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Solo Artist And Entrepreneur K.O On Embracing Limitations

Ntokozo Mdluli, better known as K.O, got his start as a member of hip hop act Teargas. Today he is a successful solo artist and entrepreneur.

GG van Rooyen




Even though I was a performer, I wanted to do something more

I wanted to create a platform that would give other local artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. That’s how Cashtime Life came about — it’s a management company and a record label.

It was really just a management company at first (and we still view it primarily as a management company) but it also became a label in 2014 because we realised the importance of owning what was produced. It’s important not to relinquish control of your intellectual property.

Being at the head of a business has forced me to grow as an individual

When you run a company, there are a lot of sacrifices that need to be made. Moreover, a lot of these sacrifices go unnoticed. It’s a humbling experience, but it also gives you an opportunity to grow. I’ve learnt some very tough lessons. I’ve had my share of failures, but thankfully I was able to learn from them and apply these lessons to other ventures.

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I’m not a businessman. I am an artist

Because of this, I realised the importance of partnering with someone who had real business acumen. I have a partner named Thabiso Khati who is the CEO of the organisation. He runs the day-to-day aspects of Cashtime, which allows me to focus on the creative side of things.


If you want to be successful, you need to be true to yourself

It is important to be authentic. There can be only one Dr Dre, Kanye West or Steve Jobs. And no one cares how well you can impersonate someone else. You need to tell your unique story. 

A good reputation is priceless

You need to be conscious of how you present yourself and always treat people with respect. When it comes to my work, I always try to engage sincerely with people and put real effort into my work.

No one is great at everything

We all have our limitations and shortcomings. As mentioned, I depend on my business partner a lot when it comes to running Cashtime Life. What’s important is to make up for your shortcomings in other areas. What unique skills and abilities do you bring to the table? In what areas are you invaluable? You need to find that area where you can offer real value.

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Social media is becoming an indispensable tool

It doesn’t matter if you’re running a business or trying to build a personal brand: Social media is important. It allows you to tell your story. No one can afford to ignore platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

Everyone is now a publisher

We’re not just passively consuming content these days. We are now creating it as well. There are people out there with 40 million Twitter followers who have tremendous power when it comes to promoting products or services. You need to look at how you can leverage technology to create your own audience and extend your sphere of influence.

I have a motto I live by

Those who matter do not judge, and those who judge do not matter. I always keep this saying in mind. You will inevitably find those individuals who are negative and judgemental, and it’s important not to let them get you down. That said, it is also important to be honest and realistic about your limitations and take legitimate criticisms to heart. Nobody is perfect.

GG van Rooyen is the deputy editor for Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Mpumelelo Dlamini

    Jun 8, 2016 at 14:15

    Nice one K.O I am inspired

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25 Of The Most Successful Business Ideas In South Africa

Find out who’s making waves in numerous industries and how they managed to differentiate themselves in local and international industries.

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“Disruption is all about risk-taking, trusting your intuition, and rejecting the way things are supposed to be. Disruption goes way beyond advertising, it forces you to think about where you want your brand to go and how to get there,” says Richard Branson.

South Africa has its fair share of innovative and disruptive businesses taking both local and international industries by storm. From cutting edge space technology to reimagined logistics, and innovative business models, here are 25 of the most successful business ideas in South Africa:

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Colin Timmis Says ‘Position Yourself For Success By Starting With The Numbers’

People pay first who they feel pressure from, so people will pay you when they feel pressure from you.






Entrepreneur Colin Timmis founded South Africa’s first cloud accounting practice in 2011, Real Time Accounting. Then, a few years after being appointed as South Africa’s first Xero partner Colin became Xero Country Manager South Africa. Xero is the emerging global leader of online accounting software that connects small businesses to their advisors and other services.

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Two 20 Year Olds Reshape Entrepreneur Landscape With New Social Investment Platform

The Merge vision is to become the ‘go to’, digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors, and to truly make a difference in the world.

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It’s no secret that finding the right investor for your venture is a challenge that most entrepreneurs face. The current process of finding investment is one that is outdated, and limits entrepreneurs due to a lack of time, and network that is needed to find the right investor. But, this doesn’t have to be the case in today’s digital society, says Zander Matthee and Brandon Bate, co-founders of Merge.

“By making the Internet the middleman, we are able to connect with each other much simpler and faster than before” was Zander’s response. “We have taken advantage of this, and have created a digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors” added Brandon.

Merge is a social platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors. It aims to simplify, refine and accelerate the process of finding investment for entrepreneurs, and the process of finding investment opportunities for investors. From idea to developed, the platform allows entrepreneurs to present a brief outline of their venture to a network of all investor types. While doing this, entrepreneurs are able to browse through, and connect with investor profiles that suit their requirements.

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From Private Investors to Venture Capital, and everything in between, Merge allows all investor types to join. Investors have the opportunity to personalise their feed to suit their investment preferences, and will be able to connect with innovative businesses – that are looking for investment – at their fingertips. Only once there is a mutual interest in each other, are users able to enter a secure private chat where they can discuss further and share documents under the protection of a digital NDA.

The two boys became good friends during their time in high school at St Stithians Boys College. However, it was only in their last year, 2016, that they decided to pursue their dreams and create the platform. They didn’t know how to code, so rather ironically, they needed some form of investment to get the platform off the ground.


“We knew we had a mountain to climb, but we believed in our vision and that we were really trying to make a difference, and if we could get others to see that, they would be onboard.” said Zander.

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Chris Peters is one of these individuals that bought into their vision, and became Merge’s first investor. As a successful entrepreneur and part time investor , Chris saw how much value the platform could bring to all entrepreneurs and investors alike. His marketing and strategic background gave him insight into how Merge could play a vital role in a lucrative space, Brand involvement.

“Entrepreneurship and SME development are two key factors that drive economic growth in developing countries like South Africa. That is why brands are currently getting involved, and looking to support entrepreneurs through various means. We have built a platform that allows these brands to successfully market, and execute on the programmes they have created to assist entrepreneurs.” said Chris

Merge was created to assist all entrepreneurs and investors in finding exactly what they are looking for, regardless of age, race, sex, financial position or social status. That is why anybody can sign-up as an entrepreneur. As long as you are determined and willing to work for your dreams. For too long has the investor space been seen as an “elite club for the select few”, and Merge is here to change that. Whether you’ve gotten your bonus at the end of the year and looking for new investment opportunities, or are an active investor, you can sign-up. Whether you’re currently working, or a retired industry leader, you can join as a mentor.

Their vision is to become the ‘go to’, digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors, and to truly make a difference in the world.

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