1000 Youth-Owned Enterprises in a 100 Days

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I apply?

You need to visit the NYDA website and click on the Products and Services dropdown tab and select the NYDA Grant Programme. Read up on the programme to see if your eligible for funding and put together the required documentation.  Visit one of our branches or district offices to go through a pre-assessment process. 

For more information call our toll-free number on 0800 525252

Direct Link: http://www.nyda.gov.za/Products-Services/NYDA-Grant-Programme

2. How long does it take to apply for a NYDA Grant?

Young people are advised to visit a branch or district office that is nearest to them to go through a pre-assessment process before they apply for a grant. This is to establish if you meet the qualifying criteria and to assess the nature of your business and enroll you through our Business Management Training. The entire process could take up to 30 days.

3. Can NPO’s be assisted?

The NYDA receives daily requests from young people, schools, community centres or NGO’s seeking assistance. We acknowledge that we cannot assist every young person in need however, in response to these once-off solicitations, the agency allocates an annual budget through the Thusano Fund. The Fund functions over and above the organisations’ sponsorships and is aimed at assisting small scale, immediate necessities.

Direct Link: http://www.nyda.gov.za/Products-Services/Sponsorships-Thusano-Fund

4. Does NYDA assist with a Business Plan?

The Entrepreneurship Development Programme is aimed at creating a conducive environment for young entrepreneurs to access relevant entrepreneurship skills, knowledge, values and attitudes for their businesses. Through the Business Management Training, we offer approved and accredited training by ILO, The International Labour Organisation. Start Your Business (SYB) is the largest global business management training programme. It assists small scale entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses and create employment. The course offers a 5-day training that also covers how to prepare a business plan.

Over and above the training the NYDA provides additional assistance through the Business Consultancy Services Programme, through which aspiring or existing entrepreneurs are assisted with various interventions including developing a business plan.  

5. How long does the Business Management Training?

The Business Management Training offers different courses that respectively take up to 3-6-days, depending on the specific needs of the young person and the level of the business. The trainings are conducted in groups of 30 – 50 youth. 

The courses are as follows:

• GYBI – Generate Your Business Idea

• SYB – Start Your Business

• IYB – Improve Your Business (1and 2)

DirectLink: http://www.nyda.gov.za/Products-Services/Business-Management-Training

6. Can I apply online?

Young people are advised to apply online during lockdown via email by directing their application to their closest NYDA Branch. Emails per branch are available under the NYDA Branches and District Offices tab.

7. What is the maximum amount that one can request?

The 1000 in 100 project, a collaboration between the Persidency, The Department of Small Business Development and the NYDA, aims to support businesses operated by young people in the township and rural economies stimulate township-rural economies. 

This special project thresholds start from funding requirements of R1,000.00 to a maximum of R100,000.00 according to the following thresholds for individuals and enterprises including cooperatives:

Threshold | Stage of Business Development | Grant Amount Range

1. Idea generation and survivalist (start-ups) | R1,000 – R10,000

2. Start Ups PTY’s and Cooperatives |R10,001 – R50,000

3. Growth Stage Pty and Cooperatives | R50,001 – R100,000

NYDA Full Service Branches and District Offices

NB: For online applications, please see the below email addresses per branch:


East London

Port Elizabeth

  • Kwantu Towers, Ground Floor, 
  • Govern Mbeki Avenue,Market Square
  • Port Elizabeth, 6056
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7904
  • Portelizabeth@nyda.gov.za




  • Ground Floor,  Smart Exchange Building
  • 5 Walnut Road (Cnr. Dr. AB Xuma)
  • Durban 4001
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7712
  • Durban@nyda.gov.za






  • Office no 7 & 8 Imbizo Place
  • Samora Machel Drive
  • Mbombela, 1200
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7829
  • Mbombela@nyda.gov.za


  • Kiwiet Office Park, Block D (Third Door)
  • Secunda, 2302
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7936
  • Secunda@nyda.gov.za





  • 252 Thabo Sehume (Formerly Andries) Street
  • Middestad Mall (between Pretorius and Schoeman Street
  • 1st Floor
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7991
  • Tshwane@nyda.gov.za






  • Thulamela Information Center
  • Punda Maria Road
  • Thohoyandou, 0950
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7611
  • Thulamela@nyda.gov.za


Cape Town

  • Shop P 18a Piazza (Landmarks: African Bank & Sanlam)
  • Golden Acre,  Adderley Street,  Cape Town
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7701
  • Capetown@nyda.gov.za



  • GF Shop 125,  Sanlam Plaza
  • Cnr Maitland and East Burger Street
  • Bloemfontein, 9301
  • Contact Details : 087 158 7606
  • Bloemfontein@nyda.gov.za



  • Old Telkom Building
  • 64-70 De Toit Span Building
  • Kimberley,  8300
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7799
  • Kimberley@nyda.gov.za 



NYDA District Centres


  • District: Sarah Baartman District Municipality
  • Location: Kirkwood
  • Address: DRDAR Office, 2 Whytes Road
  • Contact Details: Nosidima.Maneli@nyda.gov.za

District: Alfred Nzo District Municipality

• Location: 4735 Hospital Road, Mount Aylif 


  • District: Fezile Dabi District Municipality
  • Location: Tweeling
  • Address: Pink Monaune Youth Development Centre, Tweeling
  • Contact Details: Daniel Mokoena - Daniel.mokoena@nyda.gov.za


District: Uthukela District Municipality

  • Location: Ladysmith
  • Address: 25 Keate Street, Ladysmith
  • Contact Details:  Thembeka Mavundla – Ladysmith@nyda.gov.za


  • District:  Sekhukhune District Municipality
  • Location: Groblersdal
  • Address: 529 Van Reebeck Street, Grobersdal
  • Contact Details:  Alpheus Mosoma – Groblersdal@nyda.gov.za

District: Mopani District Municipality

  • Location: Tzaneen
  • Address: Mopani District Office, 27 Agatha Street, Elita Flat no 5, Central Park, Tzaneen
  • Contact Details: Castelia Mabilo – Tzaneen@nyda.gov.za


  • District: Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality
  • Location: Mahikeng
  • Address: 30 James Watt Crescent, Industrial Site, Mahikeng
  • Contact Details: Jeremiah Lukas – jeremiah.lukas@nyda.gov.za

  • Vryburg
  • 19A Market Street
  • Tel: 053 928 2200
  • Contact Person: Mr. Jeremiah Lukas - Vryburg@nyda.gov.za

NYDA Grant Application Documentation

  • 1000 Businesses Grant Application Form
  • Certified Identity document Copy (stamp not older than 3 months)
  • Proof of Residence
  • Copy of Company Registration from CIPC, if registered
  • Company Profile
  • Detailed list of the current employees
  • Personal Bank Statement or Business Bank Statement
  • Business Plan if looking for grant above R50 000

NYDA Grant Funding checklist:


  • You must apply 3 months before you turn 35 years.
  • Submission of all required documentation.
  • Proof of attending Business Management Training course.
  • Business Pitch presentation of 10 minutes – in person or telephonically.
  • Due Diligence assessment conducted by the NYDA official on the business.

Applications closed on 5 August 2020!!!