Thursday 01 February 2018

Call for applications to the COSY Entrepreneurship Training Programme in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.

British Council, in partnership with Business and Arts South Africa, LifeCo UnLtd SA and Livity Africa, invite young people (aged 15 – 25) who either live or work in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, to apply for a place in the COSY (Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth) entrepreneurship training programme. The call for applications was launched during a Taster Event held at the Afrika Tikkun Wings of Life Centre in Diepsloot on 30 January 2018. Applications, which can be submitted on the British Council website, close on 16 February 2018.

Goitsemang Kwepe, a participant in the COSY Taster Event in Diepsloot, reflected on the breakaway session: “I have my ideas and it’s up to me now. From today, I know I can start with what I have and the people in my network can help me.”

The COSY entrepreneurship training programme focuses on creative, social and digital enterprise and is delivered in 8 modules over a period of 4-5 months. In Diepsloot, the programme will run from March to August 2018.

What makes the programme unique is that it combines the expertise and experience of the project partners in the area of youth and enterprise development. It offers the following modules:

  1. Identity – Who am I
  2. Digify business basics Part 1
  3. Digify business basics Part 2
  4. Entrepreneurial Readiness and Practice
  5. Business Viability and Inventory of Assets
  6. Business Planning
  7. Partner and Relationship Building & Opportunity Ready
  8. The Pitch

The COSY project aims to enable young people, particularly young women, in rural and semi-rural areas to be more active agents in achieving sustainable growth in South Africa. The findings of a recently conducted community mapping exercise conducted by LifeCo UnLtd were published in December 2017 and are available for download.

The COSY project is funded by the European Union with a contribution of R10 364 472 over three years (2017-2020) and is being implemented in eight communities in the provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Notes to Editor

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Find more details on the COSY Entrepreneurship Training Programme at:

Hashtag for the programme #COSY

For further information or requests, please contact:

Samia Chasi, Programme Manager: Entrepreneurship & Skills at the British Council, 011 560 9361

Shavaughn Haack, Communications Manager at the British Council, 011 560 9348

About COSY

COSY (Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth) aims to enable young people, particularly young women, in rural and semi-rural areas to be more active agents in achieving sustainable growth in South Africa by building their capacity to become entrepreneurs and by increasing their employability.

  • Target groups: young people aged 15 – 25 years, community leaders and civil society organisations
  • Focus areas: creative, digital and social enterprise
  • Working in 4 provinces (Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape) and 8 communities (Bram Fischerville, Diepsloot, Bhambayi, Etafuleni, Duncan Village, Zwide, Phillipi and Masiphumelele).

The project draws on the strength and expertise of all its partners who have extensive experience in different areas of youth development in South Africa.

This project is funded by the European Union.

About Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa and contributing to corporate success through Shared Value. Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership.

For more, visit the website and follow them on social media on Facebook @BusinessArtsSA, Twitter @basa_news and Instagram @business_and_arts_sa About

LifeCo UnLtd South Africa

LifeCo UnLtd SA is a 20 year old South African social business that exists to counter inequality and the consequences thereof. It offers development consulting services and invests in values-aligned social and environmental ventures, 100% of the profits subsidises its development work. The organisation is governed by LifeCo UnLtd SA Trust.

LifeCo UnLtd - Cradle of Champions specialises in youth, community and entrepreneurship development. It employs a dynamic and high contact process of critical thinking, capital and practice to drive its impact outcomes. It also finds, funds and supports emerging social and environmental entrepreneurs who are market active. LifeCo is a founder member of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (now 50 plus nations) and is a sister organisation to UnLtd UK – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, based in London. LifeCo UnLtd SA was voted among the top 10 most trusted NGO’s in SA, in a survey conducted by Ask Africa.

For more, visit the website and follow us on Facebook at @LifeCoUnltdSA and Twitter at @LifeCo_Unltd_SA

About Livity Africa 

Livity Africa is a youth content agency that develops platforms, campaigns, ideas and social change. All created for young people, driven by young people.

We believe that if society is truly going to change, then young people must lead the change themselves. We believe in young people going out into the world and turning it on its head.

We exist to work with young people and for young people; to harness and accelerate their ability to create their own sustainable livelihoods – with a voice, a living and freedom to be their best selves.

Our digital platforms amplify authentic youth voices to drive a new narrative of what it means to be a young person on a changing continent. Our digital campaigns and youth engagement programmes are co-created to deliver genuine opportunity for young people to create their own sustainable futures.

For more follow them on social media @LivityAfrica


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook @BritishCouncilSouthAfrica and Twitter @zaBritish