Mambu means Thank you


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Mambu

Johannesburg to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


Jewellery made of ostrich egg shells


Johannesburg (also called eGoli, meaning the golden place), South Africa – distance to Europe: 8,800km

Founded in 1988


  • Françoise de Oliveira grows up in Mozambique
  • From 1988: Françoise and husband Dominic produce bowls and decoration articles out of ostrich egg shells in Johannesburg
  • 2006: CONTIGO meets Mambu; CONTIGO encourages Mambu to branch out into jewellery production
  • 2006: jewellery production starts
  • CONTIGO becomes first customer in Europe
  • CONTIGO supports Mambu in continuous product development

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2006


Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 23 employees (additional employees in busy periods)
  • 7 employees in own shops

Organisation of workforce:

  • Office/administration: Nomsah Magodo and Portia Chirimumimba
  • Design and product development: Françoise and Dominic


  • Exports (25%) to Italy, France, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Botswana, Namibia, and Swaziland
  • Home market (75%)
    • in 2 Mambu shops
    • through several distributors


  • To expand exports
  • To continue participation in trade shows
  • To create jobs and higher income for employees
  • To improve the quality of the products
  • To diversify product range

Special features

Why does CONTIGO with Mambu: The joint product development was very fun and successful. Mambu has grown significantly in the last few years and is eager to improve occupational safety and health.


Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

Mambu complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV

Fair wages

  • Average/minimum wage in this sector/region: R 1,560/month (R 78.00/day) (R=Rand)
  • Average salary at Mambu: R 3,440/month
  • Holiday bonus
  • Bonus as incentive
  • Weekly salary transferred to employees own bank accounts
  • Higher wages in case of overtime (Saturdays: 150% of normal wages, Sundays: 200% of normal wages)
  • Annual wage increase

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 9 hours/day (8am – 5pm)
  • 2 breaks (lunch: 1 hour, tea: 15 minutes)
  • 5 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Regular HIV tests
  • Pension for long-term employees
  • Housing is provided for employees
  • Paid holidays
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accident
  • Lunch provided

Educational opportunities:

  • Apprenticeships are offered and paid
  • Trainings are offered in order to learn and develop new designs and techniques


  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO



  • Personal visit in Johannesburg (2010)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: South Africa


Mambu Team_Schnee


Author: Janina Lange on 29. June 2016

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