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South Africa’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition 2017 seeks entrants

South Africa’s small and medium business owners wishing to enter the 2017 edition of the Entrepreneur of the Year competition should visit for more information or send their to [email protected], the organisers said this week. Entries close on 31 May 2017. The competition offers winning entrants prizes valued at over R2 million, with cash […]

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Junk status: South Africa’s SMEs in tight corner

The recent downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to junk status by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch means that lending and seeking loans will become more costly for both local consumers and businesses, as interest rates and costs rise to adapt to this new volatile economic environment, an expert warned last week. Local […]

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1 000 entrepreneurs from Africa, Middle East head to Johannesburg for Sage Summit Tour

The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg has been earmarked to welcome more than 1 000 entrepreneurs from around Africa and the Middle East who will convene on 7-9 March 2017 for the Sage Summit Tour. The entrepreneurs will learn about new technologies, digital transformation and the future of work, the organisers said. The Sage Summit […]

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Growth of Africa’s SMEs, jobs will depend on technology uptake

For Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to succeed and exploit emerging opportunities that create jobs for the increasing youth population, governments – in 2017 and beyond – must adopt supportive policies, such as targeted tax incentives and updated laws, which realise practical capacity building and flexible regulatory frameworks to enable innovation. This is the […]

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Festive season a make or break for SMEs: expert

The festive season can either make or break a business when entering into the new year, a South Africa-based expert said. However he said if business owners planned in advance and were aware of the potentially challenges they could face, they can be creative and use the season to their advantage. Byron Jeacocks, Business Partners […]

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How to build a small business into a big, strong brand

Establishing a strong brand does not necessarily require a large marketing budget, but rather a clear plan and a clear brand-building objectives, a South Africa-based expert said. “A brand is a way of defining your business identity to yourself, your team and external audiences. It is essentially the sum total of the experiences that your […]

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