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Supporting South Africa’s Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

Our country finds itself confronted with an unprecedented level of unemployment. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa recorded the deepest and most persistent unemployment challenge globally.

The 2021 Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) reported that in the third quarter the unemployment rate was 34.9%. If discouraged work seekers are included, the unemployment rate rises to 46.6%. Youth are disproportionately affected, youth aged 15-24 years and 25-34 years recorded the highest unemployment rates of 66.5% and 43.8%, respectively.

Beyond the devastating health impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound and sustained economic impact domestically and abroad. The hard lockdown resulted in output levels for 2020 dropping to levels last seen in 2013. According to Stats SA, roughly 409,000 fewer people were employed in the third quarter of 2021 than the previous year's third quarter. On the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President had proposed an Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan for South Africa. In his State of the Nation Address on 10 February 2022, the President re-emphasised the importance of putting South Africa to work and provided further direction on the key enablers for economic growth. Achieving these objectives requires a whole of society approach; the Public, Private and Non-State sectors must work better together and find innovative solutions to scale economic and social impact.

Through its current partnerships and by bringing on board new partnerships, the Jobs Fund seeks to contribute to the call to action - Putting South Africa to Work using a proven implementation approach and team to drive change, innovation and scaling solutions for employment creation.

The Jobs Fund invites applications that will implement a systems approach to:

  • Accelerate the growth of entrepreneurs/ business owners.
  • Better address problems at the local level and drive systems change (local economic development).
  • Build human and institutional capacity and contribute to transitions from dependency to sustainability.
  • Develop economic sectors with growth and high labour absorption potential (a focus on youth and women will be an advantage).
  • Build eco-systems of support for the informal sector.
  • Develop appropriate financial instruments, value chain development, and market access that will unlock the trapped potential in economic sectors that can contribute to the acceleration of employment creation.
  • Address both labour demand and supply barriers.
  • Scaling Social Impact with a specific emphasis on employment creation.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the path to sustainability and the breakthrough solution for employment creation i.e., key success factors for a competitive application include jobs created and scaling impact. Furthermore, applicants must articulate how the intervention will ensure success in the current Covid-19 context and contribute to the post-pandemic economic recovery.

The Jobs Fund has pre-determined eligibility criteria to ensure that each project that proceeds to the business case application stage has the minimum operating experience, infrastructure, administrative capacity to successfully implement the proposed project and demonstrate value for money for the Jobs Fund. The assessment process commences with a strict appraisal of the project and its compliance with the eligibility criteria.

Further detail on the funding round and eligibility criteria is contained in the links below:
10 CFP Term Sheet 2022
10 CFP Application User Guide
10 CFP FAQs

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Contact details
Email: jobsfund@treasury.gov.za

Information Sessions

Briefing Session

The Jobs Fund will be hosting a virtual briefing session on its new funding round, Supporting South Africa’s Post-pandemic Economic Recovery, and invites potential applicants to attend.

This briefing session aims to provide interested parties with further information on the Funding Round, the eligibility and impact criteria, and the overall application process.

Date – 01 March 2022

Time – 10h00 to 12h00

Platform – Zoom

Please register for the event by clicking here. Once you have registered, a calendar invite will automatically be sent to your inbox. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are struggling to get into the briefing session on the day, it is likely due to over-subscription as space on the platform is limited. We will post the recording and the presentation on the website so all have access to the content. In addition, if you have questions, please send them to jobsfund@treasury.gov.za.


10th CFP Briefing Session Presentation (PDF)

  • 10th CFP Briefing Session Audio
  • Training Session

    Following the virtual briefing session held on 1 March 2022, the Jobs Fund will be hosting a training session for potential applicants. The aim is to provide in-depth assistance on the application process, qualification criteria and funding requirements.

    This training session will cover the following:

    • Activity-Based Costing Project Implementation Monitoring Plan (ABC PIMP) – Its functionality and how to complete it.
    • Grant Management System (GMS) Application Form – How to navigate the GMS and the requirements for each application section.
    • Grant Agreement Standard Clauses, Contracting Process and Due Diligence.
    • Post-training support offered by the Jobs Fund Team.

    All eligible applicants are encouraged to attend. Should you be unable to join the session, the recording will be available for download from the Jobs Fund website.

    Date – 08 March 2022

    Time – 10h00 to 16h00

    Platform – Zoom

    Please register for the event by clicking here. Once you have registered, a calendar invite will automatically be sent to your inbox. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

    If you are struggling to get into the briefing session on the day, it is likely due to over-subscription as space on the platform is limited. We will post the recording and the presentation on the website so all have access to the content. In addition, if you have questions, please send them to jobsfund@treasury.gov.za.

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    10CFP Virtual Applicant Training Session (Videos)