The NEA is a platform to accelerate high-impact innovative enterprises convened by the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriCGE). We work with entrepreneurs who have the vision, boldness and integrity to bring about change. This is achieved through business models that subscribe to new economy principles. The entrepreneurs are taken through a carefully designed programme to support, train and accelerate them with the power to effect real change. The type of support each venture receives is bespoke to the needs of the initiative and actor.
The training over the past year has focussed on activating rural economies and has focussed exclusively on the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District Municipality in the Northern Cape.
This year’s training has been conducted through the generous support of Sishen Solar Facility, as part of its enterprise development programme. Sishen Solar Facility, is a 74MW solar plant in Kathu, Noethern Cape
Purpose of Entrepreneur Showcase
The purpose of this showcase is to bring together key stakeholders that work in the local economic development ecosystem to better support local entrepreneurs in the municipality. An integral part of the entrepreneurship journey is sufficient training, mentorship, support and facilitation from all stakeholders.
Profile of Enterprises
Akwande Farming is a project built around highly successful business and development training of skilled and semi-skilled staff in the hydroponics, and aquaponics farming, food processing, alternative energy (bio energy) production.
The enterprise offers training and mentorship to emerging farmers. The company also sells agricultural products to farmers.
The business is focused on educating the community about nutrition, with a special focus on schools. It also consults to private clients.
Digiticket is an online ticketing solution which caters for internet and transactional solutions such as tickets for events, restaurant meal tickets, accommodation, travel, voucher coupons, and membership card access coupons. The app is also used to market and book for events.
Gamagara Cape Solar
Gamagara Cape Solar is a renewable energy company that specializes in the installation of renewable energy products like street solar lights, water heaters and invertors among others. They are also seeking to promote energy access for numerous communities that lack access to the main grid in rural areas of South Africa
The company organises family-oriented and alcohol-free outdoor events. Activities on offer include go-karting, paintball, obstacle courses and quad biking.
Lamo Fuel Primary Cooperative
The company produces biofuel from sunflower oil seeds. The enterprise has already developed prototypes.
Tebatso African Eco Spa
The enterprise offers a sanctuary rooted in the use of authentic African methods and rituals to achieve healing and wellbeing, with the use of locally-sourced natural products. The spa also offers local cultural tours and the whole sanctuary is based on an African philosophy that the body, mind and spirit are one.
The enterprise plans to provide rental accommodation for students using reusable shipping containers. The target market is the local TVET collage in Kuruman, which draws students from neighbouring towns.