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Jeremy Lang

Trends in local franchising create oppertunities

The various international retail chain store brands entering the South African market is a positive indicator for the country, and highlights the opportunity that South Africa offers to international investors, despite the flurry of negative perceptions around the current local economy. This is according to Jeremy Lang, Regional General Manager of Business Partners. Speaking in light of… [Continue Reading]

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Marius Alberts & Alan Winde

Funding Fair application deadline extended

This year’s Western Cape Funding Fair application deadline has been extended, offering entrepreneurs from the province the opportunity to learn about getting your business investment ready, and to pitch for funding. Applicants who wish to pitch their businesses for funding at the fair, have until 24 March 2016 to apply. The fair, a partnership between Deloitte and the… [Continue Reading]

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President Jacob Zuma announced that 30% of certain state procurement would be set aside for small businesses.

Get all government tenders in one portal

As of April 2016 government will no longer place tender adverts in newspapers as is currently the case. All government departments will be using one central tender portal, which will be available free of charge. This was announced by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament during his reply to the 2016 State of the Nation Address… [Continue Reading]

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Clement Pilusa

Winners walk off with R1.5-million in business grants

The South African Breweries’ (SAB) 20-year old youth entrepreneurship development programme, SAB KickStart, has announced its top 5 winning youth-owned businesses, which receive a share of R1.5-million in business grants. The winners were announced during 20th Anniversary celebration of SAB KickStart held late last night in Mbombela, Mpumalanga; and during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) which… [Continue Reading]

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Entrepreneurial skills needed to compete

Entrepreneurial skills needed to compete

Today, South Africa’s business trends and the entrepreneurial landscape demands far more sophisticated skills in order to achieve competitiveness and ensure survival of SMMEs which have to look beyond the confines of tradition. This was said by Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, at the opening ceremony of the Global Entrepreneurship Week which… [Continue Reading]

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Hennie Cloete received R9 million from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency

Funds help biz to grow

Hennie Cloete plans to set up 24 manufacturing plants to supply poor communities with renewable fuel, primarily for cooking after receiving over R9 million in funding from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa). In May last year Cloete, the chief executive of Grocat, submitted an application for funding and a business plan to Sefa detailing… [Continue Reading]

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Patricia Mabunda, Petra Terblanche, Thandi Chavalala, Zodwa Malindisa, Agnes Mabunda and Denise Olivier.

Smooth ownership transfer for business

Petra Terblanche – a member of Hi Hanyile Essential Oil Products – has been appointed as the site manager to assist the enterprise in its transition from state-owned to being community-owned. Small Business Connect spoke to Terblanche on how she is accomplishing this through the assistance of the South African Essential Oil Business Incubator. By… [Continue Reading]

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Ellis Levember

Incubator supports small farmers

With a vision to transform the essential oils industry so that small farmers own the biggest market share, the South African Essential Oil Business Incubator (Seobi) has already assisted 127 businesses through its incubation programme. Small Business Connect spoke to chief executive officer Ellis Levember to learn more. What is the name of your incubator… [Continue Reading]

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Vinesh Maharaj

Sales tips to grow your firm

Regardless of your business type, size, location or turnover, one thing that can help grow your business with immediate effect, is your company’s sales. Yes, sales. – the life blood of your business. Before accounting, logistics, warehousing and procurement can become a reality, we all need to hear the cash register go Ka! Ching! Another… [Continue Reading]

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