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Embrace change for more growth

BY JOHN DURR CHANGING the mind-set of the business owner and employees to embrace needed changes is one of the biggest challenges a business faces. In the many projects that we have taken on at businessknowhow, we have found that we can design the best possible intervention, but if the people in the business aren’t… [Continue Reading]

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New way for supporting grassroots retail

BY JACO SLABBERT IN the heart of Bloekombos, located just outside the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, there’s an interesting social enterprise working to create a grassroots retail mechanism. It’s a unique approach to the bottom-of-the-pyramid market, using a hybrid model to create work opportunities, empower entrepreneurs, cultivate a responsible economic ecosystem and increase the… [Continue Reading]

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Marula Money

Success in business often depends on how you tap into the resources from your environment. This is what the Chivrikani Producers Cooperative from the rural areas surrounding Tzaneen in Limpopo did by producing various products from marula fruit pulp. Here are (from left to right) Venia Ngobeni, Frangelina Sibanda, Shiela Shipalana and Pemler Shipalana, who… [Continue Reading]

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Kimberley's Executive Mayor opens the SMME Village

Kimberley incubator fills big hole in Northern Cape

THE first major small business incubator in the Northern Cape, the R12 million SMME Village was launched in Kimberley earlier this year. Built by the Sol Plaatje Municipality, the impressive facility, in Tyala Street in Galeshewe, can accommodate 40 small businesses and already has nearly 30 tenants accredited – most of whom have moved in.… [Continue Reading]

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New board members of NYDA

Enthusiasm for new business finance through youth agency

THE recent appointment of the new board of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) sparked enthusiasm around the prospects of youth-lead businesses gaining access to business financing not previously available to them. After almost a year of delays, President Jacob Zuma appointed the new board of the NYDA earlier this year, with Young Communist League… [Continue Reading]

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Economist Dawie Roodt from the Efficient Group

Some exporters benefit from weak rand

WHILE the rand’s steady fall from R7 to a dollar in 2011 to R10 to a dollar in May, has made many of South Africa’s exports more competitive, not all exporters are rubbing their hands with glee. Exporters whose goods are largely dependent on imports such as machinery and fuel as input costs won’t benefit… [Continue Reading]

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The members of Kopenalo Co-operative

Solar power gives canteen co-operative a jumpstart

A NEW “solar farm” in Droogfontein, 20 km outside Kimberley, that will generate 50 mega watts of electricity is also powering a new catering business that has set up a canteen for the plant’s workers. Kopenalo Co-operative has six women members who are from the community, and who have been able to establish their business… [Continue Reading]

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Glimpses of hope during the hard times of down-turn

AMID increasing costs, lower economic growth and looming business regulations, the mood among many business owners is one of increased concern for the future. “I’m very despondent at the moment,” admits Nutver Gulab, who co-owns Fine Organic Chemicals, a small manufacturer that produces cleaning products. “If someone goes we won’t employ extra people.” In the… [Continue Reading]

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