Also established in 2011, Thathel Agriculture, which is run by Ethel’s husband, Professor Thabo Masihleho, is an egg production farm that also breeds lions and other wild animals for conservation. “We started with 36 staff members but the avian influenza forced us to lay off 29, which was rather unfortunate. But we are currently working hard to get going again and will be in production again within a couple of months. The BIC helped us to market the business and gain some key contacts,” says Prof Masihleho.
In the BIC, Lion’s Rest competed in the trade/services sector and Thathel in agriculture/agri-processing. The competition’s other two categories are manufacturing and engineering/construction. Visiting these small businesses is part of the Foundation’s efforts to help them grow and create jobs. The BIC boasts various prizes including training and workshops and Eskom follows up to see the progress being made by the small businesses.
Launched in 2008, the BIC gives an opportunity to registered black-owned small and medium enterprises that have been operating for a minimum of two years, a chance to win great prizes that can help them create jobs and boost economic activity in their communities.
Articles by Nicholas Munzhedzi