There is high unemployment among the residents of informal settlements,
as well as in peri-urban and rural areas, yet these people have to spend
money travelling long distances to nearby towns to buy prepaid products
such as electricity and airtime. A2Pay offers an opportunity that addresses
both these problems.
Akwandze is a sugarcane development finance organisation that seeks to
negotiate the best terms and manage funds for sugarcane in Mpumalanga.
For this project Akwandze has partnered with TSB Sugar the Mpumalanga
Cane Growers Association and LIMA rural development.
Harambee’s application for funding to the Jobs Fund in 2011 was in the
Support for Work Seekers Funding Window, which seeks to link active
work-seekers, especially the youth, to formal sector opportunities and job placement.
This project falls under the Enterprise development window and is an excellent
example of private companies working with government to create jobs.
The Enterprise Development window looks for projects that build
sustainable enterprises that innovate,
develop skills and human resources and enhance productivity to remain competitive.
The Cape Craft Design Institute(CCDI) is a Jobs Fund partner and has disbursed
support to 45 businesses who have created among them 464 new jobs.
Their success in creating jobs with our support, has seen the CCDI exceed
its jobs target for the current project.
Students completing the Community Rangers programme, sponsored by the Jobs Fund.
The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was conceptualized in 1993
and established in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature,
South Africa (WWF South Africa).
This project falls under the Enterprise development window and is an excellent example of private companies working with government to create jobs. The Enterprise Development window looks for projects that build sustainable enterprises that innovate, develop skills and human resources and enhance productivity to remain competitive.
Tongaat Hulett Ltd operates in four districts of KZN: Ilembe, Uthungulu, Zululand, and Umkhanyakunde. The 2011 SA Census data paints a grim picture of these deep rural areas, where the vast majority live in poverty: less than 20% have access to basic utilities in these districts and just 40% have access to water and electricity. Approximately 60% of the residents earn no income and a further 20% earn less than the minimum wage.
Over the next two years, Tongaat Hulett will develop 12,000 hectares of underutilised land to sustain cane production, and provide skills to the local communities with the goal of creating independent, viable and sustainable SMMEs.
The project will develop communal land to sustain cane production and provide skills to local communities that will eventually result in independent, viable and sustainable SMMEs.
To date the project has created 534 new jobs with plans to yield a total of 2,874.
Project contact: Garreth Sparks
083 783 7609
032 439 5803
Akwandze is a sugarcane development finance organisation that seeks to negotiate the best terms and manage funds for sugarcane in Mpumalanga. For this project Akwandze has partnered with TSB Sugar the Mpumalanga Cane Growers Association and LIMA rural development.
This initiative has created 680 jobs, has way exceeded its projected targets and aims to nearly double the sugarcane production by farmers in the Nkomazi area.
Akwandze’s fund management activities cover loan approval, disbursement, and monitoring and recovery services, together with the implementation of risk mitigation and management mechanisms. These are services that are not regularly available to small business owners and are a valuable contribution to the industry.
The initiative is looking to achieve these levels of sugarcane production growth by recapitalizing the irrigation infrastructure of 1,281 small to medium scale black sugarcane farmers. This recapitalization will result in the rehabilitation of 10,000 hectares of sugarcane lands. Akwandze will extend favourable loan facilities to these farmers allowing them to access production inputs such as plant material, fertilizer, herbicides, etc. Access to finance will be accompanied by a package offering of farmer support services including training, on-site technical support and capacity building. The combination of irrigation infrastructure, technical training and support and access to finance will result in improved sugarcane production methods, increased production yields and saleable sugarcane to off-take partners, improving revenue generation and sustainable job creation
Mduduzi Nkambule Akwandze
013 791 1291
082 852 9195