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The Social Employment Fund is providing 55,000 temporary jobs in areas like health, education, nutrition and food security. These jobs skill marginalised individuals in workplace preparation and foster entrepreneurship.
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An innovative partnership for the community
What do a performing arts organisation, a bicycle and an organisation which trains community members in aquaponic farming have in common? At first glance, not much. "But," says Sthokozile Nkwanyana of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), "thanks to some creative thinking and support from the Social Employment Fund (SEF), these two NGOs have come up with an innovative collaboration." 18 Jun 2024 Read more

Bridging the ECD gap through parent and caregiver programmes
With South Africa at a significant milestone, 30 years of democracy – this piece is a reflection on the 2024 State of the Nation Address (Sona) that was delivered by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa in February that prompts one to consider how the incoming administration, following National Elections, will address and prioritise early childhood development (ECD). 10 Jun 2024 Read more

Education and employment, it starts with a story
The beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away 30 Jan 2024 Read more

Unite to end gender-based violence
As the world focuses on the UN Women led ’16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children’ campaign, we take a look at how organisations such as Partners in Sexual Health (PSH), are making a positive impact in the lives of South African women. 11 Dec 2023 Read more

Putting informal settlements on the map
Access to informal settlements has always been a challenge when it comes to emergency services and transport route mapping. The solution: simple, but brilliant. A partnership between PlanAct and Google Earth has introduced ‘Plus Codes’, which are digital addresses that offer a near-instant solution for households in informal settlements. 24 Nov 2023 Read more

Employment, empowerment, entrepreneurship
With unemployment on the rise, there is much debate about the long-term potential of well-designed social employment programmes, such as the Social Employment Fund (SEF). Implementing partners strongly believe in a strategy that combines the goals of providing employment, while creating pathways to address social challenges. 13 Nov 2023 Read more

Dreams can come true
Thandeka Mashinini (26) dreamt big. She always wanted to be a beauty therapist and own her own beauty salon. Today her dream has become a reality and she credits the Social Employment Fund (SEF) for being the stepping stone to changing her life and future. 2 Nov 2023 Read more

Rising out of unemployment
In the small town of Modimolle, situated in the heart of South Africa's Limpopo province, the life of 30-year-old Lavern Phala embodies resilience, transformation and empowerment. Lavern's journey, marked by unwavering determination, showcases the profound impact of the Social Employment Fund (SEF) project on her life and her community. 27 Sep 2023 Read more

Providing pathways out of poverty
Social employment initiatives are crucial as a start to tackling some of our country's unemployment issues by promoting inclusivity, poverty alleviation, skills development and social impact. When people are employed - even temporarily - the material difference the income makes has a ripple effect. The money earned is spent on local businesses, stimulating the local economy and uplifting the community. An added benefit is that the skills acquired stay in the community. 11 Sep 2023 Read more

Providing children with creative education (Gauteng)
Nqobo Tsebe Arts Academy (NTA) was established in 2022 by Julius Tsebe, who wanted to make a positive impact on the community of Alexandra, Gauteng. NTA offers creative art lessons to children in need, nurturing their artistic talents while fostering leadership skills and environmental awareness. 6 Sep 2023 Read more

From timekeeper to running her own beauty spa (Mpumalanga)
Thandeka Mashinini started with the SEF project in August 2022 as a timekeeper. During her time on the project she gained great leadership and interpersonal skills that would support her bigger dream of becoming a beauty spa owner. While working on the SEF project Thandeka never lost sight of her bigger picture dream of becoming a beauty therapist. 31 Aug 2023 Read more

Acquiring work-ready farming skills (Gauteng)
Puseletso Kekana joined the SEF programme in August 2022 as a first-time team leader. The role was a steep learning curve, dealing with people and resolving daily issues was a transformative experience that contributed to his personal growth. Throughout his journey, he familiarised himself with farm-specific terminology such as germinating, mulching, and transplanting, which expanded his farming knowledge. 31 Aug 2023 Read more

How an arts residency led to a marketing bursary (North West)
In the small village of Maile Extension in Rustenburg, North West province, 23-year-old Semakaleng Masemola couldn't find work after completing her matric. Raised by her aunt, the path ahead seemed unclear, with no direction or plan. 14 Aug 2023 Read more

Social enterprise in the form of an ECD centre (Eastern Cape)
In 2010, KwaBonda Village in the Eastern Cape, saw the start of a remarkable journey. Khanyisile Mpethwa, driven by her passion for young children, started on a mission to establish an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre to cater for the needs of young children in her community. Zibanzini ECD Centre's story is one of determination, community support, and the desire to do something for the common good. 4 Aug 2023 Read more

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