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South Africa

The South Africa Chapter is made up of more than 50 members who work to support small and growing businesses (SGBs). 20 of these members have their headquarters in South Africa.

Members benefit from the opportunity to network with and learn from other like-minded organizations, as well as to gain links to ANDE’s extensive regional and global activities, all while working together to support South Africa’s SGBs. 

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The South Africa Chapter is based in Johannesburg and services intermediaries in South Africa. Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in South Africa. 

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 What we do

  • Knowledge Sharing & Research: ANDE South Africa is committed to advancing knowledge on supporting SGBs in the region.
  • Events & Networking: From our regular chapter meetings in Johannesburg and Cape Town, to sector-specific roundtables and happy hours, ANDE South Africa provides unparalleled networking and learning opportunities for its members.
  • Training & Talent Development: ANDE South Africa hosts periodic training events and webinars, discussing topics from impact investing to metrics.

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Our Activities, Events, and Publications 

State of the SGB Sector Dinner & Quiz

Each year, the ANDE South Africa chapter holds a State of the SGB Sector Dinner and Quiz. This event is an opportunity for supporters of South African entrepreneurship to gain new insights on the sector—and connect with each other in an interactive way. Over a three-course meal, attendees hear from both entrepreneurs and ANDE leaders, receive the latest findings on the industry from cutting-edge local and global research, and are given space to share their own reports on a research wall. All of this takes place in a participatory setting, complete with a quiz, where attendees compete with their peers to see what they have learned.

Click here to see highlights from our ANDE SA 2019 'A Night in SGB City' mystery evening. 

In 2017 and 2018 we hosted our flagship 'ANDE SA State of the SGB Sector Dinner and Quiz' evenings.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshots

ANDE SA completed the first snapshot of the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem in 2015 and released an updated version in 2017. This report is an established snapshot of the players who provide capacity development and/or financial support to entrepreneurs in South Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The snapshot enables the ANDE South Africa chapter and its members to prioritize underserved areas that require additional focus and collaboration and promotes partnership opportunities.

ANDE SA, in partnership with Innovate Durban, have recently completed and published an in-depth snapshot of 124 programmes providing financial and non-financial support to the small and growing business ecosystem in Durban, South Africa. To view the Durban Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot (2020) click here >




In 2018, the ANDE SA team completed an in-depth snapshot of programs supporting entrepreneurs in Gauteng. The snapshot has been added to ANDE’s new interactive portal of ecosystem snapshots from around the world.

To view the Gauteng Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot (2018) click here >





To view the Updated (2017) South Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot click here >






Metrics, Impact Management and Learning Lab: DICE

ANDE SA has partnered with Social Value UK to run the “Impact Management for the South African social and creative enterprises sectors” project with support from the British Council's Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) Fund.

Building on the momentum of the ANDE SA Metrics Learning Lab, the project aims to accelerate Impact Management in South Africa. The project, which consists of an Impact Management Learning Lab and two Training-of-Trainer workshops in both Johannesburg and Cape Town is open to any intermediaries supporting SGBs who want to learn how to measure their impact and in turn support their entrepreneurs to integrate an IMM practice to use data to improve their decisions and performance. The project also invites intermediaries who support social and creative enterprises to attend, as the lab will explore special topics and opportunities in these sectors.

Impact Management Knowledge Brief: Provides a summary and resources from the 'Impact Management for the South African social and creative enterprises sectors' project, in partnership with Social Value UK and supported by the British Council's DICE Fund, which aimed to further understand the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) landscape in South Africa, with a focus on social and creative enterprises. In the efforts to drive inclusivity and development, the project supported entrepreneurial support organisations who wanted to learn how to measure their impact and, in turn, support their entrepreneurs when using data to improve their decisions and performance regardless of their level of exposure to IMM practices.



Learning Briefs: See brief and easy-to-use summaries of the Impact Management Learning Lab meetings and gain key insights and tips pertaining to Impact Management.







Learning Brief 2Provides a guide on how to address questions 1 - 4 of the 10 key impact questions covered during the 'Planning for impact: measuring the impact of youth entrepreneurship' Learning Lab that can inform your Impact Management process.






Learning Brief 3: Provides a guide on how to address questions 5 - 8 of the 10 key impact questions, with a primary focus on gender equality as a factor in driving the development of small and growing businesses in South Africa.






Learning Brief 4: The fourth, and final DICE workshop focused on the remaining two Impact Questions (9 and 10), as well as a collaborative feedback session on members’ and other stakeholder groups’ experience using the IMM Toolkit to measure and manage the social impacts of their own organisations






Click here to explore SA’s Impact Measurement and Management landscape. This study was conducted by Genesis Analytics and Impact Amplifier and presents key findings in an interactive format, accompanied by a supplementary guide to support your IMM efforts. 



Click here to read "The Importance of Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) in Small & Growing Business Support: Impact Stories from Members of ANDE SA's Metrics Learning Lab."



Incubator & Accelerator Roundtables and Knowledge Brief 

In 2017 and 2018 we held a series of four roundtables on the accelerator and incubator landscape in South Africa and published a knowledge brief based on these roundtables in 2018. We will hold another series of roundtables in 2019 to continue these discussions. 





Chapter Meetings and Roundtables

ANDE SA convenes regular roundtable dialogues and chapter meetings on various topics that are important to the local ecosystem. In 2018, these included:

Corporate Roundtables  

We recognize the important role that corporations play in small business development in South Africa, as well as the opportunities and complexities that the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes raise. In our corporate roundtables, we provide a space for small groups to discuss and share the best ways to ensure a more effective, mutually beneficial and systemic approach to working with SGBs.

Impact Investing Roundtables 

We hold a series of impact investing roundtables, each focusing on different themes. These roundtables provide a space for impact investors and interested commercial investors to build and share knowledge and expertise.

Impact Investing Workshop Learning BriefANDE SA, in partnership with Solidaridad hosted an Impact Investing workshop with guest speaker, Professor Glenn Yago, Senior Director of the Milken Innovation Center and Blum Lab for Developing Economies at the Jerusalem Institute. The learning brief is a summary of the key takeaways from the workshop, which provided attendees with a basic introduction for effective design and management of impact investment funds and investment projects, including structuring to access alternative finance through blended finance models. Key considerations and questions to answer when moving from a funding model to a financing growth model.




ANDE South Africa periodically hosts webinars featuring presentations from member organisations on their work and research. Previous ANDE SA webinar topics include youth entrepreneurship, access to markets, agribusiness in Africa, and innovative methods to support SGBs.

Happy Hours

At our regular informal networking functions at trendy South African venues, ANDE SA members are given the opportunity to network and create partnerships in the sector—over a drink and good food.

Member Lunches

Members are treated to a quarterly lunch where they enjoy an informal opportunity to network and learn more about one another’s work.


A Steering Committee consisting of senior representatives of local ANDE members, convenes once a quarter to discuss and advise on key aspects concerning the Chapter's strategy and performance. The operations of the Chapter are led by Sekai Chiwandamira, Nonceba Qabazi, and Kingsley Mphahlele. 


Sekai Chiwandamira, Regional Chapter Manager, South Africa

Sekai joined ANDE in February 2020. She has immense experience as a Mining Lawyer, Development Specialist and Business Development Manager in both the public and private sectors. In particular, she has provided technical assistance to development finance institutions, small and growing businesses, multinational companies, investors, governments and non-governmental organisations across Sub-Sahara Africa and assisted with developing and implementing capacity building initiatives. For over a decade, she has worked across the impact investing continuum. Among her many accomplishments, she has practised as an Attorney at one of the leading international law firms (Hogan Lovells), managed the transformation and mineral rights portfolio of one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies (Glencore). In addition, she has been a senior project manager and business development manager for the impact advisory business for a pan-African private sector development group (AMSCO). Prior to joining ANDE, she managed the Business Development portfolio in South Africafor the world’s largest law firm (Dentons). She holds a Bachelor Laws (LLB) and Masters of Extractive Laws in Africa from the University of Pretoria.

Tendai MugabeSenior Program Associate, South Africa


Tendai joined ANDE in April 2020. Tendai has over 10 years Project Management experience in the non-governmental sector where she has worked with the upliftment of orphaned and vulnerable children in Rural South Africa. She is passionate about the advancement of women in business, through partnering them with strategic partners to help grow their business as she herself ran a successful kids hair salon in 2016.  Having returned to the non-governmental sector Tendai helped develop an innovative 7-year programme that focuses on the upliftment of vulnerable girls across South Africa called “PowerGirls”.  Tendai is also an admitted attorney having obtained her LLB in 2003 from Rhodes and has an LLM (Company Law) from Witwatersrand University which she obtained in 2008.  

Nonceba Qabazi, Program Associate, South Africa


Nonceba joined the ANDE South Africa Chapter in June 2019. She gained some experience in the South African banking industry, at the Banking Association of South Africa. Within the same period, she assisted in the establishment of the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services focusing on research in the SADC region. She completed an undergraduate BCom degree, majoring in Law and Economics. This sparked her interest in the development of emerging market economies and her potential role in the economic development of South Africa. She holds an MCom in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she completed research on the on the Determinants of Household Savings in South Africa. Her studies focused on Development Economics and Econometrics. 


Steering Committee Members:
Heather Jackson, Ashburton Investments (Chair) 

Heather Jackson has over 25 years investment management experience, mostly heading up fixed income teams at African Harvest, Prudential and Investec asset managers. For the past 10 years she has carved out a new role as an Impact Investor and is currently head of Impact Investing at Ashburton Investments, the asset management division of the FirstRand Group.  The Impact Team has a track record of collaborating successfully with government and other DFI’s to blend high social impact with strong commercial returns thereby developing tremendously scalable solutions that tackle many social backlogs such as sustainable job creation.  In addition, she serves on a number of industry bodies, chairing theASISA committee on Responsible Investing, contributing to national and international sustainable finance and impact initiatives and is the current chair of the ANDE SA chapter. 

  • Jenny Everett, ANDE
  • Mishkah Jakoet, Genesis Analytics
  • Salma Seedat, Impact@Africa
  • Asgar Bhikhoo, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
  • Teressa Malewu, Impact Amplifier
  • Rethabile Melamu, The Innovation Hub
  • Shawn Theunissen, Property Point