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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

Technical and entrepreneurial skills training for aspiring young entrepreneurs in deep-rural Mpumalanga

Duration

2 years, 2004-6
Lead Agency Thembalethu-Thuthuka

Budget

  • R900'000

Outputs

100 youths trained, of whom 48 entered wage or self-employment through 15 newly-created enterprises
Salient lessons
  • The most critical factor for the success of small enterprises is access to markets
  • Markets with low barriers to entry for young entrepreneurs suffer from chronic over-supply and under-demand
  • Aspirant young entrepreneurs are prone to starting businesses for which there are no markets
  • New business entrants need quick returns in order to survive
  • It may be difficult for the implementers of community development projects to make the shift required for successful small business development from a welfare-orientated to a profit-orientated mindset

Date added

2004-06-30

 

 

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