‘’Catalysing access to Employment and Job Creation in Ecosystem Management’’
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has embarked on a major skills development and job creation pilot programme, Groen Sebenza, a Jobs Fund Partnership Project funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Groen Sebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for 800 unemployed graduates and non-graduates (school leavers with a matric certificate). Groen Sebenza which means Green (in Afrikaans) and Work (in isiZulu) brings young South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds together with experienced biodiversity professionals to learn, grow and eventually gain the competence and confidence to embark on rewarding and meaningful biodiversity careers. The programme partners with 43 organisations from all tiers of government, NGO’s and the private sector.
The human capital development strategy for the Biodiversity sector indicates that South Africa has a shortage of skills to manage its biodiversity coupled with historical inequalities in the sector. The programme has been initiated to respond to a demand in the sector identified by the various research efforts conducted in the sector.
Groen Sebenza was officially launched by the honourable Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, on 08 June 2013. Read more about the launch here.
The Groen Sebenza opportunity
Groen Sebenza is based on an “incubator model” giving 800 participating youth workplace experience through a structured mentoring programme, together with skills development and training opportunities for a period of two-and-a-half (2½) years. Five hundred and fifty-five (555) graduates and 245 school leavers (with matric certificate) referred to as ‘pioneers’ will be placed with one of the 43 partner organisations for the duration of the project. The project commenced in May 2013 and will come to an end in December 2015.
Criteria used for recruitment:
- Unemployed youth
- Previously disadvantaged individuals.
- South African citizenship.
- Primary residence and schooling in rural areas.
- 50/50 gender split.
- A national matriculation certificate for the School leaver placement.
- A national diploma or first B-degree for the Graduate placement.
- A demonstrated and clearly articulated commitment to the environment.
- A commitment to a career development in the environmental sector.
- Good leadership potential.
The following organisations, institutions and government departments are host institutions to the 800 ‘pioneers’:
SANBI - South African National Biodiversity Institute
Department of Environmental Affairs – Sector Education, Training & Development; Natural Resource Management
South African National Parks
City Of Cape Town
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
NCC Environmental Services
Botanical Society of SA
Wildlands Conservation Trust
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
D.U.C.T - Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
ECPTA-Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism
SA Wilderness Foundation
EWT - Endangered Wildlife Trust
City of Tshwane
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
Department of Environment and Nature Conservation
Indigo-Development & Change
EMG - Environmental Monitoring Group
LEDET-Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment & Tourism
Waterberg Biosphere Reserve
SA Wildlife College
Dihlabeng Local Municipality F/State; Nketoana Local Municipality F/State; Setsoto Local Municipality F/State
The Programme is governed by a Project Steering Committee which consists of senior representatives from the 43 Partner organisations or government departments as well as a Programme Management Committee.
The programme management unit consist of the following staff members:
Ms Vivian Malema (Project Director)
Mr Donavan Fullard (National Programme Manager)
Ms Michelle Patel (Finance manager)
Ms Lucky-Girl Lekganyane (Project Admin support)
Ms Rachel Balie (Regional co-ordinator-WCape, NCape and FState)
Mr Mongezi Langa (KZN, E Cape)
Ms Grace Selolo (HR officer)
The following Task Teams have been set up to assist the Project with implementation.
- Incubator Task Team(Mentoring and Training)
- Recruitment, Selection and Placement
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Communications and Marketing
The programme has currently filled all 800 positions and interested youth should watch the website in future for possible vacancies.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further enquiries about Groen Sebenza.
To see if there are Groen Sebenza jobs advertised at present, check the Jobs & Opportunities page.