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Tendani Charmaine Ratshisusu (21) is a Strategic Marketing communication honours student at the University of Johannesburg. She is described to be a philanthropist at heart because she finds comfort in helping the needy. “As a marketing communication student, I enjoy interacting with people and listening more than I speak in order to give more solutions,” she elaborates. Soles of joy is a NGO initiative that aims to collect shoes for disadvantaged children either living in...

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New analysis by Kantar Millward Brown of 2000 brands measured in the BrandZ™ global brand equity database shows that fewer than one in 10 brands grew between 2014 and 2017. But Amazon, the quintessential disruptive brand, more than doubled its brand value in the same period simply by making more people’s lives easier and less expensive. Every brand can’t be an Amazon, Netflix or Airbnb but just a 1% change in market share for an...

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There’s no need to wait to launch your business until things are 100 percent ready to go. In fact, if everybody waited for everything to line up before getting started, there would hardly be any entrepreneurs. Still, there are some things you should have sorted from the beginning. If you can answer the following three questions, there is an excellent chance that you are ready to start your own business. 1. What can I do...

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Truworths and Startup Hatchery have collaborated on a fashion incubator called the Truworths Fashion Incubator. The Fashion Incubator will mainly focus on the developing the business skills of fashion entrepreneurs. The incubator was developed by Startup Hatchery to immerse designers and entrepreneurs in a community designed to equip and propel upcoming fashion businesses. Startup Hatchery is a virtual business incubator for entrepreneurs and they provide a hands-on learning experience through online entrepreneurship, training, mentorship and...

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The KwaZulu-Natal Rural Farmers Association (KZNRFA) said that a bottom up approach was necessary to deal with the problems farmers faced and maximise the sector’s production rates in the province. Mfundo Thango, the chairman of the Agriculture Sector Education and Training (AgriSETA), said training was of foremost importance to agriculture entrepreneurs at ground level. “We provide training to rural based farmers but still have funding challenges as we still depend on AgriSETA’s funding,”  said Thango....

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Starting a new business can lead to personal and financial rewards in the future, but it does not come without its challenges. Unlike bigger and more established entrepreneurs with a track record, who can fall back on experience, most entrepreneurs without lots of experience in their chosen field make things up as they go along. While things may seem daunting at first, there are certain fundamental pillars that business owners need to bear in mind...

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walletdoc, a successful South African fintech startup, has launched a new way for businesses to collect more money from customers using easy and secure online credit and debit card payments on invoices and statements. Leonard Shenker, joint CEO of walletdoc comments, “Consumers are cash-strapped and this creates cash flow issues for businesses. By allowing consumers to pay accounts online and instantly by credit and debit cards, our merchants have noticed a dramatic increase in the...

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By Mbali Sibiya A network for African women in business on the continent has been launched by the Jeune Afrique Media Group to strengthen and support African women’s leadership in Africa. Building on the success of the Africa CEO Forum’s Women in Business initiative, the first Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting, organised by Jeune Afrique Media Group, in partnership with the International Organisation of La Francophonie and ESSEC Business School, brought together 200 influential...

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By Stephen Timm Katlego Maphai After a brief career in management consulting and as a venture builder with Rocket Internet, Katlego Maphai founded fintech Yoco in 2015 with Lungisa Matshoba (who studied together with Maphai), Bradley Wattrus (who he worked with at Rocket Internet) and Carl Wazen (a former consultancy colleague). It was in late 2012, that the four first began working on the idea for the startup — how to make it easier for small businesses...

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By Staff Writer Cognity Advisory today announced the start of this year’s University Business Challenge (UBC). Sponsored by General Electric (GE), the challenge will see South African students participate in teams in a business simulation competition designed to develop their entrepreneurship skills. The live finals will be held during the last week in August during National Student Entrepreneurship Week. The aim of the UBC, now in its 20th year, is to tackle South Africa’s high...

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