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Welcome to SSACI
The Swiss-South African Cooperation Initiative is a public-private
partnership in development between the
Swiss and South African
governments and Swiss and South African companies.

It opens up
new pathways to employment for young
South Africans through
skills training and innovative
development projects.

Through SSACI, Swiss companies and the Swiss government have
together committed over R100'000'000 to skills development for
South African youths. Working alongside government and
partnering
with other development agencies, SSACI has developed
and implemented
projects that can be taken to scale for maximum
impact.



 


     
     
   
   

 

Description

Training of youths from rural districts in Limpopo Province as birdwatchers' guides on established wilderness trails
Refurbishment and upgrading of community-owned campsites on wilderness trails

Duration

2 years, 2008-10

Lead Agency Birdlife Southern Africa

Budget

  • R990'000

Outputs

20 youths enrolled for training, of whom 18 completed course and 12 were placed in employment
Two community-owned campsites on wilderness trails upgraded

Salient lessons It is difficult to make a living solely from guiding; other, supplementary sources of income are usually necessary
Youths need a long period of intensive mentoring and support before they are ready to operate independently as tour guides

Date added

2008-10-02

 

 

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