Sasol in Society

Community Service

Drivers and solution

Drivers

The Community Service Programme (CSP) is directed at addressing South Africa’s chronic youth unemployment challenge. Of the 1.2 million young people entering the labour market each year, more than 65% remain outside of employment, education and training. Given the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the economy and on employment, there is an even more urgent need to implement the CSP programme – particularly in a context where existing approaches have failed to halt the rise of youth unemployment.

Solution

The CSP aims to mobilise members of the community to become active citizens of the country’s democracy, while earning an income and increasing their employability. The initiative will scale up opportunities for beneficiaries to contribute to the development of their community through providing specific services that meet priority needs.

Intended Beneficiaries:

  • Target people not in employment, education or training that require step-up into formal work opportunities with or without ‘formal base’ qualification.
  • Minimum Grade 9.
  • Able to read, write and speak English.
  • Provide a minimum of 16 hours per week of active Community Service in order to allow youth to engage in other opportunities – and to reach more young people at scale.
  • Enrol a total of 1000 youth (400 in Secunda, 300 in Sasolburg, and 150 each in Ekandustria and KZN).

Overview

The CSP aims to mobilise members of the community to become active citizens of the country’s democracy, while earning an income and increasing their employability. The initiative will scale up opportunities for beneficiaries to contribute to the development of their community through providing specific services that meet priority needs.

The CSP aims to mobilise young people to become active citizens of the country’s democracy, while earning an income and increasing their employability. The initiative will scale up opportunities for young people to contribute to the development of their community through providing specific services that meet priority needs.

The CSP programme will run in 18 months cycles. In the first-year 50% of the participants time will be dedicated to structured Community Service activities. The remaining 50% will be allocated to the establishment of Social Enterprises aimed at addressing societal needs. The participants will receive personal leadership, work readiness and social entrepreneurship training. At the end of the first year, participants will get an opportunity to present their Social Enterprises to a panel to qualify for funding and further business development.

Skills Development Process

Community service