Ubuntu Baba's biggest challenge could be its golden opportunity

2019-01-12 16:01

A small business's run-in with a heavyweight retailer like Woolworths may be its biggest challenge yet, but the founder and owner of Ubuntu Baba Shannon McLaughlin is hopeful to swing the situation to something positive.

Ubuntu Baba owner: 'I'm not happy with Woolworths apology'

2019-01-11 14:15

Ubuntu Baba owner Shannon McLaughlin says she is not happy with Woolworths's apology earlier this week and has requested to speak to CEO Ian Moir.

Woolworths acknowledges 'striking similarities' with Ubuntu Baba carrier, removes product from stores

2019-01-09 15:13

Woolworths has said it will remove the baby carrier product from its stores, following a meeting with a business owner who claimed the retailer had copied her idea.

Woolworths to meet with entrepreneur accusing it of 'blatantly expropriating' her idea

2019-01-08 18:04

Woolworths plans to meet with a small business owner who has accused the retailer of copying her product idea.

Winners of first Google Impact Challenge Africa announced

2018-11-29 18:32

Twelve non-profits and social enterprises were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding in the first Google Impact Challenge Africa.

Q&A: GetSmarter's founders on entrepreneurship and online learning

2018-11-25 08:56

Fin24 talks to brothers and founders of online learning platform for adults GetSmarter, which has grown to employ over 350 full-time staff and was last year listed on Nasdaq for $103m.

Young techpreneur wins Business Partners competition

2018-11-23 18:12

Khomotso Malakalaka was announced as the national winner of the 2018 SME Toolkit Business Partners Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs.

Facebook launches new career tools for SA youth, entrepreneurs

2018-11-14 16:38

Facebook has unveiled new tools and resources to help youth, professionals and entrepreneurs in South Africa access career opportunities, the social networking site announced on Wednesday.

Opportunities for youth and small businesses in maritime

2018-11-10 13:03

Stakeholders are looking to develop SA's maritime sector, which has opportunities for youth and small businesses, says an industry representative.

Touwsrivier's solar plant - making more than electricity

2018-10-16 05:45

The introduction of a sustainable solar plant in Touwsrivier has proved to pack some power, and not just the electric kind. The small town has seen measurable change thanks to CPV1: both in the economy, and for individual residents too.


#Woolworths: We bought Ubuntu Baba carriers to 'draw inspiration'

2019-01-11 16:52

Woolworths admitted it bought baby carriers, including those of Ubuntu Baba, to 'draw inspiration' for its own product.

Fine Woolworths or get them to host a small business event? Fin24 readers weigh in

2019-01-10 15:14

From calling on Woolworths to be fined for the 'striking similarities' with the Ubuntu Baba baby carrier to insisting that the retailer explain how 'unethical' practices took place, Fin24 readers had a lot to say.

A CEO who's faced hundreds of rejections over her 20-year career waits 24 hours to send an email that more often than not helps turn 'no' into 'yes'

2019-01-09 01:30

Maria Hatzistefanis has been rejected hundreds of times in her career since founding the skincare company Rodial in 1999.

Three sectors where small businesses can still grow in a recession

2018-12-02 17:06

There are still some opportunities for SMEs during a recession, as certain business sectors have been known to weather periods of low economic growth.

WATCH: From Soweto to the skies - entrepreneur creates 'air taxi' business

South Africa's first black-owned air taxi brings affordable air travel to more than 150 airports across the country. CEO Thokozani Miya describes his business as 'Uber in the air'. Watch.

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#Entrepreneurs: When you're (literally) the mother of invention

2018-11-24 13:04

In the case of a Western Cape mom who fell pregnant with quadruplets, the unexpected scale of her new family ignited not just her maternal instincts, but an entrepreneurial one too.

Kurlz & Kutz founders saw gap for children's hair salon

2018-11-15 17:26

Entrepreneurship is not only about building your own business, but also about offering a solution and having the passion to see it through, according to the founders of a children's hair salon.

Life of Pep Stores founder Renier van Rooyen was a classic rags-to-riches story

2018-11-10 15:50

Renier van Rooyen, founder of Pep Stores and life-long friend of fellow retail giants Christo Wiese and Whitey Basson, has passed away at the age of 87.

Cape Town entrepreneur scoops national award

2018-10-25 19:09

A Blackheath-based entrepreneur and champion for women in business has bagged one of SA's most prestigious awards.

An entrepreneur's guide to running a clean business

2018-10-15 06:46

Though indiscretions at Steinhoff, McKinsey and KPMG shone a spotlight on unethical business practices, research shows that some small businesses are just as bad, and using smarter ways to conceal it, says Jannie Rossouw.

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