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Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw deal
Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw dealArticle

The contributions that women in West Africa's fisheries make to the sector are widely un(der)paid, undervalued and largely invisible...

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood and Sayra van den Berg Bhagwandas 4 May 2021

Cash to card: the next frontier for SA's micro-SME sector
Cash to card: the next frontier for SA's micro-SME sectorArticle

South Africa's informal economy, made up of thousands of small businesses in city centres and townships across the country, represents a massive opportunity for job creation and economic growth...

Mandla Khupe 3 May 2021

How positive debt can help SA's SMEs grow
How positive debt can help SA's SMEs growArticle

Regardless of the size of your company or how great your product may be, at some point every business will need more finance than they have immediately available...

Trevor Gosling 15 Apr 2021

#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basics
#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basicsArticle

Antonia Bothner, Endeavor South Africa Capital Markets Lead and Fundraising Lead at Endeavor Harvest Fund, uncovers the basics of capital funding and how to access it...

Evan-Lee Courie 12 Apr 2021

Cutting costs can help SMEs grow
Cutting costs can help SMEs growArticle

Reducing the cost of supplies, inventory or business operations is common practice amongst many small business owners. Not preserving enough cash could land a business in deep waters...

7 Apr 2021

Banks as custodians of cryptocurrencies
Banks as custodians of cryptocurrenciesArticle

As cryptocurrencies becomes a mainstream asset class and blockchain technology gains adoption across industries, banking groups will increasingly take on the role of custodians for this growing segment of the market...

Masha Maharaj, 18 Mar 2021

Food companies launch relief scheme for Black-owned hospitality businesses
Food companies launch relief scheme for Black-owned hospitality businessesArticle

Food service brands Marvello and Meadowland have partnered with RCL Foods, Your Food Partners and Bidfood to launch the Sekela Hospitality Support Programme...

3 Mar 2021

#BizTrends2021: Franchising post-Covid - 5 trends to watch
#BizTrends2021: Franchising post-Covid - 5 trends to watchArticle

The franchise industry has proven itself to be resilient, innovative and collaborative, which is why it still survives. But it will need all these qualities, and more, to weather and adapt to what will continue to be a testing time...

Morne Cronje 5 Jan 2021

Wildu du Plessis
#BizTrends2021: Key industry group trends in post-pandemic AfricaArticle

In the midst of the planetary emergency of climate change, Covid-19 is testing modern civilisation's preparedness for shocks, across the spheres of finance, economics and technology; global, national and regional governance; global and population health; social cohesion and food security. This is according to Baker McKenzie's new report, Unprecedented: Converging Crises...

Wildu du Plessis 4 Jan 2021

Section 12J investments more beneficial than only their tax treatments
Section 12J investments more beneficial than only their tax treatmentsArticle

The government's tax-incentive to boost economic growth - Section 12J of the Income Tax Act - gives investors more than a mere tax benefit...

Renier de Wit 28 Dec 2020

Enygma Ventures invests $650,000 in PremierCredit
Enygma Ventures invests $650,000 in PremierCreditArticle

Enygma Ventures has announced its final investment of 2020 into PremierCredit, an online microlending platform operating in Zambia and Zimbabwe...

21 Dec 2020

Pan African Fintech Accelerator open to growth-stage tech startups
Pan African Fintech Accelerator open to growth-stage tech startupsArticle

A six-month Financial Technology Accelerator program designed for high-potential technology businesses looking to scale their business, create partnerships and explore North African markets is calling for applications...

2 Dec 2020

Building a post-pandemic construction sector
Building a post-pandemic construction sectorArticle

It is widely accepted that the best way for the government to stimulate the economy, thus ensuring its quick recovery, is by developing and executing an infrastructure-led economic recovery plan...

Cyril Gamede 26 Nov 2020

Bhavtik Vallabhjee, head: power utilities and infrastructure, Absa Corporate and Investment Banking
Energy and infrastructure: The African economic multiplierArticle

Forward thinking investors and entrepreneurs in the African energy sector will deliver significant downstream benefits for the continent in the coming years...

Bhavtik Vallabhjee 18 Nov 2020

Using business as a catalyst for positive social change
Using business as a catalyst for positive social changeArticle

The Vumela Fund has announced the provision of a significant debt facility to Letsema Consulting and Advisory, positioning Letsema to take advantage of growth opportunities, furthering their significant economic and social impact in South Africa...

Issued by Edge Growth 6 Nov 2020

Four factors to financing your business beyond relief funding
Four factors to financing your business beyond relief fundingArticle

In the last few months there have been various announcements of relief funding initiatives to assist businesses and livelihoods struggling in the wake of Covid-19...

23 Oct 2020

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Positioning women as the engine of growth in the oil and gas industryArticle

Education, gender bias and access to capital as key inhibitors to proportionate female representation within the oil and gas industry; a recent McKinsey study places female industry participation at just 15%...

2 Oct 2020

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Contract mining clarification muddies the waterArticle

Proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act limiting capex deductions to mining right holders are likely to have negative consequences, particularly for the junior mining sector...

Shirleen Ritchie and Brian Dennehy 8 Sep 2020

#StartupStory: Michanic, the on-demand car repair service
#StartupStory: Michanic, the on-demand car repair serviceArticle

Michanic is an innovative "Uber-like" technology platform that brings qualified and trustworthy car mechanics right to your doorstep...

Evan-Lee Courie 20 Aug 2020

#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Pezesha, Kenya's digital financial enabler platform and marketplace
#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Pezesha, Kenya's digital financial enabler platform and marketplaceArticle

Every year, 21 August marks World Entrepreneurs' Day. The purpose of this day is to create awareness of entrepreneurs and innovation throughout the world...

Evan-Lee Courie 20 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: Suzanne Morel shares how Mastercard SA is powering up women in SA
#WomensMonth: Suzanne Morel shares how Mastercard SA is powering up women in SAArticle

Suzanne Morel, country manager for Mastercard SA, shares some insights into how Mastercard is giving power to women...

Evan-Lee Courie 17 Aug 2020

Franchising and the need for agility during a pandemic
Franchising and the need for agility during a pandemicArticle

The ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities is key to survival...

Morne Cronje 17 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: 'South Africa has enormous opportunity' - Alison Collier, MD of Endeavor SA
#WomensMonth: 'South Africa has enormous opportunity' - Alison Collier, MD of Endeavor SAArticle

With extensive global experience, Alison Collier, a definite role model for future businesswomen, shares her journey with us this Women's Month...

Evan-Lee Courie 12 Aug 2020

Training the accountants of tomorrow, today
Training the accountants of tomorrow, todayArticle

South Africa's small businesses face an unprecedented range of challenges, and unfortunately due to the Covid-19 crisis, three out of four SMMEs are not expected to survive, according to new Heavy Chef research...

Colin Timmis, 24 Jul 2020

Sales and lease-back deals - quick liquid capital for commercial property owners
Sales and lease-back deals - quick liquid capital for commercial property ownersArticle

Many businesses are struggling financially due to the extended lockdown and freeing up capital has become a necessity to keep businesses operational...

Gregg Huntingford 9 Jul 2020

Merchant Capital and Discovery Insure partner to help SMEs
Merchant Capital and Discovery Insure partner to help SMEsArticle

Merchant Capital has partnered with Discovery Insure to provide SMEs with working capital to assist with cash flow.

25 Jun 2020

Bernard Drotschie
Reserve Bank to the rescue - can others follow?Article

The full effects and consequences of the lockdown will only be revealed in time, but safe to say the cost to the economy has been extreme and came at a time when the country could least afford it...

Bernard Drotschie 23 Jun 2020

Ebeth van Heerden
How to invest in things you believe inArticle

The Covid-19 induced short-term return to single-use plastic is just a blip, according to our sustainability experts, what the world needs is to urgently ramp up disclosure, ambition and action...

Ebeth van Heerden 11 Jun 2020

J.P. Morgan makes R21m available for Covid-19 relief in SA
J.P. Morgan makes R21m available for Covid-19 relief in SAArticle

J.P. Morgan announced the deployment of R21 million in South Africa to assist with immediate relief following the Covid-19 crisis...

10 Jun 2020

Sindiswa Makhubalo, head: bank and payment providers, FSCA
Exploring the new frontier: open bankingArticle

The concept of open banking is forcing banks to rethink financial services as it's understood today. Realising that this is the new frontier, the FSCA is far advanced in its research into open banking...

Sindiswa Makhubalo 3 Jun 2020

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

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...

Evan-Lee Courie 28 May 2020

Mid-Sized Independent Retailers Group formed to save the 'missing middle'
Mid-Sized Independent Retailers Group formed to save the 'missing middle'Article

More than 50 South African retailers have banded together to form the Mid-Sized Independent Retailers (MIR) Group...

21 May 2020

Taurus creates R300m fund for SA law firms
Taurus creates R300m fund for SA law firmsArticle

Although a number of South African law firms have shifted to online consulting solutions, many are under financial strain due to the current delays and limitations at the courts, deeds office, Road Accident Fund and other legal bodies...

18 May 2020

#AfricaMonth: 4 trends impacting African entrepreneurship in 2020
#AfricaMonth: 4 trends impacting African entrepreneurship in 2020Article

Africa's entrepreneurship rate is the highest in the world. According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), 22 % of Africa's working age population segment are starting their own businesses...

Melissa Mbazo 12 May 2020

How to 'recession-proof' your small business
How to 'recession-proof' your small businessArticle

South Africa is in its second recession in two years following the economy contracting 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2019...

6 Mar 2020

Finding a fresh approach to car ownership with FlexClub
Finding a fresh approach to car ownership with FlexClubArticle

Tinashe Ruzane has always been fascinated by products that scale massively to support underserved customers...

Evan-Lee Courie 25 Feb 2020

What does the future of technology look like for South Africa's SMEs?
What does the future of technology look like for South Africa's SMEs?Article

Over the past decade, technology has radically changed the way businesses operate...

Colin Timmis, 17 Jan 2020

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AGDA to launch at 2020 Africa Agri Tech ConferenceArticle

The Agriculture Development Agency will be launching at this year's Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo. The launch will serve as the opening event of the conference and will cover topics ranging from the local and international agricultural economy...

14 Jan 2020

#EntrepreneurMonth: Turning creativity into wearable art
#EntrepreneurMonth: Turning creativity into wearable artArticle

What started as a passion for jewellery and traveling is what lead to the start of the Jade, a niche jewellery store that specialises in finding creative inspiration and beauty from around the world and translating it into wearable pieces of art...

Evan-Lee Courie 19 Nov 2019

Joe Keenan, CEO of BME
Mines juggle to keep investorsArticle

The minerals sector must juggle furiously to attract its share of global investment. It must earn its social licence in challenging markets while chasing new mineral prospects in unfamiliar regions...

Joe Keenan 15 Nov 2019

Stability is key for supermajor investment in Africa
Stability is key for supermajor investment in AfricaArticle

Although it may appear that much of the exploration activity in Africa is driven by smaller independents, the supermajors still have a significant role to play...

15 Nov 2019

Vumela Fund makes substantial investment in fintech disruptor, Profitshare Partners
Vumela Fund makes substantial investment in fintech disruptor, Profitshare PartnersArticle

The Vumela Fund, managed by Edge Growth Ventures, has announced that it will be forwarding a R25m capital line to ProfitShare Partners (PSP)...

Issued by Edge Growth 5 Nov 2019

Vumela Fund makes substantial investment in fintech
Vumela Fund makes substantial investment in fintechArticle

The Vumela Fund, managed by Edge Growth Ventures, has announced that it will be forwarding a R25 million capital line to ProfitShare Partners (PSP). This deal links strongly to the Vumela mandate of supporting high growth SMEs in the banking supply chain with good economic and impact returns.

4 Nov 2019

Women find it hard to sustain tourism businesses in Ghana and Nigeria. Here's why
Women find it hard to sustain tourism businesses in Ghana and Nigeria. Here's whyArticle

The governments of the two West African countries could do more to enhance women's participation in tourism...

Albert N. Kimbu, Ewoenam A. Afenyo-Agbe, Issahaku Adam 25 Oct 2019

The future of African innovation
The future of African innovationArticle

Innovation is vital to our development as a country...

21 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: Investmint connects business owners with investors
#StartupStory: Investmint connects business owners with investorsArticle

Run by two young entrepreneurs, Investmint is an online platform that connects businesses in need of loans with investors looking to invest by means of a loan...

Evan-Lee Courie 15 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: Curacel is tackling fraud in healthcare insurance
#StartupStory: Curacel is tackling fraud in healthcare insuranceArticle

Curacel is a Nigerian startup that aims to fast track claims processing and detects fraudulent claims for health insurance companies in Africa...

Evan-Lee Courie 3 Oct 2019

Considerations that will actually help SMEs
Considerations that will actually help SMEsArticle

The talk of the town over the past week or so has been focused on what is being touted as "Mboweni's Plan"...

Jenny Retief 1 Oct 2019

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