As elsewhere in the world, interest in social enterprise and the social economy is increasing in South Africa. Social enterprises are unlike conventional NPOs as they earn a substantial proportion of their income rather than being dependent on grants. Social enterprises could represent new growth opportunities offering a politically attractive win-win solution including new job creation and improved service delivery. They have the potential to tackle many of the social problems faced in the country today.
NICDAM was appointed by the Midvaal Local Municipality in November 2016 to present a Social Entrepreneurship Skills Programme as part of the Kgatelopele Mayoral Project. The purpose of the project is to empower youth participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to conceptualise a social enterprise, develop a viable business plan, and have the basic knowledge to start and run a social enterprises that complies with the minimum requirements of the MMFA and PMFA. This will allow government institutions (like the Midvaal LM) to award small contracts to the youth businesses which will contribute to the sustainability of such businesses. The Kgatelopele Mayoral Project is being implemented across four different sites in the Midvaal Municipality.
NICDAM has also been involved through ILO in the following initiatives:
- Presenting a series of one day Introduction to Social Enterprise (ISE) workshops in the Free State Province. The participants for these workshops were selected from unemployed youth who have completed the Child and Youth care level 4 qualification during 2011, a project rolled out and funded by the Free State Department of Social Department. They took place on the 26/03/2012 in Matjabeng Municipality in Odendaalsrus; 28th and 29th March 2012 in Botshabelo and on the 30thMarch in Thaba Nchu (Mangaung Municipality), reaching a total of 142 youths.
- NICDAM trained 23 participants on the Introduction to Social Enterprise (ISE) on the 30th September 2011 in KZN (Durban). The participants were the University of Durban Green Peace volunteers and other local Social Enterprise people.
- The training of Child and Youth Care Workers (C&YCW) of the Free State province on Social Enterprise (SE). 120 learners were selected to be trained between July – September 2012.
- NICDAM was the training service partner for Sport For All (SFA), the first Social Enterprise Franchise in South Africa, from 2011 to 2016.