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Make it your passion “Base your business on something you love. That way it won’t seem like work and it will drive you on when the going gets tough.” John Marsden, The Melwood Beer Company Roll with the punches “You must be a fighter. Remain determined and learn from your mistakes. Running your own business involves many ups and downs.” Adelle Smith, BKD Stay close and in control “Don’t delegate at the start. When establishing a new business, you...

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Restaurant sets ego aside to focus on customers instead Alessandro Khojane embodies a true mix of cultures – he was born in Bloemfontein, raised in Italy and speaks English, Italian and Sotho. With his unique blend of cultural influences, it’s no wonderthat he decided to take a novel approach to starting up his restaurant, Gemelli Cucina Bar. Alessandro worked in the restaurant industry for some time, honing his skills as a cook. However, he realised...

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Tanzanian-born Godwin Gabriel has a non-tech background but is challenging the Ubers of the world with a ride-sharing app of his own. Godwin Gabriel has always had the gift of the gab. At 17, he closed the biggest deal in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, supplying food and beverages to a five-star luxury hotel overlooking the picturesque Indian Ocean. As he recalls, it all happened in a flash: one minute he was a youngster looking for...

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Mduduzi Mataboge and BizKasi App’s story is one of determination turning frustration into innovation. Mduduzi was inspired to create the township business advertising app by three things: his passion for apps, frustrating experiences while trying to find services, and his own search for a job. Businesses only have to pay R120 a year to be listed on the app. You can find shops and services of every type on BizKasi: tuck shops, interior decorators, electricians,...

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Learning to code is a critical element in the 21st century school curriculum, giving learners the ability not only to use technology but to create it, as the world ushers in the fourth industrial revolution. Learners equipped with these skills will be in high demand in the labour market of the future. Non-profit educational organization, ORT South Africa (ORT SA) and Chevron South Africa have partnered up to implement coding programmes in previously disadvantaged schools...

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Two 20-year-olds who dove into business after high school in Zimbabwe, turning bananas into a low-cost alternative option to wheat flour. Where most youngsters would opt for a business degree before stepping into business, Ropafadzo Zimunya and Munashe Musarurwa did it the other way around. In a small town named Mutare in Zimbabwe, just out of high school, the now 20-year-olds looked inwardly for inspiration, and found it in their backyards. The co-founders of a...

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A research conducted by Citrix has revealed that 92% of startups across South Africa’s key industry sectors agree that digital adoption has a direct impact on company profits. Despite such broad realisation, more than half of these businesses (54%) indicate that they are unprepared for the future – demonstrating that high awareness of the need to adopt technologies and prepare does not equate to the know-how, leadership or guidance around what needs to be done....

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The asset management industry is one that has heralded many successes, but it could be said that gender diversity is not one of them. With a McKinsey study revealing that only one-fifth of women in the industry are in executive positions globally, the status quo around the industry is one that is rooted in outdated beliefs about a female’s prominence in it. As a result, the financial sector’s pervasive business model is one that has...

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On safari for the rare African tech unicorn, Goldman Sachs Group GS 0.10% Inc. and other big-name investors think they have spotted a winner in Jumia, the continent’s aspiring Alibaba. The online retailer, which launched in 2012 in Nigeria with the backing of German startup fund Rocket Internet RKET 1.06% SE, is Africa’s biggest e-commerce platform selling goods and services to millions of customers. It has raised more than $700 million from investors, including global telecom operators and was valued at $1.2 billion—qualifying as...

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Davy Moussana, a 27-year-old engineer from Johannesburg with a passion for helping learners excel in maths and science, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 #EpsonEntrepreneur campaign. Moussana launched his mathematics and science tutoring business, Thebe Tutors, in 2017, and recently added Seopa Sengwe, a not-for-profit programme that includes a set of academic bootcamps for underprivileged grade 11 pupils, to his ventures. “I am really humbled to have won the #EpsonEntrepreneur competition,” says...

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