Jobs Fund Stories

Igniting Youth Interest in Agriculture

The agricultural sector is an important driver of growth, contributing about 6 percent of the country’s labour force and presenting significant export opportunities. It is also an important sector for small businesses.
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Hope and Jobs for the Youth of Soweto

The Mandela Legacy CareerBox Workforce Development Centre launched on 2 February 2017 at Thloreng Primary School at Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto. . The significance of this location cannot be overlooked. Vilakazi Street was home to two Nobel Prize winners
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7th Call for Proposal

To significantly reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality in South Africa, we require innovative solutions for inclusive job creation which can be implemented at scale. The Jobs Fund is pleased to announce the opening of its new funding round: Industry Change for Scaling Inclusive Job Creation Models
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2016 Jobs Fund Learning Forum Awards

At its fourth annual Learning Forum the Jobs Fund recognised some of its partners who have made a noteworthy contribution to decreasing unemployment in South Africa through breakthrough ideas and partnerships that lead to sustainable jobs.
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Cape Craft Design Institute

The Cape Craft Design Institute (CCDI) recently celebrated the successful completion of its Jobs Fund project that resulted in 464 permanent jobs (target: 451 jobs) in 45 enterprises in the creative sector. The project received a grant of R14.5 million over three years and matched it with R2.9 million.
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The Edamame Development Programme

The Edamame Development Programme was set up in 2009 as a partnership between the Jobs Fund (R19 million) and eThekwini Municipality (R5 million) to establish an edamame soybean industry in South Africa.
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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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Latest Results
125 approved projects
R6.5 billion in grant funds allocated.
R9.1 billion in leveraged funding from the
91 609 new permanent jobs
50 771 vacant posts have been filled
24 466 short term jobs
186 844 people completing training

How we work

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 Application Stage and Full Application Stage. The application process begins when a call for proposals opens, and ends once a project has been approved by the Investment Committee.
Stage 1 – Concept Application Stage
Stage 2 – Application Stage

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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