I’m a company and want to create jobs and gain B-BBEE Levels

Say YES!

I’m a company and want to create jobs and don’t need B-BBEE Levels

Say YES!

It’s working

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work experiences created

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deployed into
the economy

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650 +

B-BBEE level
ups gained

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Working weeks, with no state funding

How we do it

YES is business-led collaboration that seeks out ground breaking ways, through innovation and technological best practice, to reignite the economy and give youth a dignified first chance.

The YES 12-month quality work experience equips unemployed youth with a toolkit to be a beacon of hope for their families, households and communities. The CV & reference letter they get at the end of their 12-months gives them a 3 x greater chance of an interview call-back.

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Youth can be placed in your own business or if you prefer to outsource but still change your country for the better, place youth via a range of high impact turnkey partners by creating much needed jobs in communities.

Other building blocks include our YES Hubs in communities. These take both work and training to where youth live and operate. And finally, crowdfunding, through Fund-a-Future, where the public can also help make a youth dream come true.

Join over 2,009 businesses in embracing true transformation while tackling South Africa’s unemployment challenge and gaining up to two levels on your B-BBEE scorecard.

Youth Recruitment 

YES does not perform a recruiting role. Depending on the model your business chooses, there are two ways youth can be recruited.

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1.If you choose to host youth inside your own business, using your business’ standard recruiting procedures has shown best long term success in terms of youth fit.

We do, however, recommend that YES clients recruit their youth through the zero-rated platform SAYouth – where clients can source youth talent, and youth can register for job opportunities.

The platform currently hosts over 2.3 million young and engaged work seekers. It’s supported by the Presidency, YES, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), The National Department of Employment and Labour and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention.

Visit https://sayouth.mobi/Home/Index/EN for more information.

2. Should you opt for the YES turnkey solution, our YES-vetted host implementation partners take care of the recruitment for you, as the youth will be working in their structures, not in your business. For more information click here.

Despite tough economic times

over 82,207 work opportunities for youth

have been created. Say YES today!

“While the youth unemployment stats in our country may be staggering – and there are many challenges, YES reminds us that these challenges are not insurmountable.”

Khensani NobandaNedbank Group Executive

“The work being done by YES is very important in creating sustainable work opportunities for unemployed youth.”

Deborah FullerNedbank Group Executive

“It really gives me confidence in our country and in our young people.”

Dr Johan van ZylCEO Toyota South Africa

"The YES initiative is one of the most hopeful, impactful and necessary interventions in our country. We are proud to be partners with this powerful programme and we hope that the programme will grow from strength to strength and fulfill its mission."

Nonkqubela MalizaVWSA’s Director for Corporate and Government Affairs

“I love seeing the authenticity in the way the YES programme
cares about the youth of South Africa.”

Muneer IsmailCEO Deutsche Bank South Africa

“Aligned to Nedbank’s purpose of using our financial expertise to do good, we are proud to play our part in giving young people hope and a sense of agency in the context of extremely high levels of unemployment. The most inspiring part of this journey has been witnessing the recruits grow and excel within their roles and the change they are leading in their communities.”

Mike BrownNedbank Chief Executive

"I’m proud of what we have achieved so far through YES and via our partners, the Sabi Sands Pfuanani Trust, Care for Wild and Good Work Foundation, but this is a crisis we can only solve through collaboration. I’m therefore calling on other corporates and businesses to join us in broadening this initiative and giving deserving young people that all important first chance.”

Fani TitiGroup CEO - Investec

"It’s very heart-warming to hear the [youths’]Please stories, and it gives me great confidence in the country. Toyota SA expresses its deep gratitude to the YES programme.”

Andrew KirbyPresident of Toyota SA

"The Shoprite Group was a first responder to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to the nation to support the YES initiative and has been the highest-impact employment creator through the YES programme to date. We are fully aligned and committed to the President’s vision encapsulated in the YES programme."

Pieter EngelbrechtCEO of The Shoprite Group

“We are partnering with YES to empower our young people with relevant skills to thrive in the digital economy.”

Lillian BarnardManaging Director of Microsoft SA
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What’s in it for business?

  1. Foster national socio-economic stability and prosperity
  2. Unparalleled YES B-BBEE benefits
  3. Build a talent pipeline- derisk recruitment
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A collaboration by all

YES is business, government and labour tackling the country’s greatest challenge together.

It’s a win-win-win.

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Not for profit Company

YES is an NPO funded by the private sector. We do not receive any government funding.


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Tech & innovation

The YES programme is driven by technology and innovation. Delivering a cross country programme through smartphones, digitally delivered training and evaluation.

How can you get involved?

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Step 1: YES Target Calculator

Calculate your YES youth target using the online calculator. Skip this step if you are not doing YES for B-BBEE purposes.

Step 2: YES Registration Fee

Select your company size and the applicable registration fee.

Step 3: YES Packages

Select the package that your company will be using to implement the YES programme. The cost includes the YES smartphone and apps, the supervisor app, as well as the annual YES monitoring and evaluation fee.

Join YES!

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In the press

June 23, 2022

Watch: About YES

Watch: YES, a South African not-for-profit, is a joint national initiative between business, government and…
June 20, 2022

Listen now 702: Farai Mubaiwa, YES chief partnerships officer, discusses youth unemployment and solutions

Ahead of Youth Day, Farai Mubaiwa, YES chief partnerships officer, joined Clement Manyatela on 702…

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Useful Links




Amendment to the Gazette
Onboarding Toolkit
YES Corporate Brochure
YES Youth Practice Note
YES Youth Affidavit Template
B-BBEE Booklet
Clarification Statement for the Y.E.S Initiative
YES Verification Checklist
IP Brochure
B-BBEE FAQs Brochures
YES Terms & Conditions
Annual Report
SANAS Verification Notice
Phone FAQs
Mining Brochure
Minimum Wage Gazette
YES B-BBEE Certificate