Sponsors and partners

Building small-business skills with corporate and public-sector support

USB works with sponsors and other stakeholders to develop a skill set for small-business owners. Currently, we acknowledge the generous support of organisations and individuals such as the following:

Current large sponsors (Gold)

Distell and Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA)

Other sponsors


Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Lynn Crossland (entrance test assessments), Silulu Ulutho Technologies

How to become a corporate sponsor of the SBA

For enquiries about corporate sponsorships and ways to support the SBA, please contact Dr Marietjie Theron-Wepener, Head of the USB SBA, on +27 (0)21 918 4224 or at [email protected].

Supporting organisations will receive recognition on various platforms.

How to make a donation to the SBA

USB’s Small Business Academy relies heavily on funding to offer the nine-month SBA Development Programme to small business owners from low-income communities. These donations are used for the practical running of the programme – including transport and meals for participants. To donate, please click on the links below or contact Esther Franzsen, operations manager of the SBA, on 021 918 4483 or at [email protected].

  • Once-off payment: Click here and quote this reference number: 12575-004. You can also request a tax certificate here.
  • Debit order: Please complete this form and send it to [email protected] or fax it to 086 569 5372.

How to become a mentor to SBA participants

Alumni from USB are invited to become mentors of participants on the SBA programme. All mentors undergo mentorship training before acceptance as mentor. Mentors are matched with SBA participants. USB alumni who would like to volunteer their services can contact JP Cronje, Chief SBA Mentor, on 083 474 1303, or at [email protected]. You can also contact our SBA office at [email protected] or on 021 9184483/021 9184379.

How to start a programme in your area

If you would like to sponsor an SBA Development Programme in your area, please contact the Head of the USB Small Business Academy, Dr Marietjie Theron-Wepener, on 021 918 4224 or at [email protected].

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