Swaziland Beverages launched its KickStart programme in April 2010. It is the third country within SABMiller to launch the programme in Africa, after SAB Ltd in South Africa and Kgalagadi Breweries in Botswana. Similarly to these programmes, young entrepreneurs enter a competition to receive training, and for a select few, financial grants and mentoring to help them develop their business.
The program began with a launch event where the Hon.Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini was the guest speaker. The launch was attended by a number of representatives from Swaziland Beverages, government, media and local businesses. Following the launch, over 1,000 applications were received. After a screening process by the judges, the top 20 candidates were awarded a place on an intensive Business Management course in October 2010. The course covered topics such as financial management, strategic planning and entrepreneurship.
Following the training, with the help of mentorship from a local consultancy, the top 8 applicants presented their business plans in front of the panel of judges. The top 3 were then selected as winners and provided with a grant to help establish their business.
Our priorities: communities
Water provision for local communities
Through our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activities we seek to provide local communities with clean water or to treat waste water so it can be used for irrigation or other purposes. In Africa, a number of our operations have established water distribution projects to provide local communities with clean, drinkable water. We currently have projects in Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Southern Sudan and Uganda.