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The 469 Lifestyle Centre

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Services: Carwash and restaurant

Location: Motherwell Township, PE, Eastern Cape Province

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​469 Lifestyle centre is a township-based business owned by Siyabulela Mandla, he visited Seda Nelson Mandela Bay branch to seek support for his business. He learned about the National Gazelles programme and wanted to apply to be part of Seda's Gazelles programme for established businesses turning over R1-million and more. An initial analysis of the business by Seda's Business Advisor showed that the business had challenges with its finances, this included having minimal working capital due to increased borrowing by the owner which negatively affected its profitability.


Seda assisted the business with its application for National Gazelles and worked with the business owner on a business plan and financials to support the application.


The business was selected to be in the Top 40 Gazelles for 2016/17 and as result was awarded a R1-million grant of which R800 000 was committed towards equipment and R200 000 towards business development support. Through mentorship and coaching the business has been set on a new growth path.​

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