Waking the youth UP!!
Siyavuka Lateral Improvement Foundation
- We exist in order to provide skills for those who need skills, create jobs for those who need jobs, bring joy to those who need happiness. Respect,identity,our culture, all important for youth development S.L.I.F. Is here to awaken the sleeping talent of an individual.
- We care a lot about young people in our community. We want them to grow and develop themselves by providing them with the necessary skills in ceramic design and production, life skills, basic business management, incubation service and hands-on management assistance so that they can become successful entrepreneurs. And also to create a market for South African indigenous ceramic design through the sale of ceramic products both nationally and internationally.
- Exhibition 2010
A Brief Look at the Organization
The name Siyavuka refers to the need for us to wake up, then start thinking and acting Laterally in order to approach problems and situations from various angles in an attempt to find solutions, and of course with the aim of Improving the life situations of young people in South Africa. The Foundation aspect was included to simply sound authorative and important.
Slif was established towards the end of 1998 by three FUBA arts academy graduates Martin Mathole, Gideon Cube and Sam Makhubo. Slif was formed to address the perceived problems of founding members, the fact that no outlet for their talents could immediately be found in a manner which would simultaneously ensure a livelihood for participation in their undertaking. Slif was formed to concretely address these problems so that as many young people could benefit from the initiative.
Siyavuka Lateral Improvement Foundation has successfully established and secured the safe and reliable venue for artistic development of young people at Soweto, Ipelegeng Community Centre.
Mould Your Future
Cnr Khumalo and Phera Street
White City Jabavu Soweto
Ipelegeng Community Centre
The SLIF programme is aimed at equipping unemployed youths from the ages of 17-30 with ceramic art design and business skills designed to facilitate their readiness for starting their own micro-enterprises.Slif has also recognised from past projects that upon graduation most of the youths lacked the hands on experience, which is why SLIF initiated a further training phase known as an incubation process, designed to fast track their knowledge on the job training in technical and business skills. The slif incubation programme is designed, amongst other objectives.
- To provide hands on assistance
- To provide a conducive business environment for the start-up craft enterprise.
- To facilitate access to financing.
- To sharpen entrepreneurs creative abilities.
- To strengthen entrepreneurs business skills.
- To ensure production of high ceramic art quality products
- To ensure exposure of the programmes products through exhibitions. and trade shows.
- To facilitate skills transfer(design,production,business,financial and marketing management skills).
- To have a learn and earn approach to business start-up.
- Current Students
Student's requirements Course applicants must be:
A. Unemployed South African citizens in possession of an identity document.
B. Out of school, not presently studying.
C. Able to benefit from a course run in English.
D. Educated to a minimum of Grade 10 (Std 8)
E. Ability to work with hands and clay.
F. SLIF requires a well-mannered person.
G. Between the ages of 17 to 31
H. Have Creative flair
It is in Your Hands
Interested people who would like to be part of this programme need to be between the ages of 17-30,South African citizens, have a grade 10 qualification and a keen interest in the arts fraternity. The subjects done will help the youth in the acquisition and development of creative skills in the field of ceramic designing including the production of dinnerware, decorative work, African pots and bowls etc; this will enrich the local culture and provide items of aesthetic quality to the community at a reasonable cost.