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Difficult start makes entrepreneur and business stronger. start makes entrepreneur and business stronger.Like so many business owners, Abegail Nakedi’s start-up experience was much harder than she ever could have imagined. In fact, her difficult start in business was probably worse than that of most business owners.2019/11/26 10:00:00 PM
This business owner wills his own luck business owner wills his own luckThe story of the extraordinary rise of Steve Mululu from the slums of Nairobi to owner of a fast-growing group of upmarket gyms in Johannesburg contains a number of amazing lucky breaks. Look a bit closer, though, and you realise that this is a man who inserts himself into luck’s pathway by sheer force of will.2019/11/26 10:00:00 PM
Entrepreneurial spirit passed from mother to daughter, and taken to a new level spirit passed from mother to daughter, and taken to a new levelLooking back, Unathi Nkomo realises that she must have got her entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, although she was never really aware of it growing up. 2018/08/21 10:00:00 PM
Father and daughter a formidable team in cut-throat industry and daughter a formidable team in cut-throat industryFor Leonie Finch, taking over as general manager of the family’s powder coating business was somewhat daunting not so much because she would be one of the few female owner-managers in a very male-dominated industry, but because she would one day have to fill her father’s considerable entrepreneurial shoes.2018/08/21 10:00:00 PM
Friendship culminates in thriving car workshop culminates in thriving car workshopTwo friends who started their own mechanical workshop in Rustenburg eight months ago with one employee have already employed three more mechanics to keep up with the demand.2018/07/25 10:00:00 PM
Slow, patient struggle pays off for SA’s only community TV station’s-only-community-tv-stationSlow, patient struggle pays off for SA’s only community TV stationTwelve years ago, six idealistic people crammed into a small room at the back of a film school in Observatory, Cape Town, to start the community television station Cape Town TV.2018/07/25 10:00:00 PM
Fresh approach helps furniture business thrive approach helps furniture business thriveWhen Etienne Erasmus started his furniture-hire company, Rain Productions, there were a lots of competitors in the market, but they were old and staid, and failed to update their stock and keep up with the times. Etienne, on the other hand, was 24 at the time, and thought the industry could do with a fresh approach. 2018/06/26 10:00:00 PM
Tech entrepreneur ready to revolutionise SA healthcare entrepreneur ready to revolutionise SA healthcareFor all its underdevelopment, lack of public resources and scarcity of skills, South Africa presents massive opportunities for entrepreneurs who are able to spot ways in which technology can solve problems that would otherwise take generations to overcome.2018/06/26 10:00:00 PM
Dream of helping others put food on table fulfilled of helping others put food on table fulfilledWith his stellar career as an electrical engineer and hard-earned top academic achievements David Mmpanyana could have easily stayed on in his comfortable corporate job, but the yearning to build a business of his own was too strong.2018/05/30 10:00:00 PM
Perseverance leads to lucky break leads to lucky breakAt first glance, the way that Anthony Doyle landed his thriving Col’Cacchio pizzeria franchise outlet at the L’Corro shopping centre in Northcliff, Johannesburg, seems very lucky.2018/05/30 10:00:00 PM
Down-and-out single mom makes come-back, and empowers thousands of women single mom makes come-back, and empowers thousands of womenWhen Brenda Fredericks became a single mom after a difficult divorce, the last thing she ever wanted to do was work on another garment again. She and her ex-husband ran a clothing business and all she wanted was to move on from that painful period of her life. 2018/03/25 10:00:00 PM
Low-key, constant innovation drives manufacturer’s success’s-successLow-key, constant innovation drives manufacturer’s successNowadays high-profile inventors such as Elon Musk are revered and celebrated as important economic players. But the low-key, incremental innovation that happens every day in thousands of workshops is arguably even more important and not adequately acknowledged for its contribution to economic development and wealth creation.2018/03/25 10:00:00 PM
Amazing last-ditch push turns business around last-ditch push turns business aroundEven by the standards of business owners, who all go through some nerve-racking months, Mark and Liza Graham’s experience is in a league of its own.2018/02/27 10:00:00 PM