Non-formal adult education for selfemployment: the importance of posttrainingsupport for micro-enterprise development in South Africa

Celestin Mayombe

Abstract


Non-formal adult education for selfemployment: the importance of posttrainingsupport for micro-enterprise
development in South Africa
Celestin Mayombe

(Received 30 March 2016; accepted 22 February 2017)
Abstract
The concern that informed this article is that adults who face long-term unemployment due to a
lack of marketable skills remain unemployed after completing adult non-formal education (NFE)
programmes in South Africa. The purpose of the article is to investigate major challenges trainees
of NFE programmes for self-employment encounter in starting and growing small businesses, and
the types of post-training support they receive from public and private institutions in KwaZulu-
Natal (KZN) province. While the structure of the South African economy is at fault, the findings
reveal that weak institutional linkages result in trainees not having access to essential post-training
support, community resources, public goods and services. The author concludes that centre
managers did not take into consideration the importance of institutional linkages and the socioeconomic
background of the trainees who have faced long-term unemployment and poverty leading
to social isolation, which then further reduce the likelihood of self-employment.

Keywords


Non-formal education; self-employment; micro-enterprise

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