The Jobs Fund creates jobs by supporting initiatives that generate employment in innovative ways. The Fund offers once-off grants in the areas of enterprise development, infrastructure, support for work seekers and institutional capacity building.

Established by the South African government in 2011, The Jobs Fund awards grants to organisations through a competitive project application process where only the best ideas are funded. The Jobs Fund operates on challenge fund principles. Funding allocations are transparent, open and competitive, and are made by an independent Investment Committee.

The Jobs Fund accepts applications from the private, public and non-governmental sector during calls for proposals. Project partners are required to share both risk and costs by matching the grant fund allocation on a 1:1 ratio for private sector partners or 1:0.2 for non-private sector partners.

Latest Results
Preliminary results from the first three calls for proposals:
  • 91 projects approved
  • R4,65 billion government funding committed to those 91 projects
  • These 91 projects target the creation of 159 595 new permanent jobs over the next 5 years
  • An additional 55 910 individuals will be placed in existing jobs
  • As at the end of September 2014, 52 projects were in full implementation.
  • The Jobs Fund has disbursed R1.485 million in grant funding to the 52 implementing projects, which has leveraged a further R1.667 billion from project partners.
  • These 52 implementing projects have created 30 110 permanent new jobs and
  • These projects have also created 9 969 short terms jobs while 73 560 individuals have received training.
Featured Project
Akwandze – Infrastructure project

Akwandze aims to ensure that small to medium scale black sugarcane farmers have access to adequate, cost effective and appropriate financing with favourable terms. With the support of a R50 million grant from the Jobs Fund, it will increase production from 450 000 tons cane per annum to 850 000 tons per annum over a five year period, creating 1,511 permanent jobs for local unemployed people

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