SAB Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs

SAB hosted an event  to celebrate the women entrepreneurs that have completed a newly developed Supplier Development programme that is targeted at black woman owned companies. Developing small businesses to help them be sustainable and in turn create jobs and value in the South African economic and social landscape, is the purpose behind SAB Lerumo, the South African Breweries’ (SAB) Entrepreneur Development Programme.

SAB Lerumo is a Supplier Development programme is targeted at black woman owned companies who are struggling to break through the barriers and improve their market access capabilities. The programme intends to impart core skills to the women to enable them to improve their market access opportunities and to better manoeuvre a large corporate with a complex procurement structure.

Twenty-three entrepreneurs were selected on their capabilities and potential to thrive under a targeted growth focused intervention.

“SAB Lerumo draws on a history of development excellence and leverages off industry thought leadership, diverse networks of business coaches, and experienced industry partnerships that culminate in years of expertise that serves to enrich the entrepreneurship journey at SAB.“We view SAB Lerumo as the catalyst for real and genuine conversations among South African female entrepreneurs – a place where colleagues can speak about their failures in an honest way,” says Doreen Kosi, Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs, SAB and AB InBev.

SAB’s Entrepreneurship Development programmes apply a holistic approach to development by offering bespoke interventions relevant to the SMME size and sector.

SAB Lerumo is structured into nine ‘Masterclasses’ that run over three months, based on topics including B2B selling, human rights and labour standards, supply chain, marketing, funding and pitching.

It culminates today with a Woman’s Day Brunch Event aimed at uplifting this generation’s black owned businesses.The event celebrated female entrepreneurship and provides a platform for industry leaders to offer insight and guidance on Women Excellence and traversing complex supply chains. Delivering the key note address on the role of mentorship in the entrepreneurship space Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and CEO of Ndalo Media, offered some advice to the women entrepreneurs.

“The things we want in life, are not always packaged the way we think they will be – you have to look out for opportunities in all shapes and forms, and sometimes we have to humble ourselves in order to ultimately achieve our long-term vision,” she said.

The top 10 businesses have been awarded with market access to the SAB business and will be given an opportunity to showcase their businesses to other potential buyers, on the day. The event, held in Johannesburg, will include the 23 entrepreneurs, as well as leading black entrepreneurs and potential buyers.

Absie Pantshwa

Fresh Corporation is an events management business and has been the driving force behind Callit IT to date, boasting long standing clients. These clients include: FNB, Old Mutual, Times Media, SAA, Cell C, Blackberry, Bonitas, Dimension Data, Clover and SA Tourism.

Dimakatjo Maila

BrainGiga is an open innovation and crowdsourcing platform. The company helps organisations crowdsource innovative ideas and solutions that address critical business and social challenges by connecting them with key players in innovation: students, graduates, employees and entrepreneurs. BrainGiga developed a ‘SaaS’ system that uses open innovation challenges, to help organisations discover breakthrough innovations and insights required to adapt to change, stay competitive, improve business performance and create human centred products and services.

Glynn Mashonga

GlobeScope is a security company that provides sophisticated and cutting-edge technology solutions for corporate, government and residential clients – providing peace of mind to its clients. GlobeScope will soon receive its ISO900015 certification and is also moving into the tracking industry, to provide tracking solutions for assets and children

Jacqueline Naidu

Gripglo Industrial is a retailer of mechanical and electronic components, high quality ranges of tools, hardware and related products to the manufacturing, packaging and construction sectors. Established in 2005, the company has gained the long-term support of several blue chip organisations including AB InBev, CCBSA, NAMPAK, CTP and KPMM Construction, who embrace Gripglo Industrial’s quality products and outstanding service.

Kelebogile Makhafola

Maruapula Brand is a marketing and communications strategy consultancy. The company takes its corporate clients through a process of inspiration, ideation and implementation. Its expertise lies in identifying and establishing brand positioning and values. The company assists in planning, measuring, interpreting and implementing brand performance while growing and sustaining brand equity.

Lerato Nakedi

Purple Esther’s core business is health and safety, and is a reseller, distributor and supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) and corporate wear. As a member of Women in Mining SA (WIMSA), the company also works on projects such as venue security and ladies mining workwear production.

Mags Shivanda

Digital Shero is a part of the modern age of digital advertising, providing innovative digital solutions, convenience and service excellence to both small and big brands. The #ADTECH media and marketing company is currently working with trusted brands such as Pepsi, Simba, Lays, Maneng Consulting and Thermaire Investments.

Mahlape Nyakane

MSI Solutions is a strategic business partner for all recruitment and technology training needs. Its primary activity includes permanent and contract staff recruitment and placement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The company also manages all IT related training needs on behalf of its clients. 

Makhanana Nkosi

Molibiz (Pty) Ltd is an award winning creative advertising agency – it won the prestigious Times Media Amara Awards in 2013 and 2014. Molibiz offers

multimedia design, advertising, publishing and branding services. Some of the company’s most notable works include the Generations opening sequence and script writing for the current Umhlobo Wenene FM TVC.

Marcia Simelane

Marcia Simelane is known as the” The Iron Lady” as she is the owner of Alurcia Aluminium and Glass. With a Metal Engineering qualification at Wispeco Aluminium, she is a qualified fabricator. She gives your home a ‘face-lift’ by installing custom designed aluminium windows and doors for a modern-look and maximum security. Alurcia Aluminum and Glass designs, installs and repairs aluminium windows, sliding doors, garage doors, and gates.

Mavis Mhlanga

Bakwena Ke Bao is a transport strategy and advisory management company that offers services relating to compliance, safety and risk management in the transport sector. The company’s core offering is focused on driver, community, commuter and fleet safety and risk management, which is delivered through the facilitation and delivery of awareness workshops and training.

Millicent Nyembe

Nyembe Waste Management (Pty) Ltd deals with crime scene cleaning and transportation of health care risk waste from various generators to registered health care risk waste incinerators. They are contracted to a number of waste generators including hospitals, clinics, doctors, hospices, old age homes, pharmacies, educational institutions, funeral homes and laboratories.

Mimi Thabethe

Gina Global is a strategic communications and digital marketing consultancy that provides niche brand consultancy services. The company bridges the gap between corporates and urban culture by distilling insights on urban culture into a coherent strategy that includes digital integration and leverages tactics around all brand activities.

Nerisha Pramlall, Owner

Esspak Packaging CC are manufacturers and distributors of recyclable and environmental friendly polypropylene and poly-woven bags. Their range includes cardboard boxes, plastic liners pallet wrap, bubble wrap and other packaging requirements. Customers include engineering and agricultural companies: Boltfast, SAB Maltings, Krugersdorp Mills and Master Pressings

Noxolo Tiisetso Skosana

With a BA in Communications Management and specialising in Creative Brand Communications and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Noxolo Tiisetso Skosana, the founder of Lotjhani Branding, provides the following services: brand research, social media, content generation, copywriting, brand strategy, graphic design as well as web development & design.

Premila Shunmugam

Silver Touch Events and Travel specialises in managing large national and international conferences, incentive trips, congresses, gala functions, launches, year-end celebrations, team building events, sports events and much more. The company is owned by Premila Shunmugam, who boasts 10 years in the creation and management of world class events from concept creation to execution.

Rabia Naicker

High End Promos is a below the line marketing agency that suppliers bespoke branded merchandise. It is a highly innovative and ‘out of the box’ creations company that ensures quality merchandise, which speaks to its clients’ brands and promotions. 

Thuli Radebe

Eyam Projects provides experiential events management services to corporate and government stakeholders. The company is the strategic link between the client and their stakeholders. Eyam projects specialises in events activations including roadshows, exhibitions and conferencing to deliver on exciting and innovative customer experiences.

Tina Maseko

Chikadzi is a proudly South African consumer market research company, which provides actionable market research solutions. The company conducts both quantitative and qualitative research on the characteristics of spending habits, locations and needs of any business’s target market – through gathering, analysing and interpreting

information about a market, a product or service.

Veronica King

Emuthini Consulting specialises in cultivating human growth and development and offers a range of services that include leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team development. With a pool of 30 certified coaches, facilitators and associates, Emuthini offers deep expertise on global best practice including coaching and facilitating programmes for transformational leadership. Emuthini Consulting is based in Johannesburg as well as the UK.



Xolisile Koanait

Clear Path, provides architectural drawings, interior designing, property maintenance, construction and professional project management for all building types from concept planning to completion. Clear Path offers services that focus on residential, commercial and retail buildings.

Yasmine Kazadi

Mercatique Consulting is a 100% black woman owned, event management and marketing firm. Established in 2014, the organisation has a key passion in developing and creating lasting event experiences and delivering innovative and creative ideas to its clients. Its services include: event and project management, media relations and publicity, and market research and intellect.

Yolanda Ngqokombe

Yolanda Ngqokombe has extensive experience in helping organisations deal with large scale transformation and communication efforts. Founded in 2016, Refreshe Promotions was established to deal with current gaps such as ineffective customer engagement in the marketing and promotional sectors, and aims to create impactful and meaningful experiences for both clients and the intended audiences.


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