The Prize Makers

There are a number of small entrepreneurs we have worked with for years who have had NO income for the past couple of months. They have started as students and grown into small business owners at "Out of the Box Skills Training Centre". Most of them are also contracted skills trainers for both "Out of the Box" and "AkukhanYa". This campaign is about supporting them as much as it is about financially assisting our training centres. We are, therefore "buying" the prizes from them. This provides them with a monthly steady income, us with amazing prizes and nobody is receiving a "handout" or freebie from the funding we are generating. This will restore their dignity, self-respect and hope for a better 2021 - 2022.


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Florah Rathaga 

Our sewing class guru. Florah is not only our sewing trainer but the CMT (cut make & trim) professional at Out of the Box.
Florah will be overseeing the mask project & also making some of the masks we will be distributing in the informal settlements during the holiday period.
She is also the creator of the braai aprons for the sweepstake competition. It will be difficult to find a sweeter "hustler" & entrepreneur.

She can be contacted at 071 181 1042

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PETER (OUPA) MAkinta  

Peter owns his own company called Peters Lampshades. He makes wire lampshade frames for interior decorators on consignment. He also provides the lampshades for the learners who learn to cover lampshades. Peter teaches our learners about making things with wire.
Peter will be making the wire baskets for the succulent plant holders for the sweepstake competition. He will oversee the making of the specialised wire cars by one of our unemployed learners specialising in making these.

He can be contacted at 072 247 6958
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Gerald Marekera 

Gerald's hands can do almost anything, from servicing the sewing machine and equipment for the centre, to upholstery and designing backpacks & bags from recycled materials, as well as making them. He & his mom, with their sewing team will be making the back to school bags for the "Make Them Smile" Project.
Gerald also designed and made the "travel shouder" bag as a prize. He & Maud will be making teh wine bags, cooler bags etc.

He can be contacted at 084 656 2160
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MAUD Marekera

Maud has industrial machines and makes almost anything on consignment. She also teaches the learners how to work on industrial machines.
Maud will be making the wine, beer & cold drink & overnight bags for the sweepstake prizes. She & Gerald will also be responsible for the "Make Them Smile" project back to school bags.

She can be contacted at 083 313 8892
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Kenny & MIKE  

They do not only run a small, but well equipped , screen printing business, they also teach our learners about screen printing. We have a number of learners who have started their own businesses after their training. They also do all screen printing for AkukhanYa, such as our masks and T-Shirts.
This team will be doing all the printing work for the sweepstake competition, from the calendars, to the files, to "number plates" and more. We love working with them.

Mike can be contacted at 082 451 8296 | Kenny can be contacted at 073 820 3625
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Rushmore MArehwa

Rushmore is one guy we do not want to fight with. He is s 4 DAN black belt karate instructor & personal trainer. He is also our brilliant computer trainer and fixer of all things technology. Rushmore will be the instructor for the New Year Boot-camp, as well as the computer training classes and karate classes for whoever is so lucky to wins these prizes.

Rushmore can be contacted at 061 025 0187
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BUNNY Craucamp

We have been blessed with an amazing woodwork & carpentry trainer in Bunny. He is the brand ambassador for Hardware Centre, woodwork teacher for Leroy Merlin and owns his own carpentry business. He will be making the wooden picnic benches for the competition, as well as train woodwork classes at the centre. His goal is to train up one or more of the learners as his right hand person in the woodwork training room.

Uncle Alex can be contacted through AkukhanYa at 084 881 0181
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Anchen de Beer

Anchen has green fingers like nobody else we know. She is our gardener and vegetable garden trainer. Anchen will prepare all the plant prizes for the raffle competition. She is also a gifted crafter and the maker of the pewter coasters as a prize.
Anchen and her sister also run a house cleaning service and they are responsible for sanitizing our premises during this pandemic.

Anchen can be contacted through AkukhanYa at 084 881 0181
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Rob Wing

Rob has years of experience in the meat world. He makes the most mouthwatering biltong, droëwors and droëwors for pets. Rob will be making all these treats for our alcohol and sweets gift packs. He currently works from his fully set up home base and also makes lovely chili bites on assignment.

Rob can be contacted through Elaine at 082 556 8248

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Louis Ndawara 

Louis runs one of those amazing bead and wire street stores in Hazeldean, Pretoria. What a nice and friendly guy. Louis will be assisting in skills training at the centre as soon as we start those classes again. He will be the maker of all the protea beaded flowers for the campaign. He will also co-make the "thank you bracelets" that will be part of all the prize hampers for us.

Louis can be contacted at 064 241 0546

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Jacques de Wet

Jacques is an amateur photographer that has taken the most beautiful photos in the most amazing places, not only in South Africa but across the world. He should be a professional photographer, and we are privileged to have access to his photos as one of the prizes for the campaign. You can go and drool over his photos on Instagram - @JakdeWet.

Jacques can be contacted through AkukhanYa at 084 881 0181

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Xolani ZULU

Xolani paints the most vibrant scenes from local communities. We would love to own one of his paintings and cannot wait to showcase them on our website. If bright scenes are not your thing, we have other artists who draw and paint in various mediums and styles as well

Xolani can be contacted through AkukhanYa at 084 881 0181

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Die boeremark

We are sourcing from a variety of home industry bakers and makers for the sweets, baked goods hamper packs. Everything truly South African and homemade. Some of the little surprise extras in the R500.00 hampers will also come from their delectable tables and kitchens. Including homemade jams and honey.

They can be contacted through AkukhanYa at 084 881 0181 (We will list all their names and contact details shortly)

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C.O.N.E.C.K.T. is a local network of welfare organisations, NPOs and crafters. The wire night lights are made by them as part of their disabled learners' fund raising project. There is a range of animals, flowers and shapes to choose from beautifully made and each one a work of art.

They can be contacted through Naomi at 079 537 1892

Convinced yet that this is a worthwhile cause to support?


There are a number of prizes that are not made by the above entrepreneurs but sourced from local businesses. Proudly South African!


OAkes Brew House, Modderfontein

Oakes Brew House  was established in 2013 and claims the title of the first women-only brewery in the country. Delia Bailey and Thea Blom took the plunge and opened a craft beer brewery with Happy Sekanka as their head brewer. She’s a young, black brewmaster and a force to be reckoned with within this male-dominated industry. The brewery produces four beers – a Weiss, an American pale ale, a stout and a blonde – all of which are available for purchase, as well as on tap at Oakes Brew House.

Oakes Brew House, 101 High Street, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 72 211 1281
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Gilroy’s Brewery, Muldersdrift

A day outing at its best,  Gilroy’s Brewery is one of those spots where guests pop in for one beer and end up staying for hours. There’s great food, live music and a bustling atmosphere, with amazing craft beer to complement it all. On Saturdays at 11am guests can book a brewery experience with Steve Gilroy himself. He’ll share his impressive knowledge, add some humour to the mix and guests will get to taste the four beers under Gilroy’s label.

Find them by travelling on the R114 (Muldersdrift/Diepsloot) and look out for the Ngwenya Village, close to the N14/Beyers Naude ramps, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 11 796 3020

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Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky 

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is the only commercial whisky distillery on the African continent. It is also the only whisky made exclusively from 100% South African grown corn. The international nature of whisky was driven home when a South African whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, was awarded the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2018 World Whisky Awards. Andy Watts, the founder and Master Distiller of Bain’s, was also awarded the title of Global Icon of Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender. Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky is produced at the Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, South Africa. 

Their website and the article about their award

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A local businesswoman has created a South African “tequila” from agave plants she’s growing in the Karoo. And although the finished product can’t legally be called tequila, Leonista’s 100% Karoo Agave, which has a smoky flavour profile similar to Mexican mezcal, has won fans and distribution deals around the world.

Her solution was to create a certified organic product made only from the agave plant that follows the centuries-old traditions used in Mexico. As with products like champagne and port, appellation of origin laws prevent anyone outside of Mexico from calling their spirit tequila or mezcal, but Kennan says Leonista follows processes that makes it as close as you can get to the original.. 

Their website and the article about their award

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Distell, a global business with roots in South Africa, produces and markets a diverse portfolio of award-winning alcoholic brands that have been crafted by extraordinary people across the world. Some of these brands include Amarula, Savanna, Hunter's Dry, Durbanville Hills and Nederburg.

All wines, bubbly and non-alcoholic hampers are sourced through Distell in Alrode, Gauteng.

Their website and list of brands to choose from

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HONEYSUCKLE beauty products

Honeysuckle: House of Honey  offers a range of hand-made natural skincare products made with natural beeswax, raw honey, propolis and oils such as avocado, sweet almond, eucalyptus, organic olive oil, essential oils, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Leaf Extract etc.  Honeysuckle will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and smelling delicious!

All our products are made and packaged in South Africa.  We only use beeswax, honey and propolis sourced from our own hives in the Overberg.

Their website and their shop with products to choose from
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The  the range is a collection of beautiful and practical items made from traditional 3 Cats Shwe Shwe.

Our mission is to create jobs and reduce waste to landfill, so while you could never tell, the foundation and lining of all of our products are made from up-cycled billboards, tents and even offcuts from car seat covers! Some of our trims have also been reclaimed from old bags and other goodies. We work with various community projects an d NGOs in the Germiston area to uplift those communities and provide real change to their lives. We also work with women-owned micro businesses at the Riversands Incubation hub near Diepsloot.

Their eco smart website and swe shwe website
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Alman's  Dried Fruit and Nuts was founded in 1996 when one man decided to put his lifelong dream in action. Supplying South Africa with the widest variety of quality dried fruit and nuts from around the world. In June 1996 this man traveled the world in pursuit of the finest quality product available. Their products are fresh and delishes. A full order list will be provided to choose from for your hamper of choice.

The Almans website,

Address: 1 Covora Street, Boksburg, GP, 1459, South Africa

Phone: +27 11 397 4685

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ceres fruit juices  

From the Ceres Valley, straight to your table. Every drop produced with care in the sunny valley we call home.  Our wide range of juices is carefully crafted to quench your thirst and drench your taste buds with deliciousness. 

Their range includes fresh juices, juice & water swirls, water and vegetable juices to choose from for the juice hamper.

The Ceres Juice Company website,
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mnandi roast coffee - the character company  

At the Character Company we take our coffee very seriously and believe that life is too short to drink bad coffee.  We also camp with 5 year old's on a regular basis so coffee is an essential ingredient for surviving that.  So in order to help sponsor camps for the boys we serve we launched our own coffee brand in partnership with BRU Coffee in 2017.  All the proceeds goes directly to our camp program so every time you enjoy a cup of Mnandi ("lekker" in Zulu) you are also helping a boy to get a regular positive male role model in his life.  And just like that coffee makes the world a better place again.

The Mnandi Roast Coffee at The Character Company website
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Joekels - home of laager teas

A traditional South African brew, rooibos tea is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. Tea-lovers like its flavor, which they describe as smooth and sweet with a hint of vanilla. It also blends well with other ingredients.

"Rooibos" means "red bush," but the rooibos plant has green, needle-like leaves and tiny yellow flowers. When workers pick, bruise, and ferment the leaves to make tea, they turn a reddish color, giving the tea its name. The leaves are also picked and dried without fermenting to make green rooibos tea.

We are the tea and coffee masters. Here at Joekels, we pack, blend and distribute some of South Africa’s most popular household tea brands. It all began in 1994, when Joe Swart and Jonathan Kelsey joined forces and names (Joe Swart + Jonathan Kelsey) to create Joekels Tea Packers.

A full catalogue of options will be emailed to the winners who chose this hamper.

The Joekels website and Laager web page + Tetley web page
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DAISY DESIGN - Olive OIl - balsamic Vinegar combo

It’s finally here! My very own range of Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar beautifully packaged in my signature Daisy design. The range is produced by Rio Largo Estate, a proudly South African company, known for its award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
Daisies are perennial flowers, which means they always grow back. I can almost smell the sunshine when I look at these flowers, they are a constant reminder to me that we all have the ability to “grow” and “bloom” again, after facing hardships in life.
Daisies are also believed to symbolise “new beginnings”. They represent strength in adversity, which has been my journey over the past two years, after having had to overcome a horrific ordeal where I was the victim of gender-based violence, which culminated in me being shot in the face and left to fight for my life. The symbolic application and use of the Daisy in my packaging really resonate with me and my journey of healing. (Samantha was shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend 2 years ago and also lost her job while recovering from this trauma.)
A portion of the profits of the sale of each combo sold will be donated to GREEN DOOR, a safe house for victims of gender-based violence.
Like daisies, we continue to grow where warmth, brightness, and hope can be found. Be the best version of yourself.
500ml combo Daisy Design Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar - R299.00
The Olive Oil is truly delicious. Order your combo today, it makes for a beautiful gift and will add a touch of style to your kitchen and table settings.

The Daisy Design website and and contact number: Samantha -  078 472 0603 to order.
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As they say, "the best things come in glass. 

Consol is a local business, situated in Alrode, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan. They have been a supporter of Out of the Box for a number of years and we value their partnership. Their Solar Jar is a great prize to win, as it can be filled with anything tasty and used as a night light around the braai fire. These are really nice and very handy prizes to be won. There might even be some biltong bites lurking in the jar.

The Consol  website and solar jar web page
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Different local artists. 

We have the option of different local artists painting to choose from. The winners of these prizes will have the option to choose which artists' work they like the best and which painting they prefer. Paintings are displayed at The Shack Shop of Out of the Box in Albertskroon.

The Shack Shop and Out of the Box website
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Different local ENTREPRENEURS. 

We manufacture skin & body care, facile products, a wide range of guest amenities personalised for your business needs, melt & pour soap, as well as gift pamper packs. Marisa - 065 822 8134 / Kobus - 065 823 6936

They make the most beautiful decor items, like pictures, trays, blocked photos, etc. Especially their proteas, Nguni, succulent & other canvasses. Liesl - 083 306 9356 /

New Life Training Centre - Victory over addition.
Marketing (Jalapeno Project) – As we grow our own chillis, we also produce and bottle our very own jalapeno sauce in which we use to sell to the public and also use to gain donations for our residents and the centre. People with marketing and sales experience are well suited for this project as it an everyday task to go out to different areas and market our sauce as well as our centre. Email: / website:

Makers of the most delicious baked goodies - especially all kinds of rusks and biscuits. They sell their products every Saturday morning at the Boeremark in Pretoria and at other markets as well. Daleen: 078 834 4804

Creators of Hand made trays, tabletop "potjies" and other products - sold at markets all around Gauteng. Dawnita or Lodewyk - 083 459 0182 / 083 442 5282 / or

Their range of homemade goodies is to drool over. Biscuits, rusks, fresh eggs, fresh meat, and more. Christa Mouton 082 653 8217 / /

Superior South African Olive Products - they really have delicious olive products. Riana - 082 375 6325 / Petrus 082 494 6989 

AND more added every day.
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AS you can see we are fully supporting South African brands