12 People in a Fight to Win R5m

12 People in a Fight to Win R5m


The Big Break Legacy Season 2 returns to SABC 2 in May. The show is aimed at existing ventures in need of re-capitalisation for growth, as well as high impact business ideas requiring start-up capital.

The reality television show provides important lessons in business and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Each week the show tests the contestants’ strength of character, creativity, aptitude and commercial savvy in dealing with real life business challenges under time and resource constraints. The winner walks away with a R5-million investment into their business.

This year’s contestants are:

  • Adele Lourens (Western Cape) – environmentally friendly laundrette
  • Charmaine Kleynhans (Eastern Cape) – a kettle that doesn’t require electricity, gas or fire
  • Chris Muller (Western Cape) – biometric security systems
  • Ifthakaar Shaik (Gauteng) – furniture from recycled material
  • Jared Pillai (Gauteng) – educational products for toddlers
  • Kelebogile Seleka (Northern Cape) – vending machines for sanitary pads at schools
  • Ntokozo Biyela (Kwazulu-Natal) – mobile unit manufacturing
  • Sanele Makinane (North West) – ICT systems
  • Teboho Mafodi (Gauteng) – green building material for homes in rural areas
  • Thati Mashao (Limpopo) – earth moving equipment and plant hire
  • Tsepiso Makhubedu (Mpumalanga) – publishing children’s books
  • Zama Sibinda (Free State) – laser projection advertising

Businessman and entrepreneur Ezra Ndwandwe is the show’s creator and one of the judges. He says, “It’s not possible for South Africa to create five million jobs by 2020 unless we create businesses. And that’s what The Big Break Legacy is about, giving people the skills they need to start and run their own businesses.”

To decide who gets your all-important vote and find out more about the top 12 and their business ideas, visit www.thebigbreaklegacy.com. You can also follow the show on Twitter (@bigbreaklegacy) or like The Big Break Legacy on Facebook.

Alison Job
Alison Job holds a BA English, Communications and has extensive experience in writing that spans news broadcasting, public relations and corporate and consumer publishing. Find her at Google+.