One of the best things in life is to witness people grow. At Madi a Thavha we are fortunate that we have seen a couple of men and women grow their inherent potential to become confident young leaders.
Tebocho attended Access to Markets for Profit Workshop
Tebocho Mathase, manager of the Madi a Thavha Textile & Design studio and now also managing the housekeeping at the lodge, recently won a scholarship to attend a four-day workshop called Access Markets for Profit in Gauteng. The workshop was presented by the Africa Craft Trust and the focus was on practical business and market information designed for African CraftArt businesses to improve their sales in wholesale, retail and export markets. It also allowed participants direct access to their trade show floor and connects them to exhibitors, buyers, and industry experts.
Some of the interesting topics covered during the workshop were:
- Understanding the gift and decorative accessories market structures and the opportunities in wholesale and export markets in South Africa and the US
- Understanding the 2018 colour and design trend forecast and how to research trends to adapt your product range accordingly
- Introductions to, and a tailored tour of Johannesburg retail shops purchasing craft.
‘It was so exciting to be with other people from all over South Africa who are making crafts, I made many friends at the workshop,” says Tebocho.
From shy, unemployed school leaver to student with a job.
The late woodcarver Philip Rikhotso’s daughter Lindah is now not only student but also working full time at Madi a Thavha. Lindah is doing distance learning in office management which is partly sponsored by guests who stayed at Madi a Thavha. She can now pay for the other part of her studies while she is working and learning more about lodge-administration employed at Madi a Thavha. Lindah already qualified as a side tour guide with Madi a Thavha this year and will be writing her first exams in Joburg in November. She quickly learned how to make traditional jewelry with a contemporary slant and has been modeling local artists’ jewelry for us too.
Last year of high school, building his own rural gallery
Our region’s young scrap-artist Pilato Bulala this year finishes high school, but over week-ends during every spare moment he is building his own rural gallery. When you drive through the vicinity of Elim there are now new information signs of artists and crafters on the Ribola art-route, Pilato helped to weld and paint them. His ‘scraptures’ will soon be displayed in his own rural gallery, watch this space.