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AT an event that the Western Cape Government hopes to turn into “the Oscars of entrepreneurship” where entrepreneurs were celebrated for their achievements, it was clear that award winners faced great adversity such as red tape and the unwillingness of local retailers to stock their products. At the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards held in Cape… [Continue Reading]

CONVERGENCE has become a buzzword in the information technology sector, but will small business owners catch on to these products as quick as service providers have caught onto the term? It is still not clear if the merging of different business requirements such as data, fixed-line telephone, mobile services, computer technology and online services into… [Continue Reading]

Entrepreneurs from smaller towns and rural areas often find it difficult to grow their businesses to the level of success they believe is possible. CLAIRE ALLISON explains why boosting trade to off-the-beaten-track areas increase business activity in remote areas and how Open Africa supports rural entrepreneurs. TRADE ROUTES have been around since the beginning of… [Continue Reading]

BUSINESS ADVICE as an accredited profession is fairly new in South Africa. This is why it is sometimes very difficult to decide who to approach to help address key challenges in your business. It is also not always clear how you and your business would benefit from business advice. You do not ask yourself who… [Continue Reading]

AFTER participating in the 2012 Smart Procurement Expo, Lesedi Rakgokong, the MD of Puisano Telecom – a Telkom supplier – enthusiastically explained how it benefited from Telkom’s enterprise development support. “We made use of every minute we spent on the exhibition floor to market ourselves. Our interaction with fellow exhibitors has re-ignited our passion and… [Continue Reading]

GONE are the days when fronting simply meant white business owners passing off their gardeners as company directors. These days, business people and rating agencies are using far more subtle techniques to get around black economic empowerment (BEE) legislation, often involving complex accounting and company restructuring. When the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill,… [Continue Reading]

MANY Gauteng business owners were holding back from registering with Sanral as e-tag users notwithstanding the potential impact tolling of highway use may have on their businesses. Small business owners were seemingly not preparing their businesses for e-tolling while they waited to see what happened with the bill that introduced e-tolls and the courtroom challenges… [Continue Reading]

ONE of the most time-consuming aspects of running a business is complying with regulations, including tax, municipal by-laws, labour laws and many others. But if your business is not compliant on all fronts, you won’t be able to tender for contracts and you could be fined or jailed for non-compliance. Take heart: it is not… [Continue Reading]

“NEITHER snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This inscription on the New York Post Office pays homage to the American Postal Service’s enduring spirit to deliver the mail efficiently. In many ways, it reflects the dedication and drive of the Iyeza… [Continue Reading]

I HAVE never recommended a Chinese-made bakkie before, but the Steed 5 turbo-diesel bakkie is making history by being the first one I can recommend. I drove the Steed 2.0 turbo-diesel double cab from Cape Town to Mossel Bay using the N2 and coming back on the gravel road via Van Wyksdorp – a good… [Continue Reading]