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At 21, Zareef Minty Works Harder Than Most

At 21, Zareef Minty is young. Very young. He’s also phenomenally busy, juggling countless responsibilities daily. Entrepreneur finds out what drives him, and how he manages his diverse duties.

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He’s been named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian; he’s a former chairperson of the Black Lawyers Association Wits Branch and the Student Discipline Committee, as well as a former treasurer of the Law Students Council; he’s also a motivational speaker, owner of a clothing and talent company called SMB (self-made billionaire), author, talk-show host and general whiz kid.

Oh, and he was also the national youth president of the Patriotic Alliance (PA). Meet Zareef Minty (21), a final-year law student who has done more in his young life than most people three times his age would ever dream of. We asked Minty what drives him and how he manages to do it all.

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1. Manage your time efficiently

I have an electronic diary and I use it. It’s always up to date because I refuse to be late for anything. I never miss a deadline either. I may be a student now, but I know that I’m unlikely to succeed in business in the future if I don’t deliver on time.

2. Prioritise

Don’t say ‘yes’ to everything. Choose what is important in your life. What are the actions and commitments that will enable your vision to become reality? When you know what they are, take steps every day to move yourself closer to your goals.

3. Choose to make a positive impact on the world

I was 12 when I spotted someone begging for money on the side of the road. I knew that I never wanted to be in that position, so at 16 I started a clothing brand. I’ve always been a great networker and I contacted celebrities like Kenny Kunene, Nicky van der Walt and Lee-Ann Liebenberg to introduce the brand to them. They started wearing my gear and promoted it in a way I could not have done.

4. Do things differently

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I spent two years working on my book, Empire, which aims to help young people become financially savvy and adept at self-branding so that they can reach their full potential.

Then I discovered that monopoly publishers and distributors were going to claim 70% of the profits from the book sales. I followed the example of DJ Sbu — I self-published, and I sell the book through my own distribution channels on social media.

I also sell it through Exclusive Books, since I achieved a better deal. The book has sold more than 9 000 copies, making it a South African bestseller.

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5. Learn to network

I have spoken to many students in poor areas around the country and I was shocked to discover how few know anything about the concept of networking. This places them at a terrible disadvantage.

It’s something that successful people do from an early age, and I would like to see young South Africans being taught the value of making connections with people.

From when I was very young, I believed that whatever you want to became, you have to attract it to yourself. I got close to people I admired and asked them to mentor me.

6. Get an education

That’s the most important thing for every young person in this country. I know I will diversify in my career, but I have the safety net of a law degree for the rest of my life. To cease being job seekers and rather become job makers, we need to be educated. That is the key to moving South Africa forward.

Monique Verduyn is a freelance writer. She has more than 12 years’ experience in writing for the corporate, SME, IT and entertainment sectors, and has interviewed many of South Africa’s most prominent business leaders and thinkers. Find her on Google+.

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27 Of The Richest People In South Africa

Here are 27 of South Africa’s richest people, but how did they achieve this level of wealth? Find out here.

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Learn the secrets of SA’s most successful business people, here is the list of the 27 richest people in South Africa:

In a world with growing entrepreneurship success stories, victory is often measured in terms of money. The feat of achieving a place on this list is, however, years of hard work, determination and persistence. “One has to set high standards… I can never be happy with mediocre performance,” advises Patrice Motsepe.

From the individuals that made the 27 of the richest people in South Africa list, actual entrepreneurs and self-made business people dominate the list; while those who inherited their fortunes have gone on to do even bigger and better things with their wealth. Over the years, some have slipped off the list, while others continue to climb higher and higher each year.

  1. Elisabeth Bradley
  2. Sharon Wapnick
  3. Bridgette Radebe
  4. Irene Charnley
  5. Wendy Ackerman
  6. Paul Harris
  7. Wendy Appelbaum
  8. Mark Shuttleworth
  9. Desmond Sacco
  10. Giovanni Ravazzotti
  11. Markus Jooste
  12. Gus Attridge
  13. Gerrit Thomas Ferreira
  14. Cyril Ramaphosa
  15. Adrian Gore
  16. Raymond Ackerman
  17. Michiel Le Roux
  18. Lauritz Dippenaar
  19. Jannie Mouton
  20. Stephen Saad
  21. Patrice Motsepe
  22. Allan Gray
  23. Koos Bekker
  24. Ivan Glasenberg
  25. Christoffel Wiese
  26. Johann Rupert
  27. Nicky Oppenheimer
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Watch List: 50 Top SA Black Entrepreneurs To Watch

South Africa needs more entrepreneurs to build businesses that can make a positive impact on the economy. These up-and-coming black entrepreneurs are showing how it can be done.

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Early-stage South African entrepreneurial activity is at an all-time high of 11%, according to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and entrepreneurial intentions have also increased to 11.7%. With both activity and intentions growing significantly year-on-year, there are more businesses opening up around South Africa than ever before.

The increase in entrepreneurship has seen the rise of more black entrepreneurs across numerous sectors. From beauty brands to legal services and even tech start-ups, these are 50 top black entrepreneurs to watch:

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Watch List: 50 Top SA Small Businesses To Watch

Keep your finger on the pulse of the start-up space by using our comprehensive list of SA small business to watch.

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Entrepreneurship in South Africa is at an all-time high. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), total early-stage entrepreneurial activity has increased by 4.1% to 11% in 2017/2018. This means numerous new, exciting and promising small businesses are launching and growing.

To ensure you know who the innovative trailblazers are in the start-up and small business space, here are 50 of South Africa’s top establishing companies to watch, in no particular order:

  1. Livestock Wealth
  2. The Lazy Makoti
  3. Aerobuddies
  4. Mimi Women
  5. i-Pay
  6. AfriTorch Digital
  7. Akili Labs
  8. Native Décor
  9. Aerobotics
  10. Quality Solutions
  11. EM Guidance
  12. Kahvé Road
  13. HSE Matters
  14. VA Virtual Assistant
  15. Famram Solutions and Famram Foundation
  16. BioTech Africa
  17. Brand LAIKI
  18. Plus Fab
  19. LifeQ
  20. Organico
  21. 10dot
  22. Lenoma Legal
  23. Nkukhu-Box
  24. Benji + Moon
  25. Beonics
  26. Brett Naicker Wines
  27. Khalala
  28. Legal Legends
  29. The Power Woman Project
  30. Aviro Health
  31. AnaStellar Brands
  32. Data Innovator
  33. Fo-Sho
  34. Oolala Collection Club
  35. Recomed
  36. VoiceMap
  37. ClockWork
  38. Empty Trips
  39. Vula Mobile
  40. SwiitchBeauty
  41. Pineapple
  42. The Katy Valentine Collection
  43. OfferZen
  44. KHULA
  45. Incitech
  46. Pimp my Book
  47. ART Technologies and ART Call Management
  48. Prosperiprop
  49. WAXIT
  50. The Sun Exchange
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