SEWAFRICA was awarded three Department of Labour contracts in 2001, four contracts for 2002 and eight contracts 2003.

  • Garment Making, Domestic Machinery
  • Garment Making School Wear, Domestic Multi Stitch Machine Overlocker
  • Embroidery
  • Pattern Making
  • Improve Your Business

The aim of these training programmes is the upgrading of basic sewing and business skills of underemployed women and disabled people involved in small and micro businesses in the garment industry in the inner city of Johannesburg.

Furthermore in 2002 the training center offered a further six courses accredited by City and Guilds International, SEWAFRICA are registered as an accredited service provider and offers the following courses:

  • Certificate in Pattern Cutting
  • Certificate in Fashion
  • Certificate in Soft Furnishing

In 2003 SEWAFRICA was awarded accreditation from the CTFL SETA, making SEWAFRICA one of the first accredited service providers in Gauteng.

  • 2004 (April – September)
    We were awarded the contract to pilot the CTFL Seta SMME Cluster Training Project in Gauteng in the formal clothing sector and offered courses ranging from Self Development, Financial Management, Supervisor Development, Quality Assurance, Production to Management Workshops for 150 people.
  • 2005 (January – December)
    We completed a level 6 Product Development Practice (Fashion Focus) Learnership through the MAPPP SETA and Create SA and were commissioned by the Economic Development Unit to run a training programme for 20 people, with the cushion makers operating from the pavements of Johannesburg City resulting in the presentation of a sustainable development solution for the City of Johannesburg’s consideration with respect to the cushion makers.
    SEWAFRICA was nominated for the Home-grown Awards Bridge Builder of the Year Award for the work done in training and designer development
    SEWAFRICA was nominated for the Home-grown Awards Bridge Builder of the Year Award for the work done in training and designer development.
  • 2006/2007
    SEWAFRICA was the training provider for a level 2 Clothing Manufacturing learnership for 42 disabled learners in MofoloPark, SOWETO and Sophiatown, this programme includes components of numeracy and literacy. In addition, SEWAFRICA provided sewing and soft furnishing training to communities in Rorkes Drift in the Msinga Muncipality as part of a Skills Development Poverty Alleviation project. In the same year we completed training in the Sterkspruit area as part of the NMMU Community Outreach Project for sewing groups where twenty four candidates were trained in basic sewing.
    SEWAFRICA was awarded a New Venture Creation Learnership. The learnership was targeted at 25 graduates from crafts/fashion skills based learnerships. The purpose of the learnership was to ensure that the graduates have the opportunity to set up and run their own businesses within a controlled and mentored environment, the learnership was completed in November of 2007.
    SEWAFRICA completed training of 12 candidates in an initiative run by Region 9 Social Development, training candidates in school wear and tracksuits.
  • 2008
    SEWAFRICA was accredited as one of two host training providers for the CTFL Seta in Gauteng. In addition SEWAFRICA was accredited to present the City and Guilds International Diploma in Fashion.
  • 2009
    SEWAFRICA ran a SMME project for CTFL SETA for 200 candidates covering machine maintenance, supervisor skills and life skills for employees of manufacturers in the sector. In 2009 SEWAFRICA created an outreach project department that aimed specifically to implement training in rural and semi rural communities across the country. SEWAFRICA formed a joint venture with Read for Africa and project managed learnerships across the country:
    • 150 Business Practice Level 1 Learnerships in ILembe for Party Design (Oct 2009 – Nov 2010) in KwaDakuza
    • 150 Cleaning and Hygiene Level 1Learnerships in ILembe for Party Design (Oct 2009 – Nov 2010)in KwaDakuza
    • 300 Business Practice Level 1RPL Candidates in Gauteng (March 2010 – June 2010)
    • 100 Marketing Level 4 Learners in Giyani (April 2010 – May 2011)
    • 150 Business Practice Level 1 RPL Learners in Giyani (April 2010 – July 2010)
    • 100 Business Practice Level 1 Learners (People With Disabilities) (May 2010 – April 2011)
    • 200 Business Practice Level 1 RPL Candidates in Gauteng (Aug 2010 – Dec 2010)
  • 2010
    SEWAFRICA completed a series of five training courses over 7 months for the Department of Labour, providing training for members of a sewing co-op in Sharpeville. Courses included machine maintenance, sewing, school uniforms, tracksuits and pattern making.
    SEWAFRICA was awarded a CTFL Learnership with JAFF & Co in Kimberley with 28 learners
  • 2011
    Five final year students were selected to join the Fast Track Programme and showcased their designs at the African International Johannesburg Fashion Week Launch in February 2011.
    500 Project Management Level 4 Learners in a Schools Implementation Project (Feb 2011 – Feb 2013) Nationally in 23 Schools.
  • 2012
    8 Learnerships at Fochville Clothing Manufacturing Processes
    16 Learnerships in Kimberley Jaff and Co Clothing Manufacturing Processes
    11 Learnerships in the Fashion District Clothing Manufacturing Processes