Meet the team

LEANDRE SWART

LEANDRE SWART

SBI General Manager

WILMA ALANT

WILMA ALANT

Manager: Events and Conferences

SBI held five Indabas around the country in 2017 and participated in panel discussions hosted by other organisations. Influential role-players delivered keynote addresses to SBI’s members, including former Deputy Finance Minister, Mcebisi Jonas, BUSA CEO Tanya Cohen, Corruption Watch’s David Lewis, DSBD DG Edith Vries, Magda Wierzycka, Mosiuoa Lekota and Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale as well as presidential contenders Matthews Phosa and Zweli Mkhize. Panels exploring the political economy included editors, political analysts, economists and academics. Inspiring entrepreneurs reminded us that challenges are overcome with the right attitude and aptitude.

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SBI will continue its Indabas; we plan to hold five in cities around South Africa. These are platforms for discussion and provide participants an opportunity to challenge the status quo. They inform, showcase, and inspire.  We will also expand our events into townships and rural South Africa to listen to our chamber members, SMEs and entrepreneurs at Town Hall meetings. What we hear about their successes and concerns prohibiting them from growing their businesses and creating jobs can feed into our research and in turn we can test what we are learning at these events.

KENAN PARDEY

KENAN PARDEY

Intern: Marketing assistant

The marketing assistant intern assists with communications to SBI Members and assists with the SBI SME Indabas.

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Kenan is a hard working person who wants to make a difference. He aspires to be an influential leader and has dived right into the work of the SBI with character and passion.

BONGA ZWANE

BONGA ZWANE

Researcher: Policy and Advocacy

Bonga assists the SBI in conducting evidence based research on the current trends and challenges Small Business face in South Africa. Through this research the SBI aims to be an effective advocate for a better policy and business environment for Small Business with evidence based positions to strengthen the growth and contribution of Small Business. The policy and advocacy portfolio develops policy recommendations in response to policy positions taken by government and other stakeholders – impacting on Small Business. His work contributes our advocating to both the public and private sector, by improving their understanding of the business dynamics faced by small firms –their diversity, characteristics, needs and constraints.

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Bonga is currently an intern researcher with our research partner SBP (Small Business Project) under the Policy Advocacy Portfolio. He is passionate about the art of information gathering, analysis and helping organisations change behaviour. He hopes to help Small Businesses Owners and Organisations make informed decisions for investment and growth.

SIBONGILE NKOMANA

SIBONGILE NKOMANA

Researcher: Policy and Advocacy

Sibongile assists the SBI in conducting evidence based research on the current trends and challenges Small Business face in South Africa. Through this research the SBI aims to be an effective advocate for a better policy and business environment for Small Business with evidence based positions to strengthen the growth and contribution of Small Business. The policy and advocacy portfolio develops policy recommendations in response to policy positions taken by government and other stakeholders – impacting on Small Business. Her work contributes our advocating to both the public and private sector, by improving their understanding of the business dynamics faced by small firms –their diversity, characteristics, needs and constraints.

 

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Sibongile is currently an intern researcher with our research partner SBP (Small Business Project) under the Policy Advocacy Portfolio. She is passionate about ‘numbers’ and the picture they paint in assisting policy making. Sibongile is delving deeper into the numbers and she hopes to reveal unknowns, such as how big SMMEs are and how they can better contribute to growing South Africa. She would like to see better employment opportunities for graduates and hopes her research into Small Business can assist in South Africa’s youth employment challenge.