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April 9, 2020 By rulleska 9 Comments

MEDIA STATEMENT: HWSETA gives R12.6 million in funding to rural communities to help fight Covid-19

The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) has partnered with the Afribiz Foundation and Ruo and Rui Medicals to ensure a highly impactful fight against Covid-19 by allocating R12.6 million in funding.

The Afribiz Foundation and Ruo and Rui Medicals specialise in training rural communities in making hand-produced medical products. HWSETA has provided funding to train 13 cooperatives and NGO’s and Community Development Centres in producing much needed equipment in the fight against Covid-19. Each cooperative is made up of 60 women who had little or no schooling, they come from households with little or no income.

The HWSETA through AfriBiz Foundation has already rolled out a manufacturing of sanitary towels programme in Mpumalanga, which will see four key areas – namely Pienaar, Mayflower, Nkomazi and Waterval Boven – in the region receiving training and education in sanitation for a period of six months. This will result in the creation of 240 jobs, as well as financial security for the trainees in a time when job security is not a certainty. This training is extended to provide much needed sanitizers to rural communities.

Additionally, the HWSETA has rolled out programmes in KwaZulu Natal – in rural areas such as Msinga, Amandawe, Umbumbulu and Mzumbe – and will be reaching the Eastern Cape’s Khalankomo, Mdantsane, Matatiele and Mount Ayliff in the next week. There is also a programme running in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape. Through these partnerships Vryberg and Mafikeng in North-West and Mamitwa in Limpopo will have these programmes rolled out as well.

The programmes specialise in training for the manufacture of 100% natural soap, body lotion, toothpaste as well as reusable sanitary wear for communities at large. These programmes will together see a total of more than 700 sustainable jobs created. Currently, these communities are producing 70% ethanol-based hand sanitizers using natural oils and community resources such raw wood and crafted tools to cure the soap.

Furthermore, HWSETA has funded two Community Development Centres in Msinga and Gauteng, who will each receive product specific training valued at R7 861 400 to produce N95 and Surgical Masks, which will benefit the country as they will be priced affordably and sustainably, to the benefit of both Government as well as the private sector.

“The HWSETA’s partnership with training providers such as the Afribiz Foundation and Ruo and Rui medicals will ensure not only improvement to health and wellbeing, but also having an impact to educate and protect our most vulnerable rural communities.  This partnership also has the ultimate impact of support to co-operatives in our country improving the financial status of many”, said Ms Elaine Brass, CEO, HWSETA.

HWSETA will be ensuring that all necessary precautions are taken, and guidelines abided to, in order to ensure the safety of trainers and trainees during this time.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms Rulleska Singh: Marketing and Communications Manager, HWSETA

Cell: 082 402 4825




    greetins please furnish us with further information on the above partnership ,we are an organisation in rural Northern Cape

  2. Pretty Z Magwa
    Pretty Z Magwa
    27th April 2020 reply

    Good day

    I have a question regarding internship stipend. I’m doing internship in gatuateng one of the NGO in Vaal since February on the 3rd, but we don’t get our stipend they said HWSETA haven’t fund them up until late now, so I need to know if this is true or not

    Than you

    Kindo regards

    • Wendy Tembe
      Wendy Tembe
      29th April 2020 reply

      kindly contact Luyanda Lokwe on thank you

      • zizipho
        25th November 2020 reply

        good day I would like also to be help I am based at cape town I doing leadership since January the last time we receive our stipend it was on April and we don’t get anything now, they say they are waiting for omega to fund our money, please help we are busy with our practical’s at schools and we don’t have even lunch at work where can we asked for help, the leadership is ending next Mont they owe us for 7months stipend

        • Wendy Tembe
          Wendy Tembe
          26th November 2020 reply

          Dear Zizipho

          Kindly provide the following information for onward advise;
          1.Name of the Employer (Organisation):
          2.Nmae of the Learnership you are enrolled for;

          Thank you

  3. Joe Matlou
    Joe Matlou
    22nd July 2020 reply


    We are an NPO based in Limpopo and we are willing to assist the communities in rural areas of Limpopo. please provide us with additional information.

    Many Thanks
    J Matlou

    • Wendy Tembe
      Wendy Tembe
      22nd July 2020 reply

      Dear Joe
      Kindly advise which assistance do you intend to provide for onward advise.

      Thank you

  4. Nosipho
    9th August 2020 reply

    Hi I am part of the training project in Ruo and Rui medical, I wanted to find out about the stipend we’re recieving. They give us R2000 is this the correct amount we should be receiving or..?

    • Wendy Tembe
      Wendy Tembe
      10th August 2020 reply

      Dear Nosipho

      For any projects stipend queries, kindly direct your request to
      Trust you will find this note in order.
      Thank you

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