As the Youth Month dawns, The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced the top 10 finalists for the 2016 class of youth entrepreneurship programme, SAB KickStart Boost.

Up to R3.1-million in business support and funding has been awarded between the top 10 finalists.

SAB KickStart Boost provides established businesses assistance with expansion and support during an 18-month programme geared towards the development of youth entrepreneurship. The class of 2016 began their KickStart journey in June 2016 when the #StartupTruck toured South Africa in search of attractive businesses needing growth opportunities.

The 25 selected candidates, drawn from a broad range of industries including health and wellness, marketing, agriculture, cleaning and manufacturing, embarked on an intensive business skills training journey tailored to develop business growth.

The top 10 finalists are:

  1. Bahle Nteleki, Podiatrist, Soweto
  2. Cleopatra Simelane, The Recess Youth Movement, Soweto
  3. Lebogang Lekalakala, B-Ma Services, Pretoria
  4. Litha Ndabula, The Venclean Group, East London
  5. Jafta Skosana, Renabo Plastic Moulders and Furniture, KwaMhlanga
  6. Mbali Bhengu, Mind Switch, Westville
  7. Nthabiseng Lemena, Lemena TN Solutions, Welkom
  8. Tshepo Mdake, Shangilia Boutique Spa, Hammanskraal
  9. Tumelo Pholwane, Botshelo Wellness and Fitness Club, Thaba Nchu
  10. Zama Buthelezi, The She Creative House, Baynesfield

The finalists, aged between 22 and 35, “are now focussed on working through their businesses with their assigned mentor to unlock opportunities in their businesses that will take them to the next level,” said Nirishi Trikamjee, SAB Corporate Affairs Director.

“Eleven months into the programme, these entrepreneurs are entrenched in their training and we are waiting in anticipation to see who will come out tops come November 2017.”

The top 10 finalists currently employ 48 staff between them, with 26 part-time workers, and are projected to grow this to more than 100, with 20 part-time workers.

“The next six months will see the group receiving business mentoring through our partner The Awethu Project, in which the mentor will work through at least eight, one-on-one mentoring sessions to work through a growth strategy tailored for their individual business, receive a portion of funding which includes either grant capital or an interest-free loan and overall personal development tools,” Trikamjee said.

Furthermore winners of the programme will be provided additional market access opportunities to expand their customer base, including exposure to big business.

“SAB’s involvement with helping entrepreneurs develop successful businesses aligns with government’s goals to transform the small business sector.

The top three winners will be announced in November 2017.


Issued by Corporate Image on behalf of the South African Breweries


SAB KickStart Boost: Mini Finalist Profiles

(Full profiles available upon request)

Eastern Cape

Litha Ndabula (33) is the owner of The Venclean Group, a one-stop cleaning solutions business that targets primarily households and small businesses. It is based in Cala.

Free State

Nthabiseng Lemena (34) is the owner of Lemena TN Solutions (Pty), a sewing business that specialises in high quality and affordable school uniforms, tailor made for the schools in the area, as well as fabric printing and embroidery. It is based in Welkom.

Tumelo Pholwane (22) is the owner of Botshelo Wellness and Fitness Club, that offers health and beauty services with a fully equipped gymnasium, day spa, nail bar and nutrition corner. The products used are organic and especially suited for African skin. It is based in Thaba Nchu.


Lebogang Lekalakala (35) is the owner of B-MA Services, that services and repairs BMWs and Mini Coopers which are no longer covered under a motor plan. It is based in Pretoria North.

Tshepo Mdake (35) is the owner of Shangilia Boutique Spa, a beauty and wellness spa that offers a range of beauty signature treatments and specialises in home fragrances – the retail product is unique to the business and can only be purchased through the boutique spa. It is based at Carousel Casino in Hammanskraal.

Bahle Nteleki (28), owner of Podiatrist (Pty) Ltd, provides podiatric services through the design and manufacture of safety footwear that addresses foot problems. It is based in Protea Glen, Soweto.

Cleopatra Simelane (30), owner of The Recess Youth Movement (TRYM), a health and wellness business that targets grade 8 to 12 scholars. It is based in Mzimhlophe, Soweto.


Mbali Bhengu (29), is the owner of Mind Switch, a creative consultancy that focuses on providing brands and companies with ‘out of the box’ thinking marketing solutions with special emphasis on campaign development and brand activations. It is based in Westville, Durban.

Zama Buthelezi (35), is the owner of The She Creative House CC, a farm that produces high quality fruit and vegetables as well as sugar cane. In addition, Zama also markets and packages her produce under her ‘Soil Sista’ brand in accordance to consumer specifications. It is based at the Glentworth Farm, Baynesfield.