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Entrepreneur Profiles
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AutoTrader South Africa’s George Mienie Knows Disruptive Innovation Is More Than Shifting Gears

Today, AutoTrader.co.za has grown its digital revenue to over R185 million, while being widely acknowledged as a disruptive tech leader. Here’s how disruptive innovation has become part of an ex-print publisher’s DNA.
gill-bowen

5 Key Tactics That Helped Gill Bowen And Tim Hartzenberg Revitalise The Shooshoos Brand

Great brands are built when the right product finds a strong market fit, and the business has a firm strategy and strong foundations in place. Here’s how the owners of Shooshoos are taking a much-loved South African brand global.
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Mrs Garlic’s Taste For Innovation Grew A Family Business Into An Agribusiness

Here are a few ideas from Chris Pappas that helped Mrs Garlic to grow.
Trevor Raman

Saab Grintek Defence’s Strategies For Staying Lean and Competitive

Saab Grintek Defence has seen incredibly impressive growth over the last few years, all while operating in a tough market that is global in scale and heavily regulated. CEO Trevor Raman explains how the company navigates this complex environment.
jonathan-liebmann

Avoid The Founder’s Trap And Learn From Propertuity’s High-Impact Growth

This is how you take one small idea — to bring communities, development and businesses back to the inner city through an ambitious urban regeneration project — and turn it into a reality. Welcome to Maboneng, place of light, nestled in the heart of Joburg’s inner city.
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How Mark Sham Earned His Suits & Sneakers

For many businesses, the biggest challenge is getting their message heard. Through Suits & Sneakers, Mark Sham is not only building a huge microphone to create awareness around his business and his vision to change education and training in South Africa, but he’s forging a network of entrepreneurs and corporate businesses to champion the cause. Here’s how he’s doing it.
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6 Strategies From Cool Ideas To Carve Out A Market In A Competitive Environment

Former Dial a Nerd employees Andre Jooste and Paul Butschi started Cool Ideas in 2011. Today, this service provider is taking on some large and very established competitors. Here’s how they are differentiating themselves.
andrew-brand

How An Accidental Entrepreneur Founded A R175 Million Business

Andrew Brand calls it his ‘art director MBA’. It’s the lessons he’s learnt building an advertising agency that cares more about customer supplier awards than glittering design awards. It’s the foundation of a 300-employee strong business with a turnover in excess of R175 million that was launched because Checkers was willing to give a two-man agency a chance to prove itself. And it’s how a business that was launched as the recession hit has not only survived, but thrived.
Sibongiseni Mbatha

Sibongiseni Mbatha’s Top Collaboration Techniques To Grow Your Business

As the president of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP), Sibongiseni Mbatha has learnt that true success can only be achieved when people take responsibility for their actions, respect each other, and work collectively to achieve a common goal.
Shatty Mashego

For Shatty Mashego Success Lies In Maintaining A Positive Mindset

The battle to become a success is fought in the mind. That’s where success is won or lost. Are you training your mind to support your success — or sabotaging it?
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Persistence Can Beat Any Odds Says The Founder Of Rebosis Property Fund

When Sisa Ngebulana left Mthatha to pursue his dreams he had high aspirations for himself. He didn’t know what path his career would take, but he did know he wanted to achieve greatness.
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Slikour’s Moto: If You Dream It, You Can Be It

Rapper and entrepreneur Slikour believes his success is the result of one key element: The aspiration to make something of himself, and create a platform for his voice to be heard. Now he’s bringing that mindset to South Africa’s black urban youth.
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5 Answers From Digital Kungfu On Why Podcasts Are Your Best Self Development Tool

Advice from over 60 South African billionaires, CEOs and entrepreneurs is hard to come by. Unless you utilise the power of podcast interviews.
Art Viljoen

Art Viljoen Says Your Entrepreneurial Dream Is What You Make Of It

22-year-old Art Viljoen doesn’t want to build an empire; he’s using entrepreneurship as a means to follow his dream and become a world-renowned designer.
Nkululeko Silimela

5 Tips From Nkululeko Silimela On How To Launch A Competitive Start-Up

Nkululeko Silimela has created a slick and professional operation that is still agile and boasts low overheads. Here are his tips for creating a successful start-up.
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How Cycle Lab’s Andrew McLean Cycled His Way To The Top

Andrew McLean is an ex-professional cyclist, TV presenter and the founder of Cycle Lab. He approaches business (and everything else in life) the same way he does a fierce race.
Rodney Norman

At 21 Rodney Norman’s Business Owed R1 Million. Today He Has A R100 Million...

When Rodney Norman was 21, his first business ended up R1 million in debt. With so much owing to suppliers, he couldn’t continue trading. Instead, he needed to take stock of what had gone wrong, pull himself together, and come up with a plan.
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Zuko Tisani Learnt These 7 Invaluable Lessons On His Path To Success

Quitting your job and becoming an entrepreneur is never an easy decision to make. Here’s how you can prepare yourself for the plunge.
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Self-Made Millionaire At 24 Marnus Broodryk On How To Build A R1 Billion Business

Not only has the 31-year old entrepreneur achieved what he set out to do, but he was a self-made millionaire at 24, the youngest investor on South Africa’s Shark Tank, and an entrepreneur who is shaking up the entire accounting industry. All without taking a single cent of debt.
tbo-touch

Entrepreneurial Powerhouse TBO Touch On How Success Is Built From Small Acts

One of South Africa’s most popular radio personalities, TBO Touch has developed into an entrepreneur and brand powerhouse. He believes every goal and vision is attainable, with the right attitude and mindset.
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