The Black Business Supplier Development Programme is OPEN for business

Get up to

R1 000 000
free to be used as a 50% deposit when purchasing plant, tools and machinery.

Terms and conditions apply.



071 551 2108


Department of Small Business Development, The Department of Trade and Industry, the dti, BBSDP, Black business supplier development programme, government incentives, Black owned business


The BBSDP or Black Business Supplier Development Programme helps existing Black owned businesses to purchase plant, tools and machinery at a 50% discount.

It is true! The Department of Small Business Development (BBSDP was previopusly a DTI programme) has a grant of up to R1 000 000 for Black, Indian and Coloured owned businesses to purchase Tools, Plant and Machinery. 

The aim of the fund is to grow existing businesses and to employ more people. The bad news is: “BBSDP is not for start up businesses'.

The Department of Small Business Development's BBSDP program provides black owned small business with a non-repayable grant of up to R1million to assist them in improving their competitiveness and sustainability. It provides a grant (Gift) to a maximum of R800 000 for tools, machinery and equipment. This is to be used as a (50%) deposit, which can be used to secure the additional finance. You will be required to provide the BBSDP with proof that you can get bank financing.

R200 000 is to be used for business development and training interventions to improve the business corporate governance, management, productivity and use of modern technology. This portion of the grant is on a 80 / 20% cost sharing.

You will need to pay the VAT on the full purchase price.

The business must meet the 6 point qualifying criteria.

If you do not have these 6 points you will not qualify.

  • CIPC Registered company or cc
  • 50.1% black owned (Black, Indian or Coloured) or more
  • Management team 50% Black
  • Trading for at least one year and have financial statements to prove turnover.
  • Turnover must be between R250k and R35m per annum
  • Valid SARS tax clearance and Vat registered if turnover is greater than R1 000 000

Should you be in business for more than one year and need to purchase tools, plant or machinery, The DTI will pay 50% of the price of these goods. You will however need to pay the full VAT amount with your 50%.

You will need to have cash or arrange finance for your 50% contribution before making the application.

Or should you require Business Development  interventions like speciualised software, training, or ISO 9001 Quality management systems, these are available at a cost of 20% +full vat and the DTI will pay the 80% to your chosen supplier.

If you qualify and need to buy plant, tools and machinery get hold of me

Alan 071 551 2108 or email


The DTI does not fund your business or give you cash or loan money.

The BBSDP grant scheme allows a business to buy plant, tools and machinery to the value of 30% of annual turnover as per the signed off financial statements. The maximum that a business can apply for is capped at R1 600 000 for plant, tools and machinery. The accountants are going to argue with me however thats the rule. The SBD will not pay more than R800 000 for plant, tools and machinery.


Our job is to guide you through the paperwork, assess your application and see the process to the end. The DTI pay GraphIT for this service, thus our service is free to you.

The fund allows a business to purchase to the value of 30% of annual turnover. The annual turnover in the financials must correspond with the SARS IRT14 document. To qualify for the full R1m your business needs to turnover more than R6m per annum

30% x Annual turnover = R (amount available to use for BDS and Capex)

The maximum amount of purchases is R2 000 000 with a maximum amount of R1 000 000 paid to suppliers by the DTI.

The fund excludes:


Buildings and wet-work

Motor vehicle and trucks


Cash or loans


Always think in terms of Plant, Tools and Machinery when thinking how you can utilise the fund.


Example: A guest house might need bedding, furniture, out-door furniture, fridges, website and signage.

Excluded would be the carpets, tiling, carports etc.


Example: A restaurant might apply for stainless steel tables, fridges, stoves and ovens, tables and chairs.

Excluded would be the small items like plates, salt cellars, serviette holders, Table numbers, table clothes etc.

Example: A engineering works might apply for a lathe, milling machine, saw. CAD software,  ISO 9001 QMS and a website.Excluded would be delivery trucks, computers (Unless to drive a machine or the Auto Cad system)

Our contact information 

 Alan   :           Mobile 071 551 2108 or email:

I can assist from all over SA. (Its always good to travel around the country)



  • CIPC Company registration documents (proof of ownership and shareholding)
  • Certified ID of all Directors/ members 
  • Certified ID of all managers/ staff to be trained (if applicable)
  • Certified financial statements for latest financial year (three years if available)
  • Management accounts for current year
  • Valid SARS tax clearance (with 3 months to expiry or get a new one)
  • VAT registration document (where applicable)
  • 3 Months bank statements
  • 3 Quotations (comparable) for every intervention   
  • Declaration appointing Graphit as the consultant.
  • Company diagnostic questionnaire and application typed on template supplied by Graphit. Please send back as a Word Document
  • Domicillium form
  • Bank confirmation of your 50% contribution (Will you be able to get finance for your 50%  or 20% contibution.) (Clear credit record)

All the above documents can be emailed as PDF documents except the application which needs to be in Word. Please send them back as individual documents.


Please NOTE!



The DTI is building up a supplier base and to be loaded onto the system they require the following information on a quote. (It will not load if we don’t have all the requested info.)


Business registered name and registration number

VAT number if applicable

Business Tax number  begins with a 9…….

Contact person’s name

The quote must be dated and numbered.

The quote must be valid for 90 days

The quote must have:-






Postal address

Physical address



The supplier must produce a Valid Tax Clearance Certificate and show proof of payment of your 50% + the Full 14% Vat in order to get paid. (Not with the application. Inform them that they must have it in order to get paid)


The 3 quotes must be signed by the supplier with every quote they provide. (It doesn’t get put in a register but stays in your file)


Quotations must be comparable. I suggest that you type up what you require in an excel format with your exact requirements and send it to your proposed suppliers. This will speed up the application as the quotes should be comparable.


The three quote system applies. (One quote will get sent back unless it can be proven that they are the only supplier in the land.) It’s your money being spent, thus you choose what you want and from whom provided they have a tax clearance certificate.)


The grant only covers new equipment


The Official DTI Document    It has all been explained in simple terms above.

The BBSDP outcomes are to improve the sustainability of black-owned enterprises and thereby increase employment.

 BBSDP grants are available to any South African business which complies with a stipulated set of requirements, the most significant being that the business must be owned (at least 50.1%) and managed by previously disadvantaged South Africans, that it must have been in business for a minimum of one year, and that it must generate an annual turnover greater than R250 000 per annum.

This is a cost sharing grant for Black owned business, whereby the DTI provides a grant of up to R1 000 000 to assist the qualifying business to purchase machinery and equipment (no pay back of the DTI's portion). The grant is to be used as a 50% deposit  and the balance financed by commercial banks, the IDC or the Empowerment fund or similar financial institutions. R800 000 can be used as a deposit and the remaining R200 000 will be a 80/20% cost sharing grant for training, software and ISO9001 etc.

The aim of the grant is to improve or grow the business.

Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP)

The Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP) is a cost-sharing grant offered to black-owned small enterprises, to assist them in improving their competitiveness and sustainability, in order for them to become integrated into the mainstream economy and create employment. The BBSDP offers a grant to a maximum of R1 million (R800 000 is ring-fenced for tools, machinery and equipment) per eligible enterprise, to improve principles of corporate governance, management, marketing, productivity and use of modern technology.

Objectives of the incentive scheme

  • To fast-track existing SMMEs that exhibit good potential for growth into the mainstream economy;
  • To grow black-owned enterprises by fostering linkages between black-owned SMMEs, and the corporate and public sector enterprises;
  • To complement current affirmative procurement and outsourcing initiatives of corporate and public sector enterprises; and
  • To enhance the capacity of grant-recipient enterprises to successfully compete for corporate and public sector tenders and outsourcing opportunities.

Qualifying criteria

  • Fifty-one percent (51%) black majority shareholding;
  • R250 000 to R35 million turnover per year;
  • One (1) year in operation and trading as a business;
  • Fifty percent (50%) management positions held by black people (historically disadvantaged individuals);
  • Enterprises formally registered for VAT;
  • Eligible to obtain funding to a maximum of R1 million for the activities offered under the BBSDP (NB: R800 000 is ring-fenced for tools, equipment and machinery); and
  • Cost-sharing ratio of 80:20 for business development services and 50:50 for tools, equipment and machinery.

 Alan can be contacted on 071 551 2108 or emailed:



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