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Shared Value Initiative
To Help Struggling Businesses

COBRA consists of a consortium of enterprises that are united to use business as a force for good by assisting other companies to thrive in a challenging economy, to safeguard livelihoods, and ultimately to improve the social wellbeing of all South Africans.

The founding and coalition members are committed to pooling their collective knowledge, experience, and resources to enable distressed businesses to stand a better chance of surviving the economic crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded upon the principle of shared value, COBRA sets out to unite the private sector to solve pressing issues in society. The founding partners recognise the critical role that private businesses must play in South Africa to ensure economic and social wellbeing, and to safeguard both lives and livelihoods.

Within this shared value ecosystem, extensive business legal services, small business accounting, technology and business-turnaround expertise and related local business support and consulting services are made available to assist small businesses in financial consulting, legal, and operational distress. By helping vulnerable businesses, COBRA plays a vital role in preventing economic decline and unemployment.

COBRA Crisis Support

We have launched a new service offering to assist businesses who have experienced any losses as a result of the destruction and looting of assets. This offering exists primarily for businesses that are affected by the present socio-political turmoil and civil unrest.

We appeal to all affected businesses to reach out to the COBRA Initiative if in need of the following:

  • Legal Advice regarding any loss/damage to Assets.
  • Assistance with Provision of Working Capital.
  • Mediation Services.
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support.
  • Business Rescue.
  • Liquidations and Insolvencies.
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Speak to a COBRA Expert

Ask COBRA for direct small business assistance from our partner network. COBRA can help with a diverse range of queries from business turnaround, strategy, business governance, operations and more.

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COBRA Business Rescue

COBRA recommends one of the certified business rescue practitioners to initiate the formal rescue process to businesses who warrant entry into this process. COBRA is intent on changing the way that business rescue is perceived by demonstrating the value of the process and the outcomes that can be achieved when the plan is done well.

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COBRA Mediation

Our cost effective, professional mediation service provides efficient and effective dispute resolution solutions as an alternative to costly and unpredictable litigation.

Our mediators bring the parties together to find novel solutions for even the most tricky matters, which typically include commercial disputes, labour disputes, estate disputes, landlord/tenant matters, debt collection matters, construction law matters, and family law matters.

Our offering only extends to cases where both parties voluntarily agree to mediate.

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Apply for funding or find an investment partner

Reach out to the COBRA Business Funding Tank, made up of investment partners from the consortium who can assist with SME’s business startup funding or investment capital options.

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Knowledge Hub For SMEs

Browse through the COBRA Knowledge Hub’s practical how-to guides, thought leadership pieces and informative articles to crash proof your business during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Explore the up to date and detailed view of the various public and private relief funds.

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Knowledge Hub

COBRA’s Gifted Value commitment

COBRA has aligned with professional partners who, together, have not only agreed to provide services on a shared value basis but also, when required, on a ‘Cobra Gifted Value’ basis, subject to the company qualifying in terms of its means. If a business qualifies for Cobra Gifted Value program, professional fees will be reduced or written-off entirely by our partners to ensure a successful outcome for the business in question. Once sufficiently resuscitated, the business will move from the Cobra Gifted Value program to its share value offering.

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Meet our Partners

Established as a social enterprise and shared value ecosystem, COBRA prides itself on its partnerships with leading companies and industry leaders who possess knowledge and experience in diverse spheres of business governance, strategy and operation.

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In the light of the COVID-19 global pandemic reality and seriousness; COBRA supports the initiatives of the SA Government by: Staying Safe, Wearing Face Masks/PPE, and Social Distancing.

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