Cause Index

Seeds of Africa

Seeds of Africa is a community upliftment intervention, aimed at driving skills and enterprise development through the:
• provision of strategic direction with assistance in writing business plans,
• operational support and assistance in setting up and maintaining financial business systems,
• people development, training and mentorship,
• marketing and distribution
• and the provision of risk and interest free seed capital
for entrepreneurial businesses in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

The nature of Seeds of Africa and its associated businesses, places them in a unique position to support the country’s transformation objectives through being a community upliftment, job creation, full-service incubation facility which supports small, black-owned enterprises. As it is fully verified in its Enterprise and Socio-Economic Development Status, any investment in these entities can be recognised within an investors BEE scorecard.

Each associated business is also BEE verified and fully independent, each creating their own unique products

The Skills Project was originally founded in 2002 and was registered as Seeds of Africa in 2010. Seeds of Africa is both a Non - Profit and Public Benefit Organisation. Thus donors are eligible to receive Section 18A Certificates to claim a reduction from corporate taxable income.

Seeds of Africa’s organisational philosophy and ethos is committed to sound governance. Through consistent management and stringent accountability, donors are assured that their investment will result in empowered productive entrepreneurs.

Seeds of Africa also plays a major role in community upliftment in the greater Muldersdrift/Lanseria area. Children and Adults from the community attend literacy, numeracy, business and computer skills training on an ongoing basis.

Broader Societal Effects: (1) the re-enforcement of the dignity and viable role of the artisan delivers emotional as well as financial value; (2) the development of commercial and business management skills is empowering and builds confidence; (3) the preservation of heritage and culture through use of traditional skills interpreted in contemporary product design; (4) the development of a work ethic that is a direct result of the understanding that effort breeds success.