We started our first enterprise development initiative, Zimele, 25 years ago. We realised that enterprise development was a fundamental building block in the success of building the economy of developing economies. Also this was one of the most effective ways of ensuring that local communities are self-sufficient long after mining operations have ceased.
To date we have numerous enterprise development initiatives world-wide including Emerge in Chile, and initiatives in Botswana and Brazil and another which will launch Peru before the end of 2014.
Today our enterprise development programmes have supported more than 76,000 jobs since 2008 and more than 48,000 enterprises improving the life of men, women and children.
Zimele is recognised internationally as an example of best practice in the development of successful SMEs as it enables them to operate within the mainstream economy through a combination of financial support and mentorship. Zimele is also helping us to transform and secure our supply chain.
Over the past six years, Zimele has concluded 2,358 transactions to support 1,619 companies and has provided R921m in funding for businesses that employed 30,092 people, with a combined turnover of R4.5bn.
Zimele operates six funds through which it provides funding and support to entrepreneurs. To apply to any of these funds please contact 0860946353, firstname.lastname@example.org