What is the impact of the SAIE?

ImpactThe year 2014/15 saw the SAIE having a significant impact across its four programme sectors: Education, Agriculture, Enterprise Development and Information Technology. This success was made possible through the generous support of our long-standing funders, such as Coronation and ABSA, as well as our enterprising partners nationwide.

The SAIE has always been committed to monitoring and evaluating its work in a transparent and honest manner for the purpose of:

  • Learning and improving practice
  • Being accountable to all stakeholders
  • Determining the impact of our interventions

At the core of the SAIE’s monitoring and evaluation are the measurements of critical qualitative and quantitative success indicators. Not only do we focus on business skills indicators, but we are also able to measure the change in entrepreneurial mindset using our Entrepreneurial Diagnostic Tool.

Some of the indicators considered in measuring entrepreneurial mindset are mentioned in the COO’s report on page 5. Other indicators include applying general business and financial knowledge and skills and awareness of opportunities and needs in surrounding environments.



Impact-EducationObjective: To develop entrepreneurial mindsets in learners by empowering teachers and providing innovative materials to facilitate entrepreneurial learning, so that learners develop entrepreneurial mindsets and attitudes at school level in order for them to be equipped to become economically active.

Indicators observed and measured:

  • Number of new teachers trained
  • Number of old schools supported
  • Number of learners with increased entrepreneurial mindset
  • Number of learners who are confident to start their own business
  • Improve learner results by 10% pa in Business Studies

Actual outcomes achieved:

  • 116 educators (of the 144 trained in the period) from 77 schools indicated that approximately 92% of 7682 learners who participated in the SAIE’s entrepreneurship programme during the 2014/15 year showed an improvement in:
    • Self-discipline
    • Class participation
    • Numeracy and literacy skills
    • Positive attitude to learning
    • Increased awareness of entrepreneurship as an alternative career option
  • 77 schools that participated in SAIE’s programme showed a marked increase in the 2014 matric pass rate in Business Studies (to an 85% pass rate)
  • 97 educators (of the 144 educators trained) were of the opinion that the SAIE entrepreneurship programme helped them to learn the art of facilitating practical entrepreneurship in the classroom.


Impact-Agriculture-AObjective: To develop entrepreneurial mindsets and agri-business skills in emerging farmers, so that all participants create and contribute to employment opportunities and help to build a sustainable agricultural sector in SA.

Indicators observed and measured:

  • Number of skilled farmers
  • Number of skilled learners
  • Number of farmers farming
  • Number of learners/educators involved in school gardening

Impact-Agriculture-BActual outcomes achieved:

  • 150 emerging farmers assisted displayed marked improvement in their business and negotiation skills
  • Pre-assessment showed that most of the emerging farmers assisted lacked a basic understanding of how AgriBusiness and supply chain processes work, despite their capacity to produce large volumes. Following their participation in the AgriPlanner programme, they understood the market-led approach to farming and are now able to compete effectively in the AgriBusiness space
  • 22 (80%) of educators acquired the requisite skills to facilitate agricultural and environmental skills training in schools
  • 238 (85%) of school learners who received training and support acquired the basic agricultural skills to actively engage in vegetable garden activities at their respective schools.

Enterprise Development

Objective: To develop entrepreneurial mindsets and business skills in survivalists, start-up or potential business people or emerging businesses, so that individuals become successful business people who can identify and seize supply-chain opportunities.

Indicators observed and measured:

  • Number businesses started
  • Number of people who display a mindset change during the course
  • Number of people who display a mindset change 12 months after the course
  • Number of people who display a change in business skills during the course
  • Number of people who apply their business skills in their new businesses
  • Number of people who partake in supply-chain opportunities.

Actual Outcomes achieved:

  • 2 businesses were supported to secure contracts to supply mines in the Northern Cape with equipment
  • Of the 96 people trained, 35 established new start-up businesses
  • 60% of the new start-up businesses assisted showed improvement in recordkeeping, business planning, cash flow, and money management skills in the first year.

Information Technology

Impact-ITObjective: To develop entrepreneurial mindsets and information technology skills for survivalists, start-ups or potential business people, so that individuals, communities and businesses can be more effective because they use appropriate information technology skills and tools.

Indicators observed and measured:

  • Number of participants skilled in business and information technology
  • Number of participants skilled in managing team work, conflict management, leadership
  • Number of participants skilled in operating an Information Technology skills training centre.

Actual Outcomes Achieved:

The SAIE was able to scale up its IT programme during the 2014/15 financial year and achieved the following:

  • 16 sustainable Information Technology businesses were established; 4 of these 16 centres collapsed due to challenges ranging from group internal dynamics to lack of commitment
  • 48 youth, trained in ICT and Business skills, had the opportunity to own and manage the 12 sustainable IT centres
  • 12 established techno enterprises were sustained through 45 mentorship support visits
  • 36 techno entrepreneurs showed improvement in skills and mindset and are therefore still in business
  • 160 potential youth entrepreneurs trained during the year acquired new skills and increased their chances of employment
  • Each IT centre established realised an average monthly income of between R1500 – R4500 in the first year of operation.
  • Number of participants skilled in managing team work, conflict management, leadership
  • Number of participants skilled in operating an Information Technology skills training centre.