Imbali Visual Literacy Project
Who Are We?
Imbali is one of the only crafts training providers registered with the CATHS SETA and offering accredited, subsidised training. We are based in Newtown (Johannesburg), but work throughout Gauteng and in a number of other South African provinces.
What We Do
Our flagship programme is a three-year crafts training course, in which participants develop and hone their craft-making, design and production skills, along with business and marketing skills. This leads to independent and successful small business units for the production of contemporary and original South African craft. There is a dire need for training and skills development towards income generation and self-employment in South Africa. Jobs within the formal sector are limited, so the more young people empowered to create their own small businesses, the better.
Imbali is a not-for-profit organisation providing training to severely disadvantaged individuals, so we depend on funding for most of our activities.
History Of Imbali Visual Literacy
The arts now form part of the South African curriculum, thanks to educational reforms post 1994. However, most teachers assigned to teach creative art still have no formal arts training. Imbali therefore partners with provincial education departments to train art teachers in using the Imbali Artbooks, supported by funding from government, corporate and private donors. Teachers attend workshops and receive a set of the books for their school. Since 2019, we have been rolling out books and workshops to all nine provinces of South Africa.
In the late 1990s, the need for training for young people in skills towards income generation became urgent, and so the Imbali Crafts Training Programme was born. This has grown to become a three-year, fully accredited vocational training programme, focusing predominantly on textiles and ceramics. The programme develops participants into independent entrepreneurs, able to develop and design their own products and start their own crafts enterprises.
Imbali also runs shorter workshops and training programmes on request. These are tailored to meet the needs of the students.
- Imbali is overseen by a board of highly experienced and passionate individuals. As Imbali is an NPO, all board positions are unpaid and voluntary.
- The director oversees the organisation’s daily operations and creative direction, and identifies new opportunities and partnerships.
- The project manager oversees all training and programmes, the development of written materials, and the organisation’s accreditation status.
- A team of excellent facilitators (full and part-time) teach a range of specialist skills ranging across creative art, craft and business, as well as assisting with special projects and incubator work.
- Imbali also brings in a number of industry professionals who provide input on the development of new courses, programmes and products.
Our organisational status
- An accredited training provider with the CATHS Seta (613/P/000245/2014) registered 01/06/2007
- A Registered Vendor – Gauteng Shared Services Centre
- Registered on the Central Supplier Data Base, supplier number: MAAA0823887