Meet the people behind South Africa’s small businesses

SMEs are behind 60% of South Africa’s employment, but who’s behind small business? Get to know the people driving South Africa’s economy as we reveal what’s #behindyourbusiness.

Celebrating the people behind small business

Far from faceless corporations, small businesses are defined by the people who found, nurture and grind their way to success. So we got up close and personal with entrepreneurs and asked them to tell their stories – revealing the personalities, experiences and motivations behind South Africa’s small businesses.

Lethu from Ukhamba Beerworx

This is Lethukuthula Tshabangu, founder of Ukhamba Beerworx – a Cape Town-based brewery. He’s passionate about the power of a great brew: “I make beer. It's entertainment, it's recreation but it's also a culture of integration. Beer is meant to be shared.”

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Lethu from Ukhamba Beerworx

Shannon from The District

Meet Shannon, MD of The District – a marketing consultancy based in Johannesburg. She’s here to make a difference for her clients. “We developed this business to enable scaling businesses to really understand marketing. We’re here to change perceptions, change behaviour… change the world.”

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Shannon from The District

Craig from York Surf

This is Craig, co-founder of York Surf, the Cape Town manufacturers of quality surfboards. He says, “We’re passionate about surfing… we want to make amazing products. What our customers love most about York is the fact that it’s a hands-on, well-produced product… hopefully they feel the love in the product.”

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Craig from York Surf

Billy from Assemble

This is Billy, Founder of Assemble – a software solutions company based in Johannesburg. His business helps to make lives a little easier: “The purpose of our business is to use technology to make a difference and it makes a difference in the lives of our clients and, hopefully, other people as well.”

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Billy from Assemble

David from Truth Coffee

Meet David, founder of Truth Coffee – the Cape Town cafe and roastery. He believes extraordinary things can happen when you challenge the status quo: “We are trying to produce the joy of extraordinary truth. We don’t know what that means but we do it by making coffee.”

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David from Truth Coffee

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