September 18, 2019


SME Africa is a non-profit organisation aiming to support and empower start-ups, small and medium enterprises in South Africa.

Our mission is to be a central pillar to the SME community. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we fully understand challenges that SMEs are facing and our focus is precisely aimed at those challenges.

In order for the work of SME Africa to have a lasting impact in the country, we are dependent on the support and collaboration of a wide range of partners; from those in the private sector, to government and civil society organisations.


About Us

SME Africa started as an initiative called African SME Network by Thebe Phele back in 2013, towards the end of 2017 it was formally registered as SME Africa as a non profit organisation.

Together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and South African Revenue Services (SARS) we've launched quite a number of events ranging from Woman Empowerment Programs to Youth Empowerment initiative.


We believe so much that in order for us as an organisation to tackle these challenges that SME's are facing, we need to come together and join forces. Our doors will always be open to any organisation that share the same vision of empowering SMEs in South Africa, so should you as an entrepreneur or organisation be interested in partnering with us then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Our Objectives


- To promote entrepreneurship, innovation, local manufacturing and exports.
- To support and develop small & medium enterprises.
- To establish incubations for entrepreneurs.
- To initiate funding competitions for startups and entrepreneurs that need a push to take their businesses to the next level.
-To establish award ceremonies in order to give game changers exposure and recognition.
-To keep the spirit of entrepreneurship through events like seminars, workshops and conferences.
-To represent and protect the collective interest of SMEs in South Africa.