PROFILE: David Tlale

David Tlale at New York Fashion Week

South African fashion designer David Tlale is preparing for his fourth New York Fashion Week. In the 22 February 2015 edition, journalist Buhle Ndweni speaks to the designer about what it takes to become top of your game in the fashion industry.

ENTREPRENEUR: Foodpods receives funding following Finweek article

Entrep_Foodpods in Khayelitsha

Following a Finweek article, social entrepreneur Peter Shrimpton received funding to address food insecurity in underprivileged areas. Foodpods provides infrastructure, support and training for small agri-businesses in townships. Mandy de Waal tells the story here.

AFRICA: SMEs still reluctant to operate on the continent

Route 360 Kayamandi Tours LR 7

While many reports highlight growth opportunities and investment potential across the African continent, a recent report found that SMEs are still reluctant to tap into this vast market.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Is all the hype creating the wrong pressure?

Entrepreneur thinking

Entrepreneurship tends to be epitomised in the form of individuals who successfully harness it and attain extraordinary personal wealth and social advancement. This has had the effect of making heroes out of the people or personalities who have succeeded rather than of the process of becoming an entrepreneur. Nyasha Mugadza from BDO Innovation explains.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Limited government support leads to lacklustre exports


Low confidence and limited government support hold back would-be exporters, says South African entrepreneur Jolene Leeuwener-Maritz. She adds that many under-capitalised entrepreneurs fail to see the opportunity or lack the confidence to pursue it.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Mitchell’s Plain business wins big

Idea on paper

Gail Small, owner of Angel’s Steel Fabrication, a small business in Mitchell’s Plain, is the top student of the Small Business Academy (SBA) Development Programme offered by the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). Read more here about her exceptional story.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The economics of branding


In this article Gerhard Reinecke from Yellowwood Future Architects discusses the economics of branding with regards to supply and demand in business.

REAL ENTREPRENEUR: Teaching Mitchells Plain to swim

Rushana Charles 2

This is the story of Rushana Charles. She is the proud owner of the the Little Mermaid Swim School. Read more to find out how this entrepreneur is making a definitive change in the lives of kids in Mitchells Plain.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Digital vs traditional media


Just like the relationship between television and cinema, digital and traditional media have learned to co-exist. Tess Sulaman from Rocketseed South Africa talks about the immense effects of social media on businesses worldwide and how the change in media platforms are affecting how they interact with clients.

START-UPS: In the mind of Sylvia Gruber


Sylvia Gruber is the Austrian-born entrepreneur that launched Rubybox in South Africa. Kelly Berold spoke to Gruber about e-commerce and pitching to investors.