Green Fund

Are we ready to seize green opportunities?

South Africa’s green economy can stimulate growth, enhance competitiveness and open new markets, locally and globally. Abundant natural resources —predominantly solar and wind, but also the minerals needed for the development of green technologies and biodiversity — and a solid financial sector and innovative industries position the country to play a leading role in a greener world. Green activities already contribute substantially to the ...
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Take your business to GREENer pastures

"Going green" is not just the latest buzzword being thrown around by various industries. As South African consumers (and potential international customers) become more environmentally aware, it makes good business sense to take your company into the era of environmental consciousness. Depending on what kind of operation you have, this may even be a matter of legislation. You may be worrying about what "going green" is going to cost you, so he...
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Cutting the costs under pressure

What is the sequence of events when a business starts to buckle under financial pressure? Though the details can differ depending on the situation and who the entrepreneur is, there are certain stages that businesses could experience when they face the crunch. The first stage is that of hope, that tomorrow things will be better and this is just a passing phase. If we are patient things will right themselves. But then the pressure mounts, t...
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Environmental Industry Bodies and Associations

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) SANBI was established on 1 September 2004 in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No 10 of 2004). The mandate of SANBI is to play a leading role in South Africa’s national commitment to biodiversity management, now and into the future. In partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the biodiversity sector, SANBI is tasked with leading ...
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Building Green

Green building incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of development on the environment and people. Green buildings are energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible. The Green Building Council South Africa (gbcsa) – a non-profit company formed in 2007 - leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that ...
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Study business before you start, advises experienced entrepreneur

One of Enver’s strengths is that his company is family run, with a strong management team, he says he is fortunate that his daughter manages the administration and his son the overall operations at the Tomco factory, a 3000 square metre automated plant with 70 workers. Enver Munshi Tomco You would think that a businessman who had cut his teeth as a young entrepreneur in the harsh 70s when South Africa's economy was strangled by racial laws an...
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Gear up for a more successful business in 2014

2014 is likely to be the year in which South African business owners emerge from a survival mindset to one of preparing for a new era. Small business owners should make the paradigm shift and prepare the business for expansion, which will be achieved through steady income growth. This is the view of Gerrie van Biljon, Executive Director of Business Partners Limited, who says that his opinion is backed by various surveys which suggest improving co...
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Power of business mentorship lies in finding the right match

When asked how important having a mentor is when it comes to the development and growth of a business, Business Partners Limited SME Index respondents rated the average importance level as 73%. According to Lionel Billings, Head of Consulting Services for Business Partners Limited, who matches quality business mentors with business owners, all new business owners, or entrepreneurs, should find a mentor to assist and guide them on in their busines...
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Ten tips for marketing your business

Marketing tends to be seen by many business owners as a soft function, one of the first spending areas to be cut when times are tough. But of course it is not only one of the most vital functions of a business, but, counter-intuitively, the slower the economy, the more your investment in your marketing effort needs to be. Fortunately, the investment does not have to be cash – you can cut your marketing budget provided you increase your marketi...
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Empire builder, freedom fighter or craftsman: what kind of business owner are you?

The idea of entrepreneurship and business ownership is still fast climbing up the popularity stakes in South Africa. But what kind of life are you really choosing for yourself once you decide to make a career out of owning your own business in South Africa? Take the poll [poll id="2"] Recently, hundreds of people gathered in Cape Town for a youth entrepreneurship conference which formed part of the Telkom Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week, whic...
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