In April 2015, the SADC Heads of State or Government approved the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063. From the beginning, The Southern Africa Trust has been involved in putting this strategy into operation; in particular, facilitating public-private dialogues between the SADC Secretariat, private sector and civil society organisations.
The focus of the work of the Trust was to get business associations and individual companies in Southern Africa, both at a regional and national level, to be involved in the industrialisation process.
An entry point for the exchange of positions has been the annual SADC Industrialisation Week, which is implemented prior to the SADC Summit. (more…)
In September 2017, The Southern Africa Trust (The Trust), opened its doors to a group of seven vibrant interns. The internship program at The Trust is an integral part of our organisation. It’s aimed at capacitating young professionals with skills and experience in the workplace.
Interns at The Trust are given the opportunity to learn through hands on experience and add value by sharing ideas and suggestions across different departments at The Trust. These include:
Finance, accounting and procurement;
Communications, marketing, branding and digital technologies;
Programmes and project management, including grant management as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Generous South Africans raised almost half a million rand for women’s groups at the Ukhamba Giving Event hosted by the Southern Africa Trust, on October 26, in Johannesburg.
Ukhamba falls under the umbrella of the change4ever campaign, which is one of the Trust’s key initiatives aimed at promoting social giving as a tool to eradicate poverty. The campaign’s main objectives are raising awareness, public participation and direct-from-public fundraising.
The event was attended by members of the public, media, funding partners of the Trust; Ford Foundation; Mott Foundation; and a representative from the Board of the Trust, Shireen Motara. (more…)
Regional integration in Africa is a topic which has been widely discussed over the years, however, the youth in Africa seem to be excluded from participating in key regional policy processes.
So, in 2010, the Southern Africa Trust (The Trust) implemented the Southern Africa Youth Exchange (SayXchange) programme to serve as a driver of the people-to-people dimensions of regional integration, in so doing incorporating the youth. (more…)
Adolescents and young people, aged between 10 and 24 years, make up about a third of the total population in eastern and southern Africa. The growing proportion of youths has great potential to positively impact countries in the region. Yet, youths are often economically and socially excluded, and their voices are seldom heard on policy matters.
Malter Vilakati knows the challenges of undertaking trade as an economic activity across borders in the SADC region. And she knows how much progress has been made to ensure that these economic opportunities are available to women. Vilakati is a 63-year-old cross border trader from Manzini in Swaziland. In July 2013, she was part of the women traders group that formed the Women Cross Border Traders Forum with the support of the Southern Africa Trust. This forum ensures women are participating in economic empowerment initiatives in the SADC region. (more…)Read More