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About Us

10KJ aims to address the urgent and unacceptable levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality in South Africa by supporting 10 Public Benefit Organisations who together are creating 10 000 meaningful jobs by 2020.

Background

10KJ is a once-off initiative which partners with and supports 10 well-established Public Benefit Organisations that have an excellent track record in addressing unemployment by actively providing support for job seekers. 10KJ is supported by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment.

The Endowment forms part of a group of three independent but associated trusts (including E2 Investments and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation). The trusts have a fundamental purpose to foster responsible entrepreneurship for the common good, including the creation of employment opportunities.

Purpose

We strive to make a meaningful and positive contribution to the immediate crisis of unacceptably high levels of unemployment in South Africa.

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How We Do It

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Direct Employment

Our partner organisations create income-earning opportunities within their organisation.
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Self-Employment

Our partner organisations facilitate and equip individuals to start their own income-earning opportunity.
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Job Placements

Our partner organisations recruit, up-skill & place previously excluded individuals in employment.
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Entrepreneurship

Our partner organisations support individuals to run and expand their small business indirectly creating employment as the business grows.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 10KJ initiative has an equal and dual purpose. Firstly, 10KJ was a response to the immediate crisis of unemployment in South Africa. The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s entrepreneurship programme is addressing unemployment in the longer term through supporting the creation of new enterprises that will employ more people as they grow. 10KJ is a shorter-term solution to the unemployment crisis. Secondly, 10KJs purpose is to gain a deeper understanding of the various models, challenges and variations of job creation to inform the design of other internally developed programmes aimed at addressing unemployment in the long term.

10KJ stands for 10 000 jobs, which is the number of jobs the initiative hopes to ‘create’ though grants to 10 Public Benefit Organisations over the three-year grant period.

At this stage, the three-year 10KJ Initiative will only consist of the 10 organisations that have already been selected through a thorough and rigorous due diligence process.

This is the first grant-giving programme of the Endowment and adequate time is needed to understand how to give grants in the most effective way as well as understand if this programme should be expanded (as opposed to investing in internally developed programmes).

The 10KJ initiative has an equal and dual purpose. Firstly, 10KJ was a response to the immediate crisis of unemployment in South Africa. The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s entrepreneurship programme is addressing unemployment in the longer term through supporting the creation of new enterprises that will employ more people as they grow. 10KJ is a shorter-term solution to the unemployment crisis. Secondly, 10KJ’s purpose is to gain a deeper understanding of the various models, challenges and variations of job creation to inform the design of other internally developed programmes aimed at addressing unemployment in the long term.

The 10KJ Initiative aims to fund 10 000 jobs in the three-year grant period.