Caroline van Rooi

An entrepreneurial spirit succeeding against all odds

“I feel alive,” says Caroline van Rooi. Not what you would expect from a diabetic, blind woman who has had both legs amputated. Caroline calls herself 'differently abled', and you cannot help but feel immense...
take your business online

Future-proof your SME: 6 Steps to take your business online

The Covid-19 virus has put a strain on many businesses of all sizes, and especially SMEs worried about the impact on their customer base are desperately looking for ways to stay afloat in these...
women entrepreneurs

Advice from Wonder Women in business

If you're a woman entrepreneur or business owner and you're looking for inspiration, look no farther than these seven women entrepreneurs. Find your passion Nthabiseng Nti Ramaboa, affectionately known as “Chef Nti”, has risen to fame as a...
small business survival

5 tips for small business to adjust to the ‘new normal’

Small businesses, so often described as the backbone of the South African economy, are in a desperate fight for survival thanks to the Covid-19 epidemic. While many will fall and others will pivot, the...
Run a virtual business

Tips to run a virtual business

As a small business owner, you may be tired of paying exorbitant commercial rentals and fighting traffic every day to get to the office. The good news is that today’s technology means you can...

Young Entrepreneur takes barbering to the next level

When Peter Cupido from Ida’s Valley, Stellenbosch, swopped his technical assistant job to open his barber shop, he started a community whereby men gather for quality time and a close shave. “I opened my business...
sustainable business

A sustainable business is a successful business

Sustainability and climate change are two of today's hottest topics. From Adidas selling 11 million pairs of shoes made from ocean plastic, to vegan meat sales increasing by 451% in the last four years, there...
focus

How to stay focused

The entrepreneur's day is filled with distractions. Read on for some advice on how to sharpen your focus and pay attention to what matters... In 1971 Herbert Simon, the Nobel prizewinning political scientist and economist,...
businesses pivoting

Takeouts from businesses that are pivoting in lockdown

Businesses across South Africa are showing tenacity, innovation and real time digital disruption in the face of Lockdown and its tiered, vague levels of protocol. Many are pivoting their business models to adapt to...

The power of resilience

Entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, founder and managing director of IT services company Silulo Ulutho Technologies, is a former teacher who started his company as a micro business from the boot of his car in 2004,...

Looking to unlock fresh waves of business growth? New study challenges old beliefs about...

Organisations looking for growth in 2020 and beyond should question long-standing beliefs about business growth in favour of fresh new beliefs and behaviours. This is the outcome of the most comprehensive global study ever...

Educo Solutions’ free education classes off to a successful start

The books are out, the lecturers are inspiring and educating, and the students are up-skilling and learning in Educo Solutions’ first phase of free education classes in Soweto. Since their launch in April this year,...
Lelemba Phiri is Principal of Africa Trust Group

Lelemba Phiri : The investor who backs Africa’s women entrepreneurs

Lelemba Phiri is Principal of Africa Trust Group, a holistic early stage gender-lens investor committed to investing in Africa’s Women entrepreneurs. In light of International Women's Day celebrated on the 8th of March, she...
Lindsay and Shelley Mentor

The secret that makes this power couple work

Every year, many couples take on the challenge of starting a business together. For some, it is the best decision they have ever made, which is the case for Lindsay and Shelley Mentor. Whilst working...

Mistakes you can learn from

South Africans don’t like making mistakes; we tend to associate mistakes with failure. But valuable mistakes are well-intentioned errors or failures, and are not born of carelessness. If you are going to make mistakes, you...