Connecting volunteer mentors with business owners affected by the looting, for them to rebuild.

Countless South African businesses have been ravaged by the recent looting in parts of KZN and Gauteng. Many small businesses will have to start again from scratch. The informal economy employs millions of people and in a land plagued by high levels of unemployment, we need these businesses to rebuild and prosper. Across the nation, South Africans are heartbroken at the devastation which has unfolded. Men and women with various skills want to support these business owners as they rebuild. Restore SA has been created to connect small business owners affected by looting with skilled people who freely offer mentorship support.

How it works

  1. Register as either a small business owner or a mentor.
  2. Small business owners create a profile and describe the sort of support they need.
  3. Volunteers browse these profiles and select which business they are able to support.
  4. Restore SA will then send contact details to both the volunteer and business owner for them to connect.


  • Any small business directly affected by the looting is eligible for support and may apply.
  • Anyone may volunteer as a mentor as long as they have a LinkedIn profile, relevant skills and are willing to commit to 1-2 hours a week for the next 2 months.
  • There is no formal vetting process. We will prioritise volunteer applicants who have strong, relevant experience.
  • Volunteers need not be in the same city at the small business owner.


  1. We are not able to provide financial assistance to any business owners. This programme is aimed only at providing access to mentorship support and advice.
  2. We are not able to vet the business owners, beyond what information is provided by them and make no representations or warranties in this regard. By engaging with the programme, you accept that as a result,you dispense advice and support at your own risk  .
  3. Your engagement with the programme is completely voluntary and at your own risk. 
  4. The programme organisers, volunteers, sponsors, their employees, agents, directors, or any related parties shall not accept any liability for any claims of whatever nature (including but not limited to theft, injury, loss or damage of whatever nature) resulting from the provision of mentorship support and advice dispensed by you through the programme.
  5. Should you become aware of any mentors providing false advice, adverse support or using the programme for any reason other than the provision of mentorship support and advice, you agree to contact us immediately at
  6. We will not use your contact details for any commercial purposes and will only share them with the business owners that you select to support.
  7. It is up to the mentor and business owner as to how the sessions and relationship will be managed. We will not get involved in coordinating this or resolving any challenges that may arise in this regard.