Tholoana enterprise programme

We invest in entrepreneurs – with a particular emphasis on women, youth, people in rural areas and entrepreneurs with a disability – who show the potential and commitment to grow a business and create jobs.

This is done through a structured, two-year business support programme, seed-funding and assistance with access to markets.

Applications open once a year, with the businesses showing the most potential and commitment with about 60 new entrepreneurs being brought onto the programme per annum.

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Eligibility Criteria

  1. The business is black-owned* and managed.
  2. The business is operational.
  3. The business is headquartered and registered (if applicable), within the South African borders.
  4. The business should be a going concern, commercially sustainable and viable.
  5. The applicant is involved in the business’s daily operations and management on a full time basis, and are not employed by any other organisation.
  6. The applicant has the skills and experience necessary for the type of business engaged in.
  7. The business is in the early stages of growth (older than six months and no more than five years).

* means “Africans, Coloureds and Indians who are citizens of the Republic of South Africa by birth or descent or who became citizens of the Republic of South Africa by naturalisation – a) Before 27 April 1994; or b) On or after 27 April 1994 and who would have been entitled to acquire citizenship by naturalisation prior to that date but were precluded from doing so by Apartheid policies”. (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Bill, 2011).

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