Meet the team

Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard Swanepoel

SBI Executive Director

Jennifer Cohen

Jennifer Cohen

Executive: Policy and Advocacy

John Dludlu

John Dludlu

Executive: Strategy & Public Affairs

Leandre Swart

Leandre Swart

SBI General Manager

Wilma Alant

Wilma Alant

Manager: Conferencing

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.