The implementation of the Industrial Hives project is managed by the Ekurhuleni LED department. The LED department received just over 2000 applications from interested people.The first step was to provide information for the beneficiaries to make an informed decision; workshops were held during November, December 2003 and in January 2004. As a second step there was a skills verification process during January, February and March. The third step was the selection of beneficiaries based on age, mix of skills and experience and the interests by participants.
A project team was also established in the LED Department led by the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC), supported by Rutek and LED department staff. This team has ensured the finalization of beneficiaries and the planning for groundwork and start-up of the co-operative industrial hives. The first project was initiated in Daveyton.
Three ground work workshops were held over 5 days, facilitated by COPAC, which focused on the following:
- Education on the co-operative concept;
- A concept design with a focus on sustainable local manufacturing and micro-finance;
- A Business Plan and Participatory Feasibility assessment;
The general objectives of the groundwork workshops were as follows:
- To understand the contextual aspects of poverty and its challenges;
- To develop a collective response or answer to poverty;
- Clarify the needs of participants that are necessary for survival and basic existence;
- Design a model of sustainable local manufacturing for the Daveyton Bus Shed;
- Develop an appropriate business plan;
- Contribute to implementing the LED Policy of the Metro;