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Eskom Foundation pays courtesy visit to competition finalists

The Eskom Development Foundation visited three Port Elizabeth-based small and medium enterprises on Wednesday, 28 March, to see how the businesses have been performing since participating in the 2017 Eskom Business Investment competition (BIC). Ductile Plastics and Extruders, LBN Hygiene Solutions and Lungisupreme Brands SA all featured and were named as finalists in the competition. […]

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KZN Small Business Achievers saluted for their contribution to the local economy

The entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity of small business leaders in KwaZulu-Natal was celebrated at the 2018 Business Achievers Awards gala ceremony in Durban last night (28 March 2018). Hosted by the Ithala Development Finance Corporation, the awards recognise business achievements and excellence, their contribution to job creation and the growth of the province’s economy. Eight […]

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Proudly SA partners with Tsogo Sun in the Buy Local Summit

The Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo, held on 14 and 15 March, was given a boost this year through strong support by Tsogo Sun and the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs programme with venue sponsorship for the two-day event at the Sandton Convention Centre. Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs were also represented at the Expo with […]

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Anticipation reigns among National Premier Awards finalists

Thirty companies will be vying for top honours in the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018. The awards are presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership […]

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Small business benefits from training programmes

Government agencies, put in place to  provide business advisory services to small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs), are making an impact in assisting them to grow. “The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) ran a coaching and mentorship programme at three locations in KwaZulu-Natal assisting 90 businesses, which resulted in an overall increase in turnover of […]

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Township and rural economies to change the development narrative

The face of township and rural economies where unemployment, poverty and inequality are still rampant is fast changing, thanks to a successful public-private partnership which recognises the potential for emerging enterprises to contribute towards job creation and the mainstream economy. To ensure their sustainability and competitiveness, government is intensifying its support to township enterprises. As […]

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Calls for government departments to pay small businesses on time

President Jacob Zuma has urged government departments and provinces to pay businesses, particularly small enterprises on time, within the stipulated 30 days of submitting legitimate invoices. “Failure to pay on time has a negative impact on our economy, especially on the small businesses, which run the real risk of being squeezed out of business activity,” […]

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Phase 1 of N2 Alexandra to Bhisho Road upgrade injects R30m in SME development

More than 200 local labourers from King Williams Town have worked on a major road construction project, which is due to conclude at the end of November. Phases two and three of the roadworks are starting in mid-2018, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced. Sanral has trained 26 CIDB grade one and […]

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City in partnership to uplift urban farmers

The City of Johannesburg has partnered with United Way South Africa (UWSA) to assist emerging farmers across all regions graduate from subsistence to semi-commercial farming. UWSA is a non-profit organisation that connects sectors of society to long term social change. The partnership will see about 300 farmers acquiring skills which will enable them to access […]

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MMC moves to make JBF an inclusive organisation

The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Department, Cllr Leah Knott, has called on the Johannesburg Business Forum (JBF) to change its focus to help narrow the inequality gap and accelerate economic growth in the city. MMC Knott was speaking at a meeting to draft a framework for the re-launch of […]

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