This programme aims to develop, implement and monitor strategies to promote the delivery of integrated and well-structured poverty alleviation and community development programmes to vulnerable groups. The programme also provides an enabling legal environment for the registration, support and enhancement of non-profit organisations and support. In addition the programme aims to plan, implement and facilitate the integration of population factors into all policies, plans, programmes and strategies in all sectors and spheres of government. The Chief Directorate is responsible for the following functions and services:

Sustainable Livelihoods

The eradication of poverty is the top priority in the Department’s efforts to building a better life for all. All poverty relief initiatives facilitated by the programme have provided job opportunities and are intended to enhance the social and human capital within communities in line with the Northern Cape Provincial Growth and Development Strategy. This sub-programme is mandated to:
•Conduct sustainable livelihood research.
•Develop and implement programmes for effective application of the sustainable livelihoods (SL) Framework.
•Develop and implement integrated and sustainable livelihoods programmes within the context of the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy and Municipal Integrated Development Plans.
•Support Non-Governmental Organisations, Community-based Organisations and Faith-based Organisations.
•Provide material assistance to move people from grant dependency to sustainable livelihoods.
•Monitor and evaluate special programmes implemented by Social Sector service delivery partners.

Youth Development

The Northern Cape can be classified as a young population with 57.7% of the population being younger than 30 years. Young people are migrating from the Province in search of employment and education opportunities, yet, given the socio-economic realities, a significant number of young people remain within the Province. Unemployment is the highest among youth with unemployment rates of 54% and 47% in the 15-19 and 20-29 year old age groups respectively. (cf NCPGDS). A need exists for a comprehensive social strategy that will benefit youth within the Province. This sub-programme seeks to:
•Support organisations that are facilitating youth development
•Facilitate youth entrepreneurship programmes
•Facilitate resource mobilisation with role-players for youth programmes
•Monitoring and evaluation of implementation of youth services
•The key focus areas are: ◦Skills development
•Socio-economic programmes

Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

The EPWP is a cross-cutting programme which covers all spheres of government and State-owned enterprises that aim to draw significant numbers of the unemployed into productive work accompanied by training so that they increase their capacity to earn an income.
The introduction of learnerships, skills development programmes and other social development programmes initiated through EPWP is geared towards addressing the challenges of the unskilled workforce.

The Home Community-based Care (HCBC) and Early Childhood Development programmes have been selected as programmes for expansion into the Social Sector EPWP. The Social Sector will undertake research to identify possible programmes which present a range of opportunities for work creation and, once agreed, commit resources to planning these effectively.
Institutional Capacity Building.


Population Development

•Advocacy, Capacity Building and Population Development: Targeting Local Government to capacitate them to include population concerns into their IDPs; enhance capacity on population, environment and development; advocacy of population and development issues and concerns; manage a comprehensive resource centre.
•Population Development and Demographic Research: Monitoring and evaluation of the Population Policy implementation; commission and conduct relevant research in order to ensure compatibility and comparability of data; analysis and interpretation of the Province’s population dynamics.

The spatial realities of the Northern Cape and its small population size make social development service provision very difficult. These factors present a number of developmental challenges to stakeholders in this sector. As compared to the other provinces, the Northern Cape has very few NGOs and, where they exist, they are very poorly resourced, poorly staffed and require continued support. Another challenge is that such organisations are more active in urban settings than in rural communities. This component is mandated to:

Facilitating institutional/organisational development
•Facilitating a Capacity Building Programme for Volunteers
•Conducting an audit of all existing NGOs and volunteers
•Conducting a skills audit and facilitation of appropriate training