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#FutureFriday features Thato Makhotla from ORBIT TVET College

By TVET Website

Date: 11/09/2021



Happy #FutureFriday everyone!

On this #FutureFriday we are proud to celebrate Thato Makhotla, an ORBIT TVET College Jewellery and Manufacture Design graduate. The on-the-job training received at the College provided him with the necessary skills to become a successful goldsmith. He is currently employed as a facilitator at Iketleng MoAfrika Skills Development, an NPO based in Sandfontein, North West, since 2019 where he teaches students how to design and manufacture jewellery.

Makhotla began his studies at Rustenburg Campus. His commitment and hard work paid off in his final year of studies, when he was one of the Jewellery Design and Manufacture students from across the country who was selected to take part in a 24-month Goldsmith Art and Jewellery Design International Scholarship in Italy in 2015. For the duration of the programme, the students were placed at Tari Foundation Training School in Naples, where the training included laboratory and project work, as well as an internship component. They also participated in the main Italian trade fairs in the fashion, jewellery and design fields. “My experience there was mind-blowing, as I was exposed to the latest manufacturing styles and also got to meet and learn from renowned jeweller, Mr Rudolfo, who was our mentor and lecturer whilst in Italy,” explained Makhotla.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship and his return to South Africa in 2017, Makhotla continued his studies and passed his trade test at Pneuma Jewellers in Kyalami, Gauteng, and qualified as a goldsmith in 2019. Makhotla then worked for a jewellery company and is doing what he loves the most. 

“I am truly grateful to my institution, ORBIT TVET College, especially my former lecturers, Tebogo Molefe and Mbulelo Ntshali for their guidance and for also introducing me to opportunities I could only ever dream of. It would make me so proud to see one of my students having a success story like mine one day,” added Makhotla. 

The goldsmith says his dream is to own a jewellery store and to produce high end jewellery pieces including luxury timepieces. For now though, his greatest passion is training young, upcoming jewellers.

Makhotla’s former lecturer at ORBIT College, Tebogo Molefe proudly added “it is always heart-warming and very fulfilling when our students go into the world to make us proud after completing their studies. It is definitely assurance to us that we are doing something right.” 


The on-the-job training received at ORBIT TVET College provided Thato Makhotla with the necessary skills to become a successful goldsmith.


Thato Makhotla is currently employed as a facilitator at Iketleng MoAfrika Skills Development, an NPO based in Sandfontein, North West, since 2019 where he teaches students how to design and manufacture jewellery.