Sharing best-practice enhances ICASS WBE

Thirty one TVET Colleges signaled to the DHET that they are ready and fully prepared for their students go to their host employers in the July 2014 ...

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Swiss-South African Co-operation on College Improvement

SSACI will be the lead implementing agency in a college-improvement project launched by Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade ...

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TVET Portal

Click on TVET Portal for more information on WBE, WBE ICASS, LWE and the Occupational Programmes Project. . Since 2008, SSACI has implemented a ...

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WBE Milestone Reached

In May 2014, King Sabata Dalindyebo College became the 50th TVET College to be trained to implement SSACI’s approach to workplace-based ...

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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
with other development agencies, SSACI has developed
and implemented
projects that can be taken to scale for maximum





Piloting of new "intensive hand-holding" model for supporting micro-entrepreneurs, in conjunction with German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and national Department of Labour (DoL)


5 years, 2004-8
Lead Agency GTZ


  • R2'500'000


  • Curriculum and materials developed for both trainer-training and entrepreneur-training programmes
  • 50 enterprise-developers trained and 500 enterprises assisted in 5 sites, with more than half of beneficiaries reporting increased revenue, profits and employees as a result
  • Programme adopted by DoL and replicated at 15 more sites nationally, offering business development services to at least 1'500 enterprises annually
Salient lessons
  • Such BDS can be delivered cost-effectively if the provider is himself operating as an unsubsidised entrepreneur

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