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In response to the challenge of unemployment in South Africa, Minister in The Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, announced the Presidential Employment Stimulus. The main objective of the stimulus is to use public investment to create jobs at scale and to support local economic recovery by providing an income for those who need it most. Phase 1 saw over 500,000 livelihoods supported and Phase 2 is now underway as:

  1.  the Social Employment Fund (SEF), which supports 9-months of work for the common good in communities, as administered by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC); and
  2. the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative which will revitalise the National Youth Service (NYS) to train and place unemployed youth into jobs for 6-months, as administered by the Jobs Fund.  

Listen to the briefing session recording here.

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An Opportunity for After School Programmes 

The stimulus presents an opportunity to channel public funding into the sector in the form of practitioner wages. In their current short-term formats, these funds can provide income for those who already volunteer in the sector, and for new possible jobs to be created within After School Programmes (ASPs) nationally. Through the NYS and SEF, The Learning Trust (TLT) is coordinating a collective bid to place a minimum of 3,000 unemployed youth and 1,000 other unemployment people into jobs in the sector. Both calls have emphasised the benefit of applying through partnerships, consortia or other collaborative mechanisms. Click button below to indicate your interest in the joint-bid by Sunday, 21 November.


Brief Outline of Bids for ASPs

1) National Youth Service (NYS)

ASPs are urged to a) support the registration of their existing unpaid youth volunteers for 6-months of income at the hourly rate of National Minimum Wage (R21.69), for up to 16hrs per week; and b) to indicate interest in selecting and placing more unemployed youth in 2022. All 18-35 year old (youth) volunteers will be recruited and enrolled through Harambee’s Pathway Management System (PMS) –


2) Social Employment Fund (SEF)

ASPs that have unpaid volunteers over 35 should also indicate their interest in the SEF, with approximate numbers of jobs available (both new and unpaid). All work undertaken through the SEF must be meaningful to participants and the wider community. All ages are eligible for work of up to 16hrs per week at the hourly rate of National Minimum Wage (R21.69). The pathway management system is still under procurement.


We are convening an URGENT sector information session on Thursday 18 November 2021, 1pm – 2pm to discuss the joint bid. The deadlines for submission is 25 November and 8 December 2021 for the NYS and SEF, respectively. Join us to learn more and be part of this consortium to access public funding for the after-school sector.


Let's stay connected, 

Sibongile Khumalo
Executive Director