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THOMAS REIB

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Thomas Reib Cash retained tides ‘happy businesses’ over the worst of Covid-19 crisis Thomas Reib reckons if he stayed in the corporate lane in which he started his career in the early nineties he Read more >

ANNELENE VAN WYK

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Annelene van Wyk Guest house owner defies Covid-19 with patience and adaptability Adaptability, initiative and patience are key ingredients for entrepreneurial success, especially if you have to build a business with as few resources Read more >

ELS BOTHA

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Els Botha Entrepreneurial thinking key to return to business growth As the hospitality industry emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, entrepreneurial creativity will play a crucial role in the return to growth. Els Botha, owner Read more >

FEDA RAHMAN

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Feda Rahman Drive for upliftment pays off in property successes Feda Rahman’s business, Petite Home Decor, turns drab spaces into beautiful and stylish ones. Amazingly, the same thing seems to happen to the wider Read more >

NEIL CRACKNELL

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Neil Cracknell Three generations, one landloard When you think about a family business in which three generations have traded continuously from the same premises, you’d imagine that they would own the building. Not so Read more >

SHAINIL DOORJAN

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Family business finds finance - and a whole lot more
In 2005 Shainil Doorjan was ready to take the family business, which he ran together with his father and brother, to a whole new level by building their own hot-dip galvanizing plant in Pinetown, Durban. Read more >

CHARLES RAMUHASHE

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Long walk to business success
In his late twenties, Charles Ramuhashe literally walked out of his job to start his own business. “I didn’t have a vehicle. In fact, I had no taxi money, so I was walking home,” remembers Charles, who today is the owner of the Germiston-based Magnavolt, a multi-million-rand supplier and repairer of electrical motors and pumps. Read more >
  • THEMBEKILE SIKENQE

THEMBEKILE SIKENQE

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No limits on finding new opportunities
Looking back on the strange turns that his life has taken, Thembekile Sikenqe can see that he could easily have found himself slowly going grey at a desk in a moderately successful corporate career. But one lucky move blew open his mind and sent him on a wild adventure of entrepreneurship which he is still living every day.Read more >

WYNAND HART

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Spotting opportunities where others see gloom
If the mark of a true entrepreneur is the ability to spot an opportunity where others only see gloom, then Wynand Hart is a champion. Picture him at the end of 1995, standing outside the weathered buildings of the Sutherlands Tannery from which he had just been retrenched as part of the liquidation of the 117-year-old company. Read more >
  • Naleesh Harduth

NELEESH HARDUTH

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Restaurant entrepreneur ready for post-pandemic bounce-back
Amid all the usual uncertainties of running one’s own business, Neelesh Harduth has found an unexpected certainty: no matter what happens in future, chances are very good that things cannot possibly be as difficult as his first two years. If his business could survive that, it will survive anything. Read more >
  • Tshepo Mekoal

TSHEPO MEKOA

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Formal systems, staff relations help resilient company bounce back
A few months ago, Tshepo Mekoa was worried at the speed with which his company Brima Logistics was growing - would the intricate systems and procedures that he had set up over the last decade and a half hold under the weight of his rapid expansion? Read more >
  • Iris Makanya

IRIS MAKANYA

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No rest for this 60-year-old livewire
“My entrepreneurship is beyond my control,” says Iris Makanya, a 60-year-old business owner from Umtata whose various businesses employ more than 800 people throughout South Africa. Read more >
  • Elizabeth Baillie

ELIZABETH BAILLIE

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Answering adversity with entrepreneurship
Like thousands of South African business owners Elizabeth Baillie stared into the abyss as one of the strictest lockdowns in the world shut down the South African economy and her business. Read more >