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Supported Innovation, Passion and Self-belief Will Grow the African Economy

Inspired by the Television series, ‘Knight Rider’, starring David Hasselhoff, George Netshilindi, was inspired to build his own luxury supercar. Four years of blood, sweat, tears, hours of labour and a heavy toll on his finances, finally saw George realise her dreams. The slick, crimson, aerodynamic body with pop up headlights and quintessentially 1980s flickering red lights on the bonnet, won George multiple awards. However, his car became too expensive to maintain and so for more than two decades George’s…

tebogo-mogashoa
Business Finance

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…

service Org Dev
Business Leadership Strategy

Reinventing Organizations through Holacracy

This new organisational structure – Holacracy – is challenging the status quo amongst many companies. Old bureaucracy is being replaced in organisations like Stirman’s organisation, Medium (owned by Twitter) and Zappos, a shoe retailer who now embrace Holacracy as their new working style. It offers companies a different approach to including individuals and empowering staff to be an integral part of the organisation. What is it Holocracy? Holacracy was developed by Brian Robertson, a software engineer, in 2007. Robertson wanted…

Creative-Thinking
Business Leadership

Become an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

Investors are the people who provide a business with the finance it needs and Entrepreneurs are the people who take the initiative to turn an idea into a business using their own capital or that of investors. So what is the difference between investors and entrepreneurs? Both of them are known to be risk takers. Both of them impact our economy by making the business sector boom. They definitely overlap in some aspects, but what if you could merge the…

guide-to-government-funding
Business

Goverment Funding for Businesses in SA – 2015

According to Stats SA’s employment data for 2014, labour market conditions in South Africa improved following the economic crisis, with the total number of employed persons increasing between 2008 and 2014 – from 14.6 million to 15.1 million. Government’s New Growth Path is targeting 5 million new jobs by 2020, while it also aims to reduce the unemployment rate from 27% in 2011 to 6% by 2030 by creating 11 million new jobs. South Africa needs over 49,000 scalable Small…

Investors
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…

Mergers are all about people
Business

Relationships – The driving force during a successful MERGER OR ACQUISITION

Mergers and Acquisitions in 2015 Mergers and Acquisitions “M&A” can be instrumental to growth strategies for most businesses . I’ve been increasingly receiving questions from new entrepreneurs and companies as they investigate combining their products and services with those of established companies, or even other start-ups. In reality, whether two companies merge together, or one is taken over by another, the surviving company and its employees undergo huge change, and it is how this change is managed, which ultimately determines…

trust
Business

Trust : the new currency for business

In this fast paced world brimming with innovative technology and new ideas, what lies beneath the surface of a winning business? Over the years I have established that in this vast ocean of business strategies, relationships are the driving currents responsible for creating success. Relationships cultivated from rapport and trust. The kind that inspire others to refer your services, recommend you as a leader or simply take action and buy your products. Amongst this sea of competition one product sounds…

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Protecting your corporate image

How to build and control your company image Entrepreneurs and small business owners are hands on and often too busy with the day to running of their business with little time to commit to strategizing about corporate identity, branding and marketing. When it comes to business, services and sales are priority but marketing is largely responsible for driving sales and therefore your image is always key. With the astronomical growth of social platforms we all find ourselves naked and exposed.…

teach a man to fish
Business Finance Strategy

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…