Since 1999 Impumelelo has collected the quintessential database of social innovation projects and includes but is not confined to projects in the following areas and sectors:

Water | Environment | HIV/Aids | Housing | Sanitation and waste | Public Works | Justice and Security | Rural Development | Education | Early Childhood Development | Arts & Culture | Food Security | Enterprise Development | Youth Development | Health

After 16 awards cycles, it has grown in leaps and bounds, having attracted 1900 applications ( which now forms part of our database). 512 projects have received monetary awards in categories such as social entrepreneur, platinum, gold, and silver. Projects are compelled to use their award prizes to disseminate their model and success story to promote replication and for others to emulate in their contexts.

Below some of our featured projects.

I Love Coffee
ZipZap Circus

Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards,

in partnership with Distell Development Trust


Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award

No Project Name Category Province
1 Silulo Ulutho Technologies Technology Western Cape, Eastern Cape

Platinum Awards

No Project Name Category Province
1 Zip Zap: Dare to Dream Arts & Culture Western Cape
2 Free Market Foundation: Khaya Lam Land Reform Project Economic Empowerment Free State
3 Isiqalo Foundation: Waves for Change Sport for Development National
4 Bright Kid Foundation: ECD Centre Rollout Early Childhood Development National
5 Vula Mobile Technology National
6 The Buskaid String Academy Arts & Culture Gauteng

Gold Awards

No Project Name Category Province
1 STEPS: Eradicating Clubfoot as a Disability Healthcare National
2 The FunDza Literacy Trust Education National
3  Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy Arts & Culture Western Cape
4 Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre Skills Development & Training Eastern Cape
5 TRAC SA Education in Maths & Science National

Silver Awards

No Project Name Category Province
1 Woza Moya: Economic Empowerment for HIV Impacted Women Economic Empowerment KwaZulu-Natal
2 Thanda: Empowering People to Create Change Early Childhood Development & Community Development KwaZulu-Natal
3 Autism Western Cape Healthcare Western Cape
4 Umuzi Academy Skills Development & Training Gauteng
5 Development of an Appropriate Rural Model for Community Care Workers Healthcare Western Cape

Bronze Award

No Project Name Category Province
1 Viva Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Initiative - SAPRI Social Welfare  Gauteng
2 Community Keepers Social Welfare  Western Cape
3 West Coast Youth Orchestra Arts & Culture  Western Cape
4 “Special Needs Programme for Pre-school Children”  Tshepang Educare Trust Disability & Early Childhood Development  Free State

Star Certificates

No Project Name Category Province
1 Solar Turtle: Secure off-grid electrification business in a box Energy  Eastern Cape
2 Department of Community Safety Court Watching Brief Justice & Human Rights  Western Cape
3 TEARS Foundation: ‘Help At Your Fingertips’ Social Welfare  Gauteng
4 The Wot-If? Trust Enterprise Development & Youth  Gauteng
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