COMPANY OVERVIEW – Umsizi’s Socio-Economic Development

Umsizi’s Socio-Economic Development has a proven and successful track-record, specialist skills base and extensive experience in socio-economic development, and sustainable community development. Umsizi’s Socio-Economic Development solutions are implemented throughout Southern Africa and Africa with many successful examples. Umsizi is lauded as an expert in the fields of Socio-Economic Development, Rural and Community Development, Broad-Based Livelihood Development, Local Economic Development, Sustainable Economic Production, Skills Development and Enterprise Development. We have strong expertise in the design and execution of Social and Labour Plans, Socio-Economic Development, Rural and Community Development, Social Impact Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment and Sustainability Reporting.

The Umsizi team consists of leading experts in sustainable socio-economic and community development, such as community development facilitators, socio-economic scientists, stakeholder engagement specialists, design engineers, project managers, report writers, impact assessment practitioners, agricultural specialists, business development practitioners and sustainability experts. Everyone at Umsizi is incredibly proud of the work we do and we feel privileged to use our expertise in improving the quality of life and eradicating poverty in impoverished communities.

Umsizi is led by John-Mark Kilian as its Executive Director and is proudly a level 4 BBBEE compliant company. Our CSI is a non-profit organization called Impophomo which focuses on socio-economic development in impoverished urban communities. Umsizi invests a significant portion of its resources in running Imphomomo to meaningfully develop impoverished communities.

UMSIZI’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

UMSIZI PROVIDES high-impact proven solutions and programmes to assist organisations in compliance with all of their requirements. These relate to the fields of Socio-Economic Development, Community Development, Enterprise Development and Sustainable Livelihood Creation. In the execution of these, our approach is to build strong working relationships with: Industry; Corporates; Individuals; Households; Communities; Government; and Tribal authorities. We strive towards customer satifaction and, therfore, making sure that Umsizi’s Socio-Economic Development solutions suffice to the task at hand with excellence.

CONSULTING SERVICES 91%
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS 97%
CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMMES 93%
SOCIAL AND LABOUR PLANNING 100%
PROJECT DESIGN 100%
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS 93%
BROAD-BASED ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT 98%
BEE AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING 95%
SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS 90%
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION 100%

Some of our clients include: Richards Bay Minerals, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Schoemans Farms, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Royal Bafokeng Nation, DRD Gold, Australia Aid, Peiser Social Impact, AngloGold Ashanti, Shanduka, Ichor Coal, Tendele Mining, Taung Gold, Letatsi Power Company, Eskom, Black Wattle Colliery, Black Mountain Mine, Samancor, Ruukki, Glencore, De Beers, Chromex, Lafarge, Jindal, Hernic FerroChrome, Lanxess Mining, Palabora Mining Company, Petmin, Harmony Gold, Anglo Base Metals, Anglo Platinum, ERM, Verdanta, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, Department of Local and Provincial Government, Department of Mineral Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Local Municipalities, Traditional Authorities, Communities and Trusts.

We have a proven track record of successful programmes and projects throughout Southern Africa. We have successfully worked in rural contexts, urban environments, traditional settings, remote communities and bureaucratic frameworks where people are trapped in poverty.

COMPANY PRINCIPLES

In fulfilling its mission of providing sustainable social solutions in line with the needs of stakeholders, Umsizi seeks to act in a manner that maximises the developmental impact of our work.

We test our work against the following principles:

1. Establish meaningful and people-centered socio-economic development at a grassroots community level.

2. Design and implement high impact programs based on integrity, proven success and socio-economic empowerment.

3. Form genuine and honest partnerships with stakeholders based on trust and shared values.

4. Exceed development, sustainability and compliance requirements of our stakeholders.

5. Empower households, individuals and organisations at a broad-based level to improve quality of life and benefit sustainably from the economic mainstream.

OUR VISION

Building self-reliant and prosperous communities through implementing sustainable socio economic development solutions and programmes focused on empowering people in regions affected by poverty.

OUR GOALS

  • To provide industry and corporates with real and sustainable community development opportunities and projects for their corporate social investment and compliance.
  • To provide households, individuals and organisations with tangible economic means to improve their quality of life and break the cycle of poverty and dependency.
  • To provide productive Umsizi’s Socio-Economic Development technologies and programmes from our wealth of intellectual and human resources to succeed in our vision.

UMSIZI MEANING

The name “Umsizi” is taken from the local South African Zulu language meaning “helper” or “helping hand”. We see ourselves as helpers providing sustainable social solutions and socio-economic expertise according to a broad spectrum of needs and requirements of our clients from industry, mining, communities, government and other organisations. Our vision is to beneficially impact people and organizations in a meaningful manner that leads to sustainability and improvement in quality of life.