Basadi Pele Foundation (BPF) was established on 8 February 1993. 17 women across all political, cultural, social, racial and religious barriers identified with the needs of marginalised women on the West Rand of Gauteng in urban and rural areas. With no funding available, they embarked with a skills development programme in sewing to assist unemployed and unskilled women to gain skills that could capacitate them to become income generating. The venue, a classroom at the Krugersdorp Technical College was provided by the principal to the group of women, free of charge. Basadi Pele Foundation (BPF) Training Centre was established.
The project grew at a healthy pace and moved to 14 Dyke Street Factoria in November 1995. The Food Preparation Department, Thanda Bantu Kitchen, achieved accreditation with the THETA -SETA in 2000.
Basadi Pele Foundation (BPF) was sponsored in 1999 by PAZ Y COOPERACION, a NGO of Spain, to build its own training complex in Kagiso Extension 12. The BPF Training Centre accommodates all projects of the Foundation from September 2001 making training opportunities for the unemployed and unskilled more accessible.
The training centre currently accommodates another two departments, namely Basadi Pele Sewing, registered with the CTFL- SETA and Basadi Pele ECD, housing the Early Childhood Development Department and accredited by the ETDP-SETA in 2003. ECD training programmes, funded by ABSA FOUNDATION have been provided to more than 200 practitioners of Kagiso, Munsieville and Dobsonville since 2001.
All short courses were recorded with SAQA, NQF aligned in 2002 and are outcomes based. BPF is a training provider accredited by the Services SETA in 2002 for the development of domestic workers. BPF is one of the main training providers implementing the short programmes and Learnership for Domestic Workers since November 2002. During 2003 to 2005 more than 900 learners were trained in either short courses or the Learnership in Domestic Services. 146 Domestic Workers completed the National Qualification in Domestic Services NQF Level 1.
The BPF training staff component consists of qualified facilitators, mentors, assessors and moderators.
More than 3800 persons, mainly women have been equipped with skills and 75% were assisted through our after-care service to start their own businesses or to get formal employment. BPF is regarded as a role model in community based services and training and has been honoured with a number of awards e.g. finalist for Community Services Section SABC 3/ Shoprite/ Checkers Women of the Year (1998 and 1999); the ATKV Vrou- vir- Vroue- award (1999); ABSA Jewish Achiever Award (Humanities); National Award: 2008 ETDP SETA Good Practice in Skills Development Award;2009 ABSA/SOWETAN ECD PROVINCIAL AWARDS 3rd position: Best Resource and Training Organisation; 2012 Lesedi Creche Winners of South West Grade R Awareness Day.
The Lesedi Community Crèche is based at the centre. The crèche accommodates 3-4 year old and provide grade R services to children in the community.
The Murray and Roberts Toy Library provide ECD services to other crèches in the community. The Basadi Pele Community Library, sponsored by Mogale City Council Computer ensures access to books to community members. Training in computer skills is provided at the computer centre sponsored by SA Breweries.
BPF has a working and/ funding relationship with Department of Labour, Department of Social Development Department of Education.