SGS Consulting is a social enterprise based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is Black owned and managed. The key fields of work include community philanthropy, education, constitutionalism, HIV and AIDS. The scope of work of SGS Consulting is continental with education and constitutionalism focused mainly in South Africa; and community philanthropy, HIV and AIDS at the continental levels. SGS Consulting also consults to the United Nations, and the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADCPF); work that happens at the regional and continental levels.
SGS Consulting works in a deeply divided society in South Africa as a remnant of the post-colonial and post-apartheid eras. Transformation in the aforesaid contexts involves the eradication of systemic forms of domination and material disadvantage based on race, gender, class, patriarchy and other forms of inequality. As a result, the establishment of a truly equal society and the provision of basic socio-economic rights, not only in South Africa but continent-wide, are critical elements of transformation. These are the imperatives that drive the work of SGS Consulting and its philosophical disposition.
SGS Consulting has a staff complement of six and makes provision for internships.
The Kagiso Shanduka Trust programme is a partnership between Kagiso Trust, the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (formerly the Shanduka Foundation) and the Free State Department of Education dedicated to the improvement of schooling and education in two districts of the Free State province. The programme, using the District Whole School Development model, aims to support the transformation of 362 public schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts. SGS Consulting has been a partner in this programme since its inception and provides writing and documentation, research, as well as monitoring and evaluation services.
Department of Basic Education (DBE) protocol development
In 2017, SGS Consulting was requested by the DBE to convene a number of civil society organisations to work with it to review, develop and refine education protocols on a voluntary basis. The protocols refer to sexual violence in schools, teenage pregnancy, corporal punishment and discrimination in schools. Over 12 organisations stepped forward such as the South African Human Rights Commission, Section 27, Equal Education, Equal Education Law Centre and other.
Constitutionalism in South Africa
SGS Consulting was appointed as Coordinator and administrator of the Constitutionalism Fund (CF) in 2015. The Joint Fund was set up to promote and advance Constitutionalism in South Africa. The Fund is a collaboration between The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation and The Open Society Foundation, with a combined investment of US$25 million over a ten to twelve-year period.
The Constitutionalism Fund supports constitutional programs in South Africa that promote human rights awareness and access to rights through activities utilizing a rights-based approach and that target the most vulnerable and marginalised. Promoting and advancing constitutionalism may involve multiple strategies from training to research, campaigns, protests, dialogues, negotiations and litigation. It requires investing in and building the capabilities of individuals and grassroots-based structures (community advice offices, networks and social movements) to take action and support others to claim and realise their rights. It requires building the capabilities of our judges, lawyers, attorneys and paralegals, while also building the capacity of community-based groups to understand and use the law and constitution. A second goal of the fund is to support the transformation of civil society in South Africa, recognizing that the legacy of apartheid and colonial South Africa has left in its wake an unequal society divided by race and class in which racism, sexism, patriarchy and xenophobia continue to thrive.
HIV and AIDS
SGS has a long history of working in the HIV and AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health fields in South Africa, the continent and globally. This experience extends to the development of regional HIV and AIDS strategies and evaluation processes for SADC and SADCPF. This also includes monitoring, evaluation and organisational development of regional NGOs and networks of NGOs; and extensive work done with the United Nations system in South Africa, the Southern African region and globally. The work done with the UN includes monitoring and evaluation, development of United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) and Joint UN programs on HIV and AIDs. SGS Consulting has also done training on the results-based management approach at country levels involving UN agency heads and respective government officials.