Regional and Local Economic
Development Initiative

Call For Nominations: Regional And Local Economic Development Champions Programme

A partnership between UKZN and the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, invites all local chambers of commerce, local government, students and alumni of the Regional and Local Economic Development initiative to nominate social entrepreneurs for the 2019 Champions Programme. Interested individuals may nominate themselves if they believe they are worthy Champions.

Who are potential Champions?

Potential Champions are active social entrepreneurs whose enterprises are making impact in their communities.

What will the Championship programme offer?

The Champions Programme is a 10 month development intervention that is designed to capacitate social entrepreneurs to scale their impact. It will offer the opportunity to work with fellow Local Economic Development (LED) practitioners.

This will happen through participation in a series of work integrated learning to develop their organizations / ideas into sustainable enterprises.  This programme includes workshops on personal growth and development, human centred design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, legal structures, financial management, marketing, human resources, integrated supply chain management and assessing and measuring performance of the enterprise.

Successful candidates may be funded for this programme. Funding includes accommodation, fees and course materials.

When does the programme run?

The Champions Programme runs as a block release programme in 2-day blocks scheduled from February to November 2019

How to apply?

Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • Certified copy of ID
  • A supporting letter from a credible organization in your community, for example, the LED Officer of your Local Municipality, Local Business Chamber or similar organization


  • Matric certificate
  • Fluency in English
  • An existing enterprise

Deadline for nominations: 30 November 2018

For Submissions and Enquiries

Email: | Tel: (031) 260 8397

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