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How entrepreneurial are you?

This is an important question for all entrepreneurs, but specially so for those who are about to start out. How suitable are you for starting and running your own business? Of course, there are so many considerations that will determine your business success that are outside of your direct control or input, however, as the… [Continue Reading]

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Gugu Mjadu

What drives entrepreneurs?

One of the most enduring myths about those who take the difficult, uncharted path of starting their own business is that they are mainly motivated by money. The short response to anyone who tries to uphold this crude misunderstanding is simply that there are many easier ways to make money – starting a business is… [Continue Reading]

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Honouring techno-women in the Northern Cape

The Department of Small Business Development, in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism will host the 2015 Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) and Ligugu Lami Awards ceremony in Kimberly, Northern Cape Province. The ceremony will be held at Mittah Sperepere Convention Centre in Kimberly on the 5th November 2015. In… [Continue Reading]

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Esther Marina Bourke-Wright holding some of her worms at her farm.

Web helps worm farmer cash in on sales

A local worm farmer says her only means of staying connected to the world – apart from word-of-mouth – is via the web. Esther Marina Bourke-Wright says she previously used the Yellow Pages to advertise her products and services. But, since starting her worm farm business nine years ago, Bourke-Wright had to find other means… [Continue Reading]

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Sammy Rabolele

First black online tv network

Fed up with major broadcaster’s lack of compelling African stories, two university friends decided to do something to change this. Now, two months since launching, their new online television network has drawn viewers from around the world. Tebogo Mogale and Sammy Rabolele, the founders of Beyond The Eyes (BTE) network which launched in February are… [Continue Reading]

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Thys Weymeyer with wife Maureen and son Neil at the SAPBA awards.

Family business wins two premier awards

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. This expression proved true for family-owned business Hazleton Pumps who clinched two awards at the third South African Premier Business Awards last month after failing to win last year and instead placing second in the Top Exporter category in 2014. This time round,… [Continue Reading]

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Mbulelo Singapi

Business growth honours father

Set on continuing his father’s legacy, Mbulelo Singapi has grown his business by 7% a year since 2010 through hard work and dedication. Not a bad feat for a business that almost came to a standstill when his father, Peter, died six years ago. Now the managing director of Golden Touch Manufacturing Jewellers in Uitenhage… [Continue Reading]

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Bridgette Radebe

Burning the midnight oil pays off

A Soweto mother has increased her sales by about 300% after transforming a humble home-based car oil business J&L Motor Spares into a “well-oiled machine”. For a decade Bridgette Radebe (no relation to the businesswoman by the same name married to Patrice Motsepe) battled unemployment, but she held onto a reoccurring dream – to establish… [Continue Reading]

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Nondumiso Kafile, the owner of Ndumi's House of Beauty, has managed to grow her business turnover for 20% since she started it in 2011.

House of beauty goes big

Four years after starting in a garage at her home, Nondumiso Kafile has expanded her beauty salon to two branches after twice having outgrown her premises and after her business’s turnover grew by 20%. Kafile says she has fought “tooth and nail” to get where she is today, as the owner of beauty salon Ndumi’s… [Continue Reading]

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Caryn Formby

SA woman wins global award

She is an International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) award winner thanks to her efforts in grooming her employees in running divisions inside her business. Power Plastics owner Caryn Formby was one of 32 women from 18 countries around the world who were honoured in November last year in Sweden for their contribution to the global… [Continue Reading]

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