• What does set asides for South African small businesses tells us about economic policy making?

    Small Business Set Asides

    The Minister of Small Business, Lindiwe Zulu is championing the introduction of set-asides for small business in government procurement by September this year.The proposal is to set aside 30% of all government procurement for small enterprises. However, it is worth remembering that Cabinet on the 7 November 2007 announced a decision to do exactly that […]

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  • BRICS – Internet Users as a percentage of population

    BRICS Internet

    The South African Internet space is incredibly grumpy. In a couple of conversation, the outlook is described as incredibly gloomy, and there is a strong anti-government stance. The data now tells a more upbeat story. The diagram below shows that just under half the population in South Africa has internet access.  The data is drawn […]

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  • Opportunity RoundUp – 16 September 2015

    SA non-profits can now use Google products for free.  Any NPO registered with the Department of Social Development can apply to join the program on the Google for Non-profits website. This is a useful opportunity for social entrepreneurs. www.RobotScience.co.za where teenagers learn to build robots from electronic parts After you visit rAge, take the kids […]

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  • Opportunity Round Up – 25 June 2015

    Small Business Opportunities South Africa

    Vision to Reality Award Programme The Vision to Reality awards programme celebrates emerging companies with tech-enabled solutions spanning across all industries. The programme aims to encourage companies with the best high-growth potential to become market leaders, and to inspire future start-ups.. INVENTORS GARAGE COMPETITION – SA Innovation Summit Act quickly, as this opportunity closes on […]

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  • Opportunity RoundUp – 18 June 2015

    zap roundup 18 june

    A couple more opportunities, some with some deadlines approaching quickly. C.O.J.E.D.I. Internship Opportunities Interesting approach by the City of Johannesburg to building skills through supporting internships. Gauteng Accelerator Programme The Innovation Hub is running four high profile innovation competitions for Gauteng-based researchers and entrepreneurs with plans to be global leaders in the Green, Medical, ICT, […]

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  • Automattic Buys WooThemes: Can you replicate the success?

      Automattic, an American company that runs WordPress.com bought South African company called WooThemes for a reported $30 million.  Some statistics speak about the scale of business that WooThemes have built in eight years. Its ecommerce solution, called WooCommerce is estimated to power 24% of all ecommerce websites. This free plugin has been downloaded over […]

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  • Book Review: $100 Startup

    Book Review: $100 Startup The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau simplifies the process of starting a business, cost effectively, and is helpful for entrepreneurs wanting to take practical steps . For me, it has also served as a disciplinary device. $100 […]

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