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Adventure-seeking trio cooks up a storm of a businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/adventure-seeking-trio-cooks-up-a-storm-of-a-businessAdventure-seeking trio cooks up a storm of a businessOne way of explaining why some people start their own businesses rather than working for others is their sense of adventure. The Maré siblings, who have been building a thriving catering company called D.O.U.G.H. in Pretoria over the past ten years, is strong evidence of a link between adventure seeking and entrepreneurship. 2019/08/20 10:00:00 PM
Curiosity, tenacity make this business owner no roll-overhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/curiosity-tenacity-make-this-business-owner-no-roll-overCuriosity, tenacity make this business owner no roll-overChristine Geldart is used to the look in the eyes of many of the men in the metal industry when she walks into the meeting room, the look that says “Oh goodness, what does this little poppie know?”2019/08/20 10:00:00 PM
Bustling business career started at 12https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/bustling-business-career-started-at-12Bustling business career started at 12You could say that Thobile Ntswana started her business career at the age of 12. Growing up in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, her father’s shop was a stone’s throw away from her school. Naturally, she spent her afternoons after school there. Her father was a teacher, so to him the shop was a side business. For Thobile, however, it became an all-consuming thing. She proved so useful in the business that she started doing more and more, until she was the one hiring, firing, ordering stock and generally running the show. 2019/07/28 10:00:00 PM
Busy entrepreneurial husband and wife never stop growinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/busy-entrepreneurial-husband-and-wife-never-stop-growingBusy entrepreneurial husband and wife never stop growingSome entrepreneurs shift in and out of working for other people throughout their careers, but Hesley and Bart de Klerk are of the kind who simply have to do their own thing. Both of them have only ever worked for someone else once for a few months before embarking on their entrepreneurial careers.2019/07/28 10:00:00 PM
From wheelbarrow deliveries to SABS accredited workshophttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/from-wheelbarrow-deliveries-to-sabs-accredited-workshopFrom wheelbarrow deliveries to SABS accredited workshopNot many successful factory owners can remember their first delivery vehicle as a wheelbarrow. OJ Matonsi recalls the time in the Tsakane Township in Brakpan when he welded steel window frames in his backyard and had them delivered to local home owners in a wheelbarrow. He had no car, and had to hire a bakkie to buy his raw materials from the Johannesburg steel merchants.2019/03/25 10:00:00 PM
Sky's the limit after aeronautical entrepreneurs gain property footholdhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/skys-the-limit-after-aeronautical-entrepreneurs-gain-property-footholdSky's the limit after aeronautical entrepreneurs gain property footholdLocation-sensitive businesses, usually retailers, often find themselves at the mercy of landlords who are aware of the fact that the business is dependent on the specific spot in which they trade. If the landlord refuses to renew the lease, the business can lose millions. 2019/03/25 10:00:00 PM
Business built from scratch on trust and determinationhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/business-built-from-scratch-on-trust-and-determinationBusiness built from scratch on trust and determinationThe stylish, timeless furniture in the Classic Work Life showroom in Houghton, Johannesburg, conveys such a sense of luxurious durability that you’d think the business behind it must be a corporate itself.2019/02/20 10:00:00 PM
Small home-based business grows into bottle-making powerhousehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/small-home-based-business-grows-into-bottle-making-powerhouseSmall home-based business grows into bottle-making powerhouseWhat began as a tiny home-based business selling cool drink in novelty bottles to corner stores has turned into ATL Blow Moulders, a multi-million-rand a month plastic moulding business owned by a Johannesburg husband-and-wife team, and the growth of the business is showing no signs of slowing down.2019/02/20 10:00:00 PM
Determined entrepreneur hits gold-mine by pursuing his dreamhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/determined-entrepreneur-hits-gold-mine-by-pursuing-his-dreamDetermined entrepreneur hits gold-mine by pursuing his dreamDave Coleman always wanted to be in the movies. He still remembers his school mates’ laughter when he revealed his ambition to them, but it never stopped him from dreaming. Eventually, he did not become a movie star, but it was through movies that he propelled himself out of poverty and into business success in a career worthy of a movie plot.2018/12/19 10:00:00 PM
Imagine starting a business and a degree at the same time - this entrepreneur didhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/imagine-starting-a-business-and-a-degree-at-the-same-time-this-entrepreneur-didImagine starting a business and a degree at the same time - this entrepreneur didWhen Prashun Sharma, owner-manager of the glass and aluminium company Aluminium Doctor, decided to start his business seven years ago he faced an overtraded industry teeming with informal bakkie operators.2018/12/19 10:00:00 PM
74-year-old pioneering entrepreneur ready for his next venturehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/74-year-old-pioneering-entrepreneur-ready-for-his-next-venture74-year-old pioneering entrepreneur ready for his next ventureRolly Nkawe’s first job was as a cashier in a municipal bottle store in Soweto at a time when black South Africans were not allowed to hold liquor licenses. The experience gave him the urgent wish to own his own business one day. 2018/11/20 10:00:00 PM
Lighting the way for the revival of SA manufacturinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/lighting-the-way-for-the-revival-of-sa-manufacturingLighting the way for the revival of SA manufacturingG Light is an inconspicuous factory in an industrial area called Sebenza near Edenvale in Johannesburg. But behind the face-brick facade and the staff of 32 beavering away at their LED lighting assembly lines, lies an amazing story that encapsulates the arc of manufacturing history in South Africa.2018/11/20 10:00:00 PM
Entrepreneur’s big dream within reach after incremental growthhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/entrepreneur’s-big-dream-within-reach-after-incremental-growthEntrepreneur’s big dream within reach after incremental growthLorraine Chitate always loved travelling and tourism, but for a long time her dream of owning her own hotel or resort one day seemed out of reach, until a chance meeting with a guest-house owner changed her life.2018/10/29 10:00:00 PM
Seriously serial entrepreneur tackles the tourism industry - and thriveshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/seriously-serial-entrepreneur-tackles-the-tourism-industry-and-thrivesSeriously serial entrepreneur tackles the tourism industry - and thrivesIt says something about the resilience of the tourism sector that, in a very difficult year economically, the De Ja View Exclusive Guest House in West Acres, Nelspruit, had managed to double its business from last year.2018/10/29 10:00:00 PM
Entrepreneurial spirit passed from mother to daughter, and taken to a new levelhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/entrepreneurial-spirit-passed-from-mother-to-daughter-and-taken-to-a-new-levelEntrepreneurial spirit passed from mother to daughter, and taken to a new levelLooking back, Unathi Nkomo realises that she must have got her entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, although she was never really aware of it growing up. 2018/08/21 10:00:00 PM
Father and daughter a formidable team in cut-throat industryhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/father-and-daughter-a-formidable-team-in-cut-throat-industryFather and daughter a formidable team in cut-throat industryFor Leonie Finch, taking over as general manager of the family’s powder coating business was somewhat daunting not so much because she would be one of the few female owner-managers in a very male-dominated industry, but because she would one day have to fill her father’s considerable entrepreneurial shoes.2018/08/21 10:00:00 PM
Friendship culminates in thriving car workshophttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/friendship-culminates-in-thriving-car-workshopFriendship culminates in thriving car workshopTwo friends who started their own mechanical workshop in Rustenburg eight months ago with one employee have already employed three more mechanics to keep up with the demand.2018/07/25 10:00:00 PM
Slow, patient struggle pays off for SA’s only community TV stationhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/slow-patient-struggle-pays-off-for-sa’s-only-community-tv-stationSlow, patient struggle pays off for SA’s only community TV stationTwelve years ago, six idealistic people crammed into a small room at the back of a film school in Observatory, Cape Town, to start the community television station Cape Town TV.2018/07/25 10:00:00 PM
Fresh approach helps furniture business thrivehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/fresh-approach-helps-furniture-business-thriveFresh approach helps furniture business thriveWhen Etienne Erasmus started his furniture-hire company, Rain Productions, there were a lots of competitors in the market, but they were old and staid, and failed to update their stock and keep up with the times. Etienne, on the other hand, was 24 at the time, and thought the industry could do with a fresh approach. 2018/06/26 10:00:00 PM
Tech entrepreneur ready to revolutionise SA healthcarehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/tech-entrepreneur-ready-to-revolutionise-sa-healthcareTech entrepreneur ready to revolutionise SA healthcareFor all its underdevelopment, lack of public resources and scarcity of skills, South Africa presents massive opportunities for entrepreneurs who are able to spot ways in which technology can solve problems that would otherwise take generations to overcome.2018/06/26 10:00:00 PM
Dream of helping others put food on table fulfilledhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/dream-of-helping-others-put-food-on-table-fulfilledDream of helping others put food on table fulfilledWith his stellar career as an electrical engineer and hard-earned top academic achievements David Mmpanyana could have easily stayed on in his comfortable corporate job, but the yearning to build a business of his own was too strong.2018/05/30 10:00:00 PM
Perseverance leads to lucky breakhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/perseverance-leads-to-lucky-breakPerseverance leads to lucky breakAt first glance, the way that Anthony Doyle landed his thriving Col’Cacchio pizzeria franchise outlet at the L’Corro shopping centre in Northcliff, Johannesburg, seems very lucky.2018/05/30 10:00:00 PM
Down-and-out single mom makes come-back, and empowers thousands of womenhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/down-and-out-single-mom-makes-come-back-and-empowers-thousands-of-womenDown-and-out single mom makes come-back, and empowers thousands of womenWhen Brenda Fredericks became a single mom after a difficult divorce, the last thing she ever wanted to do was work on another garment again. She and her ex-husband ran a clothing business and all she wanted was to move on from that painful period of her life. 2018/03/25 10:00:00 PM
Low-key, constant innovation drives manufacturer’s successhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/low-key-constant-innovation-drives-manufacturer’s-successLow-key, constant innovation drives manufacturer’s successNowadays high-profile inventors such as Elon Musk are revered and celebrated as important economic players. But the low-key, incremental innovation that happens every day in thousands of workshops is arguably even more important and not adequately acknowledged for its contribution to economic development and wealth creation.2018/03/25 10:00:00 PM
Amazing last-ditch push turns business aroundhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/bpi/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/amazing-last-ditch-push-turns-business-aroundAmazing last-ditch push turns business aroundEven by the standards of business owners, who all go through some nerve-racking months, Mark and Liza Graham’s experience is in a league of its own.2018/02/27 10:00:00 PM