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Integr8 Group: Robert Sussman & Lance Fanaroff

It’s been a good year for the guys at Integr8 Group. In spite of the global recession and the subsequent need for corporates who make up their client base to cut back on costs, the company has experienced compound year-on-year growth of between 35% to 40%.

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It’s also been a year of awards.Co-founders and joint CEOs Robert Sussman and Lance Fanaroff each walked offwith Entrepreneur of the Year awards (Sussman for the Absa Johnnie WalkerEntrepreneur of the Year Award, and Fanaroff for the Business TopcoEntrepreneur of the Year). The company was named the “Innovation throughTechnology” winner at the annual Business Topco National Awards and is afinalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category of the South African Ernst &Young World Entrepreneur Awards*.

In 2001 Sussman and Fanaroff investedR300 000 of their own capital to start the business, which designs, implementsand manages ICT infrastructure for clients. “Our goal when we started was tobuild an annuity-based IT business, and while the company has grown and openeddifferent divisions along the way, the core of that model remains the same. Sothe fundamentals of Integr8 have allowed the business to endure the tremendouspressure that transactionally-based IT businesses have felt during this toughtime,” says Sussman.  This is undoubtedly true, butinnovation has also played an important role in giving the company the kind ofcompetitive edge that puts it head and shoulders above its competitors, in goodtimes and bad. One of its key assets is the Integr8 Nerve Centre which allowsthe company to connect to all of its clients across the world. 

Through it Integr8 staff can providecall centre and support services, and monitor multiple clients from onelocation – all of which results in significant cost-saving and massivelyincreased efficiency. It’s allowed the company to reach beyond South Africa’sborders without having to set up operations in other countries. Fanaroff says that the companycontinually assesses global trends and products to see how they might beadapted for local market needs. “Because we understand business, notjust IT, we’re able to pre-empt the needs of clients and build new products ordesign new offerings that meet these,” he says, citing the company’srecently-formed Integr8 Rental as an example. “Companies currently find themselves in theposition where they can’t afford the capital outlay required to own their ownIT equipment, but they can now rent these assets from Integr8 Rental,” explainsSussman. Today, Integr8 is the largest BEE privately owned ICT infrastructuremanagement company on the African continent. “Looking back, it’s been aphenomenal year,” says Sussman, “Looking forward we are perfectly geared toconsider strategic acquisitions that will enable us to compound our growth evenfurther.”

*Winners announcement still pending at time of going to press. 

Juliet Pitman is a features writer at Entrepreneur Magazine.

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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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