NEWS: SA’s emerging companies face multiple challenges

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A report by PwC reveals the challenges some emerging and small enterprises face. Among these are limited market access, funding and skills shortages.

BUSINESS: Building a digital business? Don’t sacrifice agility

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If your business is going digital then one of the things to focus on is creating agility. Mobility, cloud computing and connectivity are key aspects for digital business.

NEWS: SA’s top entrepreneurs recognised across sectors

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Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner, founders and owners of The Creative Counsel were the overall winners of the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition. The entrepreneurs were chosen due to the success of their business over the past 14 years of operation.

INSIGHT: What Africa can learn about growing its agribusiness

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Agriculture averages 24% of the GDP across the African continent and the World Bank projects that the agribusiness sector will grow to US$1tr by 2030. but there are a number of lessons Africa can learn from China when it comes to achieving this outcome, writes Calestous Juma of Harvard University. This article originally appeared in The Conversation.

MONEY: Africa’s invisible sector- SMEs adopt prepaid SIMs

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More consumers have opted for prepaid SIM cards as they are beneficial in monitoring their spend. Small businesses have followed suit as increasing numbers of their employees need mobile connectivity.

INSIGHT: SMEs to promote savings culture

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South Africans are not disciplined in savings and it is often up to the employer to initiate savings behaviour. SMEs which account for approximately 60% of the country’s labour force can drive savings culture.

BUSINESS: Choose the right tech to boost your business

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Small business owners are spoilt for choice when it comes to technology to create efficiency in their daily operations. What should you look out for when choosing IT solutions for your business needs?

BUSINESS: Pioneering service boosts e-commerce startups

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There are a number of entrepreneurial e-commerce start-ups but few of them mature into sustainable online businesses. One of the challenges is starting to accept payments for products or services online.

MANAGEMENT: Risks SME owners should be managing

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SME owners should take a disciplined approach to managing the risks their businesses face. Risk management is a balancing act.

BUSINESS: SMEs should innovate consistently

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Competitors are already to copy or improve on a new market offering. SMEs should continuously innovate as it is an ongoing process to ensure sustainability.