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 supporting SMEs 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.
Over the past 15 years, Zimele has supported 1,885 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.
For more information about Zimele, download our brochure or visit our Group page for more information about our Global enterprise development initiatives.