Committed To Service Excellence
Factory Manager, Mr Jose Saraiva
Jose Saraiva has worked in the Textiles industry for more than 40 years. In South Africa, he has worked for 6 years in Frame Group and for 29 years at Nouwens Carpets (15 years as Factory Manager). He later joined Standerton Mills in Mpumalanga. Jose has worked with different types of fibers, including wool acrylic, nylon, polyester, cotton polypropline. He has expertise using machinery such as: Blendings, Cardings HDB Drawframes, Spinnings, Outconners, Twistings and Heat Sets.
Corporate Services Manager, Ms Sibukele Gumbo
Ms Gumbo is responsible for Board and Executive Support, as well as for all Business Systems. She has been the Project Leader of the Siyakhula Living Lab and Liaison in Reed House Systems, championing the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for education and rural development. Her ICT background is a critical ingredient of rural industrialization. She has obtained a BSc Computer Science (Honours) and a MSc Computer Science – both cum laude – from the University of Fort Hare. She also has completed Cisco Certified Network Academy courses up to level 3. Her work and skills have been publicly acknowledged in publications and the media, at national and international level. She is a recipient of a 2013 Eastern Cape Women in ICT Award, which recognized the uniqueness of her achievements.
Agricultural Coordinator, Mr Lizwi Gcasamba
Mr. Gcasamba comes from a family with a strong farming and agricultural background in the Butterworth area. His focus is the alignment of sheep and goat breeds to production and markets, as well as overseeing the farmer support initiatives. Mr Gcasamba majored in agribusiness, agro- meteorology and agricultural engineering at the University of the Free State. His competence draws from previous experience at the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform as an Agricultural Advisor and Technician.
Unit Head: Textile Design and Technology, Ms Bongiwe Somi
Ms Somi graduated with a MTech Degree in Textile Design and Technology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, with further education at Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. Her focus is mainly on fibre processing, fabric testing and product design, including training oversight. Her work experience includes CSIR and private companies where she worked with natural fibres such as wool, mohair, cotton, wild silk, karakul, angora rabbit hair and camel hair. She boasts Texfed and Ecodesign awards for her creative designs, handwoven and hand-spun yarns – some produced with a spindle and a spinning wheel.
Business Analyst: Ms Simnikiwe Sikiwe
Ms Sikiwe, an economic Honours graduate from Rhodes University, is responsible for market trends analysis, regulatory and protocols compliance.
Receptionist and Assistant Administrator, Ms Makgotso Mothlabane
Ms Mothlabane’s valued experience draws from secretarial training and events management prior to joining Ivili Loboya.