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      2008 Africa SMME Conference
 The Economic Power of Small Micro and Medium
       Enterprises: African Success Stories

          Africa SMME Awards

             23 OCTOBER 2008
Venue: Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset-West
        Cape Town, South Africa

           Africagrowth Institute, PO Box 3628, Tygervalley, 7536
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Dear Sir / Madam

Africagrowth Agenda will host the Annual Africa SMME Conference and Awards on the
23 October 2008. The theme of the conference will be: The Economic Power of Small
Micro and Medium Enterprises: African Success Stories. The Agenda has been involved
in the field of SMME research and development for sometime with an ultimate goal of
“creating awareness of the need to promote, support and encourage investment in the SMME
sector in Africa”. It sees the establishment of the Africa SMME Conference and Awards as a
project which could significantly contribute towards this objective.

The 2008 conference will once again host the Africa SMME Awards Banquet, during which
the top SMMEs in Africa will be announced. The SMME Sector is identified by African
governments, NEPAD major ,private sector institutions and other Africa development-related
institutions as the engine of growth for the continent. To ensure the success of this event,
partnerships, financial support and key stakeholder’s involvement are very important.

We therefore take great pleasure to invite you to be part of this prestigious event and present a
table of opportunities that may assist you to support this wonderful Africa-wide initiative.

We shall be grateful if you could take a few minutes of your time to look at the sponsorship
opportunities enclosed and generously support this unique and vital Africa initiative. We
look forward to discussing the partnership opportunities between your company, other
stakeholders and Africagrowth Institute

Yours sincerely

N Biekpe                                                   DPotgieter
Professor Nicholas Biekpe                                  Dina Potgieter
President : Africagrowth Institute                         Manager : SMME Project

Board of Directors : Professor Jimnah Mbaru (Kenya); Mr. Phil Molefe (South Africa); Ms. Vuyo
Mahlati (South Africa); Mr. Mumba Kapumpa (Zambia); Dr. Mohammed Jahed (South Africa); Dr.
Agatha Biekpe (UK); Professor Nicholas Biekpe (South Africa)
            SMME AWARDS

In the last ten years, a significant number of
African countries have witnessed significant
growth and this trend is expected to be on the
increase. However there is still much work to
be done to relieve poverty. Specifically there
 has been a significant realisation that Africa
 needs to look at the small business sector
 if the current growth trend is to be sustained..
It is now well established that small, medium
and micro enterprises form the backbone of
employment in Africa, as the sector is,
 by far, the biggest contributor to                 Speakers: Prof N Biekpe, Africagrowth Institute, Don Mashele,
                                                    Khula Enterprise Finance, Fadel Ndiame, Kellogg Foundation,
economic activity globally.                         Dr Jairo Morales-Nieto, Interafrica ; Thandile Gubevu, Seda

For Africa, big business, development institutions, government and other private
and public sector organisations have a critical role to play to promote SMME
development. Economic development, in the continent, will be stagnated if the
SMME fails to take a development lead. .

To address this, Africagrowth Agenda in partnership with African government and
major organisations is organising the second Africa SMME Conference and Awards
which will take place on the 23rd of October 2008. The Conference and Awards
ceremony will be aimed at presenting recent growth trends in SMME development in
the continent and recognising and rewarding successful SMME entrepreneurs The
main aim of this event is, therefore, to support and showcase Africa’s finest
entrepreneurial achievements in the SMMEs sector. The awards will consist of 6
Sector categories and an overall winner.

Aims and Objectives of Conference and Award Ceremony

      To showcase Africa’s successful SMMEs;
      To promote and highlight the role that SMMEs play in economic development
       of the continent;
      To present case studies and research findings in the SMME sector;
      To present South African SMME sector indices and indicators;
      To bring together governments, development institutions, investors, academics
       and private sector institutions who are involved in SMMEs in the development
       of the SMMEs sector;
      To discuss best practices in the SMMEs sector;
      To bring big business and SMMEs together “under one roof”;
      To help promote SMMEs Research ;
                  AFRICA SMME AWARDS
                                23 October 2008

The Africa SMME Awards are presented to
businesses that strive for excellence in order to
be competitive in national, regional, and
international markets. These businesses are well
established, in good financial shape and enjoy
a reputation for quality, integrity and service.
Furthermore, they act in a socially responsible
manner and create a work environment in which
their employees can learn and grow.

SMMEs can be nominated in any of the following
categories and must only enter for one category.       Deputy Minister, Elizabeth Thabethe, Trade and Industry and 2007
Out of all the winners per category, an overall        SMME of the Year Winner, Niniza Shezi, Imvubu Guest House
winner will be selected.

Categories                                             Areas

                                   Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas, Water, Construction,
Industrial Sector Award
                                   Mining & Quarrying and Agriculture Sector
Trade Sector Award                 Wholesale, Retail Sector, Arts and crafts
Services Sector Award              Financial & Business Services, Transport, Storage,
                                   Communication, Hospitality and Tourism Sector
Best New Business Award            For outstanding results achieved in creating a new
                                   business, less than three years in operation, and attaining
                                   quantifiable business outcomes
Most Innovative Award              For outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, a company
                                   possesses in pioneering new approaches and the ability
                                   to adapt and develop products and/ or professional
                                   services ahead of the market
Young Enterprise Award             For outstanding accomplishment made by a business
                                   Director and/ or Owner at the age of 30 or under
African Union SMME of the          The overall Africa SMME of the Year recipient will be
                                   selected from the winners of the categories shown above
Year Award

The Sponsorship
The organisers of this important African initiative are acknowledge and salute your
organisations contribution to promoting development in the continent and would be
very honoured if you could consider sponsoring the event The event attracts investors,
entrepreneurs and high profile speakers and participants from African governments,
SMME sector, small and medium enterprise support agencies, the private sector and
other development institutions throughout the continent and beyond.

         Benefits to Sponsor: (Table of sponsorship options attached)
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                                      SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS FOR THE 2008 AFRICA SMME CONFERENCE

The table below shows the different sponsorship opportunities available at the 2008 Africa SMME Conference and the benefits that the sponsor will enjoy.

                                      Speaking      Delegates to     Advertisement in      Advertisement in      Interview with   Display banner        Logo in      Free Subscription to
CONFERENCE            Contribution    opportunity   attend the     Conference Brochure   Africagrowth Agenda         Senior       and promotional    Conference      the Africagrowth
                      (excl. VAT)     on relevant   Conference                                 Magazine          Manager to be    article(s) at      brochure, on    Growth Publication
                                      topic         and Awards     Full page Half Page                            published in    conference or       conference     for 1 year
                                                    banquet for     (A4)          (A5)   Full Page   Half Page   Africa Growth    banquet           website and on
                                                    free                                  (A4)            (A4)      Agenda                           presentation
                                                                                                                   Magazine                             screen

Platinum Sponsor      R100 000
                                           √            10            √                      √                         √                 √                √                   √

Gold Sponsor          R 55 000
                                           √             5                        √                      √                               √                √                   √

Silver Sponsor        R30 000
                                                         3                        √                      √                               √                √                   √

Bronze Sponsor        R20 000
                                                         2                        √                                                      √                √                   √

Refreshment           R 6 000
                                                         2                                                                                                                    √

Speaker Gifts         R 3 000

√ Benefits included in package
Note that all amounts are excluding VAT

                                                                   It is our business to help your business!
                                                SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS FOR THE 2008 AFRICA SMME AWARDS

                                The table below shows the different sponsorship opportunities available at the 2008 Africa SMME Awards Banquet and the benefits
                                                                                   that the sponsor will enjoy.

                                                     Speaking       Delegates to    Advertisement in Awards       Advertisement in      Interview with     Display banner and       Logo in Awards     Company
                      Contribution     Guest         opportunity    attend the          Brochure (A5)           Africagrowth Agenda    Senior Manager      promotional               brochure, on      Name printed
    AFRICA            (excl. VAT)      Speaker at    on relevant    Awards                                            Magazine        to be published in   article(s) at Awards   Awards website and   on Africa
    SMME                               the SMME      topic at the   banquet for     Full page   Half Page                               Africa Growth      banquet                  on presentation    SMME
                                       Awards        conference     free             (A5)          (A5)       Full Page   Half Page   Agenda Magazine                                   screen         Award
   AWARDS                                                                                                      (A4)            (A4)                                                                    Trophy

Ambassador            R200 000              √              √              15            √                          √                          √                      √                    √                 √

All Sector Awards     R150 000                             √              10            √                          √                          √                      √                    √                 √

African Union SMME    R60 000                              √              5             √                          √                                                 √                    √                 √
of the year award

Individual & Sector   R30 000                                             3                            √                         √                                   √                    √                 √
Awards (6)

Décor at banquet      R30 000                                             3                            √                         √                                   √                    √                 √

Table Sponsor         R6 000                                              8

Note that these amounts exclude VAT

Sectors: Industrial Sector, Trade Sector, Services Sector:
Individual Awards: Best New Business Award, Most Innovative Enterprise Award, Young Enterprise Award

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