Seeing opportunity in disaster

4 years ago

Even the Covid-19 cloud has its silver lining. Mushrooming face mask designers profit from this deadly pandemic, and the demand is overwhelming. “It’s massive. I don’t sleep. Some people order 500 and others 10,000 masks. The minimum order I have

RataVaslapa cleans Black Entertainment Awards’ Best Brand category

5 years ago

Founder of the clothing line, RataVaslapa, still doesn’t believe that his brand outshone the rest in the Best Brand category at the launch of the Black Entertainment Awards 2019. Among others in the same category were YFM and Soweto TV.

Woman of substance

5 years ago

Mme Morokane Makhene (59) does not believe that a man should work for. “People with money are commanders and you become a slave. I don’t take instructions from a man,” she says assertively. She cautions that women who say they

Soweto Poppis stun Europe

5 years ago

Shwe Shwe Poppis could be one of the best exports from Soweto to hit Europe. The makers of these poppis had shipped thousands of them to gluttonous markets in the west. They braced glossy pages of delicate German Vogue and

Banking on lessons from the streets

5 years ago

They used to sell anything valuable they could lay their hands on – acquired legally or otherwise.  This includes cellphones and electric appliances they fixed.  They were unemployed and wanted to sustain themselves. Their market was responding positively. That’s how

Loyal servant or maverick?

6 years ago

While his bosses and colleagues are at home, minding their own businesses on Sundays, Itumeleng Mothibi is voluntarily at work, helping to brand VW Soweto. Sundays are virtually off days and Itumeleng is neither getting paid nor claiming the day

Cashing on trends

6 years ago

If being business minded includes exploiting what’s trending to make cash, then Lungile Sibeko is wise. She sells T-shirts embellished with popular social media phrases like, “Same WhatsApp Group” and “Mama Kopa Signal”. Lungi is a property valuator by day

Online Marketer Upgrades Enterpreneurs

7 years ago 0

Kwanele Tshabalala (34) has elevated himself from a store cleaner and mortar mixer for builders, to a local entrepreneurs’ marketer. He manages a Facebook page, Soweto Business Network. The businesses advertise their services and items they sell here. The page

Taking On Goliath

7 years ago 0

Desperation to feed his family unseated and drove Naresh Bhagwandas (52) from his home in Mayfair to search for success in the streets of Soweto. Today he owns four productive hardware stores in Protea Glen Extention 11. To take the

Mind Your Business

7 years ago 0

People take risks and invest their time and hard-earned money in establishing businesses. But unfortunately, two-third of small businesses go under within their first two years of trading. The main problem is the use of ineffective marketing tactics. This results

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