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.