Jobs Fund Stories


Young Blood Taking on Agriculture

Agriculture is an integral part of the South African economy and global food security as a whole. Not only do we need to ensure investment in the agricultural value chain, from primary production to market, and address regulatory constraints so that the sector can contribute more meaningfully to economic growth
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Celebrating freedoms through job creation

What does freedom mean to you? The Oxford dictionary defines freedom as the right to do and say what you want or the state of not being a prisoner. Freedom Day is a celebration of the dawn of constitutional democracy and freedom for all South Africans, it was on this day in 1994 that the country saw its first democratic elections
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Jobs Fund Operational During Lockdown

During this unprecedented event in our country the Jobs Fund remains committed to playing a contributing role in job creation. In adhering to the government’s guidelines on limiting the spread of COVID-19 the Fund has measures in place to ensure business continuity during this period.
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Taking Things Into His Own Hands

Although micro and informal enterprises (MIEs) can contribute to sustainable economic growth, the core issue and central barrier in the informal sector is that MIEs are isolated, poorly supported and poorly understood.
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Jobs Fund Knowledge Exchange

Each year the Jobs Fund hosts a Knowledge Exchange where delegates participate in knowledge sharing discussions on topical issues that pertain to the design, implementation and scaling up of job creation initiatives and approaches.
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Female SME’s Hope to Franchise

Partnership is a key part of the Jobs Fund’s role in supporting emerging black businesses.
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Supporting Women in Agriculture

According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2012 projections, by 2020 the world’s population will exceed nine billion and to meet the increased demand, agricultural production will have to grow by 60%.
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Innovation in the BPO Industry

The business process operations (BPO) industry has developed into a key job creator in South Africa but is challenged by a lack of available skilled human resources which presents a major risk to its business growth. The availability of labour resources is a key determining factor for companies deciding on an offshore and outsourcing destination.
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What we do

The Jobs Fund was launched in June 2011, we are a National Treasury initiative with the goal to address the challenge of unemployment in South Africa. Our objective is to form partnerships, through grant funding, with public, private and civil society organisations on projects that will significantly contribute to job creation. What makes us different is that the Jobs Fund focuses on encouraging projects that catalyse innovative models that contribute directly to enhance employment creation.

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Contracted Portfolio
146 contracted projects
R8.49 billion in grant funding
R13.27 billion from our partners
259 250 permanent jobs

How we work

The Jobs Fund has not appointed/endorsed any service provider to assist applicants with preparing their submissions for grant funding. Should you have queries or require some guidance, please contact us directly.

The Jobs Fund only accepts applications during open funding rounds and projects have to meet pre-determined criteria in order to be eligible for consideration. The Jobs Fund does not appoint intermediaries to assist applicants with their submissions for grant funding. The Jobs Fund is a challenge fund, the assessment and selection process is fair, transparent and competitive. Assistance is offered by the Jobs Fund team for queries and guidance.

The Jobs Fund has a two-stage application process; the Concept Note Application Stage and Business Case Application Stage. The application process begins when a call for proposals opens, and ends once a project has been approved by the Investment Committee.

Why a two-stage process?

The rationale for a two-stage process is that it enables applicants to test the relevance of their proposed initiative in relation to the Fund’s criteria, without expending undue effort and cost in developing a detailed proposal and business plan. Without this opportunity, many worthy applicants may choose not to apply, given the costs and risks associated with the development of a detailed proposal.

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