“Profit through Partnership – The Supplier and Enterprise Development Partner that “Certify, Connect & Capacitate”.

The Business Associate is an Enterprise & Supplier Development organization established in 2006. We provide customised and affordable Enterprise and Supplier Development expertise that until now has only been available to large corporations.


We facilitate both demand-side and supply-side interventions to create a more integrated & inclusive South African economy. 

We offer various business support mechanisms to capacitate, certify and connect SMME’s within the various supply chains. We have built up a strong reputation for empowering small businesses and giving the necessary guidance to build sustainable business models through business plan development and effective costing models

SERVICES

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

ENTREPRENEURS
& SUPPLIERS

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

1. Spend Management
2. Supplier Development
3. Supplier Diversity
4. BBBEE & ESD Consulting

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ENTREPRENEURS & SUPPLIERS

1. Compliance (Certification)
2. Business Development (Capacitate)
3. Business Linkages (Connect)

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OUR TEAM

JOSEPH SOLOMON RUITERS

A highly experienced Senior Executive who combines strategic/tactical business & financial expertise with strong qualifications in business development, operations and P&L management. A record of reversing financial declines and capturing significant cost reductions through process redesign and performance enhancement. He has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings.

Master of Business Administration  ·  University of Stellenbosch
Bachelor of Commerce
  ·  Accounting, Auditing & Taxation ·  University of Western Cape

JEROME HINDLEY

A fully qualified Financial and Business Manager with an all-round experience and exposure of leading financial strategies to facilitate a company’s ambitious growth, strategies and plans. A proven ability to constantly challenged and improve existing systems and processes. Has developed key audit programmes and internal controls to combat weaknesses within financial systems and environment. Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings.

Bachelor of Commerce  ·  Accounting, Auditing & Taxation ·  University of Western Cape

MUCAN RUITERS

A very young efficient business development consultant with hands on experience in marketing, creating of business linkages for small businesess, completing tender documents for clients. Has developed as a sharp and shrewd entrepreneur / business linkage consultant. Through his involvement with the Dimension Data Incubator Programme and Empretec he has learned some valuable entrepreneurship skills. Supported many small businesses with growing their business and align their business to be transact-ready for corporate business. He was a member of the team during the City of Cape Town’s pilot project re the implementation of due diligence audits.

RALPH DONOVAN KLAASEN

A highly efficient business consultant with a wide range of expertise and experience. Supported many small businesses with growing their business and align their business to be transact-ready for corporate business. Has the ability to analyze small business ideas and effectively road mapping it to access market opportunities in several business environments. He has a vast understanding and knowledge base of business start-up and understand exactly what it takes for a business to be successful. He also has the ability to effectively and efficiently develop business documentation to be trans-act ready in all relevant environments. Those documentation and information include, business planning, financial modeling (costing & pricing), market research, feasibility assessments, business profiles, etc. He has also facilitated workshops such as financial management, financial systems (one-on-one), ability to access government opportunities (one-on-one), basic business start-up skills, how to tender training, etc.

Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting, Auditing & Taxation · University of Western Cape

CHARMAINE ABRAHAMS

A highly efficient office administrator who takes care of all clients (new and existing). Been part of the team for the last 10 years and understand all the challenges black and small businesses endure. Provide linkages for our client to business services offered by our company.

CLIENT FOCUS

ENTREPRENEURS & BLACK SUPPLIERS

Some of our clients include start-up and medium sized businesses that is trans-act ready and high profile small businesses

CORPORATES

Some of our clients include PWC, VESTAS, ACCIONA, NORDEX and many others – support these businesses either with BBBEE/ESD strategy formulation, BBBEE Verification Support, ESD program implementation, Supplier Chain, Data Analytics and many other business strategy support

BUSINESS SUPPORT INSTITUTIONS/ASSOCIATIONS

We are working with SEDA, sefa, NYDA, Sasmef, Chambers, WECBOF, Nafcoc and other organisations that support small business initiatives and work either with their staff, clients or members formulating strategies, implementing small business programs and advancement

GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS

We are working with government institutions, like State-owned entities, municipality either responding to tender opportunities or implementation of enterprise and supplier development programs. Some of our major clients include the City of Cape Town, Drakenstein Municipalities, Tourism, Bank seta, SA Parliament, SITA and others

UNIVERSITIES AND INNOVATION CENTRES

We are working with the University of the Western Cape, CPUT, University of Pretoria (GIBS) and The Innovation Hub, Shanduka Black Umbrellas

INDUSTRY BODIES

We are working with the SA WINE INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION UNIT and the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) in the supporting these industries either transforming its entrepreneurial / supplier environment or by implementing ESD initiatives

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

We are extremely satisfied with the ESD services delivered

Country Manager
Country Manager
VESTAS

The Business Associate has become mentors & supplier to many of the
entrepreneurs post training (a value add of their services that makes them a great asset in our programme).

Charlene Duncan
Charlene Duncan
UWC

The Business Associate has extensive experience in growing small business
to scale through business linkages.

Carlo Vicci
Carlo Vicci
City of Cape Town

We are doing business with Corporates and government because of them!

Estelle Lentoor
Estelle Lentoor
Nordex ESD Beneficiary

We are extremely delighted with the
work of The Business Associate and the support they provided to SMME’s

Carl Lotter
Carl Lotter
SASMEF

We have been particularly impressed by their knowledge and skills sets. The excellent reviews we received from our clients confirms their excellence

BBBEE Strategist
BBBEE Strategist
Nordex

The Business Associate is the reason
why my business moved from a survivalist to a sustainable business

 Ngweni
Ngweni
TKSS

CONTACT US

We love to listen and are eagerly awaiting for your call. Get in touch!

CALL ME
083 294 1293
EMAIL ME
info@thebusinessassociate.co.za
VISIT ME
SILO EXCHANGE, BELLVILLE TRIANGLE FARM 19 BRIDGE ROAD STIKLAND BELLVILLE

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