Finfind News Round up for Busy Entrepreneurs 2 March 2018

Every week Finfind selects some of the newsworthy articles to help keep busy entrepreneurs up to date and informed about the latest happenings in the world of SME Finance and other SME news. Enjoy.

Celebrating South African Entrepreneurship – Book Giveaway

Finfind chatted to Alan Knott-Craig about his latest, ‘hot off the press’ book, “13 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur”.

The number 13 is commonly regarded to be an unlucky number by the superstitious. Why did you decide on 13 rules for entrepreneurs rather than 10?

You are right, 13 is commonly considered unlucky. I’ve done some research into the history of this myth and realised that maybe it’s not so unlucky. I like the number because it’s misunderstood, and because it’s a prime number. You’ll notice in the book that the numbers 7 and 13 dominate.

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Economists upbeat as stats show encouraging environment for start-ups

Johannesburg – Recently published statistics on South Africa’s consumer price index (CPI) reveal that input costs are stabilising for businesses, while creating an encouraging environment for start-ups.

Economists are upbeat that the latest stats predict better times ahead.

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#EntrepreneurCorner: Here’s how Ramaphosa can help SMMEs

Cape Town – During his first State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of small businesses to boost the economy and create jobs. Small business coach and mentor Anton Ressel looks at few practical ways in which the president could make his promise to small businesses a reality.

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Types of economic crimes plaguing SA and the world

JOHANNESBURG – At PwC’s media briefing where they released the findings from the Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018 at the African Pride hotel in Melrose, it was revealed that Economic crime continues to be the most pervasive crime impacting SA’s organisations.

The survey was presented to members of the media by Trevor White, Partner at Forensics Services PwC and Trevor Hills, lead partner for PwC’s Forensic Services Practice.

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Google Launches New Search Facility to Help Job Seekers in SA, Kenya, Nigeria

Technology giant Google on Thursday announced a new job search feature it said would help job seekers find employment opportunities by providing a streamlined experience that allowed them to explore, research and find relevant local postings.

“With unemployment in South Africa so high, this new job search …tool will be a key driver for connecting job seekers to open opportunities,” Google South Africa country director Luke Mckend said.

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Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.

That is according to panellists speaking during a session on the African investment landscape during last week’s Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, which brought together stakeholders from across the continent and beyond.

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TNPA calls for new BBBEE entrants Into South Africa’s ports

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says it has a number of business opportunities in the pipeline for the private sector, but attracting new entrants that meet BBBEE requirements is critical to meet the organisation’s mandate as a change agent.

So said TNPA GM: Commercial & Marketing, Lauriette Sesoko, ahead of national roadshows the authority will host across the country in March with the aim of securing potential port concession partners.

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