The group prides itself on having a passion for township, urban and rural manufactured apparel and other products.
“We foster and promote innovative organisations that seek to transform power towards a world characterised by economic freedom, inclusion and sufficiency.
“It is to accord the township manufacturer access to mainstream economy by exposing their goods on a national and international scale,” says Bennett.
The main reason Zenziwe Retail was started was because of the high demand for caps, T-shirts, shoes and accessories in South Africa.
Cool African print jacket. Picture: Supplied.
“We noticed that there was a great pool of talent in the townships, urban and rural areas, as well as other African countries. But the SMMEs never reach their potential because of this lack of access to markets.”
Zenziwe boasts suppliers from townships such as Thembalethu (George), Khayelitsha (Cape Town), Gugulethu (Cape Town), Mamelodi (Pretoria) and Bloemfontein (Free State), as well as one from Nigeria.
Being 100% black-owned, the company aims to accelerate local clothing and accessories makers to mainstream economy.
All swagged up in African print jacket. Picture: Supplied.
“The bigger the business grows, the bigger the supplier grows - and this equates to an increase in a tremendous number of jobs being created.
“The only challenge the business is facing now is to educate South Africans how to shop online.
“Zenziwe is the first online shop that has introduced eWallet, Nedbank Sendimali and Absa cash send as a form of payment, to cater for those who do not feel comfortable making transactions online,” says Bennett.
Visit www.zenziwe.co.za for more on the brand.