Built on years of experience

Kumbula Mouldings builds on the 25 year history of Gala Star CC (founded by Carol Starkey) and it’s Kumbula iAfrica range of beautifully crafted and hand painted products

Our Vision

Our Vision is to be the link between the lovers of Africa and the Africans who create these beautiful gifts, art and decor… not an easy role to fill but we are on a assignment to create the opportunities for African inspiration and craftsmanship to be shared with the world.

If you love Africa, this is the space for you to find the perfect gift, curio, decor or artwork to help raise up the African artists and their communities.

Our Mission

We keep our beliefs simple, they are about people – you, our customers, our suppliers and partners. We thought we would share them with you:

  • We believe great customer service is key to our success
  • We believe in inspiration shared
  • We believe in openness and honesty in our relationships and communication
  • We believe we can be better today than we were yesterday for our customers and our team

Our achievements

100% black ownership with a 135% contributor making it level
1 compliant, translating to 135% procurement recognition


Our number of sales, employees, and product range have all grown continuously since our establishment in 1994.


We employ over 50 staff  members that produce our vibrant range of authentic South African curios.


We are part of the top 10 manufacturers and suppliers of African curios to tourism-centred retail organisations in Africa.


We serve over 1 000 wholesale and corporate gift customers around the world. Many of our retail clients have been purchasing and selling our products, which constitute a major component of their product offering, for over 20 years.


We offer over 600 products – all of which are designed, hand-cast and hand-painted by our artists – that encapsulate the spirit of Africa. We continue to innovate and create, producing new designs or tailoring designs for our customers.


We are a licensee and contributor to the Mandela School Library Project and Literacy Program. Our core staff has meaningful ownership in our business, with profits being focused on their continued education and community.

Meet our leadership team



Shadrack has a SAIM Higher National Diploma in Business Management from UNISA. He has been with our company since 2003 and has over the years established a high-performance team of more than 50 skilled and unskilled employees. Shadrack inspires strategic direction and leadership to ensure profitability and sustainable growth. Shadrack has spearheaded the setup of the state-of-the-art departments namely, moulding, painting & dispatch, his abilities have helped reduce rejects and wastage by 70%.

Patricia Benson


Managing Company Bank statements, company credit card statements with receipts and invoices for every transaction done, Recording day-to-day financial transactions and completing the posting process, Sending Statements to our customers and receiving payments,Managing and paying Supplier invoices, Dealing With Foreign Currency Transactions, Managing all receipts for small or large purchase items,Reconciling sales taxes, payroll taxes, and bank accounts at the end of each month.

Alex Banda


Our highly esteemed Chairman Alex is a seasoned Entrepreneur who has held several senior executive positions at the UNHCR, Parliament of SA, IDG J.H.B and is the owner & founder of Thuso Group of Companies specialising in Exhibitions, Logistics & Construction, Alex is a self-driven and highly motivated individual who’s vision is focused on business growth on a global level while at the same time empowering and having a positive impact on communities and peoples lives.



Thalu completed her degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of Venda in 2016. She is a key to customer service delivery thus receiving the order, packing, barcoding, and communicating with customers and suppliers, Thalu is an inspiring story of what is possible for those who work hard. Responsibilities: Order processing, Pulling out stock, Bar-coding, Packing completed orders into boxes and labeling correctly, Stock counting, Stock capturing, Creating and sending quotes.

Contact us to bring our products
to your customers


We value each and every one of our clients. Some of our clients are small, family-owned retail outlets that purchase only a small range of gifts every few months, right up to huge airport duty-free shops which spend hundreds of thousands on our products every month. Our team holds every client in high regard, and we would love to talk to you about how we can help you grow your revenue by working with us and selling our beautiful products.

For clients outside of South Africa, we collaborate with you in finding the right logistical solutions to get our products to you timeously and at the lowest possible cost. Many of our of clients – such as zoos and entertainment parks – love our range of products because they can be tailored and branded, especially our range of animal board games, gifts and decor which are sold throughout the USA and Europe.

Mandela Official Licensee

Kumbula Mouldings produces beautiful Nelson Mandela-themed products and we are official licensees under official certification from the Mandela School Library Project and Licensing Program.

A percentage of each sale of all of our Mandela products goes to the Participate for Good program to help fund their work on literacy in South Africa. For more information and related organisations please visit http://www.participateforgood.com/.

We are proud to play a small part in helping improve literacy in South Africa, something we also work with our staff and their families on a bit closer to home.

For a copy of our certification, please email us and we will forward all details. Thank you for supporting our team of craftspeople and artists, as well as literacy in South Africa. Your purchase makes an impact on so many levels.