Ikhaya le Langa Enterprise & Entrepreneur Academy
Ikhaya le Langa is situated at the site of a former primary school, and for generations has been a place of learning in the Langa community. Maintaining this function, this once redundant site has been repurposed for lifelong learning. Ikhaya le Langa’s focus is Enterprise and Entrepreneur development. We believe that the ability to sustain one-self economically, is fundamental to one’s ability to grow. With a population of +- 58,000 people and a 60% unemployment rate, Langa has its fair share of social challenges. Langa is also blessed with abundant resources. Story, history, heritage, and a prime central city location. These natural assets are leveraged, primarily through Tourism and Hospitality, to develop conditions for entrepreneurial and enterprise activity. Entrepreneurial in nature, ikhaya le Langa NPC enables investment, jobs, training and business opportunities.
The ‘ikhaya le Langa Academy’ is the structure under which all learning takes place. Our flexible and scalable approach to learning, is delivered via onsite and offsite partnerships with accredited and non-accredited institutions. Through workshops, formal and informal mentorship, on the job training, people of all skill levels are supported. Major institutions such as the University of Cape Town and Cape Peninsular University Of Technology work alongside newly formed and innovative NGO’s such as Brothers For All's coding academy, to deliver learning. A partnership with the Council of international Educational Exchange, places US Service Learning students at ikhaya le Langa working on a range of community projects to gain necessary points of for their overseas development studies.
Strategic partnerships with the Corporate sector, such as Microsoft delivering social media training, or small business like Caturra Coffee doing Barista training allows ikhaya le Langa to offer a range of training opportunities. A partnerships approach has secured bursaries to AFDA film school as well as for Tour guiding opportunities for Langa’s unemployed youth.
At Ikhaya le Langa we believe that real training happens in a real work environment. Our in house social enterprise businesses provide skills, training and job opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The Langa Quarter a prototype social enterprise precinct, was developed to create the conditions for a cleaner, greener and safer community. Through this multiple opportunities to train in Neighborhood watch, SMART living and Gardening have been created. The Langa Quarter home-stay Hotel is providing business training and permanent employment opportunities to 17 poor households which is set grow up to 50 families before the end of 2015. A partnership with Cape Town’s larger Hotels through their Enterprise Development strategies allows access to the hotel sector's training resources. Our retail space ‘iindawo’ has its own workshop development space which enables township creatives to hone their technical skills and become commercially viable.
Ikhaya le Langa’s innovative Ambassador Skills development program enables the long term unemployed a chance to get a foot on the work ladder By demonstrating a desire to work over a period of time low skilled & unemployed youth receive job readiness and a range of other training to get a first step towards employment.