Small businesses have inspiring stories to share, even during the most difficult times.

In this edition of the Business Brighspot blog, we’re covering three South African SMEs that moved fast to respond during COVID-19.

Kallie Mamba 

About your business

We manufacture superior quality designer furniture at a small scale along with a range of other interior services including curtaining, headboards, carpets & flooring, blinds, and sofas.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

Due to the pandemic, we had to take a long hard look at our business model. We estimated that our sales this year will fall by 25% – 30% so we started looking at other avenues for income generation. We are currently busy with building an online shop to sell our bespoke furniture to a wider audience. Another was to use our existing machinery, tools, and skills to expand our services so we have opened a dedicated automotive trim & upholstery department.

Contact details:

Carl Sonntag

  • carl@kalliemamba.com
  • www.kalliemamba.com
  • https://www.facebook.com/Kalliemambadesign/

Jones Consulting

About your business

Jones Consulting (Est. 2008) provides tailored health, safety, environmental, quality and emergency management solutions to organisations of all sizes. Our specialisation is in the international standards of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

We have adjusted all of our client risk assessments to include significant details on biological agents and the management of COVID-19 related incidents. We have also moved a number of training programmes online including our COVID-19 awareness programme.

Contact details:

Philip Jones

  • Info@specialisedsafety.co.za
  • www.specialisedsafety.co.za
  • https://www.facebook.com/JonesConsultingcc

Jakkie Cowdrey

About your business

We import and distribute surgical instruments. We also have the Tender for Waterless Alcohol Hand Rub (Sanitiser) for Western Cape Health Department.

How has your business changed during COVID-19?

Import of surgical instruments was a problem before COVID-19 due to lack of funding and our 25% shareholder in Germany not being able to fund us any longer, however, with COVID-19 the hand sanitiser tender suddenly took off in April 2020, which has prevented us from closing. Blog

Contact details:

Jakkie Cowdrey

  • jakkie@xerussurgical.com
  • www.xerussurgical.com

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The Business Brightspot blog is part of our Open for Business campaign. This is an initiative to give South African SMEs the tools and information they need to re-open their businesses during COVID-19.

For on the campaign, read this blog post.

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