SOUTH AFRICAN GRADUATES DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (SAGDA) PROFILE
The South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA) is non-governmental youth initiative that was registered in 1997.
SAGDA’s overall objectives are to strengthen civil society through the empowerment of graduates for social transformation.
SAGDA is dedicated to building skills that will enable graduates to participate in the country’s socio-economic mainstream, respond to social development needs in our communities and enable them access the world of work.
Brian Koopedi (Chairperson)
Vukile Nkabinde (Board Secretary & Executive)
Boitumelo Delight Matilda Nyuswa
Caleb Thamsanqa Maqubela
Elizabeth Pruscent Nkhabele
Vukile Nkabinde- Executive Director
Ronnie Midaka - Chief Operations Officer
Connie Sathekge- Acting Programmes Officer
Semopo Mokgabudi - Business Development Officer
An enabling environment where graduates are integrated into the socio-economic mainstream.
To develop Graduates from tertiary institutions for active participation in the socio economic mainstream, while inculcating a culture of social responsibility, through the rendering of a quality and professional service in order to reduce the level of graduate unemployment.
Principles and values:
What it means for us?
We will always be honest in all that we do.
We will be committed to the organisation, its vision and mission.
We will act with respect towards one another, and towards our members.
We will promote and make room for creativity in approaching all that we do.
We will be accountable to all our stakeholders.
We will value people simply for who they are.
Model of Operation- Programme Intervention
PRACTICALS INTEGRATION (Exit
& Support) ENTRY TRAINING
(Exit & Support)
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Skills Social Development Business
ship Mentorship’s Placements Enterprise Community Development
Life Skills Social Development
q Job Preparation
q Computer Literacy
q Economic Literacy
q Social development Skills
q Life Strategies
q Workplace skills (Internship)
q Mentoring/ Coaching partnerships
q Formal Placement
q (Public, Private and Civic sectors)
q New Business Initiatives
q Community Project Initiatives
q Advisory Services
Lobbing and Advocacy
q Educational Policy, Framework and Curriculum
q Human Resource / Skills Development Strategy
q National Job Creation Strategies
q National Small Business Development Strategy
q Youth Empowerment Strategy
There are three phases underpinning this section
Registration and assessment of graduates
Graduates fill in a form that assists us in assessing skills need (literacy, innumeracy and personal attribute). They are then put on a database according to their fields of study.
Training and development
Graduates undergo training on personal and professional development which, (this is done in conjunctions with service provider)
· Job preparation – job hunting skills, interview skills, CV writing, understanding of labour market
· Computer literacy – Ms Word, Excel, Power-point, Internet, and email usage
· Life skills – time management, communication skills, Teamwork, Self-confidence and motivation.
· Orientation to Business skills
· Project development and management skills
Other types of training, which are mostly specialised, are driven by employers, industry, or stakeholders needs where SAGDA plays a referral role.
Practical experiential learning
· Internship – this is a practical work explore component of the programme with organisation for a particular period and have a mentor.
· Volunteerism - this is a method of training work experience through participating in social development projects and a voluntary basis.
SAGDA seek to facilitate the alignment of the programme to the national skills development strategy in a form of a learnerships and skills programme and for accreditation of the programme.
SAGDA INTERVENTION PROGRAMS:
Training and Development for Integration
SAGDA in its endeavour for skills development provides relevant skills necessary to enable unemployed graduates to enter and equally compete in the labour market and the broader environment.
Our Training and Development as the job readiness program seeks to develop and prepare graduates facing challenges of unemployability by participating and training graduates on soft skills and core competencies required by the labour market, this is done through working with training service providers.
The Integration phase seeks to places graduates in formal employment; self-employment and community based projects, thus responding to the country's social and economic needs.
At the placement level SAGDA seeks to relevant skills necessary to enable unemployed graduates to enter and equally compete in the labour market and the broader environment.
SAGDA is committed towards encouraging the mindset of graduates from job seekers to job creators. SAGDA has also registered an Investment Holding, which seeks to be a vehicle to integrate graduates in the economy. A tourism business initiative is one anchor business that has been successfully developed with a graduate and has won tender from a World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and the Cricket World Cup. For more information on this, check this website: www.sagda.co.za/traveltours.html.
This programme is aimed at empowering graduates to pursue careers as Agents of Social Change, i.e. looking at Community Development as a career alternative. Volunteerism through child grant campaigns, illiteracy alleviation, HIV/AIDS and access to justice are just some of the current projects where graduates are involved under the banner of the Civic Service.
Research, Advocacy and Lobbying
Amongst others, SAGDA has been involved with Advocacy & Lobbying for Curriculum Transformation, Skills Development, and Economic Empowerment in response to the changing economic and social environment in South Africa. SAGDA officials sit in different committees, e.g. Council on Higher Education, UIF Board, and SAGDA is a member organisation of the South African Youth Council.
Organisations that have recruited from SAGDA:
Department of Foreign Affairs
Department of Justice
Department of Labour
Department of Public Works
Dept. of Soc. Services and Population Development
Department of Trade and Industry
Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)
Gauteng Premier’s Office (Youth Directorate)
Independent Complaints Directorate
Mining Qualification Authority
National Development Agency
National Prosecuting Authority
Statistics South Africa
South African Secret Service
Universal Service Agency
Zivuseni Poverty Alleviation Programme
Africa City Soft
Civil Aviation Authority
EPA Development (Pty) Ltd
Khulumani Support Group
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Pick ’n Pay
Timken Bearing Services South Africa
Black Business Council
Micro- Enterprise Alliance
Umsobomvu Youth Fund
Women’s Development Banking
Youth Development Trust
Youth Development Network
British Trade and Investment
Khulisa Management Services
Marong Financial Services
58 Marshall Street 5th floor Business Place
P.O Box 2187
Tel: + 27 11 838-2526
Fax: + 27 11 492-2589