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#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 17: Our journey towards becoming unimportant
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 17: Our journey towards becoming unimportantArticle

I used to have someone at Raizcorp who was really good at his job; let's call him Tshepo (not his real name). Tshepo was not only really good at his job, he was also incredibly loyal and willing to step in to help wherever help was needed...

Allon Raiz 3 May 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdicationArticle

Over the past 20 years, I've has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

#EntrepreneurshipIssues: Lessons learnt from starting my own PR business
#EntrepreneurshipIssues: Lessons learnt from starting my own PR businessArticle

When I started my PR business in 2012, the only thing I knew very well was my profession: Public Relations (PR). Little did I know that running my own business needed far more than that...

Miranda Lusiba 24 Mar 2021

Mel Meltzer, joint manager of the Platinum Portfolios
Business lessons from BeethovenArticle

"For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker ... in the theatre I have to get very close to the orchestra to understand the performers, and ... from a distance I do not hear the high notes of the instruments and the singers' voices."...

Mel Meltzer 19 Mar 2021

Lessons from doing business 2020 style. Is it still relevant?
Lessons from doing business 2020 style. Is it still relevant?Article

Burt Rodrigues, CEO of Biodx, gives his thoughts on approaching business in 2021...

Burt Rodrigues 4 Mar 2021

3 business lessons 2020 taught us
3 business lessons 2020 taught usArticle

We all agree 2020 was a year of disaster of note - but hard times can be good teachers. Businesses, and particularly SMEs, should take the time now to understand what 2020 taught us...

Jason Mellow 15 Jan 2021

#StartupStory: JDP Corp, a tech startup tailored for the fitness world
#StartupStory: JDP Corp, a tech startup tailored for the fitness worldArticle

Technology has seamlessly integrated into the world of fitness over the past few years. Adding to this harmony is a new workout bench called Digi Smart Bench that can be controlled electronically and through an app...

Imran Salie 14 Jan 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 7: Lack of financial understanding
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 7: Lack of financial understandingArticle

Over the past 20 years, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges. He shares some of the most important lessons he has learned...

Allon Raiz 1 Dec 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 6: Overcoming the first abuse from a customer
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 6: Overcoming the first abuse from a customerArticle

In the startup years, the adage "the customer is king" remains fresh and deliberate in your mind. You have probably convinced your customers (and yourself) that by using your company they will receive much better service than from the "big guys."...

Allon Raiz 1 Dec 2020

#PulpNonFiction: Truth and trash in the circular economy
#PulpNonFiction: Truth and trash in the circular economyArticle

Rereading Terry Pratchett's, The Truth, Bronwyn Williams was struck by a minor character who reminded her that every messy problem is a business opportunity in disguise and tells us how this side story is playing out in various guises around the world...

Bronwyn Williams 24 Aug 2020

#StartupStory: Break a sweat with these fitness influencers on Sudor
#StartupStory: Break a sweat with these fitness influencers on SudorArticle

With gyms being forced to close due to the coronavirus, fitness trainers are battling. Until gyms are allowed to operate under strict measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, there are alternatives for digital-savvy fitness entrepreneurs...

Evan-Lee Courie 23 Jul 2020

#LockdownLessons: Businesses can learn from meerkats
#LockdownLessons: Businesses can learn from meerkatsArticle

The concept of lockdown is not new to the meerkat species. As a consequence, meerkats have become highly skilled and successful at dealing with lockdowns underground and navigating their uncharted "business world".

Estienne de Beer 27 May 2020

What Six Dogs Distillery learnt as a small business during Covid-19
What Six Dogs Distillery learnt as a small business during Covid-19Article

The Six Dogs gin brand has been built on the back of the support from customers and partners in the industry and through the hard work and passion of our own staff...

Glenn Bryant 14 May 2020

SMEs forced into survival mode
SMEs forced into survival modeArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting South African small and medium enterprises under enormous pressure...

20 Apr 2020

The Covid-19 lessons business must learn
The Covid-19 lessons business must learnArticle

Although the crisis is still unfolding, it's already clear that building resilience into your organisational DNA is more important than ever...

17 Apr 2020

A future lesson of history
A future lesson of historyArticle

Business leaders, as humans, are generally poor in detecting and acting on early change signals...

Deon Mbaile 17 Apr 2020

7 lessons for new entrepreneurs in 2020
7 lessons for new entrepreneurs in 2020Article

Dr John Demartini unpacks some important lessons that new entrepreneurs would be wise to take into the new year...

Dr John Demartini 23 Jan 2020

3 business lessons for 2020
3 business lessons for 2020Article

2019 was a tough year for South Africans, but challenges often build resilience and confidence, particularly for business entrepreneurs, believes David Seinker, CEO and founder of co-working space company, The Business Exchange (TBE)...

22 Jan 2020

What can we learn from the late Dr Richard Maponya?
What can we learn from the late Dr Richard Maponya?Article

On 6 January 2020, South Africans learned of the passing of Dr Richard Maponya, a legendary business icon and activist. Here are four leadership lessons we can learn from "the grandfather of black business"...

20 Jan 2020

Adebola Williams, the CEO of StateCraft in Nigeria. Image supplied.
The business of political PR: Advising heads of states in AfricaArticle

Maryanne Maina interviews Adebola Williams, CEO of StateCraft in Nigeria, a political communications company, on their mission to galvanise a generation to make informed choices...

Maryanne Maina 14 Jan 2020

UCT GSB teaching case study on alcohol-free G&T, The Duchess, wins top international award
UCT GSB teaching case study on alcohol-free G&T, The Duchess, wins top international awardArticle

The 25th CEEMAN & Emerald Case Writing Competition has been won by a team from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB)...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 1 Oct 2019

Mandi Fine, CEO of F/NE Group Global.
#WomensMonth: Generic business lessons for the 21st Century from healthcare advertisingArticle

Mandi Fine is CEO of F/NE Group Global, which turns 20 years old this August. Here, Fine explains how specific data science and storytelling skills are transforming marketing and communications, as well as future trends to embrace in any industry...

Leigh Andrews 19 Aug 2019

Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste was an excessively dominant, forceful and feared boss. Shutterstock
Book on Steinhoff's demise shows danger of 'big men' business leadersArticle

The collapse of Steinhoff International, the multi-billion dollar global business group, has been rightly described as the biggest corporate scandal in South African history...

Mills Soko 27 Dec 2018

Book on Steinhoff's demise shows danger of 'big men' business leaders
Book on Steinhoff's demise shows danger of 'big men' business leadersArticle

The collapse of Steinhoff International, the multi-billion dollar global business group, has been rightly described as the biggest corporate scandal in South African history...

Mills Soko 16 Nov 2018

Think Creative Hub's cofounders and creative directors Nkgabiseng 'Nkgabi' Motau and Mukondi Ralushayi.
#Mandela100: The Madiba magic of mentoringArticle

Think Creative Hub's cofounders and creative directors Nkgabiseng 'Nkgabi' Motau and Mukondi Ralushayi explain the importance of being both a mentor and mentee...

Leigh Andrews 4 Jul 2018

Business lessons on diversity and cultural sensitivity from H&M
Business lessons on diversity and cultural sensitivity from H&MArticle

Global retailer H&M may need to take a look at its human resources strategy and in particular at staff awareness and insight into diversity and intercultural competence, says a business school professor...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 26 Jan 2018

Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano for innovation summit
Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano for innovation summitArticle

Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano is one of the key speakers at the Liberty VUKA Knowledge Summit. In this Q&A, we find out what her entrepreneurship lessons are for women and young people in the workplace...

26 Oct 2017

Coronation to sponsor SAICA Business Development Games
Coronation to sponsor SAICA Business Development GamesArticle

Now in its 16th year, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Business Development Games has received sponsorship from Coronation Fund Managers...

29 Aug 2017

Six business lessons in learned in 150 days
Six business lessons in learned in 150 daysArticle

So we've been in operation for about 150 days, and there have been a few lessons, many in fact, and looking back, a few things have surprised me and stand out...

Kevin Welman 13 Feb 2017

Ornico and GIBS launch custom business magazine called Open Africa
Ornico and GIBS launch custom business magazine called Open AfricaArticle

A continental guide to doing business and marketing across Africa, Open Africa is a digital publication that features interviews, insights and business lessons from CEOs and decision makers...

Issued by Ornico 13 Sep 2016

Top young entrepreneurs to speak at Levi's Pioneer Nation Festival
Top young entrepreneurs to speak at Levi's Pioneer Nation FestivalArticle

The Levi's Pioneer Nation Festival offers a lineup packed with business lessons and backstories from a diverse mix of 40 of today's hottest young South African entrepreneurs...

2 Sep 2016

Ornico launches Open Africa with GIBS
Ornico launches Open Africa with GIBSArticle

Brand Intelligence company Ornico has announced that it will be publishing a business and brand guide for industry leaders, in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), at the University of Pretoria...

Issued by Ornico 1 Sep 2016

What small business can learn from Pokémon Go
What small business can learn from Pokémon GoArticle

Location-based mobile game Pokémon Go is perhaps the best commercial example of augmented reality (AR) gaming to date...

Scott Zambonini 17 Aug 2016

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Social entrepreneurship key to maternal and child health in AfricaArticle

Social entrepreneurs to address maternal and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa through GE Healthymagination programme...

25 Jul 2016

Time for entrepreneurial reflection
Time for entrepreneurial reflectionArticle

Year-end is an ideal time for entrepreneurs to take a step back and reflect on how their business has fared this year and the lessons they have learnt...

23 Nov 2015

Five business lessons to be learned from the Rugby World Cup
Five business lessons to be learned from the Rugby World CupArticle

The Rugby World Cup is a great metaphor for many elements of business, as both are about discipline, teamwork and efficiency. Here are five business lessons...

Mark Taylor 11 Nov 2015

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 132: Digicape launches iBeacon technology in South Africa
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 132: Digicape launches iBeacon technology in South AfricaArticle

On the last Biz Takeouts Marketing and Media Radio show, host Warren Harding interviewed Daniel Gross, Gerhard de Kock and Scott Cundill...

21 May 2015

Andy Reid
10 business lessons for brand successArticle

When I first brought Vespas to South Africa, turning that admiration into sales proved to be a challenging journey. Only by completely transforming my business strategy, was I able to turn admirers to loyal riders...

Andy Reid 19 May 2015

Four of SA's foremost thought-leaders share insights at the GIBS ECR Business Breakfast
Four of SA's foremost thought-leaders share insights at the GIBS ECR Business BreakfastArticle

KZN's corporate elite gathered at Durban's ICC on 3 March for one of the most anticipated events on the provincial business calendar...

Issued by East Coast Radio 9 Mar 2015

Nokia: a lesson in how high-tech flyers can fall fast
Nokia: a lesson in how high-tech flyers can fall fastArticle

HELSINKI, FINLAND: In just five years Nokia fell from dominating the mobile phone industry to abandoning the handset business, a swift fall from grace with lessons for market leaders.

11 Nov 2013

Sid Peimer
Ten business lessons from the other sideArticle

Due to a chain of events, I was asked to take over a client's company when the CEO fell ill. I spent three years running the business in an industry about which I initially knew little. A successor has been groomed, and so I have returned to Cape Town to resume where I left off: strategic planning and training (and contributing to Bizcom).

Sid Peimer 10 Jan 2013

Nthabeleng Meso
Business lessons to be learned from 1time airlineArticle

In the preceding week I was looking forward to my flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg over the weekend. However my excitement was short lived; on Friday afternoon I was one among the thousand of people who heard via e.tv news that 1time Airline had filed for liquidation.

Nthabeleng Meso 6 Nov 2012

Donna Rachelson
Business lessons from Lady GagaArticle

Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga is a marketing genius. Before her meteoric rise to fame, she was just a girl who dropped out of school to start singing in nightclubs. She had no following and no reputation. But just a few years down the line, she's a global superstar with the highest number of followers on Twitter in the world, multiple award-winning tracks and millions of adoring fans. She is one of the most talked-about celebrities in the world. How has she managed this?

Donna Rachelson 2 Jul 2012

Rapport launches revamped My Tyd
Rapport launches revamped My TydArticle

Yesterday, Sunday 4 March 2012, Rapport launched its revamped My Tyd A4 format glossy magazine, with Afrikaans journalist Elmari Rautenbach as editor.

5 Mar 2012

2011 Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo gets under way
2011 Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo gets under wayArticle

The 2011 Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo (BOFE) opened its doors yesterday, Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, drawing scores of people looking for new business opportunities or ways to grow existing ones, while speakers geared up to teach business lessons and exhibitors unveil the content of their 'safes' to the world.

Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 16 Sep 2011

CNBC reveals secrets to success in revamped series
CNBC reveals secrets to success in revamped seriesArticle

The newly revamped "Entrepreneurial Edge" series on CNBC Africa, the 24/7 business news channel in Africa, will feature success stories of some of the great entrepreneurs and new young leaders in South Africa. The show will be hosted by journalist Chris Bishop.

5 Sep 2011

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