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Collective shapers


Are you a youth entrepreneur looking to unlock your business potential? See how the Metropolitan Collective Shapers programme helped entrepreneurs in Tshwane upskill, re-imagine, network and get funded! Become a Collective Shaper, take your business to the next level.

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What is Metropolitan Collective Shapers?

We believe that activating the collective potential of our youth is investing in the future. When we support young people to become tomorrow’s employers, we uplift entire communities.

Because we are passionate about walking the journey to financial freedom with all South Africans, we’re committed to investing in the communities that have invested in us for over 100 years. The Metropolitan Collective Shapers programme helps to empower young South Africans to stimulate economic activity within their communities one village, town, or city at a time.

'Together we can!'

Watch Benjamin’s story

Metropolitan Collective Shaper from Polokwane 2021


Together we can shape passion into success

At Metropolitan we believe that it’s better to live intentionally with others than
it is to live alone. We pride ourselves on being a business that’s there by your
side and actively playing a role in uplifting the communities we serve.

How does it work?

Do you have a business that is:


  • Already operating and in need of upskilling to take it to the next level?

  • Looking for ways to expand beyond your current revenue stream?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you could qualify to be a Metropolitan Collective Shaper.

Are you a  Collective Shaper?

A Metropolitan Collective Shaper is an entrepreneur at heart. Armed with the self-belief of a business mogul and the spirit of u’Kleva. A Kasipreneur, a Streetpreneur, even. Here’s a youngster who spots a gap and takes it; ever opportunistic, and never without a plan. They don’t see dead ends, they see things all the way to the end, and resilience is a mark of their character. If it doesn’t exist, they’ll innovate and create, build it up and make space for the next. You see, they’ve always been told “vuk’uzenzele”; but something in them says “do it for yourself na bantu bakho.” These are the makers and shapers of communities.

If this is you, this is the perfect opportunity for you

If you are a Metropolitan Collective Shaper, the programme offers you accredited development programmes, events, and small business funding to support the growth and long-term sustainability of their businesses.


All applications will go through a rigorous selection process. To qualify, you must
meet the minimum requirements. These include:

  • Permanent South African resident between the ages of 18 and 35.

  • Registered and established business that’s operating in the identified sector, for no less than 12 months.

  • Submit a short video or 200-word motivation about your business and what the next level would look like for you.

  • Uninterrupted commitment to participate in, and complete the programme.

  • Submission of requested identity and business compliance documentation.

  • Qualifying applicants will be measured through their business outline video or 200-word motivation.

  • Qualifying applicants will form part of the 125 Phase 1 entrepreneurs in the programme.

  • Selected participants will be notified via email, and must be ready to commence the programme in January 2023.


Duration: 4 weeks.

  • This phase of the programme offers Foundational Competency Training for Entrepreneurship, and includes courses on business finance, staying up to date with technology, and how to be a CEO that can take your business and your people to the next level.

  • You also receive basic soft skills training such as Media 101, social media & personal branding, marketing trends analysis, plus tools for improving your personal & business performance.

  • Certain modules will be compulsory and will be used to assess entrepreneurs that can progress to Phase 2.

  • Access to all the Value ed modular content will be free for 12 months.

  • After the 4 week period, oral & attendance assessments will be done to qualify for Phase 2.


Duration: 4 weeks.

  • This phase of the programme offers SETA-accredited theory modules 
    and hands-on application of learnings, all with the help and guidance of 
    industry experts.

  • After the 4 week period, you will submit a portfolio of evidence that
    will be assessed to finalise the entrepreneurs that move to the third, and final phase of the programme.


Duration: 12 weeks.

  • The last phase in the formal programme will take you through market access workshops and networking opportunities to expand your business.

  • Over the period, you’ll receive one-on-one coaching in business, performance, and leadership.


If you believe you have what it takes to be a Metropolitan Collective Shaper, then apply now.


Apply today

Its Tshwane’s turn: We’re currently taking applications from young Tshwane based business owners operating in the food and hospitality services sector.

If you believe you could be like Benjamin, a Metropolitan Collective Shaper from Polokwane who now runs a successful commercial farm or if you would like to nominate someone, please click on the apply button or share the link with the deserving entrepreneur in mind, to access the application form:

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Application criteria

You own a business within the food services industry, in Tshwane.

Your business is registered.

Your business has been in operation for at least 24 months.

Meet our Collective Shapers alumni

Life will never be the same for our Polokwane Collective Shapers who completed the 2021 the programme. After they graduated, they now have invaluable skills and knowledge to carve their future as agricultural leaders of tomorrow.

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