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The Value of leadership coaching in the growth of SMMEs By: Ziyanda Masiza

SAICA Enterprise Development (SAICA ED) in partnership with a sponsoring client, embarked on a 12-month Leadership Development Programme, which entailed coordinated and structured set of initiatives that were aimed at a higher purpose, building the eco-system of six Chartered Accountants who own Small Medium Practices (SMPs).   “In the spirit of transformation, the firms selected …

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Strengthening the Steel Industry Through Skills Development and Training

Quality education and training are constituent components of the South African steel industry. As the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on the metals sector, in the face of a steadily increasing unemployment rate across the board, the industry must focus on stimulating growth and employment opportunities.  This strategy begins with pioneering work-based …

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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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COVID-19 reveals the fragility of our world – Absa’s COVID-19 efforts

The global pandemic has laid bare risks we have ignored for decades: inadequate health systems; gaps in social protection; structural inequalities; environmental degradation; and the climate crisis. Entire regions that were making progress on eradicating poverty and narrowing inequality have been set back years, in a matter of months. Those were the words of United Nations …

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Ways for business sector to build resilient communities

By Nozizwe Vundla, head of the Sanlam Foundation In the past decade alone, Sanlam has invested around R630 million in the financial resilience of Africans. We believe the business sector has a responsibility to holistically support communities to be sustainable in the long-term. This requires a 360-degree approach which empowers people to empower themselves. Ultimately, …

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Heels in construction – incubating women owned businesses in construction

The Construction industry is among the most male-dominated industries world-wide. However, in South Africa, women seem to be well represented in the industry and can get even better. According to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), 48% of South Africa’s construction companies are owned by women. This shows that great amount of efforts is done …

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The importance of funding the rise of the female-led digital economy in Africa

by Janade du Plessis, Head: Alternative Equity Investments; and Kashira Naidoo, Analyst: Alternative Equity Investments at Nedbank CIB When it comes to making good business decisions, representation matters. Always. The acknowledgement of this truth is what has led to the wide-ranging racial transformation of businesses across South Africa over the past 20 years, albeit with …

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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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