Poverty and youth unemployment are two critical risks for the future of South Africa. The Jikani Incubator thus aims to support early childhood development and incubate youth entrepreneurs and co-operatives to create jobs. In this regard, we are seeking funding assistance and development partners.
We work specifically in the 3 valleys surrounding the Hogsback area i.e. Katberg, Tyume and Keiskammahoek valleys where many well-known Apartheid struggle heroes attended school and University. We actively support sustainable business development and job creation in the following sectors:
- Arts, Culture & Heritage;
- Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources;
- Economic & Community Development.
Current co-operatives that we are supporting include:
Amathole Recycling Co-Op
Our re-cycling entrepreneurs collect and separate local waste, as well as garden slash which would otherwise be burnt. We combine this carbon source with nitrogen (animal manures from farms around the area), as well as potassium, bio-char and other awesome compost ingredients, to make the best compost in SA! In showing how community development and job creation should be done, the local Bold Point community has dedicated a space next to their brick works for compost making, whilst Jikani is also using eco-bricks to construct waste separation bays at the Hogsback waste and recycling centre.
With municipalities under financial strain, this 100% black, woman-owned co-operative is working with the community to start repairing potholes, and to hopefully tender for larger road projects in time. It is also working on innovative ways to seal gravel roads from water damage.
As a Jikani funding partner we can guarantee that:
- All funding is fully utilised to develop our entrepreneurs;
- We will be audited by reputable BEE ratings agencies, thereby ensuring you earn maximum ESD points;
- Detailed quarterly reporting on all activities and performance is provided;
- We align with and integrate into your BEE supply chain wherever possible;
- Your brand is positively represented in the area;
- Funding is dedicated to support youth-centric businesses, to grow the future SA economy and help relieve poverty in the Eastern Cape.
Please contact Bevan Jones for further details on our incubator projects and how to get involved as a funding or development partner.