A SEDA Stakeholder Forum Meeting was held on from 6- 7 October 2016 at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre and the Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Centre. The aim of the meeting was to assess stakeholders’ performances. As part of the two-day programme, SEDA board members paid a site visit at KDJI and KIDJA with the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu who remarked that, “All stakeholders that are being funded by SEDA are showing improved performance and they should keep up the good work.”
KDJI was established in 2013 and registered as non-profit company on the 16th April 2015. It is located at the Kimberley Diamond Jewellery Centre in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It has entrenched itself as the incubator in the Precious Stones and Minerals Beneficiation and Jewellery Manufacturing Sector, which provides knowledge exchange, shared infrastructure and technology support services to the unemployed, struggling or under-employed jewellers, diamond cutters and polishers at one enabling environment and location.
KDJI was launched on 8th December 2015 by Deputy Minister of the Department of Small Business Development; Honourable Mrs Elizabeth Thabethe, MEC for Finance Economic Development and Tourism; Honourable Mr Mac Jack and the SEDA Technology Manager Mrs Nosipho Khonkwane.
KDJI has created jobs for 8 youth and 2 outsourced experienced Mentors; 6 of the youth are graduates from Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy (KIDJA). KDJI is an organization focused on assisting and establishing sustainable SME’s.
Thus far, KDJI has 30 clients, 11 of these are Graduates from KIDJA and the Moremogolo TVET College. Overall, in the Diamond cutting, Diamond Trading and Jewellery manufacturing since 2015 to date, we have 5 clients that already busy producing and the aim is to support more in the next coming year.