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DPD and NSBC join hands to empower South Africa’s small businesses

In a bid to address the pressing challenges faced by small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa, DPD ZA, one of the country's leading couriers, has forged an exciting partnership with the National Small BusinessChamber (NSBC). The move aims to provide vital support to this crucial segment of the economy, which plays a significant role in fostering social stability and economic growth.

Understanding the struggles that entrepreneurs face, DPD ZA embarked on a mission to listen to its clients. The responses were clear – small businesses in South Africa grapple with load shedding and intermittent electricity supply, the high cost of adopting solar power and batteries, as well as challenges in managing their finances, and sales and marketing efforts effectively. Additionally, they sought ways to enhance day-to-day operations, ranging from training to streamlining packing and delivery processes.

Absa launches bespoke offering for youth and women-owned businesses

Amidst efforts to empower youth and women to start and grow their businesses and create jobs, Absa has just launched a unique banking solution, specifically designed with these business-owners in mind.

Respectively called Absa Emerging Entrepreneur and Absa Business She Thrives, the solution offers a monthly fee waiver for six months on a new Business Evolve account, free access to the integrated business management and accounting tool called Cashflow Manager and access to funding of up to R5 million on an unsecured basis, supported by Absa’s Enterprise Development and Alternate Lending Solutions. In addition, eligible businesses will be able to access their first credit facility without paying any initiation fee and qualify for up to 50% off their bond registration costs.

Apply Now: WIPO Global Awards 2024 seeks small businesses and startups successfully using IP

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today opened its 2024 Global Awards competition, inviting applications from small businesses and startups that use intellectual property (IP) to drive enterprise growth as well as positive societal impact.

Enterprises from all business sectors, based anywhere in the world, that meet application criteria may submit an application between January 15 and March 31, 2024. Winners will be announced in July 2024.

The Champions of the 2023 South African Small Business Awards announced

Ending off its 15th successive year, the NSBC and World Famous Events announced South Africa’s Top 5 Startup Winners, Top 10 Winners, Special Award Winners and the Main Category Award Winners at the 2023 South African Small Business Awards gala breakfast on 16th November, a glittering affair attended by the business elite. These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common - a driving entrepreneurial force.
“We are astounded at the diversity of entrants again this year, but equally encouraged as it shows the depth and breadth of South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit. Growing small and medium businesses is vital to the local economy and its ever-growing rate of unemployment. This type of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit will undoubtedly cultivate a much healthier business landscape for all involved,” says Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC.

More awards for HOT 102.7 FM in month to remember

The celebrating continues at HOT 102.7FM, as the Johannesburg-based commercial radio station has capped a memorable few weeks – both on and off air – with more awards and honours.

For starters, HOT 102.7FM has been shortlisted and ranked in the top 10 of three categories at the National Small Business Chamber Awards, which will take place in Johannesburg on the 16th of November.

The 2023 top small businesses announced

This has been a year of rebuilding and resilience, and this is reflected in the winners of the South African Small Business Awards. These awards acknowledge the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of a small business to become an entrepreneurial success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional businesspeople behind these successful and growing businesses.

These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common – a driving entrepreneurial force. By being recognized as a South African Small Business Awards winner, they are encouraged to continue their SME journey and inspire those up-and-coming entrepreneurs to show up and start the idea which has been brewing in their mind.

This year the winners have been divided in to the 'Top 10 Small Businesses' and the 'Top 5 Startups'.

Mercedes-Benz spearheads the luxury, all-electric SUV segment with the introduction of the EQS SUV
  • The EQS SUV offers an abundance of space, comfort, and connectivity for up to seven passengers in its luxurious interior. Equipped with the innovate Electric Art Interior and Exterior package.
  • Cutting-edge and powerful electric motors and the responsive 4MATIC all-wheel drive and an intelligent OFFROAD driving mode, the EQS SUV is also capable of tackling off-road terrain with ease.
  • Immaculate and evocative in design, the EQS SUV exemplifies the Mercedes-Benz philosophy of sensual purity, all while striving towards contemporary luxury aspirations.
It’s official – Vodacom is SA’s most reliable network

It’s official - Vodacom is South Africa’s ‘Most Reliable Network’. The latest biannual network report by the independent benchmarking organisation umlaut, part of Accenture, has ranked Vodacom ‘Best in Test’ ahead of competitors and scored the highest for reliability, data services and crowdsourced quality. This is testament to Vodacom’s commitment to deliver unparalleled connectivity to its valued customers and reaffirms its purpose of connecting South Africans to a better future.

Sitho Mdlalose, CEO of Vodacom South Africa, expressed his pride in achieving this remarkable milestone, stating: “We are honoured to be acknowledged as South Africa’s most reliable network. This achievement reflects the tireless efforts of our dedicated teams and the substantial investments we have made over the years to enhance our network infrastructure and provide even greater value to our customers.”

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