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Young Entrepreneurs Take Top Honours at Annual SAB Kickstart 2012 National Awards

15 November 2012

Johannesburg. 15 November 2012. The South African Breweries (SAB) believes that the role of the private sector in driving job creation in South Africa is critical, particularly since close to 30% of the country’s population is economically inactive and at least 70% of that figure is attributable to the youth. 
 
“As a company that itself started out small over 115 years ago, and has grown a global footprint spanning 75 countries on six continents employing more than 70 000 people, we at SAB understand the importance of small business in growing the economy and creating jobs,” says Vincent Maphai, SAB Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Transformation.
 
He was speaking at the SAB KickStart National Awards 2012 ceremony, where a grant of close to R1-million was shared amongst six young entrepreneurs whose start-up businesses were selected from a group of 18 finalists in the competition.
 
SAB KickStart, now in its 17th year, is aimed at youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 years from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, who either want to start a business or expand their existing business. The programme offers them the opportunity to build sustainable businesses through a competition model of outcomes based business training, mentorship and grant funding to the most deserving applicants. 
 
Entrepreneurs were awarded grant funding for the businesses and recognised in SAB KickStart’s Business and Development categories. 
 
Business Categories winners:
- Solani Lidzhade  of Mokuni Software (Cape Town) – R 250 000
- Tiisetso Koele of Ekhurhuleni Auto Body (Johannesburg) – R 200 000
- Kabelo Mopai  of BLK Construction (Johannesburg)  - R 150 000
 
Development Category winners:
- Edwin Matyumza  of Think Branding (Cape Town) – R 120 000
- Gladstone Mathebe of Gstone Pest and Health(Bloemfontein) – R 100 000
- Thati Mashoa of Moruleng Constructions (Seshego) – R 70 000
 
The awards were held during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW 2012) in which SAB hosts an annual panel discussion on youth entrepreneurship in South Africa. The panel explored the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and small businesses and the roles that both government and the private sector need to play in ensuring the growth and sustainability of SMEs.
 
The discussion, themed “Creating an ecosystem to grow and support high-impact entrepreneurs for high-impact change”, was led by representatives of the National Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and SAB.
 
“In our efforts to promote Enterprise Development, SAB wishes to highlight its unwavering support and commitment for job creation through our main area of focus, which is developing high impact entrepreneurs”, says Maphai.
 
For further information, please contact:
Robyn Chalmers
Head of Media and Communications, SAB
Tel: 011 881 8679
Email: robyn.chalmers@za.sabmiller.com
 
For more information on the competition, the finalists and winners, go to:
www.sabckickstart.co.za
Facebook: SAB KickStart
Twitter: @SAB_KickStart
 
About KickStart

- KickStart was launched in May 1995 and is now considered the largest entrepreneurship development projects in South Africa
- The competition is aimed at youth aged between 18 and 35 years, that either want to start businesses or expand their existing ventures.
- KickStart offers prizes ranging from R30 000 to R250 000 to the top business plans submitted.
- Since inception in 1995 KickStart has helped kickstart over 22 000 Business and more than 3200 business have been started by KickStart participants.
 
 

This is a SABMiller subsidiary news release, it was first published in its local market on 15th November 2012.

 

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