About Us

Who We Are

Umsizi provides sustainable social solutions that get results. Our proven track record of 17 years speaks for itself. We help companies to reach and exceed SED and compliance deliverables. Our success comes from our specialist skills base and extensive experience in socio-economic development, and our passion for a better tomorrow.

John-Mark Kilian, the founder and CEO of Umsizi, pioneered Umsizi to be an influential expert in the field of socio-economic and community development, working closely with the mining industry in shaping policy and undertaking the first Social and Labour Plans.

What makes our solutions work:

Strong partner networks

Nationwide implementation

Meaningful socio-economic impact

Tailored, turnkey solutions

Sustainable programmes

Measurable, monitored results

History and Experience

Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions (Pty) Ltd is based in Johannesburg and was established in 2006. Since then, Umsizi has grown its extensive track record and a considerable presence in South Africa’s mining regulatory landscape.

In collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Founder and CEO John-Mark Kilian wrote the very first Social and Labour Plan and Social Mine Closure Report for South Africa.

To date, Umsizi has produced nearly 400 SLPs with 100% success rate. Our deep understanding of the fundamental basis for the regulator’s requirements, combined with our first-hand appreciation for the challenges faced by mining and other industry clients and their stakeholders, make Umsizi an invaluable consulting and implementation partner.

Umsizi specialises in Socio-Economic Development (SED), Enterprise Development (ED), Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBBEE), Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

An additional unique strength of Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions is in the fostering of respectful and enduring relationships with stakeholders across the development spectrum.

Map of Umsizi's Footprint

Umsizi SED Footprint


To Provide:

1. Socio-Economic Development to ordinary people and communities in their current circumstances in order to drastically improve their household GDP and personal productivity, by starting with what they have and what they can and want to do.

2. Services & Consulting to Corporates, Industry, Government, NGOs and CBOs based on our expert and specialist knowledge in the fields of Socio-Economic Development, Community Development, Corporate Social Investment, Social Impact Assessment, Enterprise Development, Skills Development, Charter Compliance and Reporting.

3. Social Empowerment and welfare, to the poorest of the poor & disadvantaged living in urban and rural communities in South Africa and beyond, using resources and volunteers from corporates, churches and any willing organisation.


To provide sustainable social solutions.


Our Current and Past Clients

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Let's Get Started on Your Sustainable Social Solution Today

Whether you need help with B-BBEE compliance, Local Economic Development Programmes, or Corporate Social Investment Initiatives, or for any other Socio-Economic Development considerations, we are ready to assist you with a tailor-made solution.