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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

Introduction

Zimele is our enterprise development initiative which we established in 1989 as a catalyst to develop emerging black business, to empower entrepreneurs and to facilitate job creation. Zimele consists of a network of business hubs/walk-in centres nationally and enables entrepreneurs and SMEs to access business assistance facilities, knowledge, finance, mentorship and support.

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 has won many awards including the inaugural Forging Enterprise Small Business Promotion Pioneer Award.

Partnership is Key

Creating shared value by identifying and developing partnerships is one of the instrumental practices for driving our business goals. Leveraging these partnerships enables Anglo American to create social and economic value for communities, and also to address immediate needs and challenges.

One of these partnerships is the Sebenza Fund which has been designed to foster the potential of local entrepreneurs to build local capacity and ensure that the local economy is able to deliver opportunities that can extend beyond mining. With R500 million being made available to assist entrepreneurs through an equal partnership between Anglo American and National Treasury, it focusses on high impact sustainable job creation.

To apply for funding, please make sure that you adhere to the required evaluation criteria and contact your nearest small business hub - all details available below.

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