Social Employment Fund

As part of Government’s broader economic recovery agenda, the Presidential Employment Stimulus seeks to use direct public investment to support employment opportunities, counteracting job losses due to Covid-19, and creating an opportunity for growth and renewal.

A Social Employment Fund was established as part of the social economy strategy of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. The fund is being managed by the Industrial Development Corporation. It supports NGO’s/NPCs to create work that serves the common good in communities.

The eight focus areas of the SEF are:
Food security
Gender-Based Violence 
Art & Culture


Social Employment Fund in the press

The JICP (through JICSEP) is a Strategic Implementing Partner (SIP) working with 10 partners to create a total of 1385 work opportunities in Round 2 of SEF.

Our partners in Round 2 are;

  • Boundless City
    Anstey’s library and after-school homework program
    Ernest Oppenheimer Park basketball league (Hoop Mania) / park maintenance / public art/ safety ambassadors.
  • Clean City SA
    Addressing unemployment, food security and waste management
  • Dlala Nje
    Work opportunities for volunteers assisting in the community centre.
    Youth centre library
    Training tour guides who continually work to change visitors’ perceptions of Hillbrow/ Johannesburg.
  • Johannesburg Homelessness Network
    Three food gardens across Johannesburg in Randburg, Rosebank and Braamfontein, established and maintained by homeless people.
  • Literary District
    Centred around the City’s main library, celebrating Joburg’s book culture by connecting booksellers with publishers as well as fostering a love reading, especially African literature.
  • Makers Valley Partnership
    Food security, early childhood development, recycling, skills development and support to the elderly.
  • MES
    IT and office admin, daycare and soup kitchen, cleaning the streets of Hillbrow and adding to the capacity of the MES Adherence Club.
  • Sport for Social Change Network
    100 coaches deployed to schools for various after-school programmes.
  • Urban Space Management
    Improved Urban Management through the recruitment of 324 people.
  • Water for the Future
    Rehabilitation of the Jukskei River, removal of alien invasive species, environmental education, and small business opportunities.

    Partners in Round 1 who elected not to continue into Round 2:

  • Constitution Hill
    Landscaping skills, team work, CV writing and mock interviews.
  • Downtown Music Hub
    Music in Schools Programme; recruiting 200 musicians to teach music across 10 schools.