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The Project

Training, Upskilling and Placement of Unemployed People from the Region.

eMalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga.

Businesses need skilled artisans with specific vocational experience in fields such as electrical, boiler- making, fitting-and-turning, water- and-waste management, basic engineering, and construction. The Jobshop creates the opportunity in South Africa to ensure an employable, flexible, highly trained and educated workforce by delivering skilled and trained artisans to the industry.

The concept of The Jobshop emerged from Vukani-Ubuntu with funding from EU and IDC. Together with our Sponsors, we are addressing the unemployment issue in eMalahleni. We are proud to announce that The Jobshop has already registered unemployed candidates.

During consultation with the MQA (Mining Qualifications Authority) and the DOL (Department of Labour) The Jobshop identified a further 140 candidates who are ready to enter the program. Thousands of suitable qualified job-seekers require little intervention to be employed. Most of our candidates are either unemployed, or do not have the opportunity to be trained to fill an artisan position. The Jobshop developed a specialist training and employment intervention program, combining programs and solutions to address various problems within the industry. There are currently no other training centres in Mpumalanga that provide such an unique approach with a specific focus on capacitating job-seekers. The Jobshop fills a gap in the industry by providing much needed training in the scarce skills sector.

The Jobshop offers infrastructure to match work-seekers with specific industry and government positions, since there isn’t a regularly updated centralised database indicating how many trained (or partly-trained) artisans are available and where they are located. The Jobshop also supports the industry by supplying a trusted data-base of skilled artisans for organisations to choose from. The Jobshop’s model is unique. The model used in the initial eighteen month Jobshop Pilot Project meets all relevant government and industry criteria. We trust that the expansion of the pilot project will have an immediate impact on Mpumalanga’s (and subsequently South-Africa’s) unemployment figures, whilst generating income through training and placement services, as well as manufacturing.

Project Funders

Developing Social & Industrial Infrastructures.

The Jobshop Project is valued at R20-million thus making it a ground breaking initiative of Vukani-Ubuntu Community Development Projects. Thanks to the seed funders, the European Union and the Industrial Development Corporation who funded R13-million towards making this project a reality. Vukani-Ubuntu has provide… Facon Engineering.


European Union

Focused on poverty alleviation, the European Union is South Africa's largest development partner. The EU annually commits over R6 billion in grants and loans to economic and social development. The EU is a proud funder of The Jobshop and makes this project a reality.


We fund existing or emerging businesses that will benefit the South African economy, building industrial infrastructure, creating jobs and alleviating poverty.



AECI is a South African-based company focused on providing products and services to a broad spectrum of customers in the mining, water treatment, process, plant and animal health, food and beverage, and general industrial sectors.


The merSETA is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) established to promote skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 (as amended). The 21 SETAs broadly reflect different sectors of the South African economy. The merSETA encompasses Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services.

Project Management


Since 1998, Vukani has established 11 successful community development projects in 5 provinces and fundraised more than R 60-million from over 30 local and international donors including the EU. All the Vukani projects are still in existence...


Supporting the local Mining, Steel and Power-Generation Sectors in all disciplines of Engineering.


Accenture Dept of Small Business Development University of Pretoria

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