The WOVSA Context

SA in Context

Research and StatsSA show that:

  • In Q2 of 2021, SA recorded a 1,2% economic growth which comes from a -6,96% growth in 2020 and a 0,15% in 2019
  • South Africa has a growing youth population particularly in the urban areas;
  • Access to good Infrastructure
  • Availability of labor (unskilled, semiskilled and skilled labor)
  • Collective Experience and Capability in Designing and Delivering Social Economic Transformation Programs.

SA Challenges

  • Low economic growth
  • Education producing not-work-ready candidates
  • High unemployment levels amongst young people (formal 34,4% but informally may rate at 45%)
  • Very low (6%) transition rate from learning to earning
  • Low Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) of 11% compared to other BRICS countries
  • Multiple social ills which lead to a low business confidence index and the inability to attract good investment

Using Development Programs as an enabler of

  • Youth empowerment
  • Woman enablement and empowerment
  • SMME enablement and empowerment
  • Reskilling and upskilling of human resources

Enterprise & Supplier Development Programme

ESD is a combination of Preferential Procurement, Supplier Diversity, Supplier Development and

Enterprise Development programs to service business needs. This process includes proactive business process of sourcing products and services from previously disadvantaged suppliers.

In response to both local calls for more inclusion and diversity in the market, NKPI and WOVSA Social Enterprise initiated an Ecosystem ESD incubator programme through collaboration with key stakeholders The aim is to ensure that the black-owned SMMEs / Co-operatives especially women and youth participate in the industries supply chain and in the wider economy. The Incubator runs the following programmes;

  • Small Enterprise/Co-ops Formation Programme: This is designed for aspired young entrepreneurs who desire to venture into the business world;
  • Industrialisation Programme: The programme is designed for existing small enterprises & co-ops that are struggling to grow and unable to sustain their businesses;
  • Accelerator Programme: The programme is designed for well established businesses that need to grow and expand locally and international.

As part of our ESD implementation plan, NKPI and WOVSA will be ESD and Entrepreneurship events within various provinces.

Our ESD Implementing Model

Events & Projects


Programmes & Projects

  • Stakeholders Engagement & ESD Programme Launch Seminar
  • Women of Value Africa Pan African Women’s Day Summit & Expo
  • Enterprise & Supplier Development Roadshows
  • Industrialisation / ESD Indaba
  • Women in Tourism Southern Africa Annual Conference
  • Agri-Tourism Trade Fair
  • Food and Bev Summit
  • Bleisure Pop-Up Markets and Intra-Regional Trade & Invest Tours
  • Agri-Tourism Project
  • SMMEs / Co-ops Industrialisation Programme

Economic Empowerment Spin-offs


Our Clients / Reference


Product / Services

Contact Person

Contact No. / Email Address


Entrepreneurship Summit

Mr Colin Leshou

Gauteng Enterprise Propeller

ESD Programme Launch

Gugu Mchunu

National Department of Tourism

Women’s Day Gala Dinner

Ms Morongwa Ramphele

Circle of Global Business Women

Leadership Roundtable

Ms Sindi Mzamo


International Women Entrepreneurship Indaba

Kgalaletso Tlhoaele