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Communication is key for suppliers

Successful Woolworths suppliers share some tips on getting your foot in the door with this major retailer: Founder of Chic Shoes Rachmat Thomas says listening carefully to the retailer’s requirements is very important. “Ultimately it’s linked to the needs of their customers,” she says. Another tip is to try understand the critical issues that affects… [Continue Reading]

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Reaching new heights after going on trade mission

Teboho Price Monahadi clinched a promising deal with a big Nigerian company and hails the recent outward selling trade mission to Nigeria as “historic”. The aim of the mission, which was the first to that country, was to promote South African exports into Nigerian markets, and Nigerian exports into South African markets. “South Africa is… [Continue Reading]

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Anglo’s Zimele offers platform for growth

A project management and mining solutions company in Middelburg, Mpumalanga has not only increased its turnover considerably since becoming a supplier to Anglo American, but has also secured over R1 million in funding through the mining giant’s enterprise development initiative, Zimele. Vista Wa Seroka Trading Enterprise supplies and delivers tools and equipment to Anglo American’s… [Continue Reading]

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Business boom for Woolworths’ suppliers

Business is blooming for entrepreneur Jacky Goliath whose determination took her from humble beginnings, growing indigenous plants in a friend’s back yard to becoming a major supplier to a national retailer. In 2001 Jacky Goliath and her business partner Elton Jefthas, of Simondium in the Western Cape, turned Jefthas’ garden in Kylemore outside Stellenbosch into… [Continue Reading]

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Wendy Vesela-Ntimbani learnt about retailing through an online business during her time spent overseas

E-shop goes live after uphill journey

Makoya Brands is a name many will soon come to know, if owner Wendy Vesela-Ntimbani’s plans for 2014 come together. This is very likely, since she is a woman who managed to sway overseas businesses to supply her business with premium brands which, at that stage, was only an idea. Six months later, in November… [Continue Reading]

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Two new trucks thanks to Sefa loan

Goodwill Nkomo was able to expand his business by acquiring two additional trucks after receiving funding worth R5 million from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa). A merger of the South African Micro Apex Fund, Khula Enterprise Finance Limited and the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC) small business division, sefa is charged with overseeing the establishment,… [Continue Reading]

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Going solo pays off for wine-makers

Since attending trade export missions, a local wine farmer is now exporting to five countries in Europe and five in Asia. Vernon Henn, managing director of Thandi Wines in the Western Cape, says the business was started in 1999 and was largely supported by Vinfruco, a large winery business. “The plan was for Thandi Wines… [Continue Reading]

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Inventors make first African smartphone

Telecommunications equipment manufacturer Seemahale Telecoms is making massive strides in bridging the digital divide in Africa, with its latest product – the continent’s first smartphone – set to provide the local market with an affordable, but high quality mobile device. The first smartphone manufactured in Africa, has the potential to create thousands of jobs in… [Continue Reading]

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Sefa helps owner land big contract

A Limpopo business owner was able to complete a big contract as a result of R600 000 in funding from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) A product of a merger between the South African Micro Apex Fund, Khula Enterprise Finance Limited and the small business division of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Sefa provides… [Continue Reading]

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NEF funds town’s first shopping centre

A loan of R23,3 million from the National Empowerment Fund  (NEF) helped a business owner realise his dream of building the rural town’s first shopping centre and in the process provide jobs to 115 people. The NEF is seeks to assist black businesses with both financial and non financial support. Sibongile Mdyesha says the idea to… [Continue Reading]

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