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Township Economy

SME and Supplier Development Expanding opportunities in the Township Economy. Artisanal roles account for around 2 million jobs (12% of all employment) in the South African economy, of which 736,000 are occupied by young people. Two-thirds of these jobs are in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

This Programme aims to support township-based Artisanal Entrepreneurs to expand and grow their businesses, through increased market access, funding and support, on the condition that they train and hire young people in IRM occupations.

The focus of business activities could include:

Repairers of other Electronic Goods
Solar PV installers and technicians
General Maintenance / Handypersons
Automotive Mechanics and Motor Body Repairers (Panel Beaters)
Domestic Appliance Repairers
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Achievements to date:

174 SMEs have been supported to date across Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Mandeni, Atlantis, Soweto.

A further 90 will be supported in 2023.

5 IRM Supported SMEs have taken in IRM candidates.

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