Behind the Dark Economic Cloud
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Behind the Dark Economic Cloud

Behind the Dark Economic Cloud, There is a Silver-lining Based in Hard Work and Innovation! The month of January is ordinarily marked by serious financial strain. As South Africans, we are very familiar with the notion of the Festive Season glut and the associated over-spending that occurs during the Christmas holiday period. January brings with it children that need to return to school, meaning that new uniforms, stationery and school fees need to be paid for. Despite constant cautions and…

venture capital
Business Finance

The Venture Capital Ecosystem in South Africa

What is Venture Capital? Venture Capital is a type of private equity funding provided by outside investors into early-stage, high-potential, often high-risk ventures in return for above-average returns. The Venture Capital Fund makes money by owning equity in the companies it invests in, which often have a new technology or business model in high-tech industries. Venture capital is attractive for new companies with limited operating history, that are too small to raise capital in the public markets and have not…

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Business Finance Strategy

Angel Investors – Only a click away

  Entrepreneurs can now turn to online angel networks to secure funding for their  businesses. Unlike banks or other financial institutions, angel investors are willing to take a chance and invest smaller amounts of money in high-risk businesses, with the hopes of gaining high returns, within a five to ten year period. These wealthy entrepreneurs use their own capital to finance projects that they believe will be profitable, or where they can use their talent and skill to mentor new…

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Small Businesses Don’t Need Hand-outs, They Need Innovative Solutions

Small Businesses The state of the Nation Address has come and gone and Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech leaves us thinking about the country’s economic growth and murky, rough waters ahead. The Unemployment Rate in South Africa is staggering. It has averaged 25.26 Percent from 2000 until 2013, but the last quarter of 2013, saw the jobless rate slow to 24.1 percent. Good news? Most certainly, one would presume that it is especially good news for the 75.9% that are…

economys
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The marriage between SA economy and foreign investors

In its latest global economic snapshot in October, the International Monetary Fund cut its world growth forecasts for the sixth straight time in two years, warning about a sluggish expansion in the developing world. Furthermore, overseas financing into developing countries is set to fall 4.5 percent next year after rising 2 percent in 2013, the MIGA report said. However, at around $600 billion a year, FDI (foreign direct investments) to emerging markets is close to quadruple the levels seen a decade ago,…