Request for proposals to conduct a baseline study for the Lesedi Solar Park Trusts on behalf of the DG Murray Trust

Background and Context

The Lesedi Solar Park Trust (the Trust) is a community trust with the mandate of investing in “Black” local communities who are situated within a 50 km radius from the power plant, the aim being to invest in community development projects that will drive social development. This includes people from the towns of Postmasburg, Danielskuil and Groenwater.

Due to its track record of social development impact and experience, DGMT was appointed as the sole beneficiary of the Lesedi Solar Park Trust, in 2012. The first phase of this project (from 2012 to 2017), with some funding from DGMT, enabled preparation for implementation and spending. We are currently in the second phase of the project (from 2018-2022), which has the following strategic aims:

  1. Building a culture of aspiration and cohesion around a vision through community leadership development programmes and regular community events and meetings;
  2. Enabling effective human development programme implementation through investments in ECD, schools and enabling young people to access employment; and
  3. Embedding programmes and outcomes within new and existing systems by working closely with the provincial government and developing citizen accountability tools.

In 2018, the Trust commissioned a baseline study that focused on children aged 0-10 with the aim of informing its ECD strategy. These terms of reference seek to get baseline information for youth aged between 15-35 in order to inform the Trust’s youth strategy.

The Youth explorer website provides very interesting and useful data on the state of youth in these municipalities. Together with a survey commissioned by the Tsantsabane Municipality in November 2018 on youth aged between 14 and 24 we know the following about young people in these communities:

The objective of the study

This study seeks to add to the quantitative data outlined by other reports and gain deeper insights into how young people from these communities:

  1. Navigate their journey’s from school to work;
  2. What the resources, information and opportunities are available to them and how do young people navigate those; and
  3. Obtain more recent economic and health data on these communities.

The results of this study will inform our programmatic strategy and interventions for young people in these communities.

Below are some broad fields we’re hoping the study will explore in great detail:

  • Broad field 1: Lived experiences
    Here we would really like to go beyond the standard quantitative metrics and get an ethnographic study to help us understand young people’s perceptual engagement with their environment that mutually shapes their behaviours and actions. We also want to understand how they depict their experiences and choices that are given to them and the knowledge that they gain from these experiences and choices perspectives, opinions, actions and behaviours.
  • Broad field 2: resources and opportunities
    We would like to get an in-depth understanding of the resources (e.g. social support, public facilities etc.) and opportunities (e.g. for employment and other forms of support) available to young people. We also want to get a more detailed analysis of economic sectors in these communities. We would also like to understand the number of civil society organisations doing work in support of young people, what they do and what they say their biggest challenges are. Included in this portion of the study should be an evaluation of existing government plans and strategies aimed at youth, progress made to achieve said plans, limitations and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Broad field 3: economic and health
    Employment, income and expenditure (by person and household) (employment status, unemployment rate, degree of informal work, employment at the renewable energy plant, household income, percentage of household members contributing to income, source of income, hours of work, mode of transport, 13th cheque, receipt of bonuses, access to medical aid, trade union membership, nature of permanency in current job, existence of a second job, ability to take up work, reasons for not looking for a job)

Summary of deliverables

The following are key deliverables for the project:

  • Scope of the indicators to be used in the baseline
  • Finalized research methodology and approach
  • A summary of research data and associated tools (survey, focus group guide, interview guides etc.)
  • A final baseline report.

Competencies and Experience

  • Prior experience working with young people in similar communities to that of the above-mentioned communities
  • Demonstrable competence/experience in mixed methods research design
  • In addition to previous experience, please attach examples of findings that your previous study/studies have produced

Proposal requirements

Individuals and organisations responding to this term of reference should submit a proposal detailing the following:

  • A summary of your understanding of the aim and scope of this work
  • The planned research approach and methodologies to be used in the baseline study
  • A detailed costing of the study including cost of pilot study.
  • Proposed time frames for deliverables

Interested parties should submit a proposal no later than 26 July 2021, 17h00 to Sinazo Nkwelo via email as per details below.


Sinazo Nkwelo will be your primary contact person at DGMT for any related queries, as per the following details:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 021 670 9840