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Industrial business built through relentless struggle for survivalhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/industrial-business-built-through-relentless-struggle-for-survivalIndustrial business built through relentless struggle for survivalA young Sipho Radebe might have laughed in disbelief if anyone had told him that he would one day build Mbali Industrial Solutions, a R140m-a-year engineering firm. More likely, he would just have ignored such an impossible dream, put his head down and continued working.2020/01/19 10:00:00 PM
Pioneering engineers doing it for themselveshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/pioneering-engineers-doing-it-for-themselvesPioneering engineers doing it for themselvesIn the early nineties, when the brutal conflict in KwaZulu-Natal was at its peak, it was no surprise that Bheki Lembede, the son of a domestic worker and a truck driver in Durban, scored low in almost every subject at school. Schooling in the killing fields of the war between the ANC and IFP was severely disrupted, and there were widespread fears that thousands of young South Africans’ futures would be destroyed even if they survived the conflict.2020/01/19 10:00:00 PM
Integrating technology and happiness into businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/integrating-technology-and-happiness-into-businessIntegrating technology and happiness into businessAs a school boy, Brendan Bossé got his hands on the first rudimentary personal computers that came onto the market in the ‘80s, and was immediately smitten by the idea that they could be used to control the physical world.2019/12/12 10:00:00 PM
Twelve years of growth, and no end in sight for branding companyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/twelve-years-of-growth-and-no-end-in-sight-for-branding-companyTwelve years of growth, and no end in sight for branding companySo unstoppable has the growth of Basically Branding been over the last twelve years that it has had to move no fewer than seven times, each time with a bigger collection of machines that can print a logo on almost anything. Last year, the Johannesburg-based branding company moved for the first time out of rented premises into its own building, but not with any sense of settling down, it seems. 2019/12/12 10:00:00 PM
Difficult start makes entrepreneur and business stronger.https://www.businesspartners.africa/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/difficult-start-makes-entrepreneur-and-business-strongerDifficult start makes entrepreneur and business stronger.Like so many business owners, Abegail Nakedi’s start-up experience was much harder than she ever could have imagined. In fact, her difficult start in business was probably worse than that of most business owners.2019/11/26 10:00:00 PM
This business owner wills his own luckhttps://www.businesspartners.africa/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/this-business-owner-wills-his-own-luckThis business owner wills his own luckThe story of the extraordinary rise of Steve Mululu from the slums of Nairobi to owner of a fast-growing group of upmarket gyms in Johannesburg contains a number of amazing lucky breaks. Look a bit closer, though, and you realise that this is a man who inserts himself into luck’s pathway by sheer force of will.2019/11/26 10:00:00 PM
Difficult start makes entrepreneur and business stronger.https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/difficult-start-makes-entrepreneur-and-business-strongerDifficult start makes entrepreneur and business stronger.Like so many business owners, Abegail Nakedi’s start-up experience was much harder than she ever could have imagined. In fact, her difficult start in business was probably worse than that of most business owners. 2019/10/23 10:00:00 PM
Entrepreneur tells of hair-raising race to find financehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/entrepreneur-tells-of-hair-raising-race-to-find-financeEntrepreneur tells of hair-raising race to find financeHaving been in the Johannesburg property industry for more than twenty years, Gigi Demetriou immediately saw the potential in a dilapidated guest house he found in Rivonia. But he had no inkling of the hair-raising struggle that lied ahead before he would own it. 2019/10/23 10:00:00 PM
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