A night of success at SBU NEDA 2017

A night of success at SBU NEDA 2017


After a successful event of celebrating business excellence at our 5th annual National Enterprise Development Awards (NEDA), we are proud to have witnessed the impact SBU has had in the growth of South African SME’s and the opportunities we have given to entrepreneurs, to take their businesses to the next level.

The night was about recognising the hard work put in by everyday South Africans, who invest their time, energy and passion to leave a lasting impact in the lives of their communities, and play an active role in the development of 100% black-owned businesses.

We are proud of all the night’s winners and would like to share our biggest winners below, in their respective categories:

Most Jobs Created: Hula Minerals and Processing

Best Performing Company: Aquila Projects (PTY) LTD

Best SBU Ambassador: Recycle 1st

Overall National Winner: Modi Mining

Incubator of the Year: Johannesburg incubator

People’s Choice Award Winner: Recycle 1st

Click here to download NEDA Award winner photos

Procurement Workshop on 23rd February 2017

23 Feb 2017 Procurement Worskshop1

The Shanduka Black Umbrellas Pretoria region is hosting a Procurement Workshop on 23rd February 2017 at Protea Hotel Manor, Hatfield. If you would like to attend, RSVP to malerato@blackumbrellas.org

Do you want to find out more about procurement and funding opportunities on offer for small businesses? Then attend the Shanduka Black Umbrellas Pretoria region Procurement Workshop on 23rd February 2017. RSVP to malerato@blackumbrellas.org

Interested in Enterprise and Supplier Development opportunities currently on offer for small businesses? Then RSVP to  malerato@blackumbrellas.org to attend the Shanduka Black Umbrellas Pretoria region Procurement Workshop on 23rd February 2017 at Protea Hotel Manor.

Richards Bay Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 Celebration

SBU RichardsBay celebrated Global Entrepreneurs Week by hosting a Procurement Workshop for SMEs at the Premier Hotel Richards Bay on the 17 November 2016.

In addition to the workshop, the SBU RichardsBay team ran an Elevator Pitch competition for the small business owners who were in attendance. The winner walked away with a Pre-Incubation prize to the value of R35 000.

The SBU RichardsBay team will also be hosting a Funding workshop in Esikhaleni in the week of the 5th of December with various financial and funding institutions participating and addressing local businesses on all the available opportunities.



Monique Grobler, SBU Richards Bay Enterprise Development Manager & winner of competition : David Khwela, Owner of FMC Engineering)


Providing Innovative ITC Solutions with Shanduka Black Umbrellas

Samnect is an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Company owned by Neil Samson. Samnect strives to provide unprecedented solutions in different domains such as social media development and management, digital marketing, e-education solutions, integrated campaigns, digital and ICT consulting.

Since joining Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) in March 2016 Samnect has partnered with The Innovator Trust, a company created to support the growth of small, black-owned ICT businesses in South Africa. Within a short space of time Samnect successfully concluded a partnership agreement with B.O.E (Pty) Ltd. The partnership entails the building and development of digital products. Through this partnership Samnect has launched an online marketplace for goods and services for everyday conscious consumers who want to support 100% black- owned businesses. Samnect also has a contract with National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), to provide business solutions to youth-owned businesses.

Neil believes the support he gets from SBU has been instrumental in his company’s success. SBU also encourages its clients to be socially responsible

Neil shares the same sentiment: “It is our responsibility to empower people through ICT’s. Which is why this project was perfectly suited for Samnect from a social-economic stand point”.

Neil is looking forward to making more exciting connections that will support black owned businesses through ICT.


Shanduka Black Umbrellas Annual Report 2016

During the 2015/16 financial year, Shanduka Black Umbrellas supported 299 black-owned businesses through its incubation programme and impacted a further 8 000 businesses through the Shanduka BlackPages initiative. The market access provided to small businesses resulted in a record R477 million turnover that was generated by our small businesses within this financial year end.

Click to view our 2016 Annual Report

Searching for Innovative Ideas for the Lephalale Region

Shanduka Black Umbrellas and Exxaro GrooteGeluk are looking for the next BIG idea for the Lephalale region. Have you got a brilliant business idea in need of a boost? Fancy getting R20 000 funding to make it a reality? Then enter the competition. The competition is opened for residents in the Lephalale region and closes on 28 October 2016. Entry forms are available at the Lephalale Enterprise Development Centre and all queries can be directed to


Tel: 014 763 1820.

Shanduka Black Umbrellas has reached the incredible milestone of 1 Billion Rand in client Turnover since inception!

Dear All

It is with great excitement that we announce that Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) has reached the incredible milestone of 1 Billion Rand in client Turnover since inception! This is a feather in the cap for all of SBU’s staff, stakeholders, donors and especially clients who have all partnered to make this possible.

1 Billion Rand in turnover denotes a meaningful contribution to the economy, job creation and sustained wealth creation. Added  to the growth and development agenda of the country, and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) , small and medium businesses are making in-roads towards reducing South Africa’s unemployment burden.

We will continue to pioneer the path to success for small and medium enterprises as we enable more opportunities to buy local, empower SMEs, create jobs and grow the economy. We will be rolling out a PR campaign in the middle of November to celebrate this achievement and trust that we can continue to rely on all of you to support and champion this campaign.

Seapei Mafoyane

CEO, Shanduka Black Umbrellas