About us

Fetola means change in Sesotho.  We are here to empower people to create sustainable lifelihoods and change the world

“I have been touched by Fetola’s unique authenticity and deep commitment to uplifting South Africans. A wealth of innovation and support has been added from conceptualisation of the programme through to our current stage of execution and we see Fetola as our implementation partners as opposed to a service provider.”

 – Heather Lowe, Head Enterprise Development, FNB

What we do

We’re a social enterprise with BEE Level 2 certification. We help people to grow the economy and create jobs by building businesses that last.

Delivering impact

We co-create and deliver impactful Enterprise and Supplier Development solutions that build sustainable businesses and create jobs nationwide.

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Proven methodology

Our unique style and proven methodology are designed to build empowered and confident entrepreneurs who are equipped to grow their businesses in today’s economy. 

Who we are

We’re a diverse and passionate team made up of experienced growth experts, mentors, project managers, digital leaders, entrepreneurs and more.

How we Started

Catherine Wijnberg started Fetola in 2006 with a vision to contribute to the transformation of the South African economy by growing the small business sector. For it is here that jobs are created, success is cultivated, and women, youth, and rural communities can create self-empowered futures. Catherine was also determined that one woman could make a difference and empower other women to do so, too. 

Catherine leads the Fetola team with inimitable passion and her message is clear: anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard. Fetola endeavours to set the standards for others to follow and create long-term partnerships with clients and other businesses.  

Meet our Amazing Team

Catherine Wijnberg

Catherine Wijnberg

Founder & CEO

Catherine champions our Fetola Vision!

Chantal De Kock

Chantal De Kock

General Manager

Chantal champions our SME Programmes Teams

Anton Ressel

Anton Ressel

Business Development Mentor

Anton champions our Mentors and Business Development

Lou-Anne Marshall

Lou-Anne Marshall

Operations Managers

Lou-Anne champions all things Operations!

The Mentors Behind our Success

Anton Ressel LR1
Anton Ressel Western Cape
Business Development, Operational Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship
Mike Patterson LR1
Mike Patterson North West
Human Resources, Retail, Sales & Marketing
Elmarie Goosen LR1
Elmarie Goosen Gauteng
Turn-around Specialist, Supplier & Project Management
Nomvuyo Bengane LR1
Nomvuyo Bengane Gauteng
Business Coaching & Training, Facilitation

Do you want to grow your business?

We can do it together