People Upliftment Programme (POPUP) is a nonprofit organisation with a holistic approach to the upliftment of under-privileged communities thereby ensuring that all the needs of individuals are addressed – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. POPUP renders services to all persons living in Tshwane (in the Gauteng province, South Africa) and the surrounding areas regardless of race, culture, gender or religion. Currently POPUP’s main centre is situated in Salvokop, Pretoria. POPUP expanded with a second centre in Soshanguve in 2012.
At present POPUP offers nine SETA accredited market related skills programmes to unemployed people. With the expansion to Soshanguve, additional skills programmes will be presented soon.
- Adult education and training, english literacy and numeracy;
- Personal growth programme, life skills;
- Hospitality services, (cooking, cleaning and laundry);
- Home-based care, (On hold until funding becomes available);
- Project and enterprise development);
Non-Accredited Programmes at the POPUP Salvokop Centre include:
- Basic Computer;
- Cookie Jar Training (Baking for Profit).
Programmes at the POPUP Soshanguve Centre will be phased in as funding becomes available. At the moment learners can register for AET and PGP at the Salvokop and Soshanguve Centres. The POPUP Soshanguve Centre officially opened on 13 September 2012, focussing on technical skills training in the building construction field.
Skills Development and Training:
Accredited Programmes at the POPUP Soshanguve Centre include:
- Adult Education and Training, (English literacy and numeracy);
- Personal Growth Programme (Life Skills);
- Community House Building;
- Forklift Driving;
Upcoming programmes at the POPUP Soshanguve Centre when funding becomes available include:
- Computer and Office Administration;
- Project and Enterprise Development.
- Basic Carpentry;
- Basic Plumbing;
- Basic Painting.
An assessment fee of R50 is payable before an assessment test is conducted. The required Adult Education and Training (AET) level is 4 (equal NQF level 1) for all Accredited Programmes. An enrolment fee of only R100 (minimum) is payable for registration which also includes a learner bridging programme through AET, Personal Growth Programme and Life Skills (PGP) and for the learners first skills programme. Any skills programmes that are further pursued will cost R100 per skills programme. The duration of the skills programmes are between 2 and 24 weeks. Learners receive coffee or tea and a rusk in the morning and a meal at lunch every day of their training. POPUP requirements are that learners should be between the ages of 18 and 45 and POPUP requirements are that learners should be between the ages of 18 and 45 and be unemployed. Prospective learners should also pass a basic English and Mathematics assessment. Learners may have post school qualifications (grade 12 is not essential) but should not apply when possessing a degree or a three year diploma.
All the learners attend a compulsory 10-day PGP (Personal Growth Programme & Life Skills) that is aimed at restoring their lives. Not only does the programme equip them with
An assessment fee of R50 is payable before an assessment test is conducted. The required AET level is 4 (equal NQF level 1) for all Accredited Programmes. An enrolment fee of only R100 (minimum) is payable for registration which also includes a learner bridging programme through AET, PGP and for the learners first skills programme. Any skills programmes that are further pursued will cost R100 per skills programme. The duration of the skills programmes are between 2 and 24 weeks. Learners receive coffee or tea and a rusk in the morning and a meal at lunch every day of their practical skills like communication and time management, but they are taught that their lives have purpose. A Christ-centred foundation is laid in their lives, resulting in changed morals and values. Learners trained at POPUP enter society as changed people who can make a difference in their communities, family, friends and working environment.
Job Creation and Placement:
POPUP is involved with entrepreneurial development by means of a Project and Enterprise Development (PED) training programme. POPUP also assists learners to create their own small enterprises which are made possible due to the benefits provided to the corporate industry and BEE Enterprise Development and Socio Economic scorecard points obtained when funding such entrepreneurial initiatives. Through companies’ financial involvement, POPUP is in the position to provide starter kits and mentorship during the start-up phase of the business. The private and civil sector can employ learners who have successfully completed their studies at POPUP by appointing them as entry level staff members, thus acquiring personnel with integrated sound morals and values.
Partnering with POPUP includes the following benefits:
- Secure your company’s BEE score-card points, through Socio Economic and Enterprise Development Involvement;
- Tax benefit – POPUP is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and has Section 18A status;
- Companies or Employers may also send their entry (lower) level staff to POPUP and pay higher fees for their staff member’s training, but may claim it from the Skills Development Fund (as a rebate) whilst also qualifying for tax and Socio Economic BEE scorecard points. Not only will companies benefit by improving the skills level of their staff, but will also notice that their staff adopted excellent values and morals. You can be assured that you will receive a transformed employee back. POPUP is also willing to present their PGP at your business during hours that suit you as an employer and do the training over a number of weeks. You may select the level and number of people you want to attend the programme;
- POPUP makes use of the services of recruitment agencies to place qualified learners. They have trained 4 100 learners and placed 77 percent of them in employment over the past seven years. You may contact POPUP if you want to employ some of our ex-learners;
- A team building exercise at the POPUP facilities will result in your staff feeling that they are making a difference whilst being of assistance to POPUP;
- Donations 'in kind' such as food, clothing, furniture, equipment and not only financial contributions, very often make a marked difference.
New Venture Creation
POPUP also invests in learners who want to start with their own business ventures and together with the corporate world (by means of BEE scorecard involvement) learners develop during a year incubation phase (on the POPUP premises) taking place under the watchful eye of a facilitator who monitors quality and standards. After a year the equipped entrepreneur exits POPUP with his or her equipment and start-up kit as a confident person ready to start his / her own business in the society.
Social Support Services:
Food Programme: POPUP’s food programme gives food to approximately 600 people per week day. This number will increase as soon as POPUP expands to Soshanguve because every learner receives a free meal during their studying period at POPUP. According to internal research, approximately 12 percent of POPUP’s learners only enjoys one meal a day and that is the meal at POPUP.
Soup Kitchen: Our soup kitchen distributes food every week day at Salvokop’s informal settlement 'Bagdad' to approximately 150 to 180 homeless people.
Food parcels: Food parcels are issued on a weekly basis to round about 55 needy families / individuals (of whom our own learners are also beneficiaries).
Clothing store: The store hands out free clothing to the needy that is monitored and evaluated on a regular basis. The beneficiaries (adults and children) are screened by the social worker and the clothing store is monitored by means of a database. Clothes are issued on specific interval periods per annum.
Counselling: POPUP offers a supportive service for everyone, especially to traumatised people. Every learner attends at least two one-on-one counselling sessions with the POPUP counsellors and these sessions may increase according to an individual’s needs.
POPKids: POPKids Salvokop Day Care Centre cares for 77 toddlers aged between one and five years. POPKids provides in the children’s physical, spiritual and educational needs. Children receive a breakfast and balanced lunch, with a tea / juice break where fruit is also given as well as afternoon snacks.
Medical, Dental and Eye Care Services:
POPMed: POPMed is a medical clinic which renders a free service (including basic medicine) to people and households with a monthly income lower than R3000 per month. It is run by a full time qualified nursing sister. POPMed provides basic community health care services and also deals with aspects such as healthy eating, social behaviour, chronic illnesses and cultural beliefs, which are addressed Biblically. POPUP is also registered as a HIV / AIDS Testing and Counselling Centre. One day per week, a medical practitioner is on site where patients can receive required prescriptions. A nominal fee of R100 is payable for this specific service.
POPDent: POPDent is a fully equipped community dentistry clinic. The services include extraction of teeth, fillings, scaling and polishing and general dental health promotion. We are currently dependent on private dentists who assist with services at specific intervals.
POPEye: POPEye offers an eye care service that includes eye testing and supplying frames and glasses at reasonable costs to those in need. POPUP partnered with an optometrist practice that renders the service. All learners who register for a skills programme receive a free visual screening examination.
POPUP is a unique social investment opportunity with training and services rendered at high quality and standards. We trust that more lives will be restored and that more people will gain skills that will make them employable. Learners leave the organisation with the knowledge that their lives have a purpose and meaning.
Your contributions make it possible for us to continue to provide these services and to contribute positively to the lives of many of their learners.
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