SEWAFRICA is accredited by the F,P & M SETA, Services SETA, CATHS SETA and the QCTO Quality Council Trades and Occupations. The full time college runs Offers the CATHS SETA’s qualifications and the Outreach Programme incorporates courses / learnerships from the F,P & M SETA and Services SETA



  • •  National certificate: Craft Production Fashion Focus (CATHSSETA)
  • •  General Education and Training Certificate Business Practice Level 1 (Services SETA)
  • •  General Education and Training Certificate Clothing Manufacturing Processes Level 1 (F, P & M SETA)
  • •  National Certificate Clothing Manufacturing Processes Level 2 (F, P & M SETA)
  • •  National Certificate Business Administration Level 2 (Services SETA)
  • •  National Certificate in New Venture Creation Level 2 (Services SETA)



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

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

  • •  In 2004, 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.

  • •  In 2005 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 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.

  • •  In 2005 SEWAFRICA was nominated for the Homegrown Awards Bridge Builder of the Year Award for the work done in training and designer development.

  • •  In 2006 SEWAFRICA was the training provider for a level 2 Clothing Manufacturing learnership for disabled learners in Mofolo Park, 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.

  • •  In July 2006 SEWAFRICA was awarded a New Venture Creation Learnership. The learnership was targeted at 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.

  • •  In 2007 SEWAFRICA completed training of 12 candidates in an initiative run by Region 9 Social Development, training candidates in school wear and tracksuits.

  • •  In 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.

  • •  In 2009 SEWAFRICA was awarded a CTFL Learnership with JAFF & Co in Kimberley with 28 learners and 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 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.

  • •  In 2010, 500 learners participated in a project management level 4 programme where SEWAFRICA utilized teachers from communities to present the programme across 23 schools in the country.

  • •  In 2011, 197 students in Giyani completed a Marketing Level 4 Qualification through Rixaka and ATASA as part of a vision to increase employment opportunities in the community.

  • •  A further 110 students completed a Hygiene and Cleaning Learnership and 127 students completed a Business Practice Learnership in Ilembe, Natal. The students were placed in workplace environments and many started their own businesses as part of the greater vision to involve communities in tourist initiatives in their local communities.

  • •  In 2012, 109 people with learning disabilities completed a level 1 Business Practice Qualification, 20 of the learners were based at SEWAFRICA and completed their workplace experience under our guidance. 65% of the learners were employed after the learnership and are currently still employed contributing financially to their families.

  • •  In addition SEWAFRICA was involved in a learnership of 20 learners at Delswa in Kimberley. These students completed all the requirements for the General Education and Training Certificate in Clothing Manufacturing Level 2.

  • •  In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 SEWAFRICA has run New Venture Creation Learnership in the studio hub, encouraging 70 fashion design graduates over the four years to start up and run their own businesses in a secure incubator.

  • •  In 2015 SEWAFRICA ran  Business Practice Learnership for 30 learners and a Manufacturing Processes level 1 Learnership for 15 learners at MC Kharbai School for the Deaf

  • •  In 2016 SEWAFRICA is running a Clothing Manufacturing Processes Learnership for 25 Parents of disabled children

  • •  In addition SEWAFRICA is the training provider for a Sparrow Schools BEE initiative that places learners with disabilities on the Business Administration level 2 learnership and places graduates in workplaces across Johannesburg.

  • •  In 2016 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 36 women from shelters across Gauteng were provided with basic and intermediate sewing skills. The project provided all machinery and equipment that candidates took with them when they completed the course. The project was repeated in Kwa Zulu Natal in 2017 and Western Cape in 2018

  • •  In 2017 SEWAFRICA completed  a learnership for 27 youth with visions to enter the clothing industry.

  • •  In 2018 SEWAFRICA ran a Young Fashion Entrepreneurial Leadership Conference to celebrate Mandela’s Centenary