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Business Skills & Planning

Is your business ready for the move to Cloud?

Cloud computing is the current buzzword in IT, but how much do we actually know about it? We speak to […]

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Thought Leaders

The biggest mistakes made by entrepreneurs

Recently I judged a business plan competition for a large international non-profit organisation. The plans where submitted by youth entrepreneurs, from […]

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Tech

5 Tech Innovations making Business Banking a Breeze

The world of financial technology (fintech) is growing faster than almost any other segment of the tech industry, global investment […]

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Business Skills & Planning

Pam Golding’s tips for investing in property

When investing in property with a view to a sound medium to long term proposition, there are a number of […]

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Business Skills & Planning

Pam Golding's tips for investing in property

When investing in property with a view to a sound medium to long term proposition, there are a number of […]

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Law & Taxes

8 Ways The Consumer Protection Act Affects You

If you supply goods or services (supplier) or if you use goods and services (consumer), the Consumer Protection Act 68 […]

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Biz News Funding

New $30m fund for sub-Saharan entrepreneurs launched

Small businesses from three emerging economies in the sub-Saharan African region are set to equally benefit from a $30 million […]

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Business Skills & Planning

How to Talk up your Startup to Potential Investors

Research shows that five out of seven new small businesses in South Africa fail within the first year, all the […]

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Entrepreneurs

Black-owned SMEs to Benefit from ADreachs new Franchise Model

As many as twenty 100% black owned Out of Home (OOH) advertising companies are set to benefit from a public […]

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Entrepreneurs

‘I live, eat, breathe and sleep small business’ – Bokang Seritsane

Company Profile Name of company: Under 35 Mavericks Years in existence: 1 year Position: Founder and Chief Maverick Can you tell us […]

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Business Skills & Planning

Brand culture lessons we can learn from the franchising industry

I was with a couple of senior corporate business managers during the weekend, debating the issue of franchises and which […]

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Business Skills & Planning

Entrepreneurs pitch their way to success

Now in its fifth year, the Pitch and Polish programme held in Soweto on Saturday is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to have […]

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Business Skills & Planning

3 Key Digital Strategies for Growing your Business

There are three key digital strategies to marketing any company operating within the tourism industry, in today’s highly digitised and connected society, that […]

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Tech

62% of SMEs are turning small to large profits

New research reveals that as much as 38% small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are unprofitable in SA, with the other […]

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Business Skills & Planning

The easiest business advice you’ll ever get

A business person is somebody who is all about their business, says motivational speaker and businessman Vusi Thembekwayo. “It’s your ability to […]

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Entrepreneurs Funding

More funding for informal traders in Gauteng

The Gauteng government plans to pilot micro-financing loans and grants to informal traders in the province. This announcement was made by an […]

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Thought Leaders

How smart leaders resolve workplace conflicts

Take a number of complete strangers from varied cultures and backgrounds with varied skills, experience and personalities, put them together […]

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Funding

Promoting business solutions in poverty

The newly-launched Youth Empowerment through Entrepreneurship Programme (YEEP) has announced its winners for Limpopo and Mpumalanga, where the programme was rolled out. The programme was implemented by TechnoServe, an international […]

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Business Skills & Planning

5 ways a University Degree can be useful to entrepreneurs

The great thing about entrepreneurship is that you don’t need tertiary education to become a successful entrepreneur. Think Steve Jobs (Apple), […]

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Tech

High-tech trains for South Africa

State-of-the-art trains will hit the South African railway tracks towards the end of 2015, and will restore confidence in public transport. […]

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Tech

12-year-old Entrepreneur is Making tracks in the Tech World

Young App designer Sam Berger is a youngster with innovation and entrepreneurial gifts unlike many of his peers. His ingenuity has seen him […]

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Law & Taxes

Infrastructure Development Act signed into law

President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation bringing into operation the Infrastructure Development Act. The Act, which was signed into law by […]

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Articles Tech Thought Leaders

Mobile Popularity Offers Great Opportunities for SMEs

A recent survey, conducted by global consulting firm Frost and Sullivan, identified Bring Your own Device (BYOD) as one of […]

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Tech

How Savannah Fund is connecting African startups to Silicon Valley

Local tech startups just received another boost with American Venture Capital Savannah Fund‘s arrival on South African shores. The seed capital […]

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Entrepreneurs

Local procurement ‘to grow black entrepreneurs’

The government has set itself the target of procuring 75% of goods and services from South African producers as part […]

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Entrepreneurs

Maverick Awards Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit

The Maverick Awards kicked off in Johannesburg last night, Thursday 26 June. The youth entrepreneur awards are a first for […]

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Tech

World-class Tech Hub planned for Johannesburg

Tshimologong Precinct will be launched in the coming year, making Johannesburg  Africa’s latest technology centre. The hub, which will be set up […]

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Tech

Google’s New App Puts Virtual Reality On Your Smartphone

Google has launched an app called Cardboard that lets users slot their Android device into a hand-made cardboard viewer. When looked […]

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Entrepreneurs

SMEs to create 90% of jobs by 2030: Small business minister

The newly appointed small business development minister Lindiwe Zulu’s department will help power the National Development Plan goal of 90% of jobs being […]

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Business Skills & Planning

South Africa first in Africa for investment

South Africa was Africa’s best foreign direct investment (FDI) performer in 2013, topping the charts for both inflows and outflows […]

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Entrepreneurs

‘Get your hands dirty, that is where you find diamonds’ – Swaady Martin-Leke

Company Profile Name of company: YSWARA Years in existence: 2 years Position: Founder and CEO Can you tell us a little […]

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Business Skills & Planning

3 ways to become a more skilled risk taker

All entrepreneurs are to varying degrees familiar with risk and it’s close companion fear, but to develop and expand their businesses, business […]

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Business Skills & Planning

Five Important Questions Entrepreneurs should ask themselves

According the Moneyweb’s Marc Ashton, the reality is that success in a small businesses often comes down to luck and timing, but […]

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Entrepreneurs

Business Confidence Among SMEs Declines as Economy Slows

The small-business sector has not been immune to South Africa’s current challenging economy with business confidence in the sector declining […]

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Tech

Mobile tech firms to bring health apps to wearable technology

The world’s largest mobile technology firms including Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and Google Inc  are looking for non-invasive ways to monitor blood […]

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Entrepreneurs

Telling a Responsible Story of Entrepreneurship

“We’ve bridged a time when entrepreneurship was an unknown word. Incubation was about chickens and babies and certainly there was […]

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Entrepreneurs

The Role of Women in Africa’s Economy

Five of the world’s estimated 20 female central bank governors come from southern African countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Seychelles, Madagascar […]

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Entrepreneurs

Youth urged to seize business opportunities

The Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, says South African youth must make the most of the opportunities that democracy has […]

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Articles Business Skills & Planning

5 Ways Your Small Business Can Use Twitter to Develop Sales Leads

Businesses are discovering that Twitter is a very effective tool for marketing and sales. Your prospects and customers are talking […]

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Law & Taxes

What SMEs need to know about the POPI Act

POPI seems to be the new buzzword, but there is still much work to do in ensuring business owners know about the […]

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Articles Thought Leaders

How Smaller Businesses Can Help Africa Thrive

Sub-Saharan Africa is a rare bright spot in a still-sluggish world economy, with the International Monetary Fund projecting 6% output […]

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Thought Leaders

The Importance of Planning for Success

One of the qualities that make entrepreneurs distinctive is that they have the courage to start. Whether it is copying […]

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Tech

The most Business-Friendly Country in Africa

South Africa is likely to be the most business-friendly country in Africa, leading up to 2018. This is according to […]

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Business Skills & Planning

5 of the Biggest Investment Mistakes made by Millionaires

Independent financial consultancy deVere Group recently conducted a survey among their millionaire clients. The Group asked 880 clients what their number one […]

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Entrepreneurs

‘Entrepreneurship is in my blood’ – Tanya Naidoo

Company Profile Name of company: ImageCorp Years in existence: 18 years Position: Director Can you tell us a little bit about […]

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Entrepreneurs

TEDA’s Funding Fair to Focus on SME Support and Growth

Small business and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend the Tshwane small medium and micro enterprises funding fair. The fair takes place, […]

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Franchising

The Secrets to Franchising Success

Like most South Africans, Stelio Nathanael loves meat on the braai. His chain of restaurants – ChesaNyama, which also means “burn meat” […]

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Law & Taxes

Cost of Tax Compliance still too High for SMEs

SMMEs have difficulty filing tax returns due to the various taxation treatments and the complexity of the country’s tax laws. This […]

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Law & Taxes

South Africa’s labour law compares well globally

South Africa’s labour law is on par with many developed countries, according to a new report comparing labour legislation governing redundancies and restructuring in […]

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Law & Taxes

South Africa’s Labour Law Compares well Globally

South Africa’s labour law is on par with many developed countries, according to a new report comparing labour legislation governing redundancies […]

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Latest

The Internet comes to Africa on a Mobile

According to new research by Swedish telecoms multinational Ericsson, mobile data traffic in sub-Saharan Africa is set to increase 20-fold […]

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Thought Leaders

What I wish I knew starting out as an entrepreneur

A bright summer’s morning on November first, 2003, I remember waking up and deciding that today is the day I […]

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Law & Taxes Law and Taxes

5 Laws Every Business Owner can’t Afford to Ignore

Whether you are starting out or have been operating a business for years, it’s always good to familiarise yourself with the laws […]

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Business Skills & Planning

The big branding question is, who has it and who doesn’t?

 After a number of years as a serial marketing entrepreneur and working with many brands from start-ups to multinationals, I’ve […]