The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
A newly launched report identifies six African, and two South African, companies as market creating innovators.
Real life is too short to just imagine a world where everything goes wrong, says Marc Ashton.
The year may have delivered a few storms, but that did not get everybody down. Meet some of the innovators trying to make SA a better place.
Two years ago, Thanduxolo Sixaka helped an elderly couple put their shack up again after the wind blew it down. The grateful couple later gave him their booming meat business in return.
Fifteen years ago, then-junior fashion designer Palesa Mokubung took the plunge to start her own fashion label. The hard work has culminated in fashion history.
A Cape Town start-up company which produces edible food bowls has grabbed international attention, netting funding from the organisers of the 2020 World Expo set to be held in Dubai.
As South African entrepreneurs, we’ve always punched above our weight on the global stage. But lately, we’ve been undervaluing ourselves. Letting the country’s challenges get to us. Now it’s time for us to rediscover the unshakeable optimism that’s made us great, says Dov Girnun.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are an important driver of economic growth and a source of employment, especially for countries such as South Africa which is currently facing high levels of unemployment.
Small and medium sized local commercial businesses play a vital role in the SA economy and a new report tries to establish what makes consumers big fans of the companies they love. Is your favourite among them?
For various reasons, small- and medium-sized enterprises struggle to obtain financing through traditional channels. But there’s been a rise in alternative funders who are giving entrepreneurs a way of starting up.
The success of their strategy and marriage is evident in the seamless way in which Zodwa and Sibusiso Tshabalala started their business venture and saw it thrive.
Mabel Ledwaba started out as a teen hairstylist and says entrepreneurship came naturally to her.
For every R10 spent at a small business, R6.51 stays local, says Katlego Maphai.
Study shows that women in South Africa keenly venture into entrepreneurship.
“It’s like living a dream.”
The SA SME Fund on Thursday announced the seven fund managers set to manage about R1.4bn in funding to develop small businesses in the country.
Never, ever, give up, says Tamra Capstick-Dale, managing director of public affairs and reputation management consultancy Corporate Image.
Youth-owned businesses in the agricultural sector are invited to apply for SAB KickStart's Urban Agriculture programme.
For many SMEs the space that they work from can be one of their best marketing advantages, says the founder and CEO of The Business Exchange.
Many business owners are unaware of products such as mezzanine finance and how to access it, says Gary Palmer, CEO at Paragon Lending Solutions.
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