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KZN Bambelela Business Awards

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The Hollywood Foundation proudly announces the commencement of the KwaZulu-Natal edition of the Bambelela Business Awards, a flagship initiative within the Enterprise and Supplier Development programme. These prestigious awards are crafted to recognise and honour the exceptional contributions of local entrepreneurs in the region, who are not only making a positive impact on their communities but also driving job creation. Under the inspiring theme “Bambelela (Hold On) – Your dreams are valid,” the Bambelela Business Awards seek to illuminate the extraordinary achievements of entrepreneurial talent in KwaZulu-Natal. More than just accolades, these awards serve as a beacon of support for local visionaries on their entrepreneurial journey, providing them with tangible assistance and encouragement. As part of the celebration, small businesses are cordially invited to participate in the SMME exhibition and seminar, where they will have the opportunity to showcase their remarkable work. A panel of esteemed judges will evaluate the entries and identify businesses that demonstrate outstanding merit and impact. Winners will not only receive prestigious awards but also a share of R750 000 in funding generously provided by the Hollywood Foundation.
“With the Bambelela Business Awards, we aim to uplift and empower the vibrant entrepreneurial community of KwaZulu-Natal,” stated Babongile Mkhize, Group Transformation Manager for the Hollywood Foundation. “Through these awards, we celebrate the resilience, creativity, and dedication of local entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of our region.”
The Hollywood Foundation invites all eligible small businesses in KwaZulu-Natal to participate in this exciting opportunity to gain recognition, support, and funding for their endeavours. Together, we can build a stronger, more prosperous future for all.

Application Details:

Entries for the Bambelela Business Awards are officially open as of 21 February 2024. Qualifying companies are strongly encouraged to submit their entries online by visiting the Hollywood Foundation’s website at Hollywood Foundation before the submission deadline on 15 March 2024 at 23h59.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be at least 51% black-owned business
  • Local business – registered and operating in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Formal and/or informal registered local businesses
  • Business must be in operation for at least 12 months and have a proven track record of trading.
  • Business Profile or clear description of the nature of the company/business
For further information regarding the Bambelela Business Awards, including submission guidelines and rules, please refer to our website. These awards are a testament to our commitment to commend those who have demonstrated exceptional originality and unwavering dedication in their entrepreneurial endeavours. The Hollywood Foundation eagerly anticipates receiving entries from KwaZulu-Natal’s thriving business community and celebrating the remarkable achievements of the region’s entrepreneurial talents.

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