2002 Winner
Northwest Province, South Africa
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
South Africa
This initiative, implemented in the ATOK villages within the Fetakgomo Municipal boundaries, seeks to address high levels of unemployment and poverty and the lack of an integrated and co-ordinated effort to combat poverty. Therefore they implemented a coherent socio-economic development strategy that involves various role-players in an effort to meet these objectives. The activities include the implementation of a skills development programme, a business incubation programme, the establishment and strengthening of civil society organisations and linkages between community based initiatives, government services and private sector support. Through this they seek to improve levels of literacy, create a pool of variety of hybrid skills, increase business ventures and opportunities for personal improvement. The framework and implementation strategy targets villages around the AngloPlatinum Mine at ATOK and focus units have been established to provide programmes for unemployed and unskilled youth, women and the disabled.

Innovation: The project achieves myriad outcomes for different groups and promotes interdependence in satisfying diverse needs of diverse clientele. The partnerships established are problem-based thereby ensuring the sustenance of interest-specific participation and relevance of stakeholders. The Multi-Purpose Community Centre adds the community development dimension. The project links skills development to opportunities to ensure a livelihood by bringing together various roleplayers.

Effectiveness: Skills are provided within an accredited training centre. Beneficiaries own their own enterprises. Those trained are encouraged to start their income-generating projects and employ people in the community. This initiative has been nominated as a showcase for good practice.

Poverty Impact: Since 2000, 374 unemployed people have received skills training and catering jobs worth more than R30 000 were given to local unemployed people. 23 direct jobs have been created and 119 people are currently beneficiaries of the initiative. 27 projects are being implemented of which 18 will generate income for the community. About R5 million has been injected into the local economy.

Sustainability: With the buy-in of the private sector, AngloPlatinum, and the implementing agent (HomeGrown Solutions) the project has become established without any financial problems. Through the Community Foundation, the project is establishing self-sustaining business units that will provide support to initiatives at a minimal fee.

Replication: A similar initiative is already being replicated in the Botlhabela District Municipality.