Non Profit Organization Empowering Disadvantaged Communities

"Vukani-Ubuntu was the first development project of its kind in SA, sparking interest and change in the jewellery Industry. "

An excerpt from one of Vukani's central funders, The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Vukani-Ubuntu: A Historical first

First jewellery development project in SA 1999
First jewellery manufacturing facility in a township in SA 1999

First to manufacture gold (5kg) jewellery in a township - MNET "Face of Africa" pageant

First to qualify black jewellery lecturers in SA 2000
Founded the Historically Disadvantaged Individual (HDI) unit at the Jewellery Council of South Africa (JCSA)
Former of the largest jewellery co-operation in SA 2007

Producer of SA's first ethical jewellery brand: FairMade® SA jewellery

First fully sustainable jewellery development model in SA 2008

An Award Winning Organisation


Sabtia Recognition Award - Awarded to SLJI for contribution to local economic development in Limpopo 2010
Metropolitan Oliver Award - Top SMME empowerment company 2009
Metropolitan Oliver Award - Top new and innovative company 2009
De Beers "Shining Light" Award - Winner of the design competition 2007

Best Practice LED Award - Awarded to UJP for local economic development in;Mpumalanga

2003, 02

Impumelelo Award - Winner of award for SA's Top 300 empowerment companies 2003, 02
DTI Business Award - Finalist in the Job Creation & Retention category 2003
AngloGold Ashanti "Riches of Africa" - Finalist in the jewellery design competition 2003, 02, 01
TWIB Award (Dept. of Minerals & Energy) - Winner of the technology for women in Business Award 2003
National Productivity Institute Award - Winner of the NPI Gold Award for best productivity 2001
NPI Award - Winner of the NPI Silver Award for best productivity 2000
Entrepreneur of the year award - Awarded by the institute of Marketing Management 2000
De Beers "Shining Light" Design competition 2000

What others have to say about what we do...

"Vukani-Ubuntu is one of the top five Development Projects in South Africa supported by The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund." (Mampe Ntsedi, Project Specialist – Leadership & Excellence – Nelson Mandela Children's Fund)

"The Jewellery Council commends the work that Vukani-Ubuntu has done in assisting disadvantaged communities and we support their endeavours. "(Abbey Chikane, former Chairman, Jewellery Council of SA)

"JMASA sees Vukani-Ubuntu as a viable member and contributor to the industry in terms of addressing historic inequalities." (Chris van Rensburg, Chairman, Jewellery Manufacturers Association of SA)

"Vukani is a combination of dedication and hard work that achieves good results; and has an exceptional track-record that proves this." (Visha Naidoo, Former Head, Atteridgeville Jewellery Project)