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We’re taking our commitment of economically activating South Africa’s youth to new heights. Our Metropolitan Collective Shapers programme is uplifting entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 with skills to grow and scale their business. 

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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 125 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!'

Why Metropolitan Collective Shapers?

Metropolitan Collective Shapers Team


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 your business.

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 about your business and what the next level would look like for you.

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

  • Must be a resident in KwaZulu-Natal.


Apply today

KwaZulu-Natal it is your turn, We're currently
taking applications from young KwaZulu-Natal based business owners operating in the agriculture sector.


If you believe you could be a Metropolitan Collective Shaper or if you know someone who fits the criteria and would like to nominate them, 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 with
the agriculture industry in

Your business is registered.

Your business has been in operation for at least 12 months.

Meet our Collective Shapers alumni

Meet our Shapers who completed the programme in 2022 and 2023. After they graduated, they have now taken their newly found skills and improved their businesses and made a difference in their communities.

Collective Shapers Portal
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