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Unlocking South Africa's potential.

Funding Focus

The Momentum Metropolitan Foundation exclusively supports projects that address the critical priority of youth unemployment.

While there are many varied approaches to tackling youth unemployment, the approach of the Momentum Metropolitan Foundation is to prioritise projects which support their journey to employment. This means we will focus on programmes in which there is a clear, intentional flow from recruitment, technical training, psychosocial support and self-development, to job placement, self-employment, and career or business mentoring and support.

We believe in this journey to employment because many factors, outside of economic conditions, influence whether young people become employed. Some of these issues include generational poverty and inequality, gender-based discrimination and health and social pressures. Young people need to be equipped and fully supported to make good choices and overcome many of the hurdles to employment or generating a sustainable income. While we might not be able to solve all these challenges, we are mindful of their impact and welcome partners who can help us meet these challenges.

Funding Criteria

Because of the magnitude of the problem and the many varied possibilities for scope creep in trying to address it, we have put down certain parameters to ensure a focused approached. Our investment should deliver an actual, sustainable job or income generating activity for young people. To achieve this, we prioritise partnerships and programmes who/which:

  • supports the journey to employment: recruitment to placement and career support
  • focus on the youth segment 16 to 25
  • offers accredited programmes
  • are innovative and invest in the sustainability of their organisation
  • are registered non-profits in good standing
  • base their responses on community engagement and research

Supporting projects that will enable young people to take their place in the digital economy, leads our hierarchy of preference, but this is balanced with vocational skills training providing quick access to earnings and jobs in order to improve the economic circumstance of vulnerable youth and their families.

Current Partners

Rhiza Babuyile

Rhiza Babuyile helps youth from disadvantaged communities to become economically active and self-sustaining. They do this through a combination of four programmes: healthcare, skills development, education as well as enterprise and supplier development.


Ubuntu Pathways Vocational Training Programme

Ubuntu supports the needs of young people in the community they serve. This includes support for household security upgrades, HIV/AIDS and TB treatment, and sexual and reproductive health counselling so young people can focus on developing their job prospects.


Life Choices Coding Academy

The Life Choices Academy’s goal is to develop the skills of school-leavers from low income communities. The academy has a network of industry partners through which they facilitate job placement. Our support is aimed at the Coding Academy.


Sparrow Schools

The Sparrow Schools Trust provides quality education to students with learning difficulties, including a FET College. They cover skills development in various industries. Their training portfolio is based on what is relevant and required by a particular industry.


Quadpara Association of South Africa (QASA)

The QASA developed a work readiness programme for young persons with disabilities. The programme covers basic computer literacy, business finance and developing business plans for new ventures. The candidates are placed within the business partner network established by QASA.



This social enterprise has started an inclusion initiative aimed at significantly increasing the inclusion of women in tech-focussed training programmes and jobs. WeThinkCode_ has trained 500 students since 2016 and placed 98% of the 2018 graduates with a starting salary of at least R20 000 in jobs. The initiative includes alternative recruitment platforms to reach more women.


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