Your Enterprise, Supplier and Socio-Economic Development Partner

BUSINESS ACTIVATOR is an Enterprise Development practitioner that helps business owners overcome obstacles and increase competitiveness, resulting in job creation and poverty alleviation.



We aim to be the Western Cape’s best business partner for entrepreneurs from under-resourced backgrounds, enabling them to realise their full potential and profoundly improve lives, communities and economies.


We are working towards this vision by:

  • building the Cape Flat’s most innovative incubator programs for entrepreneurs who live within our catchment area.

  • providing the most holistic and appropriate content for micro enterprise development programs in South Africa.


In 2016, we moved into new premises at Philipi Village, an innovative R90million property development that's the fruit of our partnership with the Bertha Foundation and that currently houses over 100 organizations and businesses.


Philippi Village is intended as the beginning of a South Central suburb of Greater Cape Town and as a major resource centre for entrepreneurs in Philippi, Nyanga, Gugulethu and Crossroads.



Philippi is a predominantly low income township of more than 200 000 people in the centre of the Cape Flats, the low-lying area to the southeast of Cape Town that is home to much of the population of Greater Cape Town due to informal settlement.


Philippi is typical of Cape Flats townships:

  • 38% of the working age population is unemployed.

  • 78% of all households' monthly income is R3,200 ($230) or less.


South Africans face the critical challenge of low growth coupled with high unemployment and bad education.

  • The education system is one
    of the worst in the world and is ranked at the bottom of both mathematics and science education surveys of 39 countries (2015).

  • Education impacts entrepreneurial activity, and every year fewer adult
    South Africans are involved in starting businesses (
    34%, 2013-14).

  • Informal businesses contribute about 20% of South African's GDP, yet 67% of SMMEs provide employment opportunities for their owners only, 50% fail within the first 2 years and 85% fail within the first 10 years.



We have been addressing the challenge of poor education and unemployment since 2004, when we started offering a range of mostly free entrepreneurial support services and short training courses to over 2,000 small business owners every year.

Since 2015, we have evolved from a small business services provider (The Business Place Philippi) and have re-branded in 2016 as a pioneering business incubator and educator, BUSINESS ACTIVATOR.


Our Enterprise Development (ED) programs are making a critical contribution to addressing South Africa's unemployment crisis and alleviating poverty in townships.

  • Over the past 2 years, our team initiated several ED programs that are transformational in helping entrepreneurs develop the behaviour and habits required for running successful businesses.

  • The ED programs require business owners to respond to weekly 1-on-1 training, coaching and mentoring sessions, for at least 2 years — from the incubation to its actual profit-making stage.

  • We use proven life skills and business development tools to ensure personal transformation — e.g. Global Priority Solutions used in more than 70 countries.

  • Our ED programs are judged innovative and effective by thought leaders such as Mike Herrington of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

(c) 2018 Business Activator NPC 2002/018506/08

Public Benefit Organization 930021695

Website by eMotion Design (2017)

and Sardis Media (2018)

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BUSINESS ACTIVATOR • Tel. 021 371 3350 • Email info@businessactivator.org • Philippi Village, 1 Cwangco Crescent, Philippi 7781, Cape Town, South Africa