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North West Covid-19 Relief Fund benefits over 3 800 successful applicants across all provincial districts

Since the inception of the North West Covid-19 SMME Relief Fund, 3 876 successful applicants have received pay-outs.
“The Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) established the fund in June 2020 to bring about relief to both formal and informal businesses from the North West Province that were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.” – MEC Kenetswe Mosenogi
Applications for the North West Covid-19 Relief Fund opened in June 2020 and since its inception, the North West Development Corporation as the implementing agency has been labouring relentlessly to capture, process, evaluate and pay-out successful applications.

As at the closing date for applications, a total of 6 362 applications have been received and processed. As a result, 2 978 applicants from the informal sector and 898 applicants from the formal sector have received their relief fund pay-outs.

North West Covid-19 Relief Fund pay-outs amount to a total of R19 223 000 relief funding paid out to date.
To date, 993 applications were declined because of the following reasons: the applicant already received funding from another relief fund; there were duplicate applications on the system, applications were for non-eligible activities or the applicants resided outside of the North West Province.


There are, however, a total of 1 493 applications that have been flagged for having either completed the wrong application or who have their supporting documents outstanding. This prevents their application from being further processed for approval and pay-out. Examples of such outstanding supporting documents include copies of identity documents, copies of the trading license or an affidavit and for the formal sector, outstanding documents include the CIPC Document, company bank statements (Jan – March 2020), copies of IDs and signed-off application forms.
We sincerely apologise for delays in pay-out to some successful applicants due to, amongst others, inactive or changes in banking details.

Applicants with outstanding documentation will receive a message alerting them that they have supporting documents outstanding that need to be urgently submitted.

To aid the process of identifying applicants with outstanding documentation, a list of applicant companies, including their reference numbers, will be made available on the NWDC website – on

Outstanding documents must be submitted to the NWDC as a matter of urgency.
For those companies listed – to verify which supporting documents are outstanding, applicants are requested to either contact the call centre 017 422 0116 or send an email to to confirm which documents are outstanding, quoting their reference number in the subject of the email.

Two submission methods are available:
1. Email the outstanding supporting documents, with the reference number in the subject line to
2. Hand-deliver the documents, clearly-marked to any NWDC branch, and request a proof of delivery.
Only applicants who have outstanding supporting documents are to submit documents to avoid flooding the system.
Inquiries about the nature of outstanding documents should be directed to the Relief Fund Call Centre on
017 422 0116. Call centre hours: Weekdays, 08:00 – 16:30

Application enquiries, clearly stating the reference number, can also be directed to
DEDECT and NWDC remain committed to keep the public updated on progress regarding the North West Covid-19 Relief funding paid out and will, in upcoming communication, provide further details such as a breakdown of recipients from specific sectors, women-owned, youth-owned and persons with disabilities that have benefitted.

Jointly issued by Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism and the North West Development Corporation
Communication Directorate

B Thukubi (DEDECT) or – 082 374 7461
A Marx (NWDC) – 082 878 2559

It gives the NWDC great pleasure to introduce Koketso Modise who has joined the corporation as Internal Audit Manager from 1 February 2021.

Koketso will be reporting to the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee.  His job responsibilities will be to direct and manage the overall operations of the internal audit department to minimise risks within the North West Development Corporation (NWDC).

Born in Vryburg, Koketso moved to Mafikeng in 2004 where he studied BCom Accounting at the North-West University.  He gained valuable experience from working at the same University, the Department of Health, and the District Municipality, expertise he is now bringing to the NWDC.

Married and with two children, a daughter, and a son, Koketso is passionate about basketball and soccer, sports he played at the North-West University.  In addition to the latter, he also coached the University ladies and men’s basketball teams.


We asked Koketso a couple of questions to get to know him a little better:

  1. What attracted you to the NWDC?

Koketso:  “The structure, professionalism, and the impact it brings to the Province.  We must maintain a vision to give something back to the Province.  We need to dispatch ultimate goals and uphold standards”.


  1. What do you enjoy doing for downtime?

 Koketso:  “When I am not watching TV (Koketso loves watching current affairs, sports, the home channel, food network, and national geographic), I love playing with my kids.  I am also an aspiring photographer and love taking photographs that convey an actual message”.


  1. What is your life motto/philosophy?

Koketso:  “Always try and be peaceful and ultimately give more of yourself.  Walk in silence and let your actions speak louder than any words”.


  1. Describe one of your favourite meals and drinks.

 Koketso:  “Most definitely pap and oxtail.  I also drink a lot of water”.





As part of the NWDC’s CSI Projects, the Lehurutshe Shopping Complex was offered as a venue to host a Fun Steppers Marathon in association with Megopo Car Wash.

The Funsteppers club is a non-profit organisation founded in February 2016 by an inspirational team of individuals who aspire to make a change to the lives of vulnerable and underprivileged civilians.

The event was in the form of a 5 kilometre and 13 kilometre  “BAKI’S RUN FOR CURE MARATHON”.

With the hashtag of #RunForBaki, participants comprised of runners and cyclists.

Baki, the young man the event was held for, is Obakeng Mokoena, aged 29, who resides in the vicinity.  Obakeng has been living with chronic diabetes for the past 15 years, which has caused severe health complications.

Throughout these years of tremendous suffering and fighting for his life, Obakeng has had to endure amputation of his body parts, blindness (as a result of the diabetes) and kidney failure, which now has him on permanent dialysis.

Funsteppers, in their admirable efforts, ensured that this fundraising event was held responsibly with both law enforcement and emergency  services in place.  COVID-19 safety regulations were also emphasised and followed.

The day was a huge success and fun was had by all.

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