SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions (Umsizi) is a specialist in the design and implementation of Socio-Economic and Community Development Programmes and Projects. These solutions generate meaningful empowerment, livelihood development, income creation, enterprise development and poverty eradication in disadvantaged communities. We ensure that our clients meet their legislative, charter and global best practise requirements.

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OUR KEY SED PROJECTS FOCUS:

  • Agricultural Livelihood Development
  • Indigenous Nurseries
  • Livestock Improvement and Production
  • Water Provision
  • Basic Services and Infrastructure
  • Light Industry Development
  • Commercial Development and Training HUBs
  • Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurial Support
  • Skill Development Training
  • Low-cost housing developments with enterprise centre

Umsizi’s programmes and projects are uniquely designed to meet each client’s individual legislative and corporate needs while providing an opportunity for corporates to work in a joint effort to eradicate poverty through sustainable social and economic development of Southern Africa’s poorest communities. Our client needs range from Corporate Social Investment (CSI), Social Labour Plans (SLP), Sustainable Community Development, Social Economic Development, and Board-based Enterprise Development.

PROVEN TRACK RECORD

The company has a proven track record of programme and project implementation in KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Gauteng and Free State, with experience in other African countries. Our programmes have successfully empowered Historically Disadvantaged People and Impoverished Communities in Sustainable Livelihood Development. Working examples of these projects and real transformation of communities is evident in our project reports

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RELIABILITY:

To-date Umsizi has complied over 250 Social and Labour Plans for the mining sector. An SLP is submitted by a mine in application for a new order mining right in terms of the requirements of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (Act 28 of 2002) (MPRDA). The development and submission of a SLP is a requirement of the MPRDA and sets out the social and labour programmes to be in place for the life of the proposed mine. An SLP is aimed to promote employment and advance the socio-economic welfare of all South Africans, contribute to the transformation of the mining industry, and ensure that holders of mining rights contribute towards the socio-economic development of the areas in which they operate.

Umsizi prides its self as a leader in legislation compliance, assisting clients to understand and work with governance structures in South Africa.  To-date Umsizi has complied over 250 Social and Labour Plans for the mining sector. An SLP is submitted by a mine in application for a new order mining right in terms of the requirements of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (Act 28 of 2002) (MPRDA). The development and submission of a SLP is a requirement of the MPRDA and sets out the social and labour programmes to be in place for the life of the proposed mine. An SLP is aimed to promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of all South Africans, contribute to the transformation of the mining industry, and ensure that holders of mining rights contribute towards the socio-economic development of the areas in which they operate

GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE 

To this end Umsizi is in the process of establishing a foundation to provide a credible governance structure.

FUTHER DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL ECONOMIES:

In a bid to further develop local economies, Umsizi has identified an access point to commercialise socio-economic development in rural communities using broad-based enterprise development. Board-Based Enterprises development identifies existing local entrepreneurs (such as agricultural, light industries and manufacturing) and empowers them with the skills, training and resources to become established enterprises. Enterprise development via a Business Development Center (the Hub) will focus on identifying various key needs, markets and opportunities in terms of the regional economy. The main objective of the Business Development Center is to reduce poverty through the establishment of community enterprises or SMMEs. The project also aims to establish business that can supply goods and services to the mine and other industry.

SUSTAINABILITY

One of Umsizi’s core principals of sustainability is to use these industries and industry requirements to implement economic development projects as a vehicle or mechanism to promote long term social upliftment of individuals and communities. To-date Umsizi has enjoyed great success in the design and implementation of sustainable community development projects, focussing on livelihoods, income creation and poverty eradication.

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