Business heads share ideas on growth

2015-06-04 06:00

Ekasi Business Breakfast speakers Dr Kim Tan, Dikeledi Mosine, Alan Winde, Tania Overmeyer and moderator Luvuyo Rani.

Ekasi Business Breakfast speakers Dr Kim Tan, Dikeledi Mosine, Alan Winde, Tania Overmeyer and moderator Luvuyo Rani.

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Entrepreneurs who attended a business brief in Khayelitsha recently, left the event with their heads held high and confident of the commercial opportunities the area can offer to investors.

Well known Cape Town based entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani hosted the well attended Ekasi Business Network breakfast at Uyesu uNathi hall on Saturday.

Tania Overmeyer from the University of the Western Cape said entrepreneurs should make an impact in their areas of trade.

“Business is not just business, it needs leaders, you have to recognise that you impact to speak and lift up the downtrodden.”.

She urged entrepreneurs to constantly polish their “leadership skills” through self- development and building sustainable networks.

Divya Vasant from Sorbet spoke about opportunities that their company is offering to women through a partnership with Clothing Bank.

“We have created training programmes for unemployed women and turned them into fruitful franchise owners,” she said.

She announced that they would soon be training 50 women in beauty therapy and would canvass in the townships to source them.

Dikeledi Mosime owner of Tinpac spoke on the subject of “entrepreneurial burn out” and urged those involved in business to lead a balanced life.

“How entrepreneurs manage their time is vital for their businesses. They must have time to rest, to sleep well and eat well.”

She said most entrepreneurs have higher expectations than their enterprises should deliver, failing which they end up being demotivated.

“Entrepreneurship is a marathon run , not a sprint, take little steps and you will achieve your goals,” Dikeledi said.

Main guest speaker Dr Kim Tan of SpringHill Management UK offered a wide ranging talk detailing his company’s success and how they operated.

In Singapore his company pioneered a programme which converted prisoners into call centre operators and paid them a decent wage.

“Prison is a lonely place and when you are there in most cases your family disowns you. What we have done with these prisoners was to give them back some of their lost dignity. When they are released they have money and some skills to fall back on once released.”

He described himself as “a different investor” who was easily swayed by the “people factor”. “When I invested in Silulo Technologies, Luvuyo did not have a decent business plan but his passion won my heart and I invested in his dream,” he said to thunderous applause.

MEC Alan Winde also addressed the concerns of aspiring business persons around the issue of the “red tape”

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