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Building the Nation through Skills Development 

At Ithala, we believe in working together to develop and create a successful nation. So, we have taken the important steps to ensure that you can put your business needs first.

Our Siyasebenza business development programme, with a series of development-based sub-programmes, aims to uplift, empower and guide aspiring entrepreneurs throughout KwaZulu-Natal who are running their own businesses, often under challenging circumstances.

Siyasebenza comprises the following sub-programmes:

School Nutrition Feeding Programme

The Siyasebenza School Nutrition Feeding Programme offers you food for thought. This could be your opportunity to contribute towards enhancing children’s learning capacity. Become a supplier to the Government’s School Nutrition Feeding Programme.

What do I need to qualify?
  • Open an Ithala Business Account
  • A valid award letter from the Department of Education
  • Approval letter per school (detailing allocation of funds)
  • Business registration documents
  • Original valid tax clearance certificate
Micro Finance Programme

Do you have a small or micro business that needs funding? Let Ithala and Siyasebenza help finance your business through the Micro Finance Programme. Loans amounts range from R25 000 to R500 000.

What do I need to qualify?
  • Business registration documents
  • Original tax clearance certificate
  • Key agreements (contract/award letter/off-take agreements)
  • 6 months bank statement (if it’s an existing business)
  • Profile or CV of project promoter/key personel
  • FICA documents
  • Viable financial projections of the project
  • Open an Ithala Business Account
  • Compliance documentation
Entrepreneur Development Workshops

Take advantage of the opportunity to uplift and empower yourself as an entrepreneur through the Siyasebenza Entrepreneur Development Workshops offered by Ithala. These workshops consist of the following;

  • Day 1
    • Business consultation with Ithala Account Managers
  • Day 2
    • SMME Training workshop on the following topics:
      • Starting a business
      • Planning a business
      • Market research
      • Funding your business
      • Financial record keeping
  • Day 3
    • Ithala Seek, See, Seize Workshop
What do I need to qualify?
  • Business registration documents
  • Speak to Yonela or Andile on 031 907 8968 to get more information on how you can be part of our business development workshops.
Objectives of Siyasebenza
The Siyasebenza business support programme aims to:
  • Uplift communities
  • Empower entrepreneurs
  • Support and guide the youth
  • Promote skills development
  • Stimulate economic development
  • Increase entrepreneurship
  • Contribute towards job creation and nation-building
    Talk to Us

    For further information about Siyasebenza and its offerings, visit our website:, email us on or dial 031 907 8968 and gain valuable information that will help you to take your small business to the next level.

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