The 18 national finalists in the SAB KickStart youth entrepreneurship development programme have been selected for 2014. Each of them will receive a business grant of between R100,000 and R200,000 and business development support over a 12-month period.
Following an intensive two-week business training course, facilitated by the University's
- Abram Rankeng - Rainbow Granite and Marble Works Enterprise (Kimberley, Northern Cape): Marble and granite manufacturing situated in Kimberley
- Benjamin Mdokwana - Ben Petroleum (
- Jeffery Mafalo - Falo's Wire and Steel (Lebowakgomo, Limpopo): manufactures and distributes wire and steel products
- Leeko Nkala -
- Millicent Nyembe - Nyembe Waste Management (
- Mthandeni Ngidi - Hlobane Waste Management Services CC (
- Reamogetswe Tshabalala - Pfuxaka Enzokuhle (Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng): Design and manufacturing of tombstones and grave markers
- Sboniso Mtshali - Afronic Data (
- Scelo Mzimela - Tender Taste Trading (
- Simphiwe Mazibuko -
- Siphamandla Javu - Mzansi Telecoms and Projects (
- Tshepo Marumule - Tshepo Merafong Trading (
- Tsholofelo Majeng - Maiktronic CC (Kuruman, Northern Cape): Specialists in fabrication of structural metal products
- Wanni Toyana - Otjiwarongo Projects (
"It is important that big business in
A needs analysis, conducted on the finalists' businesses, helps define a growth strategy for each. This strategy in turn informs the seed capital awarded for the benefit of each business, as well as the programme and terms of the entrepreneur's individualised business mentorship for the remainder of the year.
The final top three winners of the national finals will be awarded additional grant funding for their businesses later this year during Global Entrepreneurship Week. An independent panel of judges that takes into consideration the overall business performance, business sustainability and its potential, as well as the effective implementation of growth strategies, selects them during the SAB KickStart mentorship and business development phase.
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