What is the meaning of Anansi?

Our company is named after Anansi, the cunning and intelligent spider who is one of the most important characters of West African folklore. Tales of Anansi have spread from West Africa to the Caribbean, the United States and beyond with the movement of people of African descent. By naming our company after Anansi, we seek to learn from the wisdom of this African folk hero, and strive to create a new symbol of African culture and enterprise in South Africa.


Anansi is 80% black owned and 80% black woman owned. Under the revised B-BBEE codes we will become a Level 2 Contributor with a 125% procurement recognition level.

An Award Winning Company

Anthea Ambursley, the Managing Director of Anansi, is a mom, wife and a phenomenal award winning entrepreneur, she is very passionate about the hospitality industry and the growth of entrepreneurs and is the proud winner of the following business awards:

  • 2009 – Northern Region KickStart Award, South Africa Brewery (SAB)
  • 2009 – Business Launch Pad Award, FNB, SEDA and the Enablis Entrepreneurial Network
  • 2010 – Regional Business Achiever's Award, Business Women's Association of South Africa
  • 2011 – Business Woman of the Year, SA Council for Business Women
  • 2012 - Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, Sanlam and Business Partners
  • 2014 – Beneficiary, Transcend Advisory and Corporate Advisors Supplier Development Programme
  • 2014 – Beneficiary, The Hope Factory Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme
  • 2014 – 8th Finalist for Margaret Hirsch , Business Woman of the Year Competition

Anthea's business achievements have been featured in several publications, including City Press, the Sunday Times, the Mail and Guardian, and the Entrepreneur Magazine.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Hospitality Learnerships

We provide placements for students from Tshwane University of Technology, Capsicum Culinary School, Proserv, Sedibeng College, and Centurion Academy

Western Cape Divas

Anthea is a patron for this charity organisation which provides soup kitchens and empowerment projects in the Western Cape.

A&R Outreach

We undertake community outreach projects managed by volunteers.

Mandela Day

We have supported old age homes, orphanages and other community groups in need.

Pretoria Old Age Homes Initiative

Every year we organise a one day event for the elderly, which includes a three course lunch and entertainment.

Feed A Child

We donate furniture, goods and sponsor food at Feed A Child events.

Ladies Let’s Talk

Ladies Let's Talk was started at the beginning of 2014. The approach is to look at the holistic needs of the 2014 modern women, meaning body, soul, mind and spirit; and then put together an up-to-date programme that will address the needs of a modern women, including issues such as:

  • Spiritual, Physical (Wellness & Health)
  • Finances (How to manage money)
  • Economics (How to have an impact in the economy); and
  • Social needs (How to get involved in our society/community/families)

We know that the needs of the 2014 woman differs 360 degrees from that same women 50 years ago. Our aim is to put together an interesting programme that addresses these needs on a monthly basis where woman get together to discuss these issues, celebrate and embrace each other and motivate each other with their daily challenges.

Our Gallery


"Feel like at home"

Ali Mada, Engineer, Nokia Solutions Network

"I appreciate you taking time to share your knowledge and experience with us this morning. A teachable spirit can go a thousand miles and touch people at every stop they make. I whole heartedly agree it is time to take hands and empower people to reach their full potential."

Christa de Villiers, Counsellor, Avichayil

"Feeling home abroad"

Ignace Houthoofd, Training Specialist, Alcatel-Lucent