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“Our vision as Zimele is to make a positive and lasting impact by facilitating the development of commercially viable and sustainable small and medium enterprises, thereby supporting job creation and inclusive economic development.” Hlonela Lupuwana, managing director of Zimele


Enterprise development - Zimele


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.

The Sebenza Fund

The Sebenza Fund, channels a total of R500 million into communities throughout South Africa, particularly poverty nodes, with Anglo American and the National Treasury each contributing R250 million. Sebenza, which means ‘to work’ in isiZulu, expects to create 8,000 new sustainable jobs and support 1,600 SMEs over the next three years.

The Sebenza Fund operates with an infrastructure of 20 business development hubs across South Africa. As a result, Zimele has more than 40 hubs nationwide, providing entrepreneurs with access to affordable finance and on-going business development support (BDS) and mentorship. The majority of these hubs are already in place with a few still to roll-out.

Find out about the Fund’s evaluation criteria and application processes.

Click here to find contact details for the business development hub in your area. 

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