Second Office Scoops Top Accolades
Since Sibongile Booi established the first virtual office solution in the Eastern Cape in 2011, Second Office – and Sibongile herself – has been widely acknowledged for providing local and national businesses with an innovative, cost-saving and highly flexible business and serviced office solution.
In October this year, Second Office was announced as the first runner up in the services and trade category of the 2016 Eskom Business Investment Competition (BIC), aimed at recognising and rewarding small businesses that are significantly contributing to the fight against unemployment and poverty and growing our economy.
“Small businesses play an immensely important role in unlocking doors to economic opportunities and inclusive growth. Through the Eskom Development Foundation, we remain committed to playing our part in this field by acknowledging the difference that small black-owned businesses make in our economy,” said Dr Baldwin Ngubane, Chairman of the Board of Eskom Holdings.
Second Office, along with the other BIC finalists, also participated in the Small Business Expo (SBE), held alongside the Buy a Business Expo in Johannesburg, providing an opportunity to market themselves and interact with corporates, investors and potential clients.
“The Eskom Development Foundation has exposed us to markets we normally would have not been exposed to, and the BIC certificate has brought us so much recognition,” says Booi.
Second Office was also named as one of just 46 small business owners countrywide who are recipients of the SAB Foundation Tholoana Fund, selected from more than 2000 applications.
According to Catherine Wijnberg, who founded Fetola, the implementing partner of Tholoana: “The Tholoana programme is specifically keen to support enthusiastic, passionate entrepreneurs who are committed to building a successful future for themselves and the people their business serves.”
“I am thrilled that Second Office will receive a nudge and a coach from the programme!” says Booi, who values contributing to the local economy and is a participant in various business associations, including the Border Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB), the Business Women Association (BWA) and the Black Management Forum (BMF).
Booi was also recently announced as the newly elected President of the Rotary Club of Beacon Bay for 2016/2017, poised to make her contribution to the Rotary mission to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty on a local and global level.