It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the official launch of Rise. The organisation, which is a subsidiary of Progression, was born from a passion for people and creating opportunities within communities in South Africa. Our various projects offer corporates an effective and sustainable way of meeting Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Skills Development requirements in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.
With unemployment on the rise and a shrinking economy to battle, there will be a continuous aim and push for Socio-Economic Development and Skills Development, both being effective means of giving our economy a much-needed boost.
Through the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, Government is encouraging businesses to contribute to SED as a method of eradicating poverty by creating opportunities that allow the previously disadvantaged to become involved in productive activities. This is especially applicable to those living in rural areas, which is Rise’s main focus area.
Candice Lambert, Head of Strategy Development, outlines the various benefits that are presented when investing in Socio-Economic Development initiatives:
For us at Rise, community development is about sustainable empowerment, rather than a constant appeal for donations and handouts. Ultimately, whatever is implemented needs to continue to ‘work’ independently. In other words, it must be able to ‘stand on its own two feet’. We build relationships with communities, listen to their needs and design projects that talk to these needs. We look forward to what is to come and invite you to join the movement.