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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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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Lebogang Madise

Growing number of black Africans founding start-ups

Lebogang Madise’s friends and family thought she was crazy when she told them she would start her own tech business. Madise launched FruityMo earlier this year which specialises in offering IT training to schools. She has one employee, but is looking to take on some interns. Today she is one of hundreds of black Africans founding technology… [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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Apply for spot at Gauteng incubator

Young wanna-be entrepreneurs and those with existing businesses in Gauteng have until the end of this month to apply for one of 240 spots in a three-month incubation programme run by The Awethu Project. The Johannesburg-based enterprise support organisation has opened applications for its micro-business incubator Launch Pad programme that will start in October. Applications are open… [Continue Reading]

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Lehlohonolo Taudi

Reader of the month-Lehlohonolo Taudi

Lehlohonolo Taudi likes to read Small Business Connect because of the motivational stories on entrepreneurs who share their experiences as well as the information listed on the directory page. Taudi is the owner of Lehlohonolo Taudi Construction and Projects that specialises in building, welding, carpentry and paving. He adds that thanks to Small Business Connect… [Continue Reading]

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Lavinia Louw

Reader of the month- Lavinia Louw

Lavinia Louw enjoys reading Small Business Connect because she says the stories about ordinary South Africans making it in business helps her to relate to their struggles. Louw owns Guguletu-based Zandile Luzuko – that offers services ranging from/between Construction, consultation, facilitation, business registration, imports and exports – with Brian Vumazonke. She says she first started… [Continue Reading]

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Portia Hlengiwe

Reader of the month -Portia Hlengiwe

Portia Hlengiwe says she first heard about Small Business Connect in 2013 while visiting the National Youth Development Agency’s offices. Hlengiwe is the owner of communications solutions business Karisani IT and is also the Reader of the Month for June. “I love the support it gives to small businesses and the information is so relevant… [Continue Reading]

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