2019 Cohort

On the 12th June 2019, we launched Barloworld Mbewu, followed by road shows across the nine provinces of South Africa. With over 5000 kilometres travelled, and well over 23 local radio station interviews and a social media campaign to boot, we received over 4 000 applications.

During a three day workshop, the Barloworld Mbewu CSI Champions sifted through the applications and shortlisted the best 30 to go through to the Big Pitch.

The Big Pitch involved three days of face-to-face business pitches, to our Adjudicating Committee and Potential Financiers, where Social entrepreneurs were invited to outline well-developed plans.

South Africa has amazing talent and all that stands between them and success is a little support and investments. We are excited about the 30 candidates that have been selected and are confident that through this programme we will enable them to start “Seeding their social change for a world of difference”.

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With this promising start, it’s clear that the Barloworld Mbewu Programme is not just a vehicle for social change but also one that has come at the right time.

Thank you to all that have shown interest in the programme and we hope to hear from you again in 2020.

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Top 30 applicants profiles

Top 30 applicants

  • Meet the first cohort of social enterprises.

    The incubation phase of Barloworld Mbewu kicked off on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 and will run until end of November 2020, we are pleased to announce the 30 successful candidates in the Barloworld Mbewu Programme:


  • Bokamoso Impact Investment

    Contact Person: Lesego Serolong

    Province: North West

    The company offers an agri-focused enterprise development programme, that aims to Improve food security in rural South Africa and SADC by increasing commercial food production
    Increase agricultural (arable) land productivity, enhancing sector competitiveness and business eco-system.

  • Art Versatile

    Contact Person: Litha Ncokazi

    Province: Eastern Cape

    Provides art and design services that include art classes, art tours, promotion of local artists as well as design and manufacture of artworks (Ceramics, Sculptures, Oil Paintings, Portraits and Printmaking)

  • Ahang Amalgamate

    Contact Person: Refilwe Mogale

    Province: Free State

    Ahang, aims to provide low cost manufacturing services and materials that are environmentally friendly and serve the needs of the consumer. Ahang is a start-up construction entity with a focus on the waste management/ beneficiation to develop value add products such as eco bricks, fuel/energy products.

  • Changing Lives Shoe Laundry

    Contact Person: Manqoba Mdamba

    Province: Western Cape

    Provides shoe cleaning services and "a convenient, effective and affordable way to do laundry in the city".

  • Denzhe Development Agency

    Contact Person: Maanda Rashaka

    Province: Limpopo

    Establishing a farm to be used as part of an agricultural curriculum to empower and assist the students, who are ABET graduates and do not progress much beyond the schooling and are left idle in the village.

  • Dihlaping Aquaculture Projects

    Contact Person: Mathema Makola

    Province: Limpopo

    The Dihlaping Aquaculture Projects (Pty) Ltd was established in 2014 with the object of developing an aquaculture facility for the production of Tilapia fish through a polyculture system that would produce fish, chickens, eggs and vegetables. A training facility is planned for the farm to equip people in rural areas with the model for their economic development.

  • Enactus-UP (Phoenix Projects)

    Contact Person: Londiwe Mvula

    Province: Free State

    Phoenix is a start-up entity founded as a spin off from the Enactus initiative at university of Pretoria (UP) which provides experiential learning platforms. The first project of the entity is the production of non-fired bricks using ash. The project has engaged its first entrepreneur in the Mamelodi township of Tshwane where the intention is to identify and support ten brick making SMMEs/ artisans.

  • Expression Culture Academy

    Contact Person: Vuyo Mayesa

    Province: Northern Cape

    Provision of community art development services for the Refitlhile Community such as: sewing centre, arts and craft, events and audience development, library etc

  • GOT Game

    Contact Person: Arthur Anderson

    Province: Gauteng

    The Company’s mission is to facilitate economic inclusion for micro enterprises and unemployed youths in townships and mining towns. This is achieved by bringing together multiple stakeholders to deliver skills development programmes and by establishing automotive services Hubs that provide shared infrastructure from which the micro enterprises can service mines, other Corporates companies and local communities. The Hubs are built using cargo containers to provide infrastructure that is let on an hourly basis to entrepreneurs.

  • Hand to Hand Foundation

    Contact Person: Sipho Jentu

    Province: Gauteng

    The Foundation’s main objective is to facilitate societal empowerment such that the disadvantaged youth and women in Gauteng townships are self-sufficient. To this effect there is a current project implemented in Diepsloot which is based on waste collection and sell to buy-back centres or corporates the collected waste material thus earning a living.

  • IMMA Consulting

    Contact Person: Sizwe Mavuso

    Province: Gauteng

    The company offers a water savings product which it calls COLSTO (i.e. Collect and Store), that provides water harvesting, water storage and greywater recycling equipment for both residential and commercial uses.

  • Jaxon Tyres

    Contact Person: Tauriq Jackson

    Province: Western Cape

    Providing mobile tyre fitment services in Strandfontein, with specific focus on youth training

  • Long Ships

    Contact Person: Langa Thibini

    Province: Gauteng

    Long Ships was established in 2017, with the main objective of training and developing skills of previously disadvantaged individuals to alleviate poverty. The company provides various services ranging from the provision of accredited and non-accredited training and management of Development Solutions, Agriculture and Environmental Care Programmes and Enterprise Development Support

  • Leshego Ceramics and Pottery

    Contact Person: Golden Mashego

    Province: Mpumalanga

    Company designs, manufactures and distributes Jewellery, Crockery and Art Deco using broken glass.

  • Limise Promotions t/a Greenwood Projects

    Contact Person: Malerato Mbomboyi

    Province: Eastern Cape

    The company produces charcoal from Black Wattle trees which it currently harvests from the Gcado forest in Hogsback. It has built four kilns on the land with a capacity of producing 300tons of charcoal per month.

  • Ludada and Associates Orthorpedic Services

    Contact Person: Ncedo Ludada

    Province: Eastern Cape

    Providing prosthetic and orthotic products to people with disabilities in the OR Tambo municipality.

  • Mabinini Enterprise & Projects

    Contact Person: Michael Setlhogomi

    Province: Northern Cape

    Maize milling company that will manufacture, market and distribute Maemo Super Maize Meal.

  • Machule Business Consulting

    Contact Person: Nelson Maqwazima

    Province: Eastern Cape

    This entity partnered with various organisations and individuals to establish a commercial farming hub in St. Marks, that will develop the rural community of the Chris Hani District Municipality The St. Marks project is multifaceted, starting with 50ha to 70ha Lucerne farming and increasing over time to 300ha whereupon the project will being cattle farming utilising the Lucerne as internal feedstock and progressively developing other crops such as vegetables.

  • Maraledi Centre of Art

    Contact Person: Thina Minya

    Province: Northern Cape

    Requires assistance with funding acquisition and operation of a MaCa Art Truck. The Art Truck is an innovative solution for providing exposure to artists and bringing art to remote communities along with education and skills development.

  • Mbhoni Projects

    Contact Person: Ntombizodwa Muhlari

    Province: Limpopo

    Mbhoni is a start-up haircare company that manufactures eco-friendly biodegradable synthetic hair fibre as well as import and distribute human hair extensions. It also intends collecting human hair from Salons throughout the country.

  • Molams Farming

    Contact Person: Alice Radebe

    Province: North West

    Molams farming specialises in the primary agricultural production of maize, sunflower, groundnuts, blue buffalo grass pastures and vegetables. The entity also derives income from contract farming to assist various previously disadvantaged communities around its areas of operation.

  • Mufariwapiki Projects

    Contact Person: Humbulani Mulaudzi

    Province: Gauteng

    Diep Organics is a Diepsloot-based organic vegetables and herbs farming business which supplies to Early Childhood Development Centres (ECD) and households in Diepsloot as well as retailers nearby.

  • Pholoshong Home Based Care

    Contact Person: Jonathan Kadiaka

    Province: Limpopo

    Pholoshong requires funding of to establish a 2ha commercial medicinal herb and organic vegetables farm in Ga-Mothiba village in the Capricorn District Municipality. The land is under the care of the traditional leadership of Kgosi Mothiba who has offered it for the project at a nominal fee in the hope of creating job opportunities and economic for the community.

  • Phumelela Solutions

    Contact Person: Sizwe Mnamatha

    Province: Eastern Cape

    The company provides a concentrated liquid organic pesticide and fertilizer formula branded Zuka, which brings the benefit to user as both pesticide and fertilizer in a single application during irrigation.

  • Sibonini Community Development

    Contact Person: Bongeka Maphukatha

    Province: Eastern Cape

    Sibonini has approached Barloworld Mbewu to assist with funding for the Lemongrass initiative which it would like to grow from 2Ha to 20Ha. The Company is a start-up and has requested funding not only for expansion of the lemongrass project, but for its own operations to develop the resources required to manage the various projects started.

  • Sidingulwazi Environmental Centre Holdings

    Contact Person: Jabulani Dlamini

    Province: Gauteng

    Sidingulwazi is a business that collects and recycles various types of waste including paper, plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, e-waste and liquid packaging in Orange Farm a township located 50km south of Johannesburg. In the process, the Company helps to rehabilitate nyaope addicts in the community, up-skill them and employ them.

  • SK Agricare

    Contact Person: Sicelo Kunene

    Province: Kwazulu Natal

    Consulting agency in Sustainable Farming Systems that was established in 2015 to promote organic farming and provide a solution to the issue of poverty and unemployment in the townships and village areas of KwaZulu Natal. The entity is focused on creating chemical-free zones on small farm plots in the village and township areas.

  • Tlhopo Trading

    Contact Person: Lesedi Jantjie

    Province: Northern Cape

    Lesedi aims to provide jobs to 100 unemployed people youth in the area who will collect used glass bottles for recycling as independent contractors. The operation will span 50 villages within a 60km radius collecting, mainly beer bottles, from liquor outlets, landfill sites and street litter.

  • Thusong Centre

    Contact Person: Gertrude Thibini

    Province: Gauteng

    Purposed as a rehabilitation and aftercare centre for people with severe psychiatric illnesses who had been discharged from nearby hospitals to find a lack of suitable facilities for their stimulation, protective care and skills development.

  • Cape Clawless Developments (Pty) Ltd

    Contact Person: Eugene van Reenen

    Province: Western Cape

    Cape Clawless is a start-up Company formed by Eugene van Reenen in 2019 to provide veld and forest fire risk management services in Knysna, Western Cape. The entity specialises in nature conservation through maintenance of forestry and farm vegetation that is likely to be affected by veld fires and/or alien invasive species. The Company endeavours to conserve forests which are essential for biodiversity management, air quality and preventing soil erosion.