What we do

Set up in 2010 as one element of the broad-based black economic empowerment transaction conducted by South African Breweries Ltd (SAB), the SAB Foundation is an independent trust that annually invests millions of rands towards developing entrepreneurship in South Africa.

The SAB Foundation holds 8.4 million SAB Ltd shares and applies the dividend and special dividend income received from these shares for the benefit of the wider South African community.

SAB Foundation was the first organisation in South Africa to received tax exemption as a is registered as a tax exempt Small Business Funding Entity under section 10(1)(cQ) of the Income Tax Act.

The object of the SAB Foundation is as follows:

The provision of funding for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, in order to contribute to the economic and social empowerment of historically disadvantaged persons, primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) by means of entrepreneurship development and with a priority focus on providing opportunities within small, medium and micro-sized enterprises for women and youth in the rural areas, as well as persons with disabilities.

Tholoana enterprise programme

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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Social Innovation Awards

Social Innovation Awards

We find, support and scale social innovations – through challenge funding and tailored mentorship – which can directly and indirectly improve quality of life.

We define social innovation as innovation that demonstrates a sustainable business model while solving a social problem, with a particular emphasis on innovation that benefits women, youth, people with disability and those in rural areas.

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Rural Catalyst

Rural Catalyst

In conjunction with SaveAct, we create rural logistics channels for social innovation products through entrepreneurship and set up small farming businesses in hard to reach rural areas.

In conjunction with SocioNext, we run five day acceleration workshops in peri-urban and rural areas which gives people the confidence and early stage skills to start a business in their area.

It is our intention that these two interventions will assist in creating pipeline for the Tholoana Enterprise Programme and the Social Innovation Awards.

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National Footprint

Province No. of Beneficiaries
Western Cape 146
KZN 241
Eastern Cape 171
North West 8
Northern Cape 24
Mpumalange 29
Limpopo 33
Gauteng 78
Free State 25

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SAB Foundation