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Month: July 2015

Deloitte’s KZN Business Funding Fair

“KZN entrepreneurs need more institutional support, innovation, incubators and entrepreneurship support,” partner and regional corporate finance leader at Deloitte, André Pottas, remarked after this year’s Business Funding Fair. Although the first two annual events – which raised R360 million for the province’s budding businesses – focussed on accessing funding, this year’s took a completely different turn. Pottas pointed out that there is far more to entrepreneurship than a good idea or an innovative project and many start-up businesses fail to get past the starting blocks simply because they do not have the solid business foundation that makes them bankable,...

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It’s early Saturday morning, winter is upon us and even though Durban isn’t exactly a cold place, there is a reasonable chill in the air. This isn’t the time I’d usually be at Durban Curry House on Stamfordhill Road, but on this occasion I’m not just frequenting this iconic Durban location for mouthwatering Indian food, but also for an interview about one of Durban’s most famous exports – the Bunny Chow. On any given day, you will find a horde of hungry fans of the good old Durban Curry House queuing up for a reasonable priced bunny which is...

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Your business can be pitch perfect

Dragon’s Den and Funding Fair events are becoming increasingly popular. These provide an invaluable opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their companies and fledgling enterprises to would-be funders. But it’s the pitch that really counts and not so many enthusiastic entrepreneurs know exactly how to fine tune these. The ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme – which will be in town on August 22 – fills this gap. Engen Petroleum, business incubator Raizcorp and local stakeholders the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Invo Tech and the eThekwini Municipality are on the lookout for promising local entrepreneurs. Because, together with understanding the fundamentals...

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Lucy Markewicz is in front of her laptop at a table at the Freedom Café preparing for the day. All around her breakfasts and cappuccinos are being despatched from the kitchen – an operation that runs on well-oiled wheels to say the least. Primrose is being groomed by Lucy to take over ‘front of house’ at the trendy and popular restaurant that has become her signature, allowing Lucy to lead from behind the scenes and freeing her up to pursue her many other foodie business ideas. “You can’t do everything at once, it just doesn’t work,” she says. Yet,...

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Nivea asks customers to Pay with Care

A simple act of care, no matter how small, can change a person’s life. Imagine what a difference we could make in South Africa if we all commit to just one additional act of kindness! Instead of asking people to reach into their pockets to make a donation or to buy a product to show they care, NIVEA is asking them to, quite literally, Pay with Care. Those who make a ‘Care Promise’ on NIVEA’s website will be rewarded with a ‘R10 off’ NIVEA voucher sent to their phone to redeem in store! “Through our Care is Beautiful corporate...

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