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An insider’s view: Building socially conscious enterprises of the future

Luleka Mkuzo has perhaps some of the simplest yet wisest words to offer any aspiring entrepreneur or small business owner when she says: “Our backgrounds don’t determine our tomorrow, our dreams are within reach if we stay focused, work hard and believe in something greater than ourselves.” A community engagement strategist and social entrepreneur focused …

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SMME Success story: Soweto Pizzeria grows their business in the midst of the pandemic challenges.

By: Jameel Khan, Head of Projects at SAICA Enterprise Development Since March 2020 the South African economy has been severely negatively impacted, primarily as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. From March to June, the South African GDP shrank to an annualized 51% on quarter[1] . To add to the economic woes, unemployment in …

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Karabo Nguyuza, a guesthouse owner with a disability wins local tourism award

“Everything is possible as long as you put your mind and focus to it.” Atang guesthouse has been declared the best guesthouse in Tembisa by Gauteng Women in Tourism (WiT), at an awards ceremony held in Boksburg, Gauteng on August 30. Lockdown level 2 guidelines were followed and only 50 people were in attendance, seated two metres apart. Karabo Nguyuza, the guesthouse owner, does not know who nominated her business, however, she is grateful for the nomination and the win. “I feel excited …

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SA township-mapping startup offers FMCG companies innovative value creation platform

South African startup Eneodata is providing location intelligence data from townships to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies to help them derive better value and create opportunities for local people.Founded in 2018, Eneodata is a location intelligence and analytics company focused on unlocking the value of the informal market through mapping economic activities in difficult-to-see spaces.The …

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Animation and gaming startup, Sea Monster Makes a Huge USD1m Splash

Animation and Gaming Company Sea Monster partners with Edge Growth and FirstRand’s Vumela Fund to unlock digital solutions Animation, gaming and AR/VR company Sea Monster today announced the conclusion of a USD1m investment from FirstRand’s Vumela Fund, managed by leading SME Venture Fund Manager Edge Growth, which will change the way corporates tackle training and …

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Pioneers of sustainable enterprise and supplier development – An Anglo American Zimele case study

Anthony Mpati is the founder and CEO of 115 Solutions, an engineering consulting company that, from its humble beginnings in 2011, has expanded to include 40 full-time employees and an enviable client list. “Starting your own business is tough,” says Mpati, “but at some point you need to grab the bull by the horns and …

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Entrepreneurs making a difference…powered by Standard Bank

Those who have shown entrepreneurial drive and have started businesses usually face the market access challenge, as the number one challenge, as there are legacy barriers to entry into major corporate supply chains. Once access to markets has been gained, the need often quickly escalates to funding requirements to fulfil obligations. Development needs are related …

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Geekulcha Names Top 15 Young Geeks of 2020

Geekulcha, a platform for young talent in the Information and Communications (ICT) exists to create and enable platforms for Innovation and Creativity. The organisation has built a national footprint working with all spheres or government, industries, academia and community development based organisations to build tech and digital skills in all parts of the country.  “It’s …

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