Research shows that the most stable economies in the world, including Switzerland, Finland and Singapore, share a common trait - they have invested heavily in developing the SME sector in their respective nations. As a result of their special focus on helping small businesses to grow, they have managed to encourage innovation, create more jobs and decrease their crime and poverty levels.
By Abram Molelemane and Anton Ressel 27 Nov 2013 08:45
The next generation of tenderpreneurs is waiting in the wings, and we should all be very worried.
By Anton Ressel 26 Sep 2013 07:48
In this great new series MWEB and Bizcommunity.com are bringing you the best of South Africa's entrepreneurs... the challenges they faced, how they met - and beat those challenges. (Videos)
10 Jul 2013 13:30
In an effort to grow and foster the local economy and develop business within South Africa, Business Partners, a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs), has earmarked more than R1 billion for the advancement of SMEs within the region for the forthcoming 2013/14 year.
8 Jul 2013 10:52
Based on the phenomenally successful crowdfunding model that has experienced extraordinary uptake in the Americas and Europe, Thundafund - The Online Crowdfunding Café for Creatives & Innovators - has recently launched in Cape Town.
21 Jun 2013 13:17
The Coface Group, a worldwide leader in credit insurance, has released its latest report on South African growth prospects, taking into account the mining and export slumps. Overall, economic activity remains generally sluggish while upside risks to inflation have increased due to a weaker rand. Coface believes that this will persuade the Monetary Policy Committee to keep policy neutral over an extended period, with interest rates remaining unchanged for most of 2013. A reversal in policy easing is likely only late in the year or even in 2014.
15 May 2013 14:50
South Africa's young yet lively venture capital ecosystem is building momentum, with the increased availability of funding mechanisms for innovation being one important driver of this growth.
By Erika van der Merwe 27 Sep 2013 10:23
By Erika van der Merwe 19 Sep 2013 10:52
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is in the United Kingdom to promote investment, especially in South Africa's mining industry. Motlanthe left South Africa for the UK on Saturday.
16 Sep 2013 10:54
The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has launched a newspaper that is aimed at assisting small and medium-size businesses.
5 Sep 2013 06:25
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has called for a report into the National Empowerment Fund's (NEF) provision of R34m to help fund a luxury store‚ Luminance, which opened in Hyde Park last week.
By Linda Ensor 31 Jul 2013 08:47
On 18 June 2013, the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and the South African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA) announced that they will be partnering to promote African private equity and venture capital.
19 Jun 2013 10:48
The National Empowerment Fund (NEF), an agency of the DTI mandated to grow Black economic participation in South Africa, has invested R36,2m to aid the introduction of the commercial radio station Power FM, which has launched officially today, 18 June 2013.
18 Jun 2013 09:30
Private equity firms are injecting capital into developing African infrastructure. According to Erika van der Merwe, CEO of the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA): "Infrastructure gives private equity investors access to the strong African growth story, an exceptional theme in a structurally low-growth world."
12 Jun 2013 09:19
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