About Lepharo

About Lepharo

Seda Ekurhuleni Base Metals Incubator trading as Lepharo is an ISO 9001 accredited provider that offers support to existing and start-up businesses by providing incubation facilities as well as specialised intervention services to empower and capacitate aspiring entrepreneurs in the mining, manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, construction inputs, automotive and green economy industries.

Mongezi Veti
Chairperson of the Board

“Sustainable Economic Development remains the key purpose and vision for Lepharo’s existence.”

From Our Chairperson

In line with the National Development Plan, Lepharo continues to reinvent itself in an attempt to ensure that the final outcome of the programme results in full time employment, of both semi and highly skilled members of society by SMEs in the Engineering and Manufacturing Industry.

Corporate Enterprise/Supplier chain development success is best measured and indicated by the number of SMEs supported and indicated by value of retainer contracts given to SMEs by both the private as well as public sector. The journey is still long. However, the vision is clear in that true sustainable growth of SMEs in engineering and manufacturing can only bear results if the intended market is part of the development process of SMEs.

It is with this objective in mind that the Board has approved strategic partnerships with key organisations that share in Lepharo’s board vision of providing technical, procurement assistance and advice to the programme members, as well as the centre management itself.

The board wishes to welcome new members joining the board from Macsteel and PG Group. Their participation is testimony to the commitment certain companies demonstrate in the potential value of Lepharo, and the need for socio-economic status of the people of Ekurhuleni. Since the centre’s launch in 2011, Lepharo’s 3 year delivery model was launched in 2012 and has been proven to be successful as it produced its first graduates from the programme in 2015.

The Board prides itself of Lepharo’s achievements and would also like to congratulate the Centre Management team and its employees for consistently exceeding KPI targets as set by funders.

Our primary key focus going forward is to identify opportunities that would contribute towards self-sufficiency for long term sustainability with less reliance on external funding.

I would also like to thank the continued visible participation of my fellow board members and their invaluable contributions.

– Mr Mongezi Veti, Chairperson of the Board

Zenzo Nkomo
Chief Executive Officer

“The centres manage to operate within budget and continuously achieve extensive growth in all areas.”

From our CEO

Since its launch the programme has grown and is now focusing on ensuring that its offerings are streamlined specifically for the benefit of today’s SME in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

The mandate from the board was for management to ensure and create an environment that ensured mutual value for the SME and the market they serviced.

To achieve this, the programme has engaged in strategic procurement partnerships with stakeholders and other industry associations who shared our vision for a broader economic development through enterprise incubation.

As such, the centre successfully registered as a Merseta accredited training centre with phase 2 registration of new venture creation being finalised as well. This will minimise, if not eradicate, the use of Grant funding for training of SMEs and their employees.

Strategic partnerships with stakeholders have also resulted in benefits for SMEs to access steel through a credit facility with Macsteel with further provision of technical fabrication training being finalised.

With guidance from the board, we continue to explore ways in which to improve, as well as reinvent if necessary, our delivery methodology and the results are encouraging to both management and SMEs to pursue excellence in our objectives.

– Mr Zenzo Nkomo, CEO


Lepharo is a good example of effective interaction between the local business community, private and public sectors and industry associations, proving that partnerships can have a considerably higher productive impact in the field of enterprise and supplier development.

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