Announcement the Top 30 Finalists for the South African Micro Business Awards 2024

Gauteng, South Africa – 9 May 2024 – The South African Micro Business Awards (SAMBA) has announced the Top 30 finalists for its 2024 program, recognising the hard work, determination, and success of South Africa’s informal and micro businesses. SAMBA is an initiative by the Informal Economy Development Forum (IEDF), designed to support and celebrate the contributions of small-scale entrepreneurs to the national economy.

These Top 30 finalists have demonstrated exceptional resilience and innovation in their respective industries, earning them a coveted spot at SAITEX, one of Africa’s largest international trade exhibitions. SAITEX will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng, from June 11th to 13th.On these days, the finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services, network with industry leaders, and gain exposure to potential business partners and investors.

As part of the SAMBA 2024 program, a Gala Awards Evening will be held on the night of June 14th to celebrate the accomplishments of the finalists. The gala will highlight their journey through the program, acknowledging the challenges they had to complete and their efforts to excel. This celebratory evening will also serve as a platform for networking and recognising the broader impact of micro-businesses in South Africa.

The IEDF invites all interested parties to join the celebration and meet these outstanding entrepreneurs at SAITEX and the SAMBA 2024 Gala Awards Evening. To attend, click the registration link below:

Congratulations to all the finalists for their hard work and dedication. We look forward to seeing them at SAITEX and celebrating their success at the Gala Awards Evening.

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About IEDF

IEDF plays a leading role at being the catalyst for innovation and transformation. We place focus on creating opportunities for Informal Businesses with training & development in leadership roles and create market access for Informal & Corporate businesses alike. We drive transformation to advance business sustainability and resilience, with a focus on building entrepreneurs by assisting the micro and informal business to set up and provide training and education in their areas. We support and work closely with NGO’s & NPO’s to assist in building sustainable communities within our country


The South Africa Micro Business Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of micro-sized and informal businesses in South Africa. These awards aim to highlight the contributions and successes of small-scale enterprises in driving economic growth, job creation, and community development.


For over 29 years, SAITEX has served as the ultimate destination for discovering the diverse offerings and opportunities within the region. SAITEX connects you with a dynamic network of international and local businesses, providing a platform for discovering innovative products, solutions, and services tailored to your needs. Whether you’re a buyer, retailer, distributor, or wholesaler, SAITEX offers invaluable opportunities to establish meaningful connections and explore new avenues for growth. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Southern Africa’s economy, with a focus on the expansive R900 billion / R55 million township / grey economy