5 Years of Fostering Local Business Growth and Employment Through Business Incubation Hub in Kathu

Northern Cape

This year marks the fifth anniversary of a significant initiative that has become a cornerstone of the Gamagara business community – the REISA Business Incubation Hub, in Kathu. Launched in June 2019, this hub was established to foster local enterprise development and stimulate job creation within the region.

In the span of five years, the Hub has extended its support to 50 local businesses, with an emphasis on inclusivity: 50% of these are owned by local youth and 56% by female entrepreneurs. This support has catalysed the creation of over 40 jobs and propelled the enterprises to report an almost 140% increase in gross profit. Such statistics underscore the Hub’s pivotal role in cultivating a vibrant local business ecosystem and championing the development of Small, Medium, and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Hub’s programmes are designed to enhance entrepreneurs’ business acumen, guiding them through the development of detailed business think documents to deepen their understanding of their business models. This hands-on approach to business education is crucial, given research findings that less than half of formally established businesses survive in the long term, primarily due to a deficit in comprehensive entrepreneurial skills.

“The success of the Hub underscores the importance of targeted support for emerging businesses, highlighting its essential role in creating more resilient and sustainable local enterprises and employment opportunities in the Northern Cape. As we celebrate this milestone, the Hub remains committed to empowering local entrepreneurs, fostering economic growth, and contributing to the thriving future of the Gamagara business community,” explained Shariefa Rhode, Community Operations Manager for REISA.

The establishment of the Hub was informed by a detailed feasibility study conducted in the Gamagara and Ga-Segonyana Municipalities, aimed at understanding the unique economic challenges and opportunities within these communities. The findings highlighted the urgent need for targeted skills development and ongoing support for local ventures.

Rhode further emphasises the Hub’s mission: “Our goal is to enhance the success rate of local entrepreneurs by offering adaptable, practical, and feasible programmes that cater to various stages of business development. We aim to create a conducive environment where businesses can flourish, understand the legislative framework of their industries, and extend their services beyond the Northern Cape.”

This initiative is part of REISA’s Enterprise Development Programme, executed in partnership with RAIZCORP. Known for its successful incubator model and acceleration programmes, RAIZCORP has a proven track record of supporting entrepreneurs across different stages of their business journey.

As the Business Incubation Hub celebrates five years of impactful operation, its contribution to the Gamagara business community and local employment landscape continues to be a beacon of entrepreneurial development and success.

Market Segment
System Size
Total Capacity
0 - 30 kWp
Commercial and Industrial (C&I) - SSEG
30kWp - 1MWp
C&I Large Scale and utility scale
1MWP - 50MWp
Utility Scale
> 50MWp