Transnet Matlafatšo Centre (TMC) The center for Innovation and research for Entrepreneurs

Transnet Matlafatšo Centre(TMC) at Wits University is a “walk-in” innovation and research center to promote high-value Enterprise Development that looks to stimulate the creation of new innovation-driven businesses and support the expansion and growth of existing companies in accordance with the Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) policies as amended.

The Centre’s aim is to stimulate entry and participation of black entrepreneurs (towards the creation of Black industrialists) into innovative sectors through skills transfer and access to research and development facilities by:

  • using innovation and research to enable enterprise development;

  • facilitating and supporting Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) business activity within the space; and

  • focusing on the development and commercialization of social, business, and technological innovations that can address market opportunities at, but not limited to, Transnet.

Why focus on Innovation?

Don't imitate, be innovative. Compete through higher added value e.g. new business model, high performance, customization, etc.

Who should apply

  • Black South Africans

  • Black youth-owned business

  • Black women-owned business

  • People with disability-owned business

  • Black people owned EME

  • Black people owned QSE


  • 51% of South African black-owned

  • Acceptable credit record

  • Clear criminal record unless approved by the advisory board

  • Operating no more than one business

  • Operating in the manufacturing or related services sector

  • Committed to ensuring the growth and sustainability of the business

  • Conducting s business, trade, or profession in the Republic of South Africa

  • Intention to create and preserve jobs

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To apply, please note:

Our walk-in Centre is situated at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; 2nd Floor; Office Number 2129(opposite Senate room) Senate house/Solomon Mahlangu house; East Campus; Braamfontein; Johannesburg



Sarah Sepamla Program Administrator Tel : +27 11 717 7549 Email:

Ontlametse Kaekae Assistant Administrator Tel : +27 11 717 7547 Email:

Other contacts:

Moses Mogotlane Centre Manager Tel : +27 11 717 7482 Email:

Palesa Riba Innovation Space Manager Tel : +27 11 717 7557 Email:

Solwazi Majola Enterprise Development Specialist Tel : +27 11 717 7553 Email:

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