Embocraft Skills Training

Embocraft conducts skills training to develop unique craft products as an income generation project for community members throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal. These products are marketed through the center, visitors are welcome. Your support can ensure their sustainability.

Our shop is situated at 237 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill, and is open Monday to Thursday 8am to 4pm and on Friday 8am to 3:30pm. Entrance to the parking area is off Kearsney Road

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Embocraft was started in 1986 to alleviate poverty in the areas surrounding Botha’s Hill and the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu Natal. Due to the success in these areas, training is now held through out the entire province. Embocraft became a Training Trust in 1988.In 1999, CARE Deutschland purchased the old Botha’s Hill Post Office to facilitate training. The property is ideally situated within close proximity to the “Embo” and “Valley of a Thousand Hills” communities and also on the main road of 1000 Hills Tourism route.In 2001, Lions Clubs International Foundation sponsored the building of an additional 610 square metres of training facilities on the property.

Embocraft is currently in the process of applying for accreditation with the relevant SETA’s. At present it is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.Through mentoring programs and with the introduction of relevant business training Embocraft is assisting groups in the formation of business structures and developing potential entrepreneurs with the aim of achieving sustainable income generation projects. Embocraft has a constant stream of requests from communities in need of skills training that requires a constant stream of donor funding.

Embo is located on the periphery of the metropolis of Durban. The area could be more aptly described as a peri-urban informal settlement, with no formal town planning demarcations and much less densely populated than a typical squatter settlement. Many households have their own plots of land and cattle herding is prevalent. The area is located directly adjacent to Hillcrest, an affluent and predominately white suburb of Durban, which has experienced a tremendous growth in commercial activity over the last five years.The landscape is characterised by a high sandstone ridge and deeply incised valleys, and forms part of the tourist attraction area known as “The Valley of a Thousand Hills.”

The population of 25 000 is exclusively black and Zulu-speaking, with an average household size of 5, and 88% considered poor. Although located within the borders of the metro with democratically elected ward councilors, the area is also subject to traditional, authoritarian leadership of the amaKhosi (chiefs) and Indunas (headmen). Tension often exists between these two power structures. HIV/AIDS is endemic in the area with locals currently quoting a prevalence rate of 67%.


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This gentleman was one of our very first welding students and has used his skill to generate an income ever since.

He recently manufactured a food cart out of scrap metal and old bicycle tyres and is now going to sell Ämagwenya”and other food stuff to the community at school events and building sites.

He is a well known member of the Embo community and works with his own charitable organisation Suzies crew, who build houses for the unemployed and poorest of the community.


Facilitator was good and give all the best skill, i like they were teaching in class; i do not like end of course no computer support, thanks for give opportunity, i never use before computer but now i know; what is a computer, god b


Knowelege makhabela

Dear thisha

Siyabonga ibimnandi icourse, and I appreciate the way you take your time explaining

and repeating for all of us to understand each and every step of the course .

you have been avery good teacher to us,


I liked the tea breaks a lot thank you,

in fact I did like everything and I would like to take more of the courses at Embocraft

in future.


All has been well, no  dislikes at all.



Nomfundo Ngcobo

Dear mpilo

Firstly ngithanda ukubonga ngokusinika iskhathi esanele kanye nesneke.

Engithanda ukusho kuqale kwabanzima cz okuningi bengingakwazi nge



Engikuthandile ngithande ukuzwana kwethu kanye noku bambisana kwethu

ngoba besisebenza as a team.



Nondumiso Mkeana

I would like to thank eBLACK BUSINESS CENTRE and Embocratf staff, especially the computer facilitater for their stream energy and all  the good work that  he has done ,to culcates us through this course .

The course itself is of the higher standard ,as well as the hole team that was sorrounding us with a freindly manner

Without the dought I,m extremly happey with everything that we have learned

I allso  like to see this kind  of training happened quaite often even if its longer than this duration,so that the learners will be more skillfull with all the terms and texts.

Well done and keep up a good worke