The Travels of the South African Family Robbertze

The SA Family Robbertze Ever heard of the Swiss Family Robinson? It’s a classic tale about a family of six that was shipwrecked in the East Indies on their way to Australia. Written in 1812 by Johann Wyss, it chronicles the adventures of a mother, father and their four boys on an island which is often described as ‘geographically impossible’ for its great variety of plants and mammals. The text is riddled with moral life lessons – true to form for the literature of the day. For years I thought…

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5 Good reasons to start a business

With a struggling economy, unemployment at an all-time high and the cost of living on the increase, you might be very reluctant to start your own business. Here are five reasons why it might not be such a bad idea: Peace of mind for your job future In a country where more than 25% of South Africans are unemployed, the ability to create employment for oneself has never been more important than now. According to Lullu Krugel, chief economist at KPMG, close to 70% of South Africans are employed in…

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Student’s winning app will prevent trafficking

Tlholo Melamu and Sonwabile Papu, former pupils of HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein, won the national SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) competition in the Social Responsibility Category this year. The two presented an interactive and very entertaining presentation of an app they have developed which they believe will contribute to the alleviation of human trafficking in our country. “We are the successors of an NPO called Give Back Friday,” said Tlholo. “Our app will include reliable sources of information such as SAPS and will carry features like…

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Do these six simple things to grow your business

As business owners we often think that to grow your business, you need more capital, bigger clients, media coverage and a great big break. But the truth is that small changes or habits can bring about major success in the long run. Step out! Firstly, you have to network. You cannot build your multi-million rand empire while sitting in your PJs in the home office all day.  Dress up and get out. If you cannot afford taking people out to lunch, then see them for a quick coffee. Don’t get…

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5 things you can do to save your business thousands

In a brave attempt to increase the bottom line, many business owners pay themselves less and less. There is good reason to try and save as much money as possible, but there are better ways to go about it. Here are some tips that you can immediately start implementing to shave off thousands in expenditure every year. Take a good look at monthly expenses This time of year seems as good as any to review your monthly expenses in the business. Particularly have a hard look at insurance payments. Your…

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