This heritage month, we're celebrating the strength and diversity of proudly South African businesses. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, things have been tough. And small privately-run businesses were particularly hard hit. Show your support for local business entrepreneurs by sending some love their way this month. And, hopefully, for many months to come. From fresh veg to fine knits, these brilliant local business are making us proud.
Support proudly South African businesses this Heritage Month
Founded by knitting and crafting enthusiast Bridget Henderson, Cowgirlblues is a high-end dye house and design studio. They're all about fine products and female empowerment. The Cape Town-based company specialises in working with merino wool and mohair fibres, and their yarns are dyed in the most breathtaking colours to make for very special knits. Most of the business's staff are underprivileged women in the area who join the Cowgirlblues team to learn important crafting and business skills as well as become part of a supportive community. Products are delivered nationwide.
This 'coffee with a conscience' coffee shop is a gem in Joburg's bustling Bryanston neighbourhood. Since day one, the business has been donating funds to various charities in their effort to make a difference to education and unemployment in South Africa. Now, they focus on training first-time unemployed youth and enterprise development. Find them at the shop in Sloane Street, or buy their signature coffee online. They're also on UberEats, so it couldn't be more convenient. Try the classic cappuccino and a tasty breakfast roll to start your Heritage Day on the right note.
This is an exciting, proudly local skincare brand - with a difference. The business is based in Cape Town and offer all-natural, ethically-produced face and body care products. They're also endorsed by the Beauty Without Cruelty association, which means their products are not tested on animals and they contain totally natural ingredients. Show them some love this Heritage Day, and treat yourself to a hydrating face mask or botanical lip balm. The goods also make excellent gifts. Delivery is available nationwide, but might be a bit delayed as the owners fight to get back on their feet after lockdown.
If you're looking for top-quality, handmade leather products, you'll love Oak Leather in Clarens. The family-run business creates and sells beautiful leather goods, from belts and bags to shoes, satchels and quirky leather earrings. If you're travelling to Clarens for the Heritage Day long weekend, be sure to pop in and check out the latest items. Otherwise, products are available nationwide through the recently-launched online store. Stock is limited.
Don't feel like venturing out to do grocery shopping this Heritage month? The Munching Mongoose offers a range of healthy, organic fruit and veg. And it'll be delivered to your door. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers and producers, so you'll be supporting a host of South African enterprises by ordering one of their grocery boxes. This is a fresh, organic food subscription service, so feel free to purchase one of their made-up boxes, or customise your box to suit your pantry needs. Delivery is available in and around Joburg.
When you're doing your giant grocery shop for the Heritage Day long weekend, stop in at The Refillery to try out a different way of shopping. Started by local husband and wife duo, Dom and Sam, the planet-friendly grocery store aims to cut down on pollution by providing a plastic-free, 'weigh-and-pay' shopping experience. Simply bring your own jars, bottles, containers to the store and fill them up with the responsibly-sourced products available on the shelves. Stock up on everything from beans and pulses to cereal and dried fruit. The Refillery has two physical stores, in Morningside and Cedar Square, as well as a fully-operational online store. They deliver nationwide.