The Social Responsibility Implementation Programme (SRIP) is the job creation or the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) of the Department of Tourism. The EPWP is one element within a broader government strategy to reduce poverty through the alleviation and reduction of unemployment. The Expanded Public Works Programme involves creating work opportunities for unemployed persons, and so allowing them to participate economically and contribute to the development of their communities and the country as a whole. It addresses the Department's tourism development and growth objectives in a manner that ensures it contributes to job creation and empowering communities through appropriate training programmes. As a job creation programme one of the main criteria of the programme is to implement projects that are labour intensive, and the objective is to increase the percentage of overall labour cost to between 30% -60% of the total project value.
THE CRITERIA FOR FUNDING OF PROJECTS
Projects that meet the EPWP requirements. A project must generate a labour content of at least 30% of the total project cost.
Projects targeting rural areas.
The projects must unlock the tourism potential and economic potential of an area and must improve the competitiveness of South African tourism industry.
Preference for funding is given to projects where the applicant/local municipality or provincial department is willing to co-fund a project and provide bulk services to a project.
Projects must be supported by the relevant provincial tourism government department and must be included in the IDP of the local municipality.
A report on the management, institutional and operational structures and processes – Who will operate and manage the project post NDT funding?
A report on the ownership structure, as well as capacity and expertise of the owning agency to operate the project post NDT funding – Who will own the project once it is completed and what is the capacity and expertise of the owning agency to manage the project?
Community benefit – How will the community benefit from this project?
In the case of infrastructure projects, preference for funding is given to projects where the following information/documents are submitted as part of the application:
A feasibility study report covering the commercial and financial viability of the proposed tourism project, market analysis report, cost benefit analysis
Assessment and availability of bulk services emg water, sewer, electricity etc
Environmental Impact Assessment study and Record of Decision
Clarity on land ownership
Approved building plans and related documentation.
Costing of the project e.g. Bill of Quantities.
An assurance that the prescribed labour content for the project can be achieved
WHO DO WE FUND
Communities through non-profit representative structures such as Trusts or Section 21 companies
State owned entities e.g Isimangaliso, San Parks
PROCESS FOR SUBMITTING PROJECT PROPOSALS
Project proposals must be submitted via the provincial department which is responsible for tourism. Priority is given to the projects which have been identified as part of the NDT consultative process with the provinces (provincial support package) as well as projects which forms part of the national and provincial tourism strategy.
TYPES OF SRI PROJECTS
The SRI programme encompasses a variety of tourism programmes e.g (this is only a guide)
Heritage tourism projects
Hospitality and accommodation facilities – lodges, guest house, B&Bs, Resorts etc
Niche tourism projects
Tourism training and capacity building projects targeting the unemployed youth
Camp and caravan Sites
Visitor/Tourism Information Centres and interpretation Centres
Nature based tourism
A project that does not demonstrate any features of a labour intensive project
A project that is not supported by the provincial department
A project which is not included in the IDP of the local municipality
A project that is not tourism related and falls outside the mandate of the department
A project proposal submitted by an individual for his/her benefit i.e. no community benefit
CONTACT US:Chief Director: Social Responsibility ImplementationMs Lerato Matlakala