Koketso Sedumedi

Koketso is a young, ambitious South African entrepreneur, with experience in interior, exhibition, jewelry and fashion design using natural elements with a proudly South African stamp. She has focused on the development of her own  brand and craft leader, with a firm belief that she is able to realize the eradication of poverty by identifying craft initiatives and serving as their ambassador, highlighting a talent that exists in the North West Province.

Koketso completed a national diploma in interior design in 1997 through Design Center, Greenside Gauteng. In 1998, she explored the corporate world as a receptionist, call center agent, and telemarketer in reputable companies around Gauteng, honing her communication and people skills.

From the year 2000, Koketso explored her artistic, creative and innovative talents by initiating a company, designing interiors and exhibition stands which afforded her an opportunity to participate in the auspicious World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Throughout these experiences, she realized a gap in the national market for crafts produced in the North West which encouraged her to return home and plough back into the community.

Her meeting in 2003 with the late Ricky Munnik afforded her the realization of the role that she can play in “making a difference” in the lives of the disabled, the disadvantaged, people living with HIV and poverty, especially women and youth in the North West Province.

Koketso and Ricky, who was a 66 year old quadriplegic living with HIV/Aids and totally committed to community development, shared the same passion which led them to establish an NPO called PAP (People Alleviating Poverty) utilizing his pension and disability grant of R900 per month.

PAP, a craft skills development program, contributed to the alleviation of poverty, and successfully impacted on the lives of many young, previously unemployed men and women who now have the knowledge and skills to create their own income and to afford employment and training opportunities to other young people from a similar background.

South African hand-made craft from independent designers