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#StartupStory: Sifika Business Accountants pays it forward
#StartupStory: Sifika Business Accountants pays it forward

A small gesture kick-started her business and now, eight years later, accountant Zandile Sifika is paying it forward by helping other SMMEs survive the fallout from Covid-19...

By Evan-Lee Courie 3 days ago

6DOT50 launches Digital Rands to pay for essential goods
6DOT50 launches Digital Rands to pay for essential goods

6DOT50 is stepping in with a new way to pay for essential goods, as Covid-19 takes its toll on the South African economy...

By Evan-Lee Courie 26 May 2020

The 4 stages of a small business's digital journey
The 4 stages of a small business's digital journey

Many South African business owners, side-hustlers and freelancers know that it's more urgent than ever to accelerate their digital journey, to help stay active during the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Selina Bieber 21 May 2020

Q&A: Mmusi Maimane talks 'One South Africa' digital platform
Q&A: Mmusi Maimane talks 'One South Africa' digital platform

Mmusi Maimane, the chief activist of 'One South Africa' Movement (OSA), recently launched its digital platform to connect and engage with South Africans through these unprecedented times...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 May 2020

Using beauty as a vehicle for economic inclusion
Using beauty as a vehicle for economic inclusion

The Covid-19 lockdown has stalled South Africa's dynamic beauty services industry. Due to the high-touch nature of the job, it may be a while until beauty practitioners are able to safely resume trade...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 May 2020

#LockdownAdvice: A framework for hard decisions
#LockdownAdvice: A framework for hard decisions

The scale of the national Covid-19 lockdown is unprecedented in living memory and entrepreneurs need to be making the right decisions...

By Allon Raiz 20 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: RISE Academy keeps students active in lockdown
#LockdownLessons: RISE Academy keeps students active in lockdown

Sue Green, co-founder of RISE Academy of Entrepreneurship, shares how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the academy...

By Evan-Lee Courie 18 May 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Extend ways in which you provide value
#LockdownAdvice: Extend ways in which you provide value

Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, has been sharing his views and insights on weathering the Covid-19 storm and even thriving after it. This week he takes a look at extending ways in which you can provide value...

By Allon Raiz 18 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Apex BI innovates in a time of lockdown
#LockdownLessons: Apex BI innovates in a time of lockdown

Neil Buckley, managing director of Apex BI, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how his organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Evan-Lee Courie 13 May 2020

#StartupStory: SmartWage is changing the way people get paid
#StartupStory: SmartWage is changing the way people get paid

SmartWage is a social impact startup focused on financial inclusion in Africa and was started with the vision to eliminate the payday poverty cycle...

By Evan-Lee Courie 13 May 2020

Why transparent leadership is more important than ever...
Why transparent leadership is more important than ever...

If we're learning anything from the current crisis, it's that legacy authoritarian-style leadership has no place in businesses constrained by the Covid-19 virus...

By Michelle Moss 12 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Aim for survival, look after one another - Lisa Ilingworth, Futureproof SA
#LockdownLessons: Aim for survival, look after one another - Lisa Ilingworth, Futureproof SA

Lisa Ilingworth, CEO and co-founder of Futureproof SA, shares her experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how her organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 12 May 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Cross-functional teams
#LockdownAdvice: Cross-functional teams

In my previous article, Embrace your X, I discussed the importance for the leadership of entrepreneurial businesses to make comprehensive contingency plans...

By Allon Raiz 8 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Montsho Sustainable Project is helping the ecosystem
#LockdownLessons: Montsho Sustainable Project is helping the ecosystem

Inspired by nature and the ecosystem, Tebogo Bathebeng founded Montsho Sustainable Project with the aim to create long term natural growth solutions for communities and businesses...

By Evan-Lee Courie 7 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: 5 minutes with Sandras Phiri, founder of StartupCircles
#LockdownLessons: 5 minutes with Sandras Phiri, founder of StartupCircles

As a business strategist and startup coach, Sandras Phiri is well-known in the startup community. He shares some insight into how his latest project has had to adjust to lockdown life...

By Evan-Lee Courie 6 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: WorkInProgress continues to support the startup community
#LockdownLessons: WorkInProgress continues to support the startup community

Charmaine Lambert, manager at WorkInProgress, an Absa innovation lab, believes that the next six months will be a challenging time for the majority of the startup community...

By Evan-Lee Courie 5 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Investmint wants to help SMEs connect with investors
#LockdownLessons: Investmint wants to help SMEs connect with investors

Gareth Price and Chris Bruchhausen shares how the coronavirus has had an impact on Investmint, an online platform connecting businesses in need of a loan...

By Evan-Lee Courie 5 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Naked Insurance reduced premiums during lockdown
#LockdownLessons: Naked Insurance reduced premiums during lockdown

During the nationwide lockdown, Naked Insurance offered CoverPause on the days' customers were not driving, saving up to 90% of the car insurance premiums...

By Evan-Lee Courie 5 May 2020

Covid-19: Short-term pessimism, long-term optimism
Covid-19: Short-term pessimism, long-term optimism

This too shall pass. And once it has, we will need small-, micro- and medium-sized enterprises more than ever to boost our flailing economy, drive innovation and create jobs...

By Rowan Leibbrandt 4 May 2020

Mindfulness matters for entrepreneurs
Mindfulness matters for entrepreneurs

Manic multitasking is a part of nearly any entrepreneur's everyday job description...

By Selina Bieber 4 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Zuki, the one-stop pet shop during lockdown
#LockdownLessons: Zuki, the one-stop pet shop during lockdown

The nationwide lockdown can be stressful for our little furry friends too. Zuki, an online platform, has continued to provide pet information directly from the expertise of a vet...

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Apr 2020

Odette Faling, CEO, Travelcheck
#LockdownLessons: Travelling towards a post-virus world

Odette Faling, CEO at Travelcheck, shares the lessons learned when her 10-month-old online travel agency was hit hard by the Covid-19 travel bans around the world...

By Odette Faling 29 Apr 2020

#LockdownLessons: Zeelo makes travel safer for essential workers
#LockdownLessons: Zeelo makes travel safer for essential workers

Zeelo is a shared transportation service, but since the nationwide lockdown had an impact on the way they transport commuters they turned to offer their services to transporting essential working in a safe way...

By Evan-Lee Courie 23 Apr 2020

#LockdownLessons: Dream today, visit Treedom Villas tomorrow
#LockdownLessons: Dream today, visit Treedom Villas tomorrow

#TheLockdownSeries: Debbie Nortje, founder and managing director of Treedom Villas and Vardos, shares how Covid-19 has impacted this dream destination...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Apr 2020

#LockdownLessons: NOWNOW - Your People, Your Fashion
#LockdownLessons: NOWNOW - Your People, Your Fashion

#LockdownLessons: Eohan Lakey, founder of NOWNOW, a marketplace for local fashion designers and brands, shares his experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 Apr 2020

#LockdownLessons: Argility embraces Industry 4.0 tech
#LockdownLessons: Argility embraces Industry 4.0 tech

#LockdownLessons: Tanya Long, Chief Operating Officer, shares with us how the coronavirus has impacted The Argility Technology Group...

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 Apr 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Building an exploded resources list
#LockdownAdvice: Building an exploded resources list

As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people's livelihoods do not become another casualty of the virus...

By Allon Raiz 17 Apr 2020

An effective media strategy matters for SMEs
An effective media strategy matters for SMEs

It is the integrated strategy that defines what approach and tactics you are going to adopt in running your small business. In the absence of a well-defined and well-developed strategy, your small business is doomed...

By Evan-Lee Courie 9 Apr 2020

How to stay connected with your customers during a pandemic
How to stay connected with your customers during a pandemic

This is an uncertain time for South African business owners, but it may offer an opportunity to focus on the factors that are within your control...

By Selina Bieber 9 Apr 2020

#LockdownAdvice: Scenario planning as a vital tool
#LockdownAdvice: Scenario planning as a vital tool

The scale of the national Covid-19 lockdown is unprecedented. The repercussions - personal, professional, national and international - will reverberate for years to come...

By Allon Raiz 8 Apr 2020

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