Car accident opens entrepreneurial avenues for Mpho

Mpho Gabara (30) who previously worked as a flight attendant decided to open her own business, after surviving a horrendous accident, which left her disabled. She is originally born in Venda, Makhado, Limpopo, but she currently resides in Boksburg Ravenswood. Gabara was a flight attendant for Mango airlines until October 15, 2020, when she was involved in a car accident that left her left hand disabled. Growing up she was an average student, she deems herself as a playful individual. Gabara shares with Ekurhuleni News, saying, “A lot of people…

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#Socioeconomicissues: South Africa CAN overcome its socio-economic challenges!

The last week has shown me that anything is possible in this country. We all watched malls and businesses being looted and burnt down in various parts of the country because of political issues that have spilt into some communities. When all of this was happening, my first thought was the ripple effects that this damage would have on the already previously disadvantaged communities, Township-based businesses, and our ailing economy. We have seen the impact this has had in the provision of basic goods and services such as food, petrol,…

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A new clothing brand established in Katlehong

Esthupheni Productions is a youth-owned company that was established in 2018, it is located in Moleleki Ext 2, Katlehong. “Esthupheni” is derived from the word “Isthupha” meaning the thumb as we use it more often in our daily lives to greet, to show that you are good or things are going well. Esthupheni was inspired by a township called “Moleleki AKA ‘Eh-6’” the name was used to show appreciation to the township where the company was established. Esthupheni Productions specialises with clothing, event organising, marketing through social media, and it…

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Thando Mtsweni exhorts youngsters to celebrate youth day

Thando Mtsweni (24) started her printing and embroidery business called ‘Wonderink Boutique’ in 2018, it is based in Benoni CBD. Thando’s business started as a print shop. They printed on gift sets. She later decided to expand her business’ services and she added an embroidery service in 2019. “I was generally into gifts, so I got my inspiration from producing personalised gifts and I realised that we cannot only focus on one aspect but we can expand the company and introduce branding wholesomely as the company’s concept,” Mtsweni elucidated. Youth…

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Nedbank uplifts the township economy

Helping entrepreneurs in the Kathorus region unlock their growth potential Small businesses and informal traders in the Kathorus region are set to receive an on-the-ground business and financial support from Nedbank. The financial institution aims to stimulate growth among the small businesses with the financial support. The Township Economy Programme forms part of Nedbank’s dedication to prioritise informal traders, which includes making a range of solutions and services available to these important entrepreneurs by helping them to secure and grow a sustainable income, while they serve their communities and contribute…

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Buying and Selling just got better

SpazaXpress is an online marketplace, located in Daveyton. It provides a platform for various businesses to connect with customers both online and offline. Zuko Soyizwaphi, Mlondi Gladile, and Sabelo Khuse started their own business in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown, because they noticed that there were no platforms for promoting marketing products for small businesses, especially in townships. They created a marketplace concept that would give small businesses a digital footprint while generating income and then the idea of SpazaXpress was created. “We do ‘cold calling’ we use our platform…

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Long-serving employees awarded

The Mabogoane Investment Group (MIG) held an award ceremony wherein it honoured and acknowledged its long serving employees, on the 27th of May. Among the huge number of employees who were honoured on the ceremonious night, Nelson Chikane who has worked for 24 years in one of the companies owned by the Investment Group, took the centre stage. He was awarded a watch, a money voucher, a Samsung galaxy, and a certificate on the night for his tenacious loyalty. The gratified recipient said, “I would like to thank everyone who…

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A Daveyton man puts his idea into action

Jabulane Kgopane, a 39-year-old man born and bred in Daveyton sells cleaning detergents. His business is named ‘Cleana Detergents’ and his products are not only found in the East Rand but they are also available in places like Pretoria. Kgopane mentions that his inspiration behind selling cleaning detergents was that he saw that they are no local cleaning products that are exclusively made in the township. “I would go to retail stores and I’d even see that the ‘No Name products’ are also not manufactured in the township. I then…

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Woman merges her business to other services

NtombizamaHlubi Gloria Siwisa, a 54-year-old woman born and bred in Kwa-Thema, White City is a mother of three, has a career and profession in Accounting Technician yet has a business calledHlubi’s Lounge, based in Kwa-Thema. “After my divorce, I moved back to my grandmother’s house in Kwa-Thema to rebuild it to suit my family’s needs. Within three years of staying there, I had to slowly convert it to a business place (pub and related services) and that was from 2008 when I left working as Head of Accounts Receivables at…

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Collaboration is vital for Small Businesses

The COVID-19 period has taught me a lot about the importance of collaboration. I’ve always valued teamwork when I was still employed but noticed that because most of us SMMEs are ‘one-man shows’ – we tend to prefer to work in silos. This silo mentality I found out that is caused mainly by lack of trust and also by our current circumstances as well – the negative effect on our economy which has led to most of us not being able to hire employees in our businesses because of rigid…

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