CCBSA’s Khulanathi Fund feeds growth of black-owned suppliers

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JOHANNESBURG, Sept 27 – Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has given fresh impetus to its R20 million-a-year SME Fund to accelerate the growth and development of small and medium enterprises.

The company has committed R100 million over five years to help suppliers and SMEs access finance to deliver on existing or new contracts and promote their growth and sustainability.

The fund has a new name, Khulanathi, which means “grow with us” in isiZulu.

“I believe that the growth and success of the whole community is more beneficial than individual growth,” said CCBSA employee Sibusiso Khathi from KwaZulu Natal who came up with the winning entry for the name of the SME growth fund.

CCBSA Head of Procurement Transformation, Busisiwe Thusi said the CCBSA Khulanathi SME Fund will  “empower black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as part of our commitment to transform our procurement spend and accelerate the growth and development of SMEs”.

The SME sector is widely seen as critical to economic recovery following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. SMEs are engines of job creation and innovation and will, along with infrastructure development, be key to driving up economic growth in South Africa in the coming years.

However, many SME’s struggle to scale up while meeting the exacting standards of large corporates and ensuring continuity of supply. The CCBSA Khulanathi SME Fund helps to overcome obstacles to growth, including access to affordable finance.

“By working with and empowering these businesses to grow, we can help unlock a better future for enterprising individuals , their families and employees. In fact, the growth of small and medium sized enterprises augers well for their communities as money can circulate there, something that is very key to the growth of communities.. Our commitment is to create shared value for the business and our host communities whose development is tightly linked to ours,” said Thusi.

The fund was launched in April 2019 and has played an increasingly important role since the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on many SMEs.

CCBSA has partnered with Edge Growth, which manages the fund.

The CCBSA Khulanathi SME Fund is:

  • aimed at SMEs who are procurement ready
  • focused on existing CCBSA suppliers and other SMEs with the potential to enter CCBSA’s supply chain
  • the fund provides growth finance of between R1m – R10m, primarily for capex/ growth (asset purchases – excluding land) with an ability to finance working capital
  • the fund is focussed on funding growth opportunities (not for businesses in distress)
  • funding is provided as a loan, not a grant
  • qualifying SMEs (suppliers) must be a 51% Black-Owned Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) or Exempt Micro Enterprise (EME)

“The CCBSA Khulanathi SME Fund complements our other procurement transformation and economic inclusion initiatives which collectively, are aimed at helping to build a more diverse and inclusive economy that creates opportunities and a better future for all,” said Thusi.



Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is a proudly South African company which began operating as a legal entity in July 2016, after the merger of six non-alcoholic ready to drink bottling operations. We are level 1 B-BBEE empowered company. We employ over 7000 people at 13 manufacturing facilities across the country. As a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and a bottler for The Coca-Cola Company, our vision is to refresh Africa every day and make our continent a better place for all. We manufacture and distribute Coca-Cola beverages that make life’s everyday moments more enjoyable, while doing business the right way. The result is shared opportunity for our customers, our employees, our communities, and our shareholders. We conduct our business ethically, transparently, and conscientiously. We espouse an inclusive business culture to reflect our African identity. We accelerate sustainable, profitable revenue growth across all categories and offer an innovative portfolio of products that respond to customer needs and consumer preferences. Profitability is important, but not at any cost. People matter. Our planet matters. We do business the right way by following our values and partnering for solutions that benefit us all.

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