1 | EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

The Trust has developed an education strategy to guide its interventions in complementing the existing efforts by the Department of Basic Education. The aim of the strategy is to achieve improvements in the ability of children to read, write, and count. The strategy revolves around the following nine themes:

  • Development of teacher ability to improve content knowledge, methodological competence, and classroom practice.
  • Improvement in the ability of school management teams to provide instructional leadership and drive school functionality.
  • Establishment of the infrastructure and programmes of Teacher Resource Centres as hubs of professional development for teachers.
  • Utilisation of ICT in education to provide online, ongoing, and accessible teacher (school) content support.
  • Assessment of value add and sustainability of programmes by rigorously monitoring and evaluating programmes.
  • Granting of bursaries to deserving and underprivileged students to study relevant fields in reputable HEIs.
  • Provision of limited and focused support to matric students by employing innovative and cost-effective strategies.
  • Promotion of reading programmes that provide high quality materials to teachers and learners- with training to ensure effective use.

2 | HEALTH CARE PROMOTION

Our bundle of preventative and lifestyle initiatives are intervention programmes aiming to complement the Department of Health’s efforts in promoting communities that are educated about healthy lifestyles, staying in good health and managing chronic conditions.

These interventions are designed to promote:

  • Hygienic environments;
  • Advocacy on alcoholism and drug dependency, sexual health, and nutrition;
  • Immunisation campaigns such as new drugs on Malaria;
  • Bursaries for skilled health practitioners as part of the SIOC-cdt Bursary
  • Programme;
  • Education about healthy families’ relationships; and
  • Limited infrastructural and clinical equipment support.

3 | ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

A tool for poverty alleviation Economic growth is key to addressing unemployment, gender inequality, health, and other poverty related issues. At SIOC-cdt, Enterprise Development is an important tool and essential element to address the socio-economic issues confronting our beneficiary communities.

SIOC-cdt believes in working with partners to invest time, knowledge and capital to help Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) establish, expand and improve business including empowering modest income generating informal activities to grow and contribute to the local economy.

Our intended outcomes include:

  • Steering SMMEs towards a stable business operating environment that nurtures growth and increases SMMEs economic competitiveness,
  • Fostering winning relationships between the private and public sector to embrace social investment as a common vision, and
  • Fostering an entrepreneurship culture within our beneficiary communities. Since its inception, SIOC-cdt has invested R 69 million towards enterprise development initiatives in the Northern Cape and Thabazimbi. These initiatives range from the establishment of bakeries, offering financial and non-financial support to cooperatives in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing to assist organised communities to invest in established enterprises.