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Men are better at networking than women. That’s according to Sue von Hirschfeld from UCT’s Graduate School of Business. She was in conversation with POWER Talk’s Iman Rappetti about women’s disappearance from leadership positions in business. Von Hirschfeld says it’s due to a number of complex reasons including behavioural patterns and institutional bias. “There are a whole complexity of factors including women feeling an overt bias and a more second generation gender bias, like women not putting themselves up for promotion...

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startupAFRICA spoke with Grindstone regarding the fact that Knife Capital has launched the fourth edition of its Grindstone Accelerator programme in partnership with Thinkroom. What is the strategic aim of the programme? SMEs contribute between 40% and 70% of GDPs across Africa and have a massive impact on job creation, depending on the country analysed. A focus on scale-ups enables opportunities for economic growth and job creation across these economies. Incubation and acceleration generally enables accelerated growth for the businesses...

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MANDENI Municipality, in partnership with the Sector for Economic Development Agency (Seda), conducted an information sharing session for entrepreneurs and those aspiring to start their businesses this past week. The main objective was to raise awareness on opportunities offered by various departments and entities in terms of business and capacity building programmes. The event was attended by all councillors and ward committees. Among the attendees were also successful entrepreneurs who came to showcase their work....

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In yet another bold step to create purpose for entrepreneurs and market access, championing the underdog is at the core of a call to action to profile 100 Entrepreneurs in 100 Days. Vanessa Perumal, MD of JT Comms on heeding the call on all South Africans and civil society to play a part in celebrating Nelson Mandela’s centenary, “ The business show Entrepreneur Connect Africa seeks to profile and tell entrepreneurial stories and inspire business...

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According to analysis done by savings fintech start up MyTreasury.co.za, South African’s household savings rate comes last when ranked against the G20 countries. This is distressing news during Savings Month as it means that too many South Africans are living in debt or eating into their capital. These finding are consistent with the worrying picture painted by Old Mutual Savings Monitor: among urban working households, an alarming 40% of respondents said they have no form...

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South Africa has a shortage of good Baristas. That’s why The Daily Buzz, which operates 12 coffee bars in corporate locations across Gauteng and an in-house coffee roastery, Craft Coffee, has launched the first South African developed and fully SETA accredited Barista training academy in Newtown, Johannesburg, this month (July). Craft Coffee, one of the premier artisan roasteries in South Africa, is headed by 2013 South African and All Africa Barista champion, Lovejoy Chirambasukwa, and...

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For #entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders of all types, recruiting team members is one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Naturally, candidates are inclined to put their best foot forward when interviewing, but that professional facade often masks the true nature of the individual. Of course, assessing a baseline level of skill or intelligence isn’t that tough, it’s determining the intangible “cultural fit” aspect that is so difficult. After all, how well can you...

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Thank you for your time today. Do you have any questions?” The boring end to a boring business presentation. Just as it’s important to open your presentation with impact, it’s also important that your presentation doesn’t fade out into nothingness with a crappy closing. Don’t spend all your time getting the audience’s attention at the beginning of your presentation, only to lose them at the end. Here are 6 killer speech closers to get your...

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Five rising young composers will see their works premiered by some of South Africa’s best musicians at a concert evening on Saturday, 18 August 2018, at the Linder Auditorium. Ndabuzekwayo Perfect Bombo, Lise Morrison, Conrad Asman, Riley Giandhari, and Andrew Hoole will toss their hats into the ring for the prized scholarships in this year’s competition for budding South African composers who want to expand their career with academic study or master classes overseas. The...

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The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Alfred Nzo and Chris Hani District Municipalities will host information sharing sessions in Mount Ayliff and Queenstown to showcase its Enterprise Development and Incentive Programmes for Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s). The Department launched SMME support programmes as part of the greater objective of the revised National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) 2016-2026 to ensure the sustainable...

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