V&A Solve

There is only one solution to South Africa’s devastating, society-breaking unemployment figures: more jobs.

Those jobs will have to come from entrepreneurs, and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The Waterfront has long been committed to enterprise development. The most recent Economic Impact Report (2020) showed a real growth of 6,2% over the previous year in development enterprise, with turnover growing in five years from R139 million to R375 million.

With about half our 800 tenants being small businesses, our approach to enterprise development is responsive to emerging needs, both in our supply chain and across our precinct. Our support is built on the foundation of relationships and partnerships, and has market access at its heart. We also have programmes in place to support the most vulnerable and grassroots entrepreneurs.

SOLVE amplifies this work through agile interventions where particular areas of challenge have been identified, including:


Latest articles


A new community platform

The Pandemic has been desperately challenging for small business owners. With the very first COVID-19 lockdown, anticipating the global slowdown that was coming, the Waterfront [...]


SMME community platform

To support SMMEs across the precinct, the Waterfront has built a virtual Community platform. The intention is to facilitate stronger connections between tenants, peer-to-peer learning, [...]


Enabling tomorrow

The V&A Waterfront has a long commitment to enterprise development. It showed up in the early days, in initiatives such as the Red and Blue [...]

Together, we can solve towards extraordinary.