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It’s a good day to be African up in these streets and we’re so delighted that African talent is starting to get the recognition and acknowledgement that it deserves. Hollywood reporter broke the news that  South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais have joined the cast of Coming 2 America, Paramount’s sequel to its popular 1988 comedy. The classic which stars Eddie Murphy is being directed by Craig Brewer and is said to begin shooting...

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1. Who is Sonto Pooe and what brought about native child?  Sonto Pooe is a mother , a wife, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. I was born in t he dusty streets of KZN and raised by a single mother ( a teacher by profession) so education in my household has always been important. I’m the first if 3 girls so responsibility / leadership skills I learnt growing up having to play second in charge...

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August 14 2019. Kobo360, the digital technology platform disrupting African third-party logistics, today announced the completion of a $20M Series A equity round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from Asia Africa Investment and Consulting Pte. and existing investors including TLcom Capital, Y Combinator, the International Finance Corporation. An additional $10M in local currency working capital financing has been secured from Nigerian commercial banks. Launched in 2017 by Nigerian entrepreneurs Obi Ozor and Ife Oyedele...

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The annual Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) MD’s Charity Golf Day raised R900 000 in cash for Thusong Orphanage. In addition, Spar donated R55 000 worth of vouchers to the organisation. Held at Copperleaf Golf Estate and Spa on 26 July 2019, the prestigious event saw 200 participants and 23 sponsors take to the fairways on a perfect Highveld winter’s day. Located at Mokwalla Township in the Free State town of Vredefort, Thusong was founded more than...

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Entrepreneurs are renowned for starting businesses addressing challenges faced by local communities, based on their innovation and problem solving abilities. Considering that the transport industry in South Africa is plagued with many issues, such as congestion and access to safe and reliable public transport, entrepreneurs may hold the key to providing solutions geared towards smarter mobility.   This is according to Ben Pullen, CEO at Generation.e who refers to a report by global software company Inrix, which...

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The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs report revealed that in South Africa women in early-stage entrepreneurial activity dropped by 15.7% in 2018. This essentially means that only 18.8% of business owners are female in the country, compared to 46.4% in Ghana, which is ranked as the country with the highest women-led companies in the report. This number can be turned around, should the right support be provided to aspiring female entrepreneurs.   Pearl Maphumulo, MD...

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Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) celebrated the expansion of its PH Gutsche Scholarship Fund by hosting its growing network of beneficiaries, marking the initiative’s seventh anniversary of year on year growth. The Bursary Scheme, started in 2013 to assist children from previously disadvantaged areas, has been expanded to include CCBSA employees and their children as a key part of economic sustainability and brand development. “To date, we have provided bursaries for over 70 beneficiaries and...

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Topco Media has named Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) as one of its five finalists for the 16th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. CCBSA has been nominated in the Top Gender Empowered Organisation: Business of the Year category for its industry leading work in gender empowerment.   As one of South Africa’s most prestigious gender-empowerment events, the Standard Bank Top Women Awards recognises organisations and individuals whose efforts uplift women in business and society....

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Exactly one year ago, insurance app Granadilla was launched into the South African market. Digital transformation is a business imperative in the insurance industry, and thus a consumer imperative. With this in mind, Granadilla has set the benchmark for insurtech in South Africa. Underwritten by Bryte Insurance, Granadilla has experienced positive growth across various indicators including user numbers, policies sold and gross written premiums (GWP). Jonathan Walker, founder and CEO of Granadilla says, “disrupting the...

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Recently, ENGEN Pitch & Polish was privileged to collaborate with UN Women to present the very first women-only edition of the national pitching workshop and competition which was attended by over 300 female entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. Kicking off the event, Engen Petroleum’s Head of Transformation, Unathi Njokweni-Magida spoke about gender transformation, asking, “How do we blaze a trail and remove all the barriers that are blocking us from growing into powerful businesswomen? The power...

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