Sewing Centre

Mama Yvonne du Preez is living testimony to the effect that sustainable social enterprise development programmes can ripple into the world and affect change. She started working with Mama Mary Visagie of Oasis Skill Centre in 2008 and was trained by Bernina though the Clover Mama Afrika project. Oasis Skill Centre in Upington provided Yvonne with eight years of adequate experience and knowledge.

Now, this single mother has been empowered enough to start her own centre. She is the third of our Enterprise Development project Mamas appointed and is motivated to pay it forward to her fellow community members. As a former Captain in the South African Army, Mama Yvonne had to overcome many challenges in a male-dominated environment and is up to the task to lead her community to self-sustainability.


CMA provided skills training to 1
Mama transferred skills to 9
Mama provides employment to 2




Joined CMA: January 2017
Children in her care: 0
Elderly in her care: 0
Outreach: 0

Facts about Mama Yvonne

Sewing Centre
Upington, Northern Cape


  • Nationality and Language:
  • Date of Birth:
20 August 1964
  • Marital Status:
  • Own Children:
1 child


2017 – Won a laptop courtesy of Unicode Systems
2018 – Clover Mama Afrika Special Recognition Award – winner
2018 – Clover Mama Afrika / Bernina Sewing Competition – winner
2019 – Clover Mama Afrika / Bernina sewing competition – 3rd runner up
2021 – Bernina Embroidery Machine winner

“Through Clover Mama Afrika,

I have learned that no amount of hurt can keep you from pursuing and realising your own dream. Prof Elain always says: ‘stay focused and number one looks after number one.”