SME Zone Jumpstart


A weekly show which will show you how to start a business with anything under R 1000. Host, Katlego Msomi gets face-to-face with some of the enterprising individuals in the townships to find out how they have managed to jump-start and sustain their businesses.

Keywords: money, opportunity, business plan, business ideas, business news, income, financial news, Arena Holdings, small business ideas, starting a business
Weekly English South Africa Business · Education
13 Episodes

Jumpstart - This is how you can make a profit as a street vendor

When this budding entrepreneur opened his first fruit sales shop, many obstacles stood in his way. Taking it to the streets he now runs Good Luck Fruits and Veggies, which not only allows him to fund his children’s schooling but has also created jobs in his community.
22 Oct 2018 6 min

How to start a Kota business

After completing his Bcom in Logistics in 2013, Bernard realised that finding a job was very challenging. This is one of the reasons Bernard started Spiliatio (Italian slag meaning ‘the preferred one’) fast food in Meadowlands Soweto. Bernard shares his journey on how he started a kota business with just…
21 Aug 2018 7 min

How Chi Chi Afro is townships favourite dish

Husband and wife doing it for the family, Chi Chi Afro Foods is more than just a fast food business but a place that reminds customers of home cooked meals made with love. Chi Chi Afro Foods is a new business but has been growing from strength to strength as…
16 Feb 2018 8 min

How a street corner barber shop is creating jobs

After being a construction worker did not work out, Moses opened his barber shop from just two hair cutter machines and now he gives expert advice on how to make it as a barber shop and how to gain a client’s trust.
24 Jan 2018 6 min

How a trash business can be good treasure

Ike shares how he started his trash business after injuries ended his sports career and how the recycling business has helped him to take care of his family.
8 Dec 2017 8 min

Tips on how to start a tyre business

Bika Sibisi started his tyre business in Soweto in 2005 to combat the lack of jobs. Twelve years later he shares how he started and how his business has grown for others to learn.
20 Nov 2017 5 min

How an art wire business can attract tourists to buy local

Remember how children from the townships used to make wired cars to play with because their parents could not afford to buy them toys? George who is originally from Soshaguve, North of Pretoria did not just stop there, he now owns an art wire business in Soweto and creating jobs…
7 Nov 2017 8 min

How Tripe is good business in townships

Sombu African Food started its business in 2009 and with the ups and downs of the economy some days seemed harder to handle. Proudly from the well-known Alexandra township north of Johannesburg better known as Alex is where Thabisile co-owner of Sombu African Food restaurant explains how she and her…
6 Nov 2017 8 min