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By Cue Sibiya Since its launch in 2015, Go My Way, has been making headways in the Nigerian tech ecosystem. It was funded by Angel investors with years of experience: Sim Shagaya (CEO/Founder, Konga), Co-creation Hub and Bill Paladino (Ex-amazon and Naspers executive). The app is a ride-sharing marketplace connecting passengers with ride owners going along the same route and have empty seats to spare. Their aim is to provide a solution to the transportation...

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By Cue Sibiya  Custom clothing is not for everyone, it is for the businessman who knows what he wants. This is a revelation that was reached by Ismail Moosa, who founded Esteem Silk Bazaar in Pretoria. Esteem Silk Bazaar, which started operating in 1940, began by selling menswear, mostly suits and footwear as well as limited quantity of ladies footwear. Then, unfortunately, came the Group Areas Act and this bustling, vibrant community was broken forever....

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By Cue Sibiya With numerous beauty products in the market, it is imperative for cosmetics startups to separate themselves from the rest and be exceptional. That’s a challenge that has been easily negotiated by Kreamy Cosmetics. While their offices recently opened in January 2017, they spent the previous year mainly focused on thorough research and experimentation with various ingredients, regimens and skincare or hair care problems. The South African company was founded by Zanele Magadzi,...

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By Cue Sibiya While living in South Africa, Tudor Claxon was focused on up-skilling himself in the Audi Visual space. This enabled him to get opportunities to work in highly populated countries such as Nigeria and India in various filming and missionary projects. That’s where he started out as a professional radio and video producer. Following his much-needed experience, Claxon decided to come back to his roots – his motherland – Kenya, to pursue Missionary...

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Baradi Moletsane chats to Dumo Ndlovu and Lungelo Fatyela, the owners of AU Gold, a 100% black-owned vodka and beverage brand that’s setting the gold standard and making waves in the city of gold. Can you give us a brief description on AU Gold? Au Gold Vodka is the first offering from the Au Gold Distillery, it is a handcrafted, triple distilled premium vodka. Our Vodka is a fully licenced artisanal distillery that specialises in...

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By Baradi Moletsane “Never in my journey in business have I believed in instant gratification, when I tell people that the first time I made a profit from my diamond business was after nine years of its establishment, their jaws always drop,” Molefi Letsiki, Founder and Diamond Trader at Molefi Letsiki Diamond Holdings, shares with us his battles and triumphs of working in the diamond industry for over 10 years. “I grew up in a...

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By Cue Sibiya “Anyone unable to get a loan from us is definitely not qualified for one anywhere else.” That’s how confident and successful the KiaKia service and system has proven to be since its launch. Access to loan in Nigeria and Africa from traditional financial institutions by individuals and small businesses is almost impossible and difficult, and in the rare occasions where available, the process is physically rigorous, slow and lengthy, almost invalidating necessity...

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The startupAFRICA team recently caught up with Duduzile Mkhwanazi, spokesperson for Project Isizwe, an initiative which has managed to afford South Africa’s capital city with a connectivity upgrade, in addition to the aim of extending free Wi-Fi to major parts on the African continent. After a promising conversation of how this initiative will aid many young people who seek employment – Mkhwanazi had some good insight on what the initiative aims to do at large. Can...

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 By Cue Sibiya After an accident left her with over 150 stitches on her face, Relebohile Moeng, a GIBS master’s degree graduate, turned to business to find a solution. Countless consultations and expensive medications later she was told the only way to minimise the scarring was through plastic surgery. It was then when she and her husband decided to launch Afri-Berry in 2011. Moeng describes Afri-Berry as an award winning, youth empowering, and leading South...

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