Investing in a teen entrepreneur who may go on to become one of tomorrow’s business icons - or a great asset to their local community – is one of the most positive things any investor or established businessperson can do for the future of South Africa. Today’s teens are smart, technologically savvy, and global citizens [...]
Managing the moola is one of the key issues that will probably keep you lying awake at night as you try and do the cost-profit juggle. It’s a constant and it need to be managed; it is even more important for a young entrepreneur who has limited savings, limited access to capital and overall less [...]
Do you have awesome dreams for your business that just won’t come together? So many great ideas that just stay in your head? So many things you could have done but didn’t.... Congrats – you’re a typical entrepreneur. One thing everyone knows about entrepreneurs is that we’re big dreamers – that’s where the world’s most [...]
Proceed with caution the sign read. So you took off at a reasonable pace, not too much pedal to the metal and as smoothly as possible took the first turn. You have your driver's license and your intention is to master the road ahead yet this does not guarantee your first bumper bashing. If you [...]
So, festive vibes are over and business peeps all over the world are getting ready for an epic 2016... What’s your plan? As you read this, you may have an awesome business idea in your head (write it down before you forget) or you may be on your way to making your business dream come [...]
So you finally got your matric results and are sighing with relief that your high school days are now a thing of the past? Well, gone too are the days that university admission was the only route to follow after matric. There has over the past few years been several options that have unfolded for [...]
Fourteen and dealing with skin breakouts and girlfriends is one thing. Setting up a web design business and then ditching that to become a junior trader at 16 on the New York stock exchange, quite possible. Sure you say, if your name is Sabirul Islam. Not so fast it could be you! A risk taker, [...]
Entrepreneurship is fast becoming a key pillar in the growth of the South African economy. While the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report released in January this year shows that conditions that support the South African Entrepreneurial ecosystem have slipped and that fewer adults are involved in entrepreneurial activity, it is widely understood that entrepreneurship is [...]
The first time I went to Khayelitsha was on a Sunday afternoon. I had spent the day lazing around, when a friend called to say he was going there to drop somebody off and asked if I wanted to tag along. In a heartbeat I said yes; it had been almost 3 years since I moved to Cape Town, and I had never been to this township that I had heard so much about.
As I write this, I’m having a drink with my colleague Nick Owsley, a graduate with an Honours Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town. With Human Rights Day approaching I can’t help but think how fortunate our generation is. A mere 18 years ago, in South Africa it was regarded as breaking the law for a black person to have a drink with a white person in many watering holes – how far we have come since then.