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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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Ciko Thomas

This week another of the big banks added a service to their customers to make registration of a new business really easy, with the announcement by Nedbank and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), that they are launching “CIPC Online” via the Nedbank website. Trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies said a key theme for the… [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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Christo Botes from Bsiness Partners with winner Lebohang Selloane

Mobile X-ray business wins

In the wake of Global Entrepreneurship Week, budding entrepreneur, Lebohang Selloane, has been named the winner of the 2015 Business Partners /SME Toolkit Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs at an awards ceremony held in Johannesburg this morning. Now in its 6th year, the competition seeks to equip passionate and enthusiastic… [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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Business owners sought for Gauteng hub

Black business owners with existing businesses and who are interested in receiving incubation and support can apply to join a Gauteng business hub which offers subsidised rental space. The R1.6 billion Riversands SMME Incubation Hub opened it doors in March. Once fully occupied, about 160 township entrepreneurs in light manufacturing and other productive activities are expected to benefit from… [Continue Reading]

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Over 300 informal traders trained says department

The Department of Small Business Development has helped train 373 informal traders to run their businesses better, in partnership with the Wholesale and Retail Seta, the department’s spokesman Cornelius Monana said. The numbers were as of the end of June. Monama said the 18 month Informal Traders Upliftment Project is expected to be completed at the end of… [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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