The SAWAU offers its members a host of educational opportunities, fun events and information sessions, all aimed at improving their knowledge and skills. Competitions are held at all levels to encourage members to improve their abilities and to test their skills.

  Some of the skills you will learn:

  • Culinary
  • Pastry
  • Knitting
  • Crochet
  • Embroidery
  • Handicrafts courses in other mosaics, beading, pottery, macrame etc.
  • Leadership development
  • Function planning
  • Communication.

  Some of the regular activities:

  • Monthly branch meetings.
  • Regular regional meetings.
  • Annual regional conferences.
  • Annual national congress.
  • Opportunities to attend the triennial ACWW international congress.
  • Summer schools – the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.
  • Workshops for specific skills or crafts.

Each of these events is arranged with great care and attention to detail, and include inspirational speakers, information sessions covering health, security and safety, children, legal and consumer issues, cultural activities, performances by famous South African artists, practical demonstrations

by experts in a variety of fields and great fun!


To provide members with a platform to showcase their talent and the opportunity to continuously improve their skills, the SAWAU offers their members competitions in all fields and on all levels – from their local branches to national and international level.


Judging & Judges

The judging of competitions is conducted by qualified, trained judges who are experts in the relevant fields. A Manual has been compiled for judging and is available

to SAWAU members at R150 each.

 The manual includes the following sections:

  • Knitting
  • Crochet
  • Embroidery
  • Sewing
  • Crafts

The categories are:

  • Agriculture
  • Health
  • Art and culture
  • Food
  • Textiles

Competitions Guidelines For 2018



Hand Craft


SAWAU Competitions Embroidery
SAWAU Competitions Writing
SAWAU Competitions Hand Craft
SAWAU Competitions Photography




SAWAU Competitions Crochet
SAWAU Competitions Sewing
SAWAU Competitions Knitting

Reaching Out

While SAWAU is not a charitable organisation, its members are involved in a wide array of community upliftment projects. Just some examples include:

  • Making clothes for the elderly and underprivileged children
  • Knitting toys, blankets and caps for children undergoing chemotherapy
  • Upgrading nursery schools
  • Providing bursaries for deserving children
  • Providing gift bags for children and the elderly for Christmas
  • Providing toiletry bags for rape crisis centres and abused children
  • Soup kitchens for the elderly
  • Feeding programmes for school children
  • Community vegetable gardens
  • Clean-up operations
  • Co-ordinating the building of community clinics
  • Holiday camps for underprivileged children
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