso Mahlangu – Finance & Admin

Telephone:      073 959 1892


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Contact:          Nonsikelelo Mdakane – Marketing & Sales

Telephone:      083 311 5740


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Contact:          Sibusiso Shelembe – Marketing & Sales

Telephone:      072 760 3504

Contact:          Lulama Dongo – Finance & Admin

Telephone:      073 856 4445


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Contact:          Thabo Shogole – Marketing & Sales

Telephone:      083 885 8352

Contact:          Lordwin Mgwenya – Finance & Admin

Telephone:      072 810 1485


         Lordwin Mgwenya – Finance & Admin

      072 810 1485

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Contact:          Nontobeko Mzileni – Marketing & Sales

Telephone:      079 465 4081

Contact:          Bonisiwe Tembe – Finance & Admin

Telephone:      076 822 7618


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