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Eskom: Simama Ranta High School Entrepreneurship Education Competition

simamarantaThe Simama Ranta competition is aimed at identifying and rewarding South African secondary schools that are exemplars and leading the way in entrepreneurship education. The Eskom Foundation believes that one of the best ways to curb underdevelopment in our communities is to teach the youth, at school level, to consider entrepreneurship as a viablecareer choice. Instead of studying to be job seekers, they should learn the skills to start and run successful businesses and in so doing, become job creators.


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SMEs: the building blocks of a post-Covid economy

South Africa’s growth path relies on SMEs for both job creation and stimulating economic activities. Secha Capital, an impact investment firm that grows SMEs, has partnered with the Jobs Fund and Caleo Capital to invest in SMEs. Two rounds of funding were launched, with Secha Capital providing operational support, channel access and enhanced technical capabilities to selected SMEs.

The Small Enterprise Finance Agency is a merger of Samaf, Khula Enterprise Finance and the Industrial Development Corporation’s small business activities. It was launched in 2021 as a fully owned subsidiary of the IDC and is a leading catalyst for the development of sustainable SMMEs.

Anglo American Enterprise Development: Zimele

Zimele is mining giant Anglo American’s ED arm, established in 1989 to provide funding and support to previously disadvantaged South Africans to create and develop commercially viable and sustainable small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It primarily supports businesses in general business acumen, safety, innovation and technical capability, with access to funding provided as a second step.

Eskom: Small Business Expo

sbe eskomlogoThe Small Business Expo has been boosting small business development for more than 15 years, thanks to collaboration between Eskom and Reed Exhibitions. The idea of the expo is to thrust South African small businesses “into the fast lane” by giving them exposure, networking opportunities, and a chance to secure new business partnerships.


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Telkom: Commitment to Responsive Education Programming Unearths a Wealth of Insight

During its two decades of programming, Telkom Foundation’s Connected Schools Programme (CSP) provided information, communications and technology (ICT) access to more than 2 000 under- resourced schools in South Africa, benefiting more than 600 000 learners and more than 20 000 teachers. Following a strategic review in 2017, the Foundation broadened its CSP model from a focus on ICT training to more holistic and integrated programming that also provides the necessary life skills, psychosocial support, leadership training, infrastructure and resources to adequately enable learners to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The Foundation has pledged R200 million to this High School Support Programme over a five-year (2017–2021) period.

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CHIETA promotes youth entrepreneurship in SA

The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA) facilitates skills development in the chemical industries sector. CHIETA implements programmes that support entrepreneurship development within the sector, focusing on identifying, educating, funding, mentoring and otherwise supporting candidates. 

MTN: Uplifting and Empowering our Youth

As a major player in the telecommunications industry and employer of a large workforce, MTN believes it has an important role to play in providing youth with opportunities to enhance their ICT skills and long-term career prospects. MTN also has a role to play in creating an enabling environment for innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation in the digital economy.

The MTN SA Foundation has always looked to initiatives that are relevant and impactful. Their interventions are therefore designed to respond to this challenge and through their continued commitment to bring ICT access and skills into the hands of the people in our communities. 

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[Case Study] Old Mutual Pella Food Garden Cooperative

The Pella Food Garden Cooperative is a vegetable production farm operated by five female members ranging in age from 25 to 55 (one of whom is classified as youth and one who is physically disabled). All of the cooperative members are heads of and sole contributors to their households. Prior to 2017, the co-op struggled to farm its drought-ravaged land but could not generate enough income to utilize all their land or buy inputs.

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Business Plan Competition (BPC) programme and Acceleration/Incubation programme

US-based non-profit organisation TechnoServe promotes the growth of South Africa’s SMME business sector through ED programmes that provide advice, technical and business capacity building. It has conducted 30 business plan competitions (BCPs) in Africa and Latin America since 2002 – incentivised practical training and business development programmes that help entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into fundable, implementable business plans.

Shell LiveWIRE: sparks global entrepreneurship

The Shell LiveWIRE entrepreneurship programme is the only global corporate- sponsored programme of its kind. As a global programme, it supports entrepreneurs to tap into a wide network of other entrepreneurs and opportunities. A recent review of the programme revealed some interesting insights about how to best structure support for entrepreneurs for the purposes of job creation and creating a pipeline of suppliers in Shell’s core business.


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EXXARO: Powering possibilities through enterprise development

At Exxaro, investment into enterprise and supplier development (ESD) is being embraced and prioritised. The mineral resource company, which has proven its commercial resilience by diversifying its interests into renewable energy, demonstrates thinking that is both strategic and socially aware while remaining mindful of the need to future-proof its business beyond mining. With operations across some of the poorest nodes of the country that traverse the coal belt, Exxaro is well placed to use its influence and footprint to build a socially inclusive business that not only invests in local communities, but leverages its own assets and resources to create new opportunities for the economically excluded.


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Wot-if? assists township entrepreneurs

The Wot-If? Trust assists targeted township entrepreneurs to access and participate in the economy, partnering with likeminded organisations that want to invest their enterprise and supplier development funds into programmes and small enterprises compliant with the B-BBEE Codes. 

[Case study] ILoveCoffee

ilovecoffee logo 150xI Love Coffee is an award-winning social enterprise staffed by the Deaf and their mentors.  We help members of the Deaf community shine as baristas and chefs in our cafes.  70 – 90% of Deaf South Africans are unemployed. I Love Coffee provides training for Deaf Black Youth without requiring a minimum level of education or literacy.  We provide barista and chef training as well as soft life and customer skills.  We retain the majority of our trainees but also assist those who wish to enter other organizations or who want to study further. 

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[Case Study] Eskom Contractor Academy

The Eskom Contractor Academy addresses the national imperative to increase the number of functional small and medium enterprises, while also improving the quality of businesses that Eskom can procure from. This initiative aims to build the capacity of historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, particularly youth and black women, to compete in the formal economy. The aim is to empower previously disadvantaged Contractors/Suppliers with fundamental business management skills to sustain and grow their companies. 

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