SAMBA 2025: Celebrating South African Informal Economy – Applications Start 1 July 2024

South Africa – 25 June 2024: The South African Micro Business Awards (SAMBA) Program is excited to announce that applications for the 2025 edition will open on 1 July 2024. This prestigious program is dedicated to developing and  recognising and fostering the hard work and dedication of  informal businesses across South Africa.

Informal businesses from all provinces across all sectors, as well as, youth entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs with disabilities, and non-profit organizations (NPOs), are encouraged to apply. SAMBA 2025 offers participants numerous benefits, such as recognition for their contributions to the economy, mentorship and training opportunities, financial assistance, and valuable networking opportunities with industry leaders and fellow businesses.

Syndiah James, the winner of SAMBA 2024 and founder of First Light Import and Exports, emphasizes the significance of the awards: “Winning SAMBA 2024 was a game-changer for my business. The recognition and support I received not only boosted my confidence but also opened doors to new opportunities. SAMBA is more than just an award; it’s a lifeline for small businesses striving to make a big impact.”

The South African Micro Business Awards (SAMBA) Program, established to acknowledge and foster the diligence of the informal economy, stands as a cornerstone in the development of South African informal businesses. Recognizing the pivotal role that small businesses play in the country’s economic fabric, SAMBA 2025 aims to celebrate their contributions and support their growth, thereby facilitating a robust economy and a sustainable future for all.

Through this program, informal businesses across South Africa receive recognition for their efforts, access to vital resources, and opportunities for growth. SAMBA’s initiatives include providing mentorship, training, and financial assistance, helping these businesses overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. By championing the informal economy, SAMBA 2025 not only honors the hard work of these businesses but also empowers them to become significant drivers of economic stability and innovation in South Africa.

In essence, SAMBA 2025 is more than an awards program; it is a catalyst for economic development, fostering a supportive ecosystem where informal businesses can thrive and contribute to a sustainable and prosperous future for the nation. Applications open on 1 July 2024, and we look forward to celebrating the exceptional contributions of South Africa’s informal economy.

For more information about upcoming events and how to participate, please contact us on 087 094 8584 or

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.