Sustainable Supply Chain Transformation Africa (SSCTA) is a registered South African Non-Profit Organization. They are responsible for the management of the Skills Village Capacity Building and Developmental Hubs that lead to income generating activity for youth, women, and persons with disabilities.  The Skills Village was founded to increase the momentum of socio-economic development in South Africa by bringing together like-minded representatives from the Private Sector, Government, Civil-Society and Communities.

On 28 June 2023, SAMED was privileged to visit the Skills Village 2023 with SSCTA director Arlene Wilson-Max and her enthusiastic team. It was a humbling and inspiring experience. This circular micro-economy is empowering young people with vocational experience that translates into income generating skills transfer and capacity building in a wide range of activities.

Skills transfer includes building, plumbing, electrical, butchery, sewing, large format printing, salon, laundry, waste management, culinary, information technology, and many other skills that can be used as the base for entrepreneurial activities and income generation.

Business can support and partner with the Skills Village to training up future entrepreneurs and business owners and can earn SED points towards their BBBEE efforts. Businesses can also outsource work to the Skills Village to support their activities. The Skills Village is also hosting a Nelson Mandela Day event which aims to bring sustainable food gardens to schools. Support packages range from R3 000 to R40 000 and these can be tied to SED points. See the Invitation Skills Village 2023 Nelson Mandela Day Celebration.

If you are interested in learning more about the Skills Village or their Nelson Mandela Day activities, please contact Arlene Wilson-Max on Email: or Cell: +27 (0)79 108 0613

SAMED will be looking at more ways in which we can partner with and support the incredible work of the Skills Village.