The DLABS Precinct model is an unprecedented South African approach to addressing socio-economic needs, in a manner that is inclusive, builds resilience, fosters social cohesion, drives community-based solutions and stimulates economic development.
We provide a starting capital injection and operational support over a three-to-five-year period to support the Precincts in becoming self-sustaining vehicles. Additionally, this program allows for co-funding opportunities and partnerships which enable the scaling of the program.
In essence, DLABS provide the people who live in the communities with training and learning of future skills and job-ready skills, youth employment opportunities within the Precinct zones and jobs facilitated through partner youth agencies. It also aims to drive micro-entrepreneurship in the informal economy. Moreover, it creates a safe space for sports, art and recreational activities accessible to local schools. It takes greater consideration for health and well-being by providing access to basic healthcare and psychosocial skills. DLABS will apply technologies and green solutions that create an affordable and sustainable operating environment to provide food security.
The DLABS Precinct will measure the development impact by the access to products, services, economic activity and other opportunities within each of the Precincts.
The DLABS drive development impact for the most underserved youth and local communities by seeking to realise inclusive growth, community empowerment, improved quality of life and enhanced well-being.