Standard Bank Basali Development Programme

Let’s take your business to the Basali level

Programme Background

The Basali Development Programme aims to equip black women-owned businesses across South Africa with business development that will enable them to build and grow sustainable businesses.

About the programme

In November 2021, Standard Bank in partnership with Giving Wings launched the Basali Development Programme. The name Basali (pronounced Basadi) is derived from Southern Sotho which means ‘women’. The programme is designed to grow, scale and support black woman-owned South African businesses across various industries by closing the growth and support gap created by gender and socio-economic challenges.

To date, the Basali Development Programme has made significant strides in growing and scaling participating businesses by creating access to funding, markets, and development through practical online workshops and masterclasses led by subject experts to equip entrepreneurs with valuable knowledge and skills that will enable them to build thriving and resilient businesses.

Basali will help you

With knowledge, skills and tools that will elevate your business strategy, to enable you to run a sustainable and profitable business.

With opportunities for financial support through grant funding sponsored by Standard Bank.

Unleash the power in you to remain inspired, motivated and committed to the entrepreneurial journey. 

Connect with business coaches, subject matter experts and fellow like-minded entrepreneurs who are committed to help you grow.

You can be a powerhouse businesswoman

who lives a life that overflows with...


Achieving your goals and taking hold of unlimited opportunities that enable you to live the life of your dreams.


Pursuing a meaningful life and business where your service or product impacts lives and communities.


Building generational wealth through a successful and thriving business.

Impacted over

Female entrepreneurs in South Africa


Jobs through the Basali Development Programme


Industries represented in the programme contribute to South Africa’s GDP

With over

Hours of workshops and masterclasses anchored on business development


The Basali programme met and exceeded my expectations. I did not expect the workshops to be as in-depth as they were and as practical. I always said it was wild that I was getting all this information for free because it was of such a high quality. Truly the programme is everything it promises to be and more. The support was felt both from the Giving Wings and the Standard Bank team.

Vuyolwethu Nompumza

The programme provided me with the opportunity to enhance my business management skills through the masterclasses workshops and mentoring sessions which enabled me to navigate the complexities of running a successful business. It was a well-designed program that offered the personalized support I needed in my business with measurable outcomes.

Matshidiso Mooketsi

I have been part of Basali programme with Giving Wings for 2023. My business has grown so much, the workshops are of good quality, the facilitators are well-versed with the subjects they are teaching. I am glad I was part of the programme I have also grown as a person, especially in my confidence, and understanding of the legal side of business. The compliance, marketing, personal mastery, business value proposition, unique proposition, my target clients. Shockingly, I did not pay a thing for all this training. I would recommend it to any established or growing business, it’s very worth it.

Thabi Kgwefane, founder of Creatives With Thabi

Being part of the Giving Wings’ Basali Development Programme workshops was instrumental to my entrepreneurial journey, I have gained so much knowledge. The way their workshops were facilitated was exceptional, thank you so much for such a fruitful experience.

Thulaganyo Khoele, founder of Phu Nyeletso Solutions

I would like to thank the Basali Development Programme, Standard Bank and Giving Wings including the Facilitators who shared their knowledge and experience. The workshops helped me a lot, I am where I am because of the knowledge I gained from the workshop sessions. They gave me the confidence to be myself and explore. I can Show Up no matter how difficult or situation. The sessions gave us the boldness, and power to be ourselves. Thank you to Kefilwe, Thato, Calandray, Ellah and the rest of the team from Standard Bank for everything that has equipped us as entrepreneurs.

Cecilia Madimabe, founder of Rebotlhe Petroleum

This has been an amazing journey of self-discovery. Thanks to the Basali and Giving Wings programme, I am coming out of my shell and making my presence be felt.

Millicent Shai, founder of Thaba Legae Guest Lodge

Giving wings has contributed so much to my entrepreneurial journey and enabled me to push harder and put myself out there.

Pelokazi Ntloko,  founder of PN Virtual Solutions


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