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Impact at grassroots level with our Socio Economic Development Initiatives

Why Socio-Economic
Development (SED)?

South Africa’s legacy of inequality has translated into a systemic lack of accessibility to the mainstream economy, especially for poor and underserviced communities.

The Socio-Economic Development (SED) element of the B-BBEE Scorecard is designed to facilitate grassroots initiatives that sustainably connect Black people with the economy.

Doing SED right

What does this mean to you? Well, 1% of your Net Profit After Tax must be dedicated to this element, so it’s critical to ensure:

  • that your SED contributions are strategically aligned with both your scorecard and business ethos;
  • that your SED is carried out properly and in line with the requirements of the Codes;
  • that beneficiaries experience the most positive impact possible; and
  • that your ultimate SED verification is simple and risk-free.

SED123: Schools Capacitation Initiative

Essential learning materials for schools that need it most

The SED element of the B-BBEE scorecard is designed to help develop grassroots projects that sustainably capacitate disadvantaged people to connect them with the real economy. It’s about investing in initiatives that build and transform.

Naturally, Education is amongst the most necessary interventions foundational to foster real societal and economic transformation. In particular, Education is a massive imperative for South Africa, providing the building blocks of our economy and society.

The SED123 Schools Capacitation Initiative provides high-quality Handbooks and Study Guides to disadvantaged schools, while earning you B-BBEE points.

Handbook and Study Guide Series

Berlut Books is the publisher of the leading Handbook and the Study Guide Series, used extensively by teachers and pupils across South Africa, both in schools and for self-study purposes. These best-sellers are not only used by most of the schools in South Africa, but also in neighboring countries. Berlut Books won the prestigious Sefika Annual Awards for Best Small Education Publisher in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018, as well as Best independent Publisher in 2009.

SED- Berlut Books

Here’s how it works

All planning handled

We can source the school for you, or you can nominate a qualifying school. We contact the principal to arrange a needs analysis: titles needed, grade allocation, quantity of books required, etc.

Hands-on or hands-off

If you’d like to be involved, we plan a formal handover for you (which may include PR opportunities).

Scalable to your budget

You decide how much you need and want to spend (ours is a scalable solution aligned to your SED budget).

Impactful to the last cent

The full value of your spend goes directly to schools, teachers and students in the form of books – if you spend R1000, R1000 worth of books is delivered!

Peace of mind, end to end

You’re able to ensure that your points are properly allocated and awarded because we manage all paperwork.

The bottom line

The SED Schools Capacitation Project is just one of a range of seamless outsourced solutions, which can serve as stand-alone offerings, whether or not you use our core software.

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