Social Employment Fund announce 26 implementing partners

Social Employment Fund announce 26 implementing partners

Johannesburg, Gauteng: The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel today officially announced the 26 Strategic Implementing Partners (SIPs) who will be key in rolling out work for the common good through the Social Employment Fund (SEF), creating 50 000 jobs for communities largely based in rural and semi-urban areas.

The SEF is one of the strategic interventions under the Presidential Employment Stimulus package, which has been rolled out since its announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2020. The Employment Stimulus package is part of the broader Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan being implemented to counteract the devastating impact of COVID-19 and to support economic recovery.

“The consequences of unemployment as a result of Covid-19 and the prior large levels of joblessness affects individuals directly affected, but also families and communities. The negative implications this has for a range of societal challenges, is one of the key driving forces which created a need for government to adopt a comprehensive approach to address unemployment through creating work for the common good. It complements what is being done to improve job creation in the core industrial sectors of the economy,” says Minister Patel.

The Social Employment Fund is part of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s support to the Social and Solidarity Economy. The social employment strategy creates opportunities for ‘whole of society’ approaches, which involve diverse stakeholders in tackling the unemployment challenge, while simultaneously addressing societal ills, especially for those in marginalised communities.

“The Social Employment Fund provides a new instrument of support to the many organisations already doing ‘work for the common good’ in communities. Today’s announcement means such work will be significantly expanded, with work created by the Strategic Implementing Partners spreading across diverse thematic areas and covering the entire country,” says Dr Kate Philip, Programme Lead for the Presidential Employment Stimulus.

The IDC has currently concluded contracting with 26 SIPs and may extend this contracting based on particular programme needs. R800 000 000 has been committed to the Fund for this year and the initial work opportunities.

SIPs range from smaller non-profit organisations (NPOs) to more established organisations, spread across the country. To grow and sustain capacity to deliver work for the common good, it is a requirement of the Fund that all SIPs partner with and capacitate smaller organisations to deepen the community outreach and impact of the Fund.