We founded Zimele, our enterprise development initiative, 26 years ago, to help previously disadvantaged South Africans with funding and support to build their own successful small to medium enterprise (SME).
By empowering aspiring and ambitious entrepreneurs to do just that, we’re not only helping to create and sustain jobs, but we’re making a real difference to many families and communities in South Africa while we do it.
Zimele is recognised internationally as a best practice model in supportingSMEs as it enables them to operate within the economy through a mixture of financial support and mentorship. The initiative also won an inaugural Forging Enterprise Small Business Promotion Pioneer Award earlier this year.
Over the past 15 years, Zimele has supported 1885 companies, employing over 38,000 people, with a combined turnover of over R6 billion, paving the way for sustainable job creation and socio-economic development in mining communities and labour-sending areas across the country.
Zimele has six funds as well as a number of small business hubs across the country, through which it provides funding and support to entrepreneurs. To apply to any of these funds please contact 086 094 6353.
For more information about Zimele, download our brochure or visit our Group page for more information about our Global enterprise development initiatives.
Entrepreneur Internship Programme
Through Zimele, and in partnership with Aurik Enterprise and Supplier Development, we’re helping to grow and develop small businesses and include them into our supply chain when possible through our Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP). This programme provides entrepreneurs with business development support, training and mentorship, giving them a launch-pad for growth and enabling them to create jobs. Learn more about EIP and discover the recent success it achieved in its second phase of the programme.