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Jobs Fund application assistance

The Jobs Fund is an important Government initiative that was set up and launched in June 2011 by the National Treasury (administered by the DBSA), in order to provide funding to projects which will result in significant job creation in South Africa. The aim is to create about 150 000 jobs over 3 years with a total budget of R 9bn (R60 000 per job created). The specific focus of this fund amongst other groups is the youth.  The funds will mostly be deployed on labour intensive projects with minimal focus being placed on start up companies that were merely set up take advantage of the allocated budget. 

There are four main areas of focus for the fund:
I. Enterprise Development
II. Infrastructure Investment
III. Support for Work Seekers
IV. Institutional Capacity Building

The second round for proposals was officially opened on 2 April 2012 - with R1.5 billion having been deployed during the first round. 
Through its division Assuredex, Empowerdex (Pty) Ltd is in a position to assist clients with the submission of applications that best meet the criteria as set out by the Jobs Fund, thus increasing the chances of being successful. 

For more information contact Kopano Xaba CA (SA), Managing Partner at Assuredex, on the following details:
Tel: 011 883 8548
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Assuredex was established in June 2011, with the aim of assisting corporate South Africa to meaningfully report on their sustainability in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines – GRI3.1, the much acclaimed King III on corporate governance, as well as ISAE 3000. Through its association with Empowerdex (Pty) Ltd, Assuredex has identified a rapidly growing market wherein there are few service providers operating in this space. With sustainability reporting forming a critical component of an integrated report, it has become onerous on corporate citizens to be more transparent about their environmental issues – both good and bad.

Assuredex is a member of the Independent Board for Auditors (IRBA), which implies full accreditation to offer external non-financial audit assurance services on any subject matter. As such the quality of the firm’s services is underpinned by integrity and transparency.

The firm’s assurance methodology is such that Assuredex’s clients gain knowledge on the subject matter throughout the process, and that clients are as a result empowered to “do it for themselves”.

Services Offered:
Sustainability Reporting
• External assurance on sustainability reports in compliance with GRI’s G3.1 Guidelines, ISAE 3000 and King 3 Code on corporate governance.
• All-inclusive packages which include external assurance on:
    o B-BBEE scorecards (per the Codes) – in association with Empowerdex
    o Sustainability reports (per GRI’s G3.1 Guidelines, ISAE 3000 & King 3)
    o King 3 compliance reports
• Sustainability report preparedness audits – ensuring that reports are ready for external assurance.
• Consulting on authorship of sustainability reporting.
• Workshops on preparing sustainability reports including: stakeholder identification, materiality testing for indicators.
• Consulting on data management and sustainability reporting monitoring systems.
• In-house training on sustainability reporting.

Other Assurance
• Assuredex is registered with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), and is therefore certified to offer non-financial audit assurance services on all other reports. Our service offering currently excludes financial statements audits.

The team comprises of chartered accountants, analysts, consultants as well as access to expertise in different fields such as environmentalists, data systems design specialists.

Contact us:
Nomzamo Xaba 
General Manager - Assuredex
General Manager - Empowerdex Audit
Mobile: 082 410 5974
Office: 011 883 8548
Fax: 086 775 9940
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Further detail, assistance and information regarding the Jobs Fund as a Government Initiative

Assuredex is a separate entity and is in all respects independent from Empowerdex (Pty) Ltd, its divisions, subsidiaries as well as its operations. The firm is merely associated with Empowerdex and its operations are by no means directly or indirectly influenced by Empowerdex.

Express Verification Services (EVS)

In our ongoing effort to improve our service delivery to all our stakeholders, Empowerdex has established the Express Verification Services (EVS) division, to foster a more improved and personal working relationship with all Qualifying Small Enterprises. EVS’s main objective is to assist clients within 7 to 14 days of engagement without comprising on Quality Assurance.

The Express Verification Service includes:

Complete B-BBEE Verification; Gap Reporting; Collation and Supplier analysis.

For a fast, efficient and effective service, please contact us on the details below or click through to our website here:

Zanele Leqola on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office: +27 011 784 0057  Fax 086 758 6713
Address: 150 Linden Street, Upper Grayston Office Park, Sandton 

Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME)

Any enterprise with an annual total revenue of R5 million or less, or is a recently formed or incorporated entity that has been in operation for less than one year (start up enterprise) would qualify as an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME). EME’s are deemed to have B-BBEE Status of “Level 4 Contributor” having a B-BBEE procurement recognition of 100%. If an EME’s is more than 50% black owned, it is elevated to have a “Level 3 Contributor” having a B-BBEE procurement recognition of 110%.

More than 50% Black Owned means an entity in which:
• black people hold more than 50% of the exercisable voting rights
• black people hold more than 50% of the economic interest
• has earned all points for Net Value

Black = African, Coloured and Indian South African Citizens

Black individuals has the meaning defined in the Act qualified as including only natural persons who are citizens of the Republic of South Africa by naturalization:
• Occurring before the commencement date of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act of 1993; or
• Occurring after the commencement date of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act of 1993, but who, without the Apartheid policy would have qualified for naturalization before then.

Value-Adding Enterprise:
An entity registered as a vendor under the Value-Added Tax of 1991, whose Net Profit before tax summed with its Total Labour Cost exceeds 25% of the value of its Total Revenue, is a Value-Adding Enterprise. If your entity is value adding according to this definition, there will be enhanced recognition of 125%. This means, if you are a value adding enterprise every rand spent will be multiplied by 1.25 first, before applying the relevant contribution status.

South-Africa’s first B-BBEE verifications agency, Empowerdex, pioneered the empowerment verifications methodology and was actively involved in the drafting of the Codes of Good Practice. It is therefore perfectly positioned to be the provider of your EME certificate.

For more information or if you require an application form, kindly contact your regional office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..