INSIGHT: SA SME industry not for the unprepared


Running a small or medium enterprise in South Africa despite all the challenges we face, is definitely not for the faint hearted. Gerrie van Biljon from Business Partners Limited assesses macro and micro risks local businesses need to be aware of.

CORPORATE NEWS: Budget sounds optimistic


As part of the National Budget speech on 26 February, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made some interesting promises regarding small and medium businesses. Some optimism was noted when he talked about tangible benefits regarding tax and new opportunities for small enterprises.

OPINION: SME-friendly budget will boost economy


Small and medium businesses in South Africa are creating 60% of jobs annually and have long been the providers of 50% of formal jobs. In order to give SA a proper boost in job creation and economic development, Minister Pravin Gordhan would have to deliver a small-business friendly budget.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IDEA: How to navigate securing finance for your business in 2014


A common issue raised among local entrepreneurs is the ease of access to business finance, which is often criticised due to the difficulties experienced when attempting to secure funding to either establish, or grow, a business. The reality is that there is money available for entrepreneurs with the right idea.

CORPORATE IDEA: Cloud provides enterprise-level capabilities to SMEs


It has been said that the use of cloud computing enables SMEs to have access to enterprise-grade applications that will improve service delivery. Werner le Roux from Flux Interactive elaborates on this subject.

YES! This is how South Africa needs to teach entrepreneurship


One of the biggest challenges facing South Africa at the moment is the question of how to foster an entrepreneurial culture amongst the youth. Unfortunately much of the teaching that takes place in schools and support initiatives is very theoretical in nature and doesn’t capture the realities of being an entrepreneur.

CORPORATE NEWS: SMEs in SA slowly recovering


Business Partners Limited , has revealed that business owners are much more confident that the economy will be conducive for business growth in the next year. Read more on how consumer confidence has increased according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.

PODCAST: JSEDirect #123

Simon Brown

Simon chats the Finweek cover (How SMMEs Can Break into Big Corporate Supply Chains by Jessica Hubbard), results from; Famous Brands, Consolidated Infrastructure Group, Afrimat & Protech Khuthele. Understanding Austrian Economics and another finalist from the UCT School of Accounting mergers and acquisitions competition.

YOUR BUSINESS: Three key risks you need to be insured for


Financial planning for business owners can be a complicated affair, and with so many balls to juggle in the day-to-day running of a venture, it is easy to neglect this crucial aspect of ensuring future success. Insurance is one of the aspects most often overlooked – internal research conducted by Sanlam has shown that two thirds of South African business owners do not have basic business insurance.

ENTREPRENEUR OPPORTUNITY: Next generation black mining magnates needed


Thebe Investment Corporation has launched a small business incubator for entrepreneurs in the mining and resource space and is on the lookout for promising businesses that it can support