Earlier today, SAB said it was encouraged to continue to support upcoming business people because “young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the opportunities that lie within South Africa’s core industries, namely Agriculture, Health, Energy and Sustainability, with a vast majority of the 2015 finalists’ businesses playing in these arenas.”

The annual SAB KickStart, which is an initiative that has been empowering young business minds for two decades, announced their 2015 class of youth entrepreneurs who will enrol in a year-long business development support programme.

The programme is interested in developing and ensuring the sustainability of small businesses. The finalists were selected from all corners of the country andtheir companies are as varied as their backgrounds. Each of the finalists will be guided through an individually designed business development programme.

Not only will the 18 finalists receive mentorship, but the five best performing finalists will be celebrated at the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 (GEW)conference and will stand a chance to walk away with grants ranging from R 100 000 and R 500 000.

“Through much of SAB’s history, empowerment has played a leading role, SAB KickStart being the most visible of these efforts and we are proud of the programme’s achievements and the difference that it has made in the lives of thousands of young South Africans, many of whom are today successful business people,” said Mpho Sadiki, SAB Head Sustainability and Transformation.

The SAB KickStart finalists: 

  1. Solomon Tohlang, 28, of Bloemfontein in the Free State, owner of Stokvel Business Connect, a below-the-line marketing and promotions agency within the stokvel market.
  1. Nomonde Ntinga, 27, from Durban, KZN, owner of Mjambe Consultants, an Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental and Quality Management Systems consultancy firm.
  1. Precious Segametse Mapedi, 34, of Polokwane in Limpopo, owner of Ayate Fish and Chips, a take-way business in the food industry.
  1. Vernon Pillay, 31, from Durban, KZN, owner of Isizwe safety Wear, a safety apparel business.
  1. Ntshepeng Mofokeng, 32, of Pimville in Gauteng, owner of Tsa Motse Lifestyle Concepts (Pty) Ltd, specialising in manufacturing and maintenance if curtains, linen and accessories.
  1. Leka Captain Makhafola, 34, of Makotse Village in Limpopo, owner of Leka Fresh Produce, a cash crop farming business offering home grown vegetables.
  1. Clement Ngwako Pilusa, 26, from Tshwane, Gauteng, owner of Pilusa and Mabotja Farming and Projects, specialising in vegetable and broiler chicken production.
  1. Rishane Rajkoomar, 30, from Durban, KZN, owner of Media Sea, a digital media company.
  1. Nolubabalo Pulu, 28, from East London, Eastern Cape, owner of Ezabathembu Water Purification and Supply, manufacturers and markets chemical homecare and industrial cleaning products.
  1. Moipone Ntseke, 31, of Germiston, Gauteng, owner of StarBorn Creative Designs, which designs and manufactures accessories made from PVC and recycled billboards.
  1. Angelo Rucian Maart, 27, of Cape Town, Western Cape, owner of Angelo’s Recycling, a waste and hygiene management company.
  1. Shadrack Litabe, 31, of Kroonstad in the Free State, owner of Litabe Technologies (Pty) Ltd, which specialises in developing device and software aimed at combatting electricity theft.
  1. Bonisile Mjoli, 34, of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, owner of Allsharp Motor Fitments and Tyres, which offers a range of moto vehicle services.
  1. Caroline Kgomo, 30, of Ficksburg in the Free State, owner of Meqheleng Waste Management (Pty) Ltd, a waste collection and recycling business.
  1. Chantelle Smith, 26, of Johannesburg, Gauteng, owner of Health View Clinic, a primary health care providing affordable services to individuals without a medical aid.
  1. Ranjan Sewgambar, 30, of Durban, KZN, owner of Private Practicing Audiologist, which offers comprehensive diagnostic audiology and hearing aid services.
  1. Hollo Matlala, 21, from Polokwane, Limpopo, owner of 4th Element Group, a technology solutions company specialising in solar energy systems within the water sector.
  1. Musatondwa Makhosi, 31, of Thohoyandou, Limpopo, owner of Makhoshi Plumbing and Trading, specialising in construction.