Turning tables for Small Business Success The Small business advocate

"we aim to contribute in sharing insights that will increase access to enterprise development initiatives for the upliftment of small businesses"

CAPE TOWN – The Small Business Advocates of South Africa are well on their way to realizing their first goal to connect small businesses with access to main stream business development opportunities within major corporations in South Africa. Speaking after a successful launch event which was held in Cape Town last month in the presence of notable public and private sector guests and attendees, SBA(SA) founding president Nono Vilakazi said that access to development opportunities and startup support within various industries were probably the next big challenge following access to finance for new ventures.

“At SBA(SA) we are thrilled at the opportunity to join with active and passionate partners in support of small businesses in our country. Through a new television production and upcoming series of key discussions and interviews with sector and industry players which will be broadcast through digital and other traditional channels, we aim to contribute in sharing insights that will increase access to enterprise development initiatives for the upliftment of small businesses, particularly those historically underdeveloped”, said Vilakazi.

According to SBA(SA), this first of its upcoming projects will be produced in collaboration with innovative leaders in industry. “We are excited that Visual Impact, a Cape Town-based digital broadcast solutions company has joined SBA(SA) in its mission to connect with small businesses and thereby add value through informative live case studies and interviews”, says SBA(SA) president Nono Vilakazi. “We welcome Visual Impact’s lead and upcoming team contribution in helping us achieve our mission through media.”

Nono Vilakazi, SBA(SA) Founding President
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to join with active and passionate partners in support of small businesses in our country”

At the grand launch in Cape Town in September, Vilakazi applauded the commitment by South Africa’s leading bank to support a new small business initiative through partnering with SBA(SA). “It is time we shed the notion of non-support within the banking sector and together, focus on what angles and opportunities are possible to help move our small businesses forward. We are grateful that Standard Bank has demonstrated how such support and partnership is possible through their commitment”, says Vilakazi.

Western Cape Government representative and assistant director of Enterprise Development Peter-Jon Thebus pointed out that organizational differentiation will be essential for the success of SBA(SA). Also among a host of public and private sector organizations at the Small Business Advocates launch, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) as well as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) showed their support.

As a launch highlight, SBA(SA) was proud to confer its groundbreaking award earmarked for leaders and enablers of small businesses in various capacities in South Africa. This award will lay foundation for an upcoming major annual event which will recognize contributors and enablers to entrepreneurship and small business success from all walks of life. “Of the foremost contributors to small business success are families and relatives who put up with a lot of financial and emotional distress during the founding period of any business. And these invaluable supporters unfortunately, are often overlooked”, says Vilakazi.

Former UCT Vice Chancellor and globally active citizen Dr. Mamphela Ramphele received the first SBA(SA) Standard Bank Small Business Enabler of the Year 2016 for her outstanding contribution in support of small business in the Western Cape province.

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele recieved the SBA(SA) Small Business Enabler of the Year 2016 Award

Guests at the launch were not disappointed when the event’s surprise guest took the stage to present his own groundbreaking delivery in what became a “launch event within a launch event”. Thembalethu Ntuli, affectionately dubbed Showdie in the entertainment industry – delivered a memorable presentation as he burst out of a cardboard box. As a “small grown man”, often mistaken for an eight-year old due to his stature, Themba spoke of how his entire life has been challenged by his build and size. “I was either going to let this personal challenge get in the way of my life indefinitely – or make a plan. I chose to make a plan!” In a moving and sublime metaphorical representation of the issues faced by nearly every small business – Themba left the audience in stitches and tears – as he showed how it was possible to move past barriers, both psychological and physical to deal with the issue of limitation and constraints, either due to a lack in capital, or capacity.

Thembalethu Ntuli and other prestigious guests present at the SBA launch

About SBA(SA)

As South Africa's newest voice for small business, SBA(SA) aims to become a true champion and representative-at-large cross-industry. Through joint ventures with partners within the public and private sectors, SBA(SA) aims to contribute to the growth of our economy by helping curate sustainable solutions that will address some of the biggest challenges faced by small business in SA.

For more on partnership opportunities, sponsorship and developments at SBA(SA), readers can contact the head office on (021) 437 3000 between 8h00 – 5h00pm Monday to Friday or email nono.v@smallbusinessadvocates.org.za

For more information please contact:

Nono Vilakazi

Founding President

Small Business Advocates SA

Tel: 021 437 3000

Cell: 071 203 4175



Nono Vilakazi, SBA(SA) Founding President

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