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Reality in the past few weeks has almost revolutionised its meaning for many, with a sudden rise of a ‘Back-to-Basics’ trend that has affected most industries. We have seen people moving back to what they know and really looking into what lies at the core, whether it be socialising, communicating and even conducting business activity. Companies have had to rethink their operating models, reinvent their service offerings as well as adjust to the new ‘real’.…

Introduce yourself, what is the nature of your business? My name is Emma Jane Robson and I am the founder of Awake Online, a digital audio sales house focusing on stream podcasting and on-demand audio. Online radio differentiates itself from traditional marketing methods and has the ability to generate content that targets a specific niche market. Awake Online strives to facilitate connection, build brand identity, visibility and generate greater exposure for advertisers who choose to…

The Minister for Small Business Development, Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announces the second-wave of support for informal, micro and small enterprises including cooperatives based in townships and villages, in addition to the Spaza Support Scheme. The dedicated support programmes for township and village-based enterprises are in line with the Department’s Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP) that was approved by Cabinet in February 2020. “With the re-opening of the economy, the township and village economies require…

On 02 April 2020, the Department of Small Business Development opened for applications, the SMME Debt Relief Financing Scheme. This Scheme was initially allocated an amount of R200 million and later increased to R500 million, when the department changed its approach to the Business Growth and Resilience Facility. The aim of the Scheme was to assist SMMEs with working capital during the period when economic activity was negatively affected due to the Covid-19 national disaster.…

Santam, FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE Magazines have partnered up in the search to find the best female entrepreneurs in the country: three amazing women who are creating opportunities for others and boosting South Africa`s economy by setting up their own businesses. The panel of respected judges presiding over the awards are: Professor Thuli Madonsela Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University & Founder of Social Justice M-Plan and the Thuma Foundation, Professor Madonsela has been part of…

Introduce yourself, what is the nature of your business? My name is Romona Mahadeo and together with my daughter Kiara Mahadeo, we have built the Girltivity brand. Our mission is to inspire and empower girls aged 3 to12 through a monthly subscription ‘STEAMED UP’ box. STEAMED UP’ stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, Design, Understanding and Practice. The Girltivity Box includes a 24-page Girltivity Activity Book highlighting a fearless female role model’s unique…

I’ve been following Mpumelelo’s business activities on twitter for a while now. Due to the outbreak of #COVID19 it has seriously dented a promising small business. But an entrepreneur doesn’t seatback and mourn on lost opportunities, instead create new avenues to keep the income flowing in.  Book Ibhoni is pivoting now to take advantage of delivery services as a result of the new lockdown regulations.Let’s find out how Book Ibhoni came about and what it…

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