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Guide to township economy for the youth

The Youth Day public holiday is a reminder of the sacrifices young people made for South Africa. It is also an eye-opener into the struggles the youth of South Africa face today, especially those in townships. South Africa has over 500 townships with the biggest being Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, and Soweto in Gauteng being the most populated township. Because townships have a huge population, there is a bustling township economy that youth entrepreneurs can tap into.

A J Digital Agency – Creating a lasting impact at the grassroots

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – AJ Digital Agency

AJ Digital Agency offers a wide range of services to help businesses optimise their digital presence and achieve their goals. Their services range from web and app development to branding and marketing to IT consulting. They have been rated as Africa’s number one digital agency. Their passion lies in bridging the gap between underserved rural communities and technology.

Andile Mzobe’s journey as an entrepreneur and the success of AJ Digital Agency has been shaped by a combination of passion, resilience, dedication to a meaningful mission, adaptability, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

It’s “Pawsible” focused on enhancing the lives of pets

Centurion’s Heather Whitfield, a dedicated veterinary physiotherapist, is capturing audiences on the People’s Weather channel with her new show, “It’s Pawsible,” focused on enhancing the lives of pets.

The journey to the small screen began when Whitfield initiated a project on Nelson Mandela Day last year, catching the attention of a channel producing a show for the occasion. The producer, impressed by Whitfield’s work, shifted the focus to a series on pet physiotherapy.

#WomensMonth: Devi Sankaree Govender – Women have to take their own place in the sun

Article written by Danette Breitenbach (Bizcommunity)

From growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to taking on people twice her size - literally - on her television show Devi, every week, investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender has a reputation for being fearless.

Her show has won the petite, but fierce journalist the hearts of South Africans as well as numerous awards such as the National Press Club Awards Journalist of the Year and the Television features, investigative and actuality category award this and the 2022 GQ Woman of the Year.

Her motivation to confront these often very scary and intimidating people she says is simple. “I am passionate about getting answers from people, holding them to account, doing the right thing, and championing the underdog.”

Three South African businesswomen who are making their mark in SA today

Women make great entrepreneurs for a number of reasons. Industries like insurance view women as having relatively lower risk exposures than their male counterparts – a factor that allows them to generally make more calculated and informed decisions. A study found that women entrepreneurs are incredibly resourceful when it comes to starting their own businesses, despite the adversity they often face.

Enslins Bloemfontein Group – Stick to the basics

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Enslins Bloemfontein.

Enslins Bloemfontein is a whole ecosystem of integrating services that feed off each other and are aligned to ensure there is no gap in the financial requirements of their clients. Marinus Hoek has created a business over time which offers a bundle of services for a person’s financial needs. This has been his vision from the start. Each division is headed up by someone who is experienced in their field.

Corporate social responsibility and your small business: why does it matter?

Are you only interested in the profits you make or are you interested in the community you serve? In today’s consumer environment, your customers are worried about how society and the environment is doing and how they can participate in improving it. They are also interested to see what businesses are doing and they don’t care how big or small you are. How can you incorporate social responsibility into your business?

First, let us take a look at the different levels of corporate social responsibility according to a research paper published in 1991. In this paper, there is a diagram called the “Pyramid of Corporate Social Responsibility”. This pyramid states that there are four responsibilities that a business needs to have to be a truly socially responsible business. They are:

Grand Slam Surfacing – It takes a village to reach success

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – Grand Slam Surfacing.

Grand Slam Surfacing believes in creating safe, fun, and quality sports surfaces. They specialise in the surfacing and resurfacing of sports courts and facilities in acrylic, sport tiles, and cushioned rubber surfaces.

Peter Myburg’s entrepreneurial journey began as a young schoolboy. He would work on Saturdays selling chocolates, biltong, and fudge. As he became older he would host tennis camps in the summer and even went door to door selling watermelons. This prepared him for his entrepreneurial journey after university.

IT Zone – building business through great service

Meet the Absa Small Business Friday featured Small Business of the week – IT Zone.

Ivan Kruger’s passion for computers and giving quality customer service led to him starting IT Zone in 2012. His company focuses on offering IT solutions to everyone. They fix and sell computers and laptops for home or office use. They can also build gaming computers for avid gamers. Besides fixing and selling computers, they can help with setting up software and computer networks that you may need in your business.

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