About Us

Taking Care of Business (TCB), formerly known as The Clothing Bank, is a non-profit South African social enterprise that was founded in 2010. We have a national footprint and partner with 11 of the country’s major retail brands to serve over 1500 traders and small business owners at any given time.


We empower unemployed South Africans and their families to escape the cycle of poverty through small business opportunities, mostly within the circular economy.

 


Our Purpose

To empower the people raising the next generation


Our Vision

Eradicate poverty in South African Families


Our Mission

Equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and resources needed to unlock their full potential and access the economy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

Our Head Office is based in Cape Town:
 

33 Thor Circle, Viking Place, Thornton
Tel: 021 531 2134
Email: info@tcb.org.za

 

TCB SOCIAL CHANNELS

 

https://www.facebook.com/TCBorgza/

 

https://www.instagram.com/tcborgza/

 

https://www.linkedin.com/company/tcborgza/

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/TCBTakingCareofBusiness

 

https://www.givengain.com/c/tcborgza/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News-Events
GROW ECD / Book Dash / My School – 22 April 2024

In South Africa, book ownership levels are critically low, especially in impoverished communities, which links to low literacy levels.

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Grow ECD expands with a satellite branch in Gqeberha

A new Grow ECD satellite branch has opened in Gqeberha, bringing this impactful programme’s in-person Early Childhood Development (ECD) services to the Eastern Cape.

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Empowering Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: TCB Youth Development Programme.

In the heart of Atlantis, a transformative initiative called Lokshin Economiz has been making waves in the lives of Grade 10 learners, providing them with a unique Entrepreneur and Business Development experience.

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Defy teams up with Taking Care of Business to pilot solar solutions for SA communities in need

Defy South Africa, has recently announced the launch of its ground-breaking Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer range, specifically designed to address the challenges related to frequent loadshedding and clean energy access in South Africa.

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From a struggling part-time gardener to running a business

Josiah Morake, from Ivory Park in Midrand, was a part-time gardener. He says, “I worked for different people with no stable income, which put a strain on me.

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Driving impactful early education through financial inclusion

The recent budget speech announced an increase of only R1.59 billion for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Grant. This is less than the projected R1.9 billion for 2024 that was promised in last year's budget.

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Our Impact

We measure our impact across four key areas: Personal Growth, Professional Development, Financial Independence and Environmental Impact.


1 April 2022 – 31 March 2023 financial year impact stats:

✓ 792 total beneficiaries recruited during 2022/23 FY
✓ 1 069 total beneficiaries active in our two-year programmes
✓ 777 graduates and ambassadors actively involved in our programmes
✓ R64,9 million estimated profits made by beneficiaries across our Resell and Repair programme, excluding our graduates and ambassadors.
✓ 1,93 million items received
 

Our latest annual report can be viewed here


Our footprint


We have 5 branches across South Africa with the capacity to support up to 1100 unemployed men and women across our Resell, Repair and Remake programmes at any given time.

 


 

Success Stories
 

A TCB Legacy Story : Bradley Freeman                                            A TCB Legacy Story :  Vuyukazi Majali

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Programmes

Our Resell, Repair and Remake programmes are Enterprise Development programmes (qualifying for ED Points towards your BBBEE scorecard). Our Grow ECD programme is qualified for SED (Socio-Economic Development) points and Section 18A tax certificates.


#1 Resell Programme

Our flagship programme is our Resell programme in which we equip unemployed mothers to become successful clothing traders. Their informal businesses are fuelled by donations of excess clothing from the retail sector, which reduces fashion waste.


#2 Repair Programme

Our 2nd programme is our Repair programme which trains its participants, mainly men, how  to repair appliances. The beneficiaries of the programme repair the appliances and sell them for a profit in their communities. Their small businesses are fuelled by donations of excess, customer- return and broken appliances from the retail sector, which reduces e-waste.


#3 Remake Programme

Our 3rd programme is our Remake programme where we equip unemployed seamstresses to run viable small businesses using their skill, creativity and excess stock from the retail supply chain. Donations of excess fabric, clothing, and trims (usually destined for landfill) ensure that we equip our seamstresses while supporting the circular economy.


#4 Reskill Programme

This programme equips other organisations and individuals with skills to become financially independent. We offer our life-changing skills training workshops in financial freedom, entrepreneurial, business- and life skills to other organisations.


#5 Grow ECD

This programme was developed to equip the people who are educating the next generation. Our vision is 5-star early learning accessible and affordable in every neighbourhood. Grow ECD offers various products and services to the ECD community including a technology platform, online training, a quality education programme, affordable ECD finance and registration support.

 

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support

How can you help?


1. Money

You can give with confidence when you invest in TCB. Your contribution ensures that we can keep up the good work, expand our impact, grow more entrepreneurs, reduce waste to landfills, and eradicate poverty from local families through the circular economy.
Donate now.


2. Equipment donations

Our Repair programme needs small and large appliances (fridges, freezers, microwaves, dishwashers, TVs etc.) which we can use to demo repair skills and allow participants to practice on real equipment. Our Remake programme needs sewing machines, overlockers and any equipment used in the CMT and sewing industry.


3. Retail and manufacturing partners

TCB offers retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers a national cost-effective solution to their fashion, retail and e-waste problems. We collect your excess stock from your branch or factory, sort and de-brand it, and then equip local unemployed individuals to buy and sell in their communities. In return, this helps you meet your BBBEE, Enterprise Development and environmental responsibility mandates (such as the ERP–Extended Producer Responsibility).


Contact us to become a partner or donate equipment.


Our BBBEE, Social-Economic Development & Enterprise Development, NPO and PBO status.
 

As a Level 1 Qualifying Small Enterprise, TCB –Taking Care of Business is aligned to the spirit of the amended BBBEE Act. We can offer companies significant points on their BBBEE scorecard thanks to our focus on growing small, black-women-owned businesses and empowering the unemployed through skills development.
 

✓ 100% unemployed South Africans
✓ 100% black beneficiaries
✓ 90% are black-women-owned businesses
✓ < 50% are defined as youth
✓ NPO number: 081-505-NPO
✓ PBO number: 930032046
 
 
Our Partners


The success of TCB is built on the power of strategic partnerships with all the major players in the retail sector. This unique model demonstrates what can be achieved when the non-profit and private sector collaborate in a shared value partnership. The retail business model is an imperfect system where supply and demand are very rarely matched. As a result, there will always be excess/waste or faulty products that retailers find difficult to recycle or redistribute.


TCB’s programmes gives retailers the opportunity to solve both economic and environmental problems. Our national footprint provides retailers with a simple, no-cost solution for their waste, whilst at the same time creating an opportunity for them to make a difference in the future of South Africa. Annually we receive over 2 million items worth in excess of R100m from our retail partners which is the fuel for the trading businesses our participants start.