Applications are now open for the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme. 

The SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme supports entrepreneurs to become successful and resilient business owners through extensive entrepreneurial skills development, mentorship and access to markets, finance and practical business tools and templates. Through connections to peers around the country, we build a powerful network of opportunities for participants long after the programme has ended. The programme prioritises entrepreneurial ventures that are owned and managed by historically disadvantaged groups (i.e. black people, women, youth, people living with disabilities and those living in rural areas) so as to help redress socio-economic challenges faced by these marginalised groups.

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Entrepreneur requirements

  • The applicant should be resilient, self-motivated and driven to succeed.
  • The applicant should show a willingness to learn, grow and change.
  • The applicant should show entrepreneurial and leadership abilities.
  • The applicant is involved in the daily operations and management of the business on a full-time basis and is not employed by any other organisation.
  • The applicant is a South African citizen
  • The applicant has the skills and experience necessary for the type of business they are engaged in.
  • The applicant is looking for business support, mentorship and skills training to take their business to the next level.
  • The applicant is committed to full participation in the programme over the18-month period.
  • The applicant is open to change and willing to drive new strategies to support the growth of their business.
  • The applicant has high moral and ethical standards and a desire to contribute to the economy of South Africa.

Business requirements

  • The business is at least 51% black-owned and managed
  • The business creates jobs.
  • The business is in the early stages of growth.
  • The business is operational and has been trading for at least 12 months.
  • The business should be a going concern, commercially sustainable and viable.
  • The business is headquartered and registered (if applicable), within South African borders.


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