Black umbrellas nurture small businesses

In an endeavour to create a pool of sustainable businesses within the Greater Lonmin Community (GLC), Lonmin has established a small business incubation centre in partnership with Shanduka, called the Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU).

The SBU aims to develop 100% black-owned small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), situated in and around our Marikana mining operations. It is intended to provide business support services to a mixed range of local SMEs and suppliers already registered on Lonmin’s vendor list. In the first year of operation, the SBU will seek to target and register 36 local entrepreneurs in its Incubation programme.

There are three sections to the incubation programme: selection; pre-incubation; and full incubation. The selection process is a rigorous one, which includes an entry, a workshop and an interview. Once a candidate has successfully passed this they will join the three month pre-incubation programme that allows them to prepare an achievable business plan. Following this, suitable candidates progress to the full incubation phase.

The incubation services provided by the Black Umbrellas will primarily include the following:

The SBU offices are easily accessible, situated at the Lonmin Community Development Offices in Mooinooi.