Entrepreneur Business Development
entrepreneurs and youth business development

Plett Tourism encourages entrepreneurs and youth business development in the Plettenberg Bay region.

To facilitate this we have listed a number of resources below to help young businesspeople.


Futurelect: Training for leaders

Supporting the development of diverse, strong networks of public leaders who can contribute to the development of open, creative and vitally democratic societies in Africa by engagement and training.

Driver’s Licence Project

The Bitou Municipality Mayor supporting training and development with the mayor’s drivers licence project.

Free Masterclass

Women in Business in Africa: Free masterclass with Marianne Lehikoinen

Career Expo

Garden Route National Parks, Bitou Municipality, DFFE, SEDA and CapeNature present a Career Expo.

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

Applications are now open for the Grassroots Innovation Programme.

Guide training from BirdLife SA

BirdLife SA is offering birding/avitourism training to interested individuals. Register now – ends 30 Nov 2023.

Mandarin Training

Chinese culture and tourism Mandarin training, follow this link to register for a FREE online course presented by the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute.

Free Courses

Shape your career, learn digital and work skills.

Take action for your future.

CMS Training

Women-owned contractors can apply for Construction Management System (CMS) training with 90% covered by CIDB.

Patrol Officer Learning Opportunity

GRDM Invites unemployed youth under the age of 35 to apply to become a qualified patrol officer.

German Language Training for tour guides

Deadline 30 September 2023.

Bitou Municipality Entrepreneurship Academy

An initiative to bring know-how to thousands of people in our communities and to empower them with tools and skills to achieve what they want to achieve in business

Introduction to Digital Entrepreneurship – Nemisa

This skills programme aims to develop knowledge of digital skills on how to explore, start, run, and grow a digital enterprise.

SARS launches SMME Traders Connect Newsletter

A quarterly publication that focuses on trader-related tax matters to create awareness and share relevant information to make it easier for traders to remain compliant.

Shape your career in tourism with free courses AND earn airtime

SATSA and e-learning platforms atingi and Flashout are offering anyone in the tourism industry the opportunity to learn new skills while earning airtime for courses completed.

Free to attend for professionals in the Garden Route

Join us at the Diaz Hotel & Resort in Mossel Bay from 28-29 September for a 2-day discussion on the challenge of professionalising the events industry across the Garden Route.


Create a Biography

Hitting all the right spots is crucial when putting yourself and your company out there. Here’s a very informative guide to some best biogs and downloadable templates.

WhatsApp Business Marketing

An enlightened overview introduced by Zulu Nomad’s Phakamile Hlazo as part of the Tourism Recovery Programme, launched by German non-profit organisation enpact and TUI Care Foundation.

Blogging is still a thing in 2023/24

Do People Still Read Blogs in 2023? We surveyed 325 people about how often they read blogs. Here’s what we found…

All about LinkedIn from Hubspot

LinkedIn Pages is the platform’s native tool for creating a page. If you start from this site, click “Create your Page” on the Pages page.

Launch & Optimize a YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

You’ll learn how YouTube ads work, all about YouTube ad pricing, how to advertise on YouTube, and YouTube ad optimization tips.

Business Plans Templates & Examples

These business plan templates will help you define your mission and sell your vision.

Free Marketing Advice

Why not subscribe to the Hubspot newsletter. They offer free marketing advice, tools and templates, to assist you with your business.

Create a Great Social Media Strategy Plan in 2023

Discover how to make a social media strategy for your business that attracts new followers and drives traffic, leads, and revenue.


DFI Handbook

The first in a series of funding guides that aim to equip entrepreneurs and MSMEs with comprehensive information on sourcing various types of funding for business and finding the most appropriate funding solution.

The Green Fund

A focus on innovative projects that require financing to cover funding gaps. The fund has a portfolio of 20 active and two completed investment projects.

DEDAT Booster Fund

The application process for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s (DEDAT) R16 million SMME Booster Fund is now open.

SA Government and SMMEs

SA Government Notices pertaining to SMME business, entrepreneurs and youth.

For Musicians

Pursue your funding through the different South African Artist funding organisations.

G4J Tourism Challenge Fund

The WC Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT).


A Tomy takkies campaign supporting women-owned business

CapeNature calls for Proposals

CapeNature request potential new business partners, concessionaires and/or service providers operating in the adventure, cultural and heritage and events sectors to submit detailed business proposals.

Deadline: 27 November 2023 @ 12h00


DEDAT funding and support guide to Re-ignite Tourism

National Empowerment Fund

For useful Black Business Assistance and Funding Information, visit the National Empowerment Fund website

KasiXcelerator KX

A bold new initiative is set to give township-based SMMEs and service providers a major boost, bridging the gap between township businesses, the private sector, and government towards sustainable township economies.


Entrepreneurial support from the WC Government.

WESGRO Event Partnerships

Wesgro is the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the WC, offering various levels of support to destination leisure events.

Export Fund ECEP

DEDAT is requesting companies and intermediaries assisting businesses that are exporting or export-ready to apply for financial assistance through the Export Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (ECEP).

Bitou Bursary Programme

Bitou Bursary Programme is now open for applications.

Deadline: 26 January 2024

Tholoana Enterprise Programme

A transformative opportunity for high-potential businesses with the desire to succeed.

SATSA Job Corner

A regular publication available free of charge for people looking for a new opportunity or companies with a vacancy.

Women in Tourism Programme

Tourism empowerment initiatives for women against the backdrop of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

DCAS Annual Arts Funding

Closed: 15 Mar 2023


Takealot Accelerator Program

Takealot launches accelerator programme for Black-owned SMME suppliers

The SMME Booster Fund 2023

The fund will provide financial support to organisations that implement business development support projects and/or programmes aimed at growing and developing SMMEs.

Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® awards

Enter now to be the next Entrepreneur of the Year.

Event Equipment For Sale

Turn your passion for events into a profitable business.

The Tourism Equity Fund

TEF a fund established by the Department of Tourism (DT) in collaboration with private sector banking institutions in line with the existing B-BBEE legislation to be implemented by sefa on behalf of the DT.

The Bitou Pop-Up Market

For SMMEs that are in retail, manufacturing of goods and service industry – a great marketing opportunity for SMMEs.

Deadline: 27 November 2023