In the heart of KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu-Natal, a beacon of hope has emerged for struggling small businesses, thanks to the Hollywood Foundation’s unwavering commitment to ESD. The foundation’s passionate dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of South African communities has manifested in a recent transformative journey to support KwaMthethwa Petroleum.
KwaMthethwa Petroleum, a vital supplier of petroleum in the region, found itself facing challenging times. The Hollywood Foundation, recognising the pivotal role small businesses play in community development, extended its helping hand through its ESD programme. This initiative focuses on empowering Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to create sustainable business opportunities and foster job creation.
On 8 December 2023, the Hollywood Foundation’s Purple Team embarked on a mission to KwaMbonambi, bearing not only goodwill but a generous contribution that would breathe new life into KwaMthethwa Petroleum. As part of their ESD efforts, the foundation provided a substantial supply of petroleum products and lubricants, ensuring the business’s continuity as a vital staple in the community.
The ESD programme’s impact went beyond the business itself, addressing the holistic needs of KwaMthethwa Petroleum and its surroundings. The Hollywood Foundation’s commitment to community well-being was evident in the donation of two toilets, a compressor, and a toolbox. These additions not only enhanced the business’s operational efficiency but also contributed to the overall improvement of the community’s infrastructure.
Nkoloyethu Mthethwa, the owner of KwaMthethwa Petroleum, expressed profound gratitude, acknowledging the Hollywood Foundation’s instrumental role in revitalising their business. “We at KwaMthethwa Petroleum would like to thank the Hollywood Foundation. Your support has made a big difference in our business,” echoing the sentiments of countless small businesses uplifted by the foundation’s ESD initiatives.
Through the Hollywood Foundation’s ESD programme, a ripple effect of positive change continues to spread, fostering resilience and growth within South African communities. As businesses like KwaMthethwa Petroleum flourish, so does the promise of a brighter and more sustainable future for all.