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Equipping South Africa’s unemployed youth through investment in digital skills development and entrepreneurship support
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Labs

Naspers Labs

Naspers Labs is a social impact programme to address youth unemployment through digital skills development, access to technology careers, and support to youth-led, tech enabled micro-businesses.
Naspers Labs brings together the deep operator and investor knowledge of Naspers and the expertise of trusted and experienced partner organisations to deliver tailored development programmes to graduates wishing to enter the world of work in a digital age.

Naspers Labs bridges the gap between training and real economic opportunities. Our entrepreneurship program offers budding youth led micro enterprises with business support needed to become self-sustaining.
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We have a BIG ambition
By 2026, our goal is to have enabled 10,000 young people to access decent job opportunities, and to have created 20 self-sustained micro-businesses.
Our impact

2,500

Number of youth trained.

1,772

Entry level jobs created.

31

Entrepreneurs supported.

R160m

Investment
to date.


65% of the young people who benefit from our programmes are young women
and 4% are young people living with disabilities.

Our business model

Collaborating with training partners and industry to develop for in-demand skills such as desktop technicians, cyber security, business solutions architects (salesforce), cloud engineer and AI, software developers, data scientists, digital web developers and marketers, robotics among others.

Our collaboration further includes the development and support of youth-led micro-enterprises (incubation, acceleration, and market access).

Our support for learners goes beyond just the learning but also includes provision of learning equipment such as laptops, tablets and data to access their online training content (where required). Partner to supplement stipends so that the learner/graduate earnings are decent. Through our partners we also provide psychosocial support as and when the learners need it.

Meet our partners.

Our programme offering
Digital

Digital skills development

Building digital capabilities & work experience exposure.
 
Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Supporting tech-enabled youth led micro-enterprises.

Community

Community development

Empowering entities that drive youth development.
 
Applying to our programmes
We look for unemployed graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who have relevant post-matric qualifications. Graduates should be between the ages of 18 and 34. We are particularly focused on upskilling and improving access to tech jobs for young women and young people living with disabilities. Our programmes are run entirely online and we accept graduates from anywhere in South Africa.
Visit our partner websites to apply for our programmes
 
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Meet the team
Mapule Ncanywa
Mapule Ncanywa Head of Naspers Labs
Mapule Ncanywa
Mapule Ncanywa Head of Naspers Labs

Thembi Shangase
Thembi Shangase Head of Programmes
Thembi Shangase
Thembi Shangase Head of Programmes

Molefe Pule
Molefe Pule Head of ETQA, BD & MEL
Molefe Pule
Molefe Pule Head of ETQA, BD & MEL

Amanda Tsupe
Amanda Tsupe Finance Manager
Amanda Tsupe
Amanda Tsupe Finance Manager

Namhla Xinwa
Namhla Xinwa Programmes Specialist
Namhla Xinwa
Namhla Xinwa Programmes Specialist

Lebo Stock
Lebo Stock Office Assistant
Lebo Stock
Lebo Stock Office Assistant

Mxolisi Magagula
Mxolisi Magagula MEL & QA Intern
Mxolisi Magagula
Mxolisi Magagula MEL & QA Intern

Mita Raboya
Mita Raboya Programmes Data Intern
Mita Raboya
Mita Raboya Programmes Data Intern