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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/en-za/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/en-za/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
Down-and-out single mom makes come-back, and empowers thousands of womenhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/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/en-za/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/en-za/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
The power of life-long learning in businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/the-power-of-life-long-learning-in-businessThe power of life-long learning in businessDelia Cupido is living proof of the power of life-long education in business. The 57-year-old owner of four growing private schools in Cape Town is clearly at the top of her game, yet she is once again ready to take her business to the next level through an entrepreneurial development programme that she has just completed. 2018/02/27 10:00:00 PM
Elevator business on its way to the tophttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/elevator-business-on-its-way-to-the-topElevator business on its way to the topMartin Jessen’s business started with his experience of being confined to a wheelchair for a few years just as he was starting school. The needs of people with disabilities and the importance of access and mobility were imprinted on his mind. Little did he know it would lead to a formidable business, and one that is today competing successfully in an industry dominated by multinational players. 2018/02/04 10:00:00 PM
Focus on training drives company’s fast-paced growthhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/focus-on-training-drives-company’s-fast-paced-growthFocus on training drives company’s fast-paced growthIf a business doesn’t grow, it dies, says Peter Flint of Armcoil Afrika, an electric motor and transformer business based in Roodepoort whose exponential growth over the past sixteen years shows that it is in pretty good health.2018/02/04 10:00:00 PM
Business growth only possible if entrepreneur grows with ithttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/business-growth-only-possible-if-entrepreneur-grows-with-itBusiness growth only possible if entrepreneur grows with itShahnawaz Essop believes that entrepreneurs cannot grow their business unless they grow their own knowledge and skills and develop themselves personally. If his career so far is anything to go by, he is clearly onto something. 2017/12/13 10:00:00 PM
Turning an overnight stay into a destinationhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/turning-an-overnight-stay-into-a-destinationTurning an overnight stay into a destinationRunning your own business is the ultimate do-it-yourself project at the best of times, but if you are doing it in an isolated region you have to be even more self-reliant, says Mark Crawford, co-owner of the Crawford Beach Lodge, a resort of free-standing cottages set on a stunning stretch of the Wild Coast near the village of Chintsa. 2017/12/13 10:00:00 PM
Bike business fuelled by passionhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/bike-business-fuelled-by-passionBike business fuelled by passion“I could ride a motorbike almost before I could walk,” jokes Dayne Marais, owner of Gravel Pit Motorcycles in Montana, Pretoria.2017/11/29 10:00:00 PM
Small investment blossoms into thriving property portfoliohttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/small-investment-blossoms-into-thriving-property-portfolioSmall investment blossoms into thriving property portfolioBrian von Holdt used the savings from his student job to put down a deposit on a R300 000 house in Johannesburg. Today, sixteen years later, the portfolio that he had unwittingly started with that purchase has blossomed into a R300m multi-faceted property company, Ezulwini Investments. 2017/11/29 10:00:00 PM
Crisis action a true mark of entrepreneurial drivehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/crisis-action-a-true-mark-of-entrepreneurial-driveCrisis action a true mark of entrepreneurial driveThe ultimate proof of Bajith and Joshna Panday’s entrepreneurial drive is not their track record of starting at least three food businesses and an education and training business, or even that the husband-and-wife team were the first of their respective families to ever venture into business. 2017/10/30 10:00:00 PM
Finding entrepreneurial opportunities where they are least expectedhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/finding-entrepreneurial-opportunities-where-they-are-least-expectedFinding entrepreneurial opportunities where they are least expectedFor some, entrepreneurship doesn’t present itself as a career path until an opportunity virtually lands in their lap. Such was the case for Thara Singh, managing director of HJ Shenton Valve Services in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. The 59 year-old, Durban born businesswoman is making her mark in the competitive valve engineering and manufacturing industry – a historically male-dominated sector. 2017/10/23 10:00:00 PM
Start-up experience terrifying frantic fun and rewardinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/start-up-experience-terrifying-frantic-fun-and-rewardingStart-up experience terrifying frantic fun and rewardingStarting a business for the first time is always difficult, not least because of the change in lifestyle that moving from employment to business ownership requires, but few entrepreneurs have had to live through a shift as dramatic as that which Allison and Lawrie Irvine made. 2017/09/28 10:00:00 PM