Sustaining a small business can be tricky. Apply for our SMME SUPPORT PROGRAMME and let us help you navigate your challenges to grow.

We’re proud of the work we’ve already achieved as a neighbourhood, and we’re dedicated to continuing to support the community of small businesses in our ecosystem.

Now, looking forward, we’re excited to get stuck into improved, meaningful avenues to support your business and the livelihoods it’s responsible for.

The V&A Waterfront SMME Support Programme is open to all our valued tenants and provides intensive short-term business support specifically tailored to your business.

Develop a clear, winning strategy for your future in our four-week Business Coaching Programme or tap into use-as-you-need business support throughout the year.

Business Mentorship Programme

Every quarter, we take on the support of 6 business owners for coaching and mentorship that takes place over 6 weeks. Each business is equipped via the following package during that period:

  • Each business gets 1 individual session (up to 3 hours) which will identify the unique needs of your business.
  • This is followed by two follow up 1:1 mentorship sessions to gain feedback and set goals for your business.
  • You'll have one group mentorship session where you'll connect with your peers, share reflections on the process and wins and common challenges.
  • You'll also receive three credits for 1 hour sessions (one-on-one) with a range of Business Support Consultants, chosen depending on their need. Check out the consultants' profiles below.


Business Support Consultations

Sometimes you just need a little help from a friend – that’s what our neighbourhood is all about. That’s why we’ve contracted a community of expert Business Support Consultants on stand-by to support you on demand, as you need it.

The V&A Waterfront will cover the first one-on-one session for our small business tenants each year. We’ve negotiated exclusive discounted rates with our consultants if you would like more of their professional advice.

In this session, consultants will offer feedback, provide advice and create actions for your success. This can cover a range of business functions including general management, marketing and PR, or finances and procurement.

Click here to apply for a session with a Business Support Consultant.

Business Support Consultants

Click on the consultants' profiles to see their areas of expertise and what specific services they can offer to you

Antoinette Prophy

Founder, 88 Business Collective

Marketing & growth strategy

Johannesburg (virtual only)

Brad Elliot

Brad Elliot

Founder, Platinum Seed

Digital marketing, business strategy, experimentation & product-market fit

Cape Town

Franklin Pieterse

Franklin Pieterse

CEO, Terbigen

Business analytics, financial planning, operations, people & culture

Cape Town

Graeme Wilson

Graeme Wilson

Founder, Whipping the Cat

Commercial legal services
Franchising, employment IP, POPIA

Cape Town


Francois Marais

Manager, Zuydam Konsult

Tax & accounting
SARS, Yoco & POS integrations, Xero, cashflow planning, payroll management

Cape Town


Gary Eisenberg

Founding Attorney, Eisenberg & Associates Inc

Immigration Lawyer

Cape Town


Andrew Fisher

Consultant, corporate & commercial law

Commercial contracts (leases & supply agreements & IP), business legal structures

Johannesburg (virtual only)


Louise Jardine


Developing new business concepts,
staff development,
marketing strategies

Cape Town


Simphiwe Zuma

Consultant, Grand Scale Consultancy

Sales coaching, leadership, revenue growth & personal development

Cape Town


Unotida Nyoni

CEO, Grand Scale Consultancy

Taxation and accounting, financial forecasting, financial leadership

Cape Town


Nikila Koen

Audit manager, Zuydam Konsult

Income tax, VAT registration & transaction flow processes

Cape Town


Ghameeda Idalene

Director, G Idalene Accounting & Tax Services

Accounting, payroll admin, virtual administration, business formalisation advice

Cape Town


Claude Morris

Director, ClCC

Business coaching, goal setting, finance, risk, sales, CRM & operations

Cape Town


Silindile Mbaza

Director, Grand Scale Consultancy

Sales, marketing, lead generation, fundraising & personal finance

Cape Town


San Curviv

Director, Curr, Vivier Inc

Estate Lawyer

Cape Town


Zanele Njapha

CEO, The UnLearners

Online marketing, personal and business branding & organisational culture

Durban (virtual sessions only)

Landie Stevens

Landie Stevens

Founder, Landie Stevens Consulting

Sales & business improvement
Sales pipeline and cycles, measuring and tracking performance & business strategy

Cape Town


Terine Lott-Cupido

Director, Empowerlink Services

Human resources strategy and compliance & labour relations

Cape Town


Aneesa Theron

Chief Change Catalyst: C R A F T Coaching

Leadership & strategy

Cape Town


Ian Brown

Director, ClCC

Business coaching, goal setting, business viability, sales, people management. 

Cape Town


Marianthi Dickie

Founder, VoiceWorks

Voice coaching & confidence-building

Cape Town


Michelle Scher

Founder, CICS – Corporate & Individual Counselling Services

Wellness coaching & counselling

Cape Town

Will Green

Founder & CEO, Co.lab

Scale-up Strategy, Leadership Development, Funding Readiness

Cape Town

Lesley Waterkeyn

Founder and CEO: Over the Rainbow Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Cape Town

Steve Reid

Founder of Entreprenacity Business Development Services

Business Coach

Cape Town

Calvin van Moerkerken

Senior Decorator and Stylist, Block and Chisel

Visual Merchandiser

Cape Town

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