We give SMEs access to market

The Shoprite Group’s biggest contribution to sustainable supplier development is providing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with access to market. We support SMEs through procurement, providing access to our distribution network, knowledge sharing, logistical support and more.

In recent years we have scaled up efforts to grow and transform SMEs to maximise our positive contribution to local economies:

  • Expenditure with black-owned SMEs has increased substantially, and since 2017 we’ve doubled our verified expenditure with black women-owned businesses.
  • Almost 300 of our fresh produce suppliers are SME’s and more than half of them deliver on contracts below R500 000 a year.
  • More than 30 suppliers of convenience and processed foods, all of whom started as small suppliers that have grown their businesses in partnership with us, currently supply our Fresh Foods division.

The Group is in the process of developing a formal supplier development programme that encapsulates the principles of shared growth and transformation of SME’s, which will bring about true empowerment within these businesses.

Our ongoing support of SMEs creates jobs and grows local economies. 

Take a look at some of these inspirational businesses:

 

Verigreen

Owned by husband and wife team Mike and Thina Maziya and established in 2001, Verigreen has been manufacturing a range of drawstring refuse bags since 2012 and has expanded its range to include cooking, baking, freezing and food protection products.

Coega Dairy

At the Coega Dairy, Tshilidze Matshidzula is producing private label milk to the Shoprite Group, expanding the business from one which was previously only able to sell to the local community.

Exotic Taste's Amina Abrahams

From starting her business in the kitchen at home in Kensington, Cape Town, Amina Abrahams today supplies the Shoprite Group with pickles, achar and sauces produced in her own factory.

Tshwaraganang Hydroponics Cooperative

Edwin Mabotsa started hydroponic farming in Windsorton in the Northern Cape, an area which was reeling after mining investment dried up. Beset by start-up difficulties, he almost gave up when Shoprite approached him to ask if he would plant cucumbers as there was a shortage of growers.

Tshwaraganang Hydroponics cooperative, has grown from being able to supply a few crates a week 10 years ago to become a national supplier, employing 14 permanent workers.

Pangane & Sons

Elias Pangane, a vegetable grower from the Hazyview community in Mpumalanga, has seen his business expand substantially since doing business with Shoprite.

Pangane, who started out selling vegetables to tourists and locals along the side of the road, now supplies butternut, green beans, chillies and tomatoes to stores across the Group’s Gauteng division.

Each year he has been able to supply more produce to the stores as his business continues to grow, and he now employs 30 people, some of which are provided with a place to live on the farm.

Manyeding Agricultural Cooperative

Manyeding Agricultural Cooperative is part of our large and diverse group suppliers. We focus on building long-lasting relationships with our suppliers through direct interaction and communication. The Shoprite Group works with over 1 000 growers and sources more than 90% of all products locally, in support of the communities it serves.

Rambally Farming

Sharon Rambally, who farms in KwaDukuza on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, was planting okra, calabash, beans and other vegetables but did not have any security of supply until she approached Shoprite in 2013.

Since then, her business has increased over 100% in rand value and gram weight and she now supplies to eight stores in the region.

Vredendal Hidroponiese Boerdery

Vredendal Hidroponiese Boerdery (VHB) is a hydroponic farm with greenhouses for cucumber production.

This project is jointly owned and operated by the commercial partner, Alzanne Boerdery, and the workers.

Tomahawk Farming

The Matsamo Community Property Association in Mpumalanga, founded through the Land Restitution Act, has leased land to Tomahawk, which farms papayas, bananas and sub-tropical fruit and employs 1 400 people including seasonal work.

Matsamo CPA chairperson Moses Thumbatho says Tomahawk is transferring skills to the community who one day may take over farming operations.