Impumelelo - The Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovation


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 monetay 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.

WC DSD Ministerial Youth Excellence
and Impumelelo Awards

Gold Awards

No Project Name Category
1 Oasis Protective Workshop Environment
2 Amy Biehl Foundation Community Development
3 Rural Arts Network Arts & Culture
4 Proseed Youth Development Social Welfare
5 The Sozo Foundation Community Development
6 Pebbles Project ASC Education
7 Columba Leadership Education and Skills Training

Silver Awards

No Project Name Category
1 Khululeka Grief Support Social Welfare
2 Net Vir Pret Social Welfare
3 Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy Arts & Culture
4 St Anne’s Homes Empowerment Programme Social Welfare
5 Iqonga Arts Festival Arts & Culture
6 Access Trust Education
7 South African Innovative Learning Initiative Education

Bronze Award

No Project Name Category
Imbali Western Cape Education & Skills Training
The Communiversity of SA Education
Iliso Youth Community Development
Enke: Trailblazer Progamme Education & Skills Training
Laphumilanga: Quality Circles Education

Innovative Solutions

Impumelelo Project Award Winners

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