‘BUILDING DREAMS IN PEACEFUL WAYS’:   Sophiatown’s spirit alive and growing among young entrepreneurs ‘already with stripes on their backs’ said Thandi Orleyn, chairperson BPSA.

Every February, Sophiatown’s history is often recalled in public space, because it is the anniversary of when this freehold, multi-racial suburb began to be physically destroyed under apartheid legislation, which happened between 1955-1962. Pic 1

However, Sophiatown’s story did not end there:   this month we are celebrating amazing green entrepreneurs who are establishing excellent businesses in Sophiatown today, 11 years after she was renamed by the City of Johannesburg.   These young people are changing the face of our villages and cities and building their dreams for a better future.

The Development Bank of South Africa Green Fund Manager, Olympus Manthatha, joined business leader Thandi Orleyn, in congratulating 11 BizCre8 Award winners, for outstanding efforts in establishing their new businesses.

Judge Ajay Lalu, MD Black Lite Consulting said ‘this competition uncovered some of the best start-ups I’ve come across; I’m offering my personal mentorship to the overall winner, Elmond Khoza of LAMO Solar”

The Awards, funded by British philanthropist, Clive Beeston, are the first to specifically promote investment in youth businesses.  Prizes worth R100,000 were awarded.

Overall winner Elmond Khoza receiving his trophy and R50 000

Overall winner Elmond Khoza receiving his trophy and R50 000

The criteria for the Awards included, doing business in a way that promotes trust, ethical business practices, commitment to broader society, environmental awareness and an understanding of the opportunities, needs and the demands of the African continent. To see the video profiles of some of the BizCre8 entrepreneurs shortlisted for the awards, click here.




Celebrating Sophiatown through Youth Entrepreneurship – BizCre8: click here to see a video of the best upcoming youth entrepreneurs in the green space receiving their awards.

Start Your Entrepreneurial Journey – Good Things:   4, 5 and 6  April –   our business ideas workshop is aimed at start-up entrepreneurs and existing businesses. With a focus on developing creative business models to develop the next great green business concept, this workshop is the first step in the BizCre8 programme developed to take your business idea from mind to market. Click here to find out more about BizCre8 and to apply for our next Ide8 workshop.

BizCre8 has also been shortlisted for the Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Award in the Economic Growth: Inclusive Economy category

Click here to read the full media release

Watch footage of the event!!


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