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Meet network’s leading lady

At 53 years old, Ruth Masokoane has spent almost half of her life assisting small business owners with access to finance, mentorship, training and advice. With all this experience, it’s no surprise then that she heads up one of the foremost businesswomen’s organisations in the country. Masokoane was appointed acting chief executive officer of the… [Continue Reading]

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New ministry for SA small businesses

South Africa’s highly-anticipated first small business development minister Lindiwe Zulu carries the hopes of millions of small business owners on her shoulders, after President Jacob Zuma appointed her to this new ministry as part of his second-term cabinet. Zulu, a former special adviser to the president for international relations, who has admitted to not having… [Continue Reading]

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DTI to develop co-ops

Co-operatives have been around since the early 1800′s, playing a role in improving the lives of working people. The first co-operatives were groups of consumers who got together to start their own store, so that they could buy their goods more cheaply – and they used any surplus to improve their communities. The idea soon… [Continue Reading]

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Wine co-op clinches deal to export to India and China

A black manufacturing co-operative turned the wine industry on its head when it beat off the challenge of well-established traditional producers to secure lucrative deals to supply China and India with wine, and is now hoping to partner with small suppliers to meet the demand. Malcolm Green, deputy chairperson of African Vintners Alliance (AVA) Co-operative,… [Continue Reading]

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New co-ops support agency to open doors

A new Co-operatives Development Agency, and Co-operatives Training Academy, will open soon, says the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe. Speaking at the DTI’s national SMME Summit, Thabethe said that these institutions, together with a Co-operatives Tribunal, will help develop the sector. Further details are sketchy at this stage, but it is likely… [Continue Reading]

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