Need to implement an Enterprise Development Programme to enhance your B-BBEE points and don’t know where to start? Let us help you!


    Strengthening the small businesses in your supply chain means a stronger and more reliable supply chain. You will now have SME’s who can meet their SLA’s. This is good for you, good for them, and good for business.


    Use your SED spend to empower young people to start and run their own small businesses through our GIVE YOURSELF A JOB Programme. Doing so will help reduce our high unemployment rate.


    Partner with AIF to provide learnerships that will transfer essential skills and impact lives through cutting-edge technologies and tailored SETA-accredited courses.

We have tailored solutions for your needs

Making your B-BBEE spend count

Businesses are required to spend 1% of their Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) on enterprise development programmes and 2% of their NPAT on Enterprise Supplier Development programmes.


A return on investment is achieved when the SME is included in the supply chain and when the B-BBEE level is achieved.

End-to-end solution

We offer an end-to-end business development support solution.

Customised approach

The unique situation of each SME is considered when a programme is built.

Core business

Enterprise and supplier development programmes are linked to the core business.

Link to markets

Once ED and SD programmes are completed, support continues. SME joins network ecosystem.

Not-for-profit company

And we are registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO)

18A Certificate

As we are a PBO, we have the right to issue Section 18A tax-deductible certificates

Level 1 B-BBEE

We are a Level 1 B-BBEE company

Procurement recognition

We have a 135% procurement recognition


We have achieved a 100% verification success rate.

AIF Case Studies

Young and old
start farming co-ops

Village Market Thuo Nala partnered with AIF to conduct training for 12 people who formed three co-op businesses, Foody Goody, Senzele Events Company and Cosmic Perfumes.

AIF Case Studies

Cosmo City
Entrepreneurs get a boost

Fifteen participants from Cosmo City, after intense selection interviews, were given the opportunity to gain entrepreneurship training through AIF’s ‘Give yourself a job’ programme, thanks to funding received from KPMG.

Cosmo City Multipurpose Centre’s staff and the community’s leaders assisted us in recruiting 15 people to take part in our ‘Give yourself a job’ programme. We conducted interviews to determine the motivation levels of each person to try and avoid drop-outs.

Our Proud Sponsors and clients

We are grateful for your support

Through the support of our sponsors and clients, AIF Business Development has assisted small businesses to become economically sustainable, empowered learners with work experience and skills, and we have provided them with access to networks, opportunities, mentorship, and coaching.

Thank you for your support in helping us grow South Africa’s small businesses.

Maximise your B-BBEE points while making a difference

The Story of AIF Business Development

Watch a video on our story: why we do what we do. How we do it, and why you should be part of our family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find Answers to
Common Questions

What ED and ESD Implementation Services do you offer to Corporate Companies?

We offer the following Services:

  • Source SMEs;
  • Conduct SME needs analysis;
  • Develop customised ED and ESD programmes;
  • Coaching and Mentoring;
  • Enterprise and supplier development agreements;
  • Procurement of assets for SMEs;
  • Deliver business services to the SMEs;
  • Submission of feedback and impact reports; and
  • Submission of an audit file for verification purposes.

Contact us for more information.

What Implications do the B-BBEE codes have on my business?

The amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice came into effect on May 1, 2013.

Three priority elements were identified with minimum requirements, they are:

  1. Ownership;
  2. Enterprise and Supplier Development; and
  3. Skills development.

Businesses are required to spend 1% or 2% of their net profit after tax (NPAT) on Enterprise or Supplier Development programmes, respectively.

Should a QSE-Qualifying Small Enterprise (turnover of less than R50 mil) or generic business (turnover of more than R50 mil) not achieve a subminimum of 40% for enterprise development, their B-BBEE score will be discounted by one level.

What are the benefits of B-BBEE compliance?
  1. If you want to do business with Government, your business will have to be 100% compliant to:
    • Apply for a tender;
    • Purchase a state-owned asset; and
    • Enter a public-private partnership;
  2. Private companies that do business with each other will also benefit from being compliant through preferential procurement. Larger businesses are incentivised to do business with you because it improves their own B-BBEE score.
  3. Being compliant means you will not miss out on prospective business from companies wanting to deal with only compliant companies allowing you to gain a competitive advantage over non-compliant companies.
What is an ED and ESD programme?

Small businesses are critical to the South African economy. They account for 52% of the country’s GDP, contribute millions in tax revenue and offer a possible solution to the unemployment crisis by creating jobs. However, 80% of start-ups fail in the first three years, largely due to a lack of support. The survival rate is increased through an incubation process, which assists small businesses in becoming sustainable over time.

An enterprise development programme aims to transfer skills, knowledge, experience, wealth, and support to small and medium black-owned businesses, ultimately leading to job creation and sustainable long-term economic growth.

Your company’s enterprise and supplier development spend can be used to achieve this through an enterprise development programme comprising financial and non-financial support.

A supplier development programme offers enterprise development support to one of your existing or new suppliers. A favourable objective of an enterprise development programme would be to graduate the small business to become a supplier but note that any money spent on enterprise development cannot be claimed simultaneously as supplier development.

I’m a B-BBEE consultant; how can we work together?

We work closely with several top consultants around the country to implement Enterprise, Supplier and Socio-Economic Development Programmes on behalf of their clients.

The services we offer are:

  • Source SMEs;
  • Conduct SME needs analysis;
  • Develop customised ED and ESD programmes;
  • Coaching and Mentoring;
  • Enterprise and supplier development agreements;
  • Procurement of assets for SMEs;
  • Deliver business services to the SMEs;
  • Submission of feedback and impact reports; and
  • Submission of an audit file for verification purposes.

Contact us today for a meeting to discuss further.

What SED programmes do you offer?

We have identified entrepreneurship development as a critical socio-economic development imperative in South Africa. We, therefore, deliver small business start-up, sustainability, and growth programmes to unemployed youth in townships and rural areas.

We have access to a portfolio of programmes directed at entrepreneurship and small business development.

‘Give Yourself a Job’ is a mobile unit of AIF that encourages and supports unemployed and underemployed youth (18-35) in townships and rural areas. They work together to identify and access viable, sustainable, low-barrier opportunities to give themselves a job.

Contact us for more information.

How can you help if our company wants to implement an ED or ESD programme in-house?

We can advise and assist with all delivery and documentation required to implement your enterprise and supplier development programme in-house. Our services include:

  • Consultations;
  • Verification documentation;
  • Project management of programmes; and
  • Delivery of business development support services.

For more information contact us.

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