Amaso Glass Bead Manufacturing
Beadwork has always been associated with African craft and jewellery making. Originally these beads were made from natural materials such as wood, ostrich shell, copper, gold and clay butthese bead-making skills were lost as an abundance of glass and plastic beads entered the continent from abroad. It was found that the manufacture of indigenous South African jewellery based on historic methods had completely disappeared.
Kgabane Jewellery Programme
Kgabane (meaning precious) is a brainchild of government through the then Department of Minerals and Energy, mandated to champion the development of the indigenous precious metal jewellery sub-sector (through fusing ancient indigenous craft techniques and goldsmithing techniques to create a product with a uniquely African signature). Established in 2001, Kgabane has a number of programmes, principal among which is the National Rural Development Programme, which drives Small and Micro Enterprises (SME) development in order to meet the following objectives.