Three steps to take control of your finances

With the turmoil of 2020 behind us and a return to something approaching normal in the first quarter of 2021, now is a good time to take stock of your finances. Benay Sager, head of DebtBusters, South Africa’s leading and largest debt counsellor, says consecutive lockdowns affected most people’s finances. “Perhaps predictably, the consequences were most significant for people in consumer-facing industries such as retail, hospitality and tourism, where opportunities to earn an income diminished or entirely disappeared. However, we are also seeing ‘underemployment’ resulting from salary reductions.” Payment holidays…

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Vuyo Joboda launches a digital network

A 21-year- old young South African woman launched her own digital network on the 27th of March at Rynfield (Benoni). The Vuyo Joboda digital network is an online platform wherein people can stream entertainment shows and read magazines. The event was so interesting and it was attended by the deputy minister of Art and culture Nocawe Mafu. The founder of the network Vuyo Joboda graduated in 2016 at Hoerskool Hottentots in Holland, and then she proceeded and studied at the University Of Cape Town, where she followed her dreams and…

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Financial Literacy Issues – The mistakes I made with money

In my introductory column early last month, I mentioned that I chose financial literacy as one of my empowerment topics because of the basic knowledge that I learnt about finances when I worked at Absa. I also confessed that I do not claim to be an expert in financial management topics, but I am sharing my experience with money as well as the mistakes and lessons that I learnt over the last twenty-odd years. Even with the basic information that I learnt while at Absa, this still did not stop…

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A local business celebrates its lifespan

Soma Meat Emporium grocery store and Fast foods which is based in Daveyton Ext 3, 61181 Pitje Street celebrated its 10th year anniversary on the 3rd of April. As the local business celebrated its milestone, its owner (Ashley Mabogoane) encourages consumers to seize the great grocery specials that will be offered by the shopping hub throughout the month of April. The shopping zone that comprises of a bulk supplying division, braai area, grocery store, butchery, Small café, offal area and a veggie stall celebrated its lifespan in style by offering…

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Socio-economic issues – A brief look at the Bill of Rights

As mentioned in the previous columns, socio economic issues are one of the topics that are close to my heart. I would like to try and do my part in tackling the issues that affect ordinary South Africans from previously disadvantaged communities on a daily basis. These topics will – in the next few months – range from education, poverty alleviation to youth-related issues. This column in particular was motivated by the fact that I also came from humble beginnings and I was saved by education from poverty. Also, it…

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Braai, play and relax at Emlanjeni Phol’ Pozi

Emlanjeni Phol’ Pozi is a friendly park situated in Plot 8 Central Street Gordon’s View, Puttfontein road, Benoni. It is founded by Jabu Mahlangu and has been operating from August 2007 and has been offering fun yet refined services to its customers. It provides a clean, fun and family-friendly park and a conference centre with swimming pools, accommodation with a bed and bathroom, music, jumping castles and swings for the little ones. There are multiple braai and picnic facilities on-site. The facility also provides two lapas and a conference hall…

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PR Related Issues – The difference between Marketing and PR

People often make the mistake of thinking that Marketing and Public Relations (PR) is the same thing. Marketing is the custodian of any company’s brand. It is generally responsible for establishing brands – the look and feel of logos (fonts and colours) as well as how these brands can be used/applied in different platforms. More importantly, marketing strategies cover promotional, direct marketing and advertising which seeks to return direct sales. A good example of a marketing role in an organisation’s rebranding exercise is the amalgamation of Absa’s brand from the…

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A young girl establishes a business

Kutlwano Moloko, a grade 3 learner from Sibonisiwe primary school who resides in Duduza sells ice-creams. She says that being in a business-minded family sparked her love for the business sector and that propelled her to establish her own business. Kutlwano says that she has always watched channels that are centred on businesses and that’s how she generated guidelines about operating a business. She first sold ice-blocks but due the fact that she didn’t have enough space in the fridge, she had to think of another plan and that’s when…

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Jabu Stone discloses his entrepreneurial journey

A business mogul (Jabu Stone) who has introduced natural hair conditioning products disclosed how Stephen Bantu Biko’s ideals, philosophies and motivational tales solidified his resilience as a youngster when he formerly launched his business in 1994. Jabu Stone revealed that he started as an unskilled labour working for a company called Standard Telephones Cable (STC) in 1981, within the company he seized an educational up-skilling opportunity where he studied and attained an electrical engineering qualification, but he later developed a new passion after he decided to help his sister who…

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SMME/Entrepreneurship Issues – Lessons learnt from starting my own PR business

When I started my PR business in 2012, the only thing I knew very well was my profession: Public Relations (PR). I knew that what I had learnt in the 13 years that I spent working for big companies like the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), Absa, MTN and Business Conneion (BCX); that I could use in my own company. My main goal was to run “my own show” and service ”my own clients”. As a PR expert, I was confident that I could do my work in…

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