Welcome to Siyakatala

African Arts and Crafts

Our Story

Siyakatala started in August 1994 by Melanie Adler who took over the business from Operation Hunger who created the concept of utilising local craft made by destitute people around the country.

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About Siyakatala

We Do care

“Siyakatala” is the Xhosa way of saying “We do Care”.

Siyakatala operates as a co-op and all items are products of self-help groups. Siyakatala works directly with people in the townships and rural areas of South Africa, and neighbouring countries. All the crafters work from home. The finished products are then purchased directly from the crafters and paid for up front.

All the products are hand-made and the product variety includes African bead work, Traditional musical instruments, African home decor and furnishings, Tribal accessories and Carved wooden items.

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Siyakatala supports many different people around South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Kenya and a few other people from other countries in Africa.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or queries, either contact us on +27 83 774 8269 or simply leave a message below and we’ll get back to you.


+27 83 774 8269

Email: meladler@mweb.co.za

The Water Shed
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town