Telkom SME Relief Campaign for SME's whose directly impacted by the recent unrest in KZN and Gauteng

About the Opportunity:

Has the recent unrest negatively impacted your business?

Telkom connects those brave SMEs who champion leadership on all areas of their businesses.



SowetanLive. 2021. "Telkom launches the SME Relief Project to rebuild small businesses." Accessed September 24 2021.

In the spirit of partnership, we want to offer relief and assistance, so that you may rise again.

Discover an impacted business near you that needs your help and pledge for their support.

Recent civil unrest that led to the destruction of infrastructure, looting and violence forced many small and medium businesses (SMEs) and informal traders to close in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Telkom will help clean up, rebuild and grow SA by launching the SME Relief Project.

Valued at R10m, the Telkom SME Relief initiative aims to provide aid to small business owners to rebuild their businesses and urge South Africans and the private sector to rally behind SMEs.

Telkom Business customers

More than 11,000 Telkom Business customers have been affected by the unrest and Telkom is committed to helping these businesses rebuild and stay connected. Telkom Business will conduct a vetting process to identify the SMEs in need of assistance and will receive up to R20,000 to help rebuild their premises.

What Telkom Does for you

  • Telkom will make a branding contribution of more than R5.6m and LTE offerings to 1,200 spaza shops in affected areas.

  • Telkom Financial Services will assist with mobile point-of-sale devices and loan propositions to businesses in the affected areas to allow them to resume trading.

  • FutureMakers, the enterprise and supplier development initiative of Telkom Foundation, has pledged R1.5m to support ICT SMEs through grants to assist with rent, inventory and salaries. Through FutureMakers, Telkom will offer mentorship and training, including extending the Township Incubator programme to affected areas.

  • The Telkom Consumer unit’s brand ambassadors Seipati Twasa Seoke and Zizo Tshwete (Gauteng), and Dudu Khoza and Selby Mkhize (KZN) will help identify businesses that need assistance. They will support 20 businesses with 100GB of data over six months.

Pledge to rebuild our SMEs

Businesses in need of funding can register on the Telkom website while South Africans can also use this online portal to make their pledges.

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