South African women entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs

The 2012 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition has seen a  5% increase in the number of female finalists  which is a critical sign that speaks to general health of the South African economy, say organizers of the competition.

The resonates well with  the GEM research report on South Africa which showed that the total early-stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) for South African females improved by 161.3% from 2001 – 2010, growing from 3.1% to 8.1%.

In a statement the organizers said female entrepreneurial activity has been proven to be a major catalyst in triggering economic growth in developing countries.

via South African women venture into entrepreneurship | UJUH.

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Dice loaded against black women in business

A dentist by profession, she started her business supplying medical equipment to state hospitals nine years ago.

In spite of her impressive professional qualifications – a Medical University of SA dentistry degree, an honours degree from Stellenbosch University and a masters from the University of Pretoria – she battled to find a bank or institution willing to consider her business plan, never mind give her a loan.

Even state funding entities set up to advise and finance small and medium enterprise start-ups were not interested, she says.

“Culturally, you’ve got problems.

“In Africa, the woman is regarded as someone who has to take care of her family full time and nothing else.

“And banks do not believe in funding entrepreneurs who are female.

“When you go to the banks, they do not believe you are capable of doing it.

“Men are the only people who can succeed in running a business.

“We are supposed to be employed or in the kitchen.

“When you come with a business plan to a bank they resist, they don’t believe it will succeed.”

Eventually a bank agreed to give her a R30000 overdraft.

“They were better than other banks which rejected me altogether. They didn’t even want to hear my story.”

Mzizana is outraged that institutions the government started with the express purpose of financing small businesses, and which are forever trumpeting their achievements in this area, showed her the door as quickly as any of the commercial banks.

“These are organisations that claim to be helping women’s businesses. They are actually not doing that at all.

“That’s why there are no women businesses that are successful. They open and within one year they’ve closed down.

“If you keep going for five years you’ve done very well as a woman.”

via Dice loaded against black women in business – Business LIVE.

Business in Population Management

Global population numbers are on track to reach 7 billion in 2011, just 12 years after reaching 6 billion in 1999. Virtually all of the growth is in developing countries.

And the growth of the world’s youth population (ages 15 to 24) is shifting into the poorest of those countries.

The new Population Reference Bureau’s 2009 World Population Data Sheet, offers detailed information about country, regional, and global population patterns.

In the context of CSR, I find it interesting that we talk a lot about the environment and its connections with growth and we discuss at length the use (and abuse) of natural resources and links to climate change.

Yet, one of the major challenges that businesses could play a role in relates to birth control and population management.

via A Role for Business in Population Management | Use Celsias.com

Department of Social Development

Vision 

A caring and integrated system of social development services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life.

Mission

To enable the poor, the vulnerable and the excluded within South African society to secure a better life for themselves, in partnership with them and with all those who are committed to building a caring society.

Values

The people we serve come first in performing our duties. We will ensure equity and freedom from discrimination and harassment in the workplace and in the services provided by our department. We will workin partnership with the people we serve and with other stakeholders. We will use the resources entrusted to us, to deliver on the Governmen’s priorities in the most effient, effective and innovative ways. Ww will be transparent and accountable for our decisions, actions and performance. We will share our knowledge and expertise with other departments and broader welfare sector and learn from them.In performing our duties, we will uphold the Constitution of the republic of South Africa, the laws governing the public service and the Code of Conduct for the Public Service.  

via Department of Social Development – Vision, Mission and Values

Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu

Born and raised in Umtata, Noeleen is a journalist by training and has spent a number of years in news handling both Radio and TV for Radio Transkei and Radio 702 respectively.

Having spent a period of six years at Radio Transkei, Noeleen has had the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of journalism as well as Public Relations both in its theory and in its application.

In pursuit of better prospects, Noeleen moved to Johannesburg in 1994 to join Radio 702 as junior reporter before landing a co-hosting job. She worked her way up and in the space of four years became the station’s news editor.

From 2001, she was on the Primedia Board and hosted her own daily show before leaving the company at the end of 2002.

Noeleen registered for a Management Advancement Programme (MAP) with Wits Business School and duly completed the programme in 1999.

In October 2002 Noeleen was awarded the Population Institute’s Global Award for Radio Programme excellence. The award ceremony took place in Havana, Cuba in December 2002.

In 2004 and 2005 Noeleen won the Crystal Award for Best Talk Show Host for 3Talk.

via Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu

Small businesses beat tough times

He is also looking into collaborating with the hotel industry and wants to supply his wares to Lifestyle in Randpark Ridge.It doesn’t end there either; he is also planning to set up a stall on Vilakazi Street. “Soweto is a centre of attraction,” he says. These avenues are the way forward for the expansion of his business

via Small businesses beat tough times | News Update

Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development workshop

The Center for Management & Professional Development (CMPD) at the University of Dubai (UD), a prestigious university in the UAE established by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has concluded the “Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development” workshop for 19 women entrepreneurs who successfully trained on business management skills.

A ceremony felicitating the participants was held recently at the Dubai Chamber with three of the participants receiving awards for the best business plans. The three-month training is part of Joint Venture for Finance & Entrepreneurship (JVFE), which was established in January 2005 as a joint venture between UD and the Citi Foundation.  The JVFE aims at addressing the entrepreneurial qualifications of women through specialized and focused workshops.

via University of Dubai concludes Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development workshop | Al Bawaba