Teboho Mafodi started out with few learning opportunities. In fact, many of his early skills were self-taught. But that has only made him appreciate the value of education.
There’s a lot you can learn from this 13-year-old business owner who has traded the playground for chicken coops.
Hard work. Determination. Drive. Discipline. Study the habits of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and you’ll see these are key traits that they all share. Tshego Sefolo and his business partner Londeka Shezi recently raised over R500 million in capital to launch their private equity firm, Agile Capital. Building the market trust and credibility to make this dream a reality has been 14 years in the making for Sefolo – and worth every second.
When John Nicolakakis took over the reins of Roman’s Pizza from his father, he had only one goal: To create the biggest pizza brand in South Africa. R1 billion in system-wide sales into this journey, and the company’s aggressive expansion plans have never wavered. In fact, if ever there was a poster child for the mantra ‘go big or go home’, Nicolakakis would be it.
In the early 80s, Connie Mashaba worked for Southern Sun hotels as a junior bookkeeper. In 1985, her husband Herman Mashaba asked her to join his fledgling business in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria. What started out as a small manufacturer of hair care and grooming products for the black consumer has grown into a multi-billion rand business and a household name.
Remarkable stories about local entrepreneurs who built big businesses and well known brands up from humble beginnings.
Honeybee is doubling its turnover every ten months, but it will need to be eight times its current size before the business model starts to pay real dividends. Sam Clarke has his sights set on a highly scalable, profitable business that delivers real value to his clients. Here’s how he’s getting there.
From selling phones from the boot of his car in Pretoria, to making and losing millions, Quinton van der Burgh has had his fair share of highs and lows. This self-made billionaire has always remained a risk-taker, and even though those risks haven’t always paid off, he’s kept his eye on the prize.
From absolutely no experience in publishing, Peter du Toit has built up the biggest single- copy-sale weekly publication in South Africa. Soccer Laduma has a turnover of R90 million, 3,4 million readers and some of the most loyal customers in the country. By following his heart, embracing his passions and getting everyone around him to do the same, Du Toit has discovered that you can have it all: Passion and great success.
Glenn van Eck took a small family business and turned it into a large company that’s been going for decades. Here are his lessons on thinking big and embracing a growth mindset.
You can’t buy success: The founder of YDE and Über Flavour on how lean business models force real innovation and problem solving and build R100 million+ businesses.
Academic Dr Mehran Zarrebini is applying lessons in analytical thought, working with mentors, and embracing diversity for business growth.
R648 million. That’s how much Stephan Ekbergh recently sold 49% of his company Travelstart for. How did he do it?
Five brilliant growth lessons from top-performing South African entrepreneurs.
South African entrepreneurs can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer, but they need to think bigger. Much, much bigger.
This year, for the very first time, Absa Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak will be a rider in the race he created 13 years ago. It’s been a gruelling journey, from R8,5 million in debt and facing certain failure, to refusing to give up and tackling challenge after challenge head on. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s how Ian Fuhr entered the beauty industry for the first time in his 50s, and has created a recession-proof brand that everyone loves to love. This is the story of Sorbet.
The first Rocking the Daisies festival left its founders more than R400 000 in debt. Craig Bright and Brian Little decided to keep going anyway. It took four years to settle that debt, but they knew they were breaking into an industry notorious for low margins and even losses.
Dial a Nerd’s enduring success is realising that profits matter more than bright lights and courting equity partners. To grow profits brothers, Colin and Aaron Thornton, have strategically brought their turnover down and today run a simpler, consolidated and more sustainable company. This is their story.
100% year-on-year growth. That’s what brothers Sam and Rob Paddock have been achieving with their online education business, GetSmarter. They’ve tapped into a growing market and formed valuable partnerships with South Africa’s most prestigious academic institutions.