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Call for Nominations – Minara Chamber of Commerce Recognition Awards 2016

There is an opportunity to recognise excellence in our community by submitting nominations in the following categories for the Minara Chamber of Commerce Recognition Awards 2016:

  • Business of the year
  • Business Person of the year
  • Business Women of the year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the year
  • Professional Achiever of the year
  • Community Builder of the year
  • All nominations must be submitted by COB 15 August 2016.

For the Professional Achiever of the year nomination, kindly submit the nomination to

Download the nomination form which contains further information here

About Minara Chamber of Commerce

The Minara Chamber of Commerce is a formally constituted organization formed in May 2000 , through an initiative by the Muslim community to create unity between Muslim businesses after consultation with a broad spectrum of the business community,  and has since grown tremendously and now serves as a platform to represent and assist South African businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals.


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Young South African entrepreneurs recognised for community-driven business ideas

A select group of 18 young entrepreneurs from across the country showcased their community-driven business ideas at the annual JA South Africa Company of the Year Competition, held at Citi Bank Plaza, Sandton on 14 July 2016.

The Competition, which acknowledges the growing importance of entrepreneurship among young South Africans who have the potential to contribute towards the country’s economic prosperity, is hosted in partnership with Citi. It highlights business ideas conceptualised by grade 10 – 11 learners participating in JA South Africa’s Mini Enterprise- and Entrepreneurship Academy Programmes.

The winning team was Core Vortex from McAuley House that presented decorative jars made from recycled material. They were awarded with a cash prize for their school, flights for the team and a chaperone to Harare, Zimbabwe to compete in the JA Africa Regional Company of the Year Competition taking place in December 2016.

Second and third place were awarded to Glamorous Creations from Stanger Manor Secondary School, KwaZulu Natal for its Medical Alert Bracelet that allows a person to carry vital medical information on them in style and Flip To Fold from Malibu High School, Western Cape that presented a clothes- folding device made from recyclable material respectively.

“Our experiential programmes run throughout the year and ignite a spark in young people to experience and realise the opportunities, realities and challenges of the working environment,” says Nelly Mofokeng, acting managing director of JA South Africa. “The creative business ideas put forward at this year’s Company of the Year Competition is testament to the success of our programmes.”

The learners, from nine different schools across South Africa, were selected to pitch their team business plans to a panel of external judges. All qualifying teams first attended a series of mentorship workshops leading up to the competition to help improve their business ideas, problem-solving, leadership and presentation skills.

Judges’ assessments were based on a number of criteria, including business idea clarity, the team’s ability to think critically, understanding basic business principles and the sustainability and relevance of the product or service to embodying social responsibility.

“Citi has funded JA experiential in-school and out-of- school programmes through a global partnership spanning over 30 years. We are proud to partner with Citi SA on this momentous occasion for the second consecutive year,” says Mofokeng.

“The Citi Foundation is focused on providing youth with the career readiness tools and opportunities needed to thrive in the 21st century economy. Together with JA South Africa, we are helping youth build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills and begin to engage in the formal economy.  The Company of the Year Competition has been nothing short of phenomenal. The teams showed real business acumen and presentation skills, which is rarely seen in entrepreneurs this young,” said Citi SSA Head of Trade and Treasury solutions, Peter Crawley.

Schools who were selected to participate in the Company of the Year Competition are:


School Business name Product / service description
Vulamazibuko High School in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape Royalty Seasonal school uniform with scarves, hats and rain jackets that can be branded for the school
Stanger Manor Secondary School in Stanger, KwaZulu Natal Glamorous Creations Emergency charm bracelet to allow the person wearing the bracelet to carry vital medical information on them in style
Phl Moraka, Sikhululekile and Makgetse High Schools in Hammanskraal, Gauteng Omnipotence Brooms and stationery containers made from recycled materials
McAuley House in Parktown, Gauteng Core Vortex Decorative jars made from recycled materials
Malibu High School in Blue Downs, Western Cape Flip To Fold Clothes-folding device made from recyclable materials
St Anne’s High School in Bapong Village, North West Mvelo Holdings Mobile movie screening and refreshments station
Motse Maria High School in Ga-Mashashane, Limpopo Lucrative Corporation Range of themed, beaded bracelets for various major events and special occasions.


Suikerland Secondary in Malelane, Mpumalanga Victors Incorporated Custom-designed pens with a rubber grip for comfortable writing, topped with erasers shaped like each of the ‘Big Five’ animals
Vuyolwethu High School in Ipeleng, Northern Cape Young Explorers Delectable range of themed toffee-apples


About JA South Africa

Junior Achievement South Africa (JA South Africa) is a non- profit organisation affiliated to JA Worldwide (, one of the largest business education organisations in the world, operating in over 120 countries. For the past 37 years, JA South Africa has been providing essential entrepreneurial and financial literacy programmes to young people of all ages, across the country, in both rural and urban environments. JA’s unique, experiential programmes ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

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Zuma Funnels Procurement to Small Business : Link RoundUp 4

Predicting the rand is a fools game, unless you are the best predictor in the business. Matthias Krieger, an analyst at Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, is the best at predicting the rand. Says Mr. Krieger

The deteriorating competitiveness of South Africa and the populist government of Jacob Zuma is the reason why I’m convinced we’ll see a weaker rand over the year. I am pretty pessimistic about the political cost of South Africa.”

Read more on the prediction, by clicking here.

Rural Land Tenure

Sometimes, I however need a reminder that in some context the value of the rand matters less, because more fundamental reforms are needed. provides a critical perspective on recent announcements that title deeds will be issued.

WHEN King Goodwill Zwelithini announced recently that title deeds would be issued to households in rural KwaZulu-Natal, he omitted to say how this would fit in with the long-term lease agreements being issued by the Ingonyama Trust Board, of which he is the sole trustee. Read more

Small Business Set Asides

I think reform of rural tenure is a must and may have major impacts on asset holdings and the establishment of small businesses. Another big issue has been set asides for small business in government procurement. After many years, Treasury has finally put in place proposals.

The revision of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 was influenced , to a large extent , by the need to provide for a mechanism that will assist in targeting certain categories of persons, including looking at how government can procure at least 30 per cent from SMMEs, co – operatives, township and rural enterprises, and other targeted groups.

Lots to get through, and comments and an opportunity to comment. Policy geeks and small busienss owners click here.

Think with Google tells us how other’s shop

Slightly addictive indicator of how the world buys using Google data. No South African  data. but fun to play around with. Go forth, website owners.

Which raises, the question, can President Zuma create a funnel that increases certainty, supports small business and creates jobs.

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The Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education – Closing Soon

About the Awards

The Pan African Awards reward the very best projects which are using enterprise and entrepreneurship to innovate in the field of education. The awards are generously supported by The Saville Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South Africa. Teach A Man To Fish manage the awards using their expertise in enterprise education and highlight inspirational models and projects through their large network of educational organisations and schools.

What is Entrepreneurship in Education?

Entrepreneurial approaches to education can mean:
1. Teaching entrepreneurial and workplace skills to young people AND/OR,
2. Using alternative and innovative methods to fund education.

Do you have what it takes?

  • Is your education or training project based in Africa?
  • Does your organisation actively demonstrate the success of their entrepreneurial approach to education? See above for our meaning of ‘entrepreneurship in education’.
  • Is your education project innovative and inspiring?
  • Does your organisation have a large network of young people? 
  • Can you show that your project has had a positive impact on young people and your community?

If you answered yes to these questions your organisation could be in with a chance of winning a Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education.

Benefits for winners

  • First prize of $15,000, 2nd and 3rd prizes of $5,000.
  • A sponsored trip to our international conference.
  • Enhanced visibility and publicity.
  • Enhanced sponsorship and donation opportunities. 
  • A chance to win our ‘partner prize’ to work with Teach A Man To Fish and the School Enterprise Challenge.

For More information, click here.



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#FillUpTheIncubator – Awethu Project Looking for Gauteng Entrepreneurs



Awethu Project is created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We’re using entrepreneurship to build the country we all want to live in…a fair country, in which every South African has the opportunity to realise their potential. We’re the most innovative SMME investment company in South Africa. We flexibly combine ideas, people, and capital, to build the fast-growing SMMMEs South Africa needs.

The Incubation Programme

Awethu Project provides a 6 month business incubation programme for new and existing businesses. We assist entrepreneurs to formalise their businesses and ensure their sustainability post incubation.

We achieve this by providing the following services:

  • Mentorship/business coaching
  • Mini business course
  • Access to funding
  • Access to markets
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to our boundry partners

There are a few opportunities left. Please click this link for more details, and act quickly.

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Better and Faster? Link RoundUp 3

Good News – Better and faster? . A couple of interesting developments during the past week:

WITS to launch a high tech journalism incubator – This is a very cool idea, because more and diverse media is so important in our society. And the SABC has worrying censorship position. ZApreneur takes a moment to say we disagree with any censorship at the SABC.

SA jumps 10 places on global ICT index. South Africa has performed well in the latest edition of the Global Information Technology Report’s Networked Readiness Index published by the World Economic Forum, jumping 10 places to 65th position overall worldwide. Sometimes, we need good news, and a reminder that starting up in South Africa has many advantages.

5 global accelerators supporting African startups: Disrupt Africa has an insightful review of global accelerators supporting African startups.  The cover photo for this post shows founders of Sweep South who were accepted into a global accelerator.

I am hoping that readers think more is less. Just a few links every week.









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