Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) Johannesburg and Pretoria recently hosted a graduation ceremony for small business owners who have successfully completed the three year business full incubation programme.
Four of these enterprises: Ceracure (Pty) Ltd, Nerm Applications and Testing (Pty) Ltd, Timekeeper Holdings and Hamisa Group joined the SBU Johannesburg incubator in 2013 and have each won numerous enterprise development awards over the past three years as recognition for their hard work and commitment.
Indalo Architecture & Design joined the SBU Pretoria incubator in February 2012 and was also a winner of the 2015 Best SBU Ambassador of the Regional Enterprise Development Regional Awards and a finalist at the 2015 National Enterprise Development Awards.
The businesses who graduated represent a wide variety of industries and businesses including the supply of Welding and Safety Equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing, electrical accessories and products. The industries include electrical engineering, construction, architectural design and project management.
Shanduka Black Umbrellas Chief Operating Officer (COO) Emmanuel Mdhluli joined Precious Tshabalala (General Manager -Inland Operations), Siphelele Ndlovu (PTA – Regional Manager) Tumisho Sedibe (JHB – Enterprise Development Manager) and Zanele Gallacher (PTA – Enterprise Development Manager) at the ceremony to congratulate the business owners. The event was also attended by some of the SBU mentors who were instrumental in the entrepreneurial journey of the businesses.
The business owners gave moving speeches on their entrepreneurial journey and the contribution SBU has made to their businesses and lives. In particular, Dorian Engle, one of the business owners, and representative of NERM Applications and Testing, shared a few insights gained from being part of the SBU programme. “Winning the 2014 SBU National Awards provided us with a networking platform for our business” said Engle.
The business is also grateful for “meeting with fellow likeminded entrepreneurs in the programme with a common passion. The wealth of experience gained during our workshops, especially the Charles Maisel one where we were channelled to think dynamically and innovatively.” Dorian said.
The combined turnover generated by these graduates was more than R60m and employing close to 100 people. “Empowered through the Shanduka Black Umbrellas business development and incubation programme, the businesses graduating demonstrate the positive impact small business growth can have on the economy and their communities” said Emmanuel Mdhluli, Shanduka Black Umbrellas COO. “These are graduates who are concerned about growing the economy and creating jobs and we have no doubt that they will continue on that trajectory” he added.