Inclusive small business development key to South Africa’s success

first_imgA small business owner sells food at a stall at Market on Main in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa) • South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum info@sabef.org.za Tel: +27 11 053 7091 Fax: +27 86 236 7559 www.sabef.org.za • It is up to every one of us to sell South Africa • Index to boost women’s rights • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • South Africa in ‘sweet spot’ for growth • Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youthMatsi ModiseSouth Africa’s recent establishment of a dedicated Ministry of Small Business Development reflects a growing national and global recognition that entrepreneurs and small enterprises are powerful drivers of economic growth and job creation. The USA is one example of a country where prosperity has been built over decades on a strong foundation of small business combined with innovative, industry-changing entrepreneurship. As South Africa looks to stimulate its economic growth and create new businesses and jobs, the time has never been better to support small enterprises and encourage passionate, ambitious entrepreneurs looking to make a difference to the country and beyond. However, there is no doubt that the newly appointed Minister for this portfolio, Lindiwe Zulu, will have some significant challenges to address in the short term if small business development and entrepreneurship is to really thrive and grow to its full potential in South Africa.The establishment of a Ministry of Small Business at this current time takes cognizance of the sheer scale of small businesses currently operating in the country, estimated to be around the 2 million mark and representing around 98% of the total number of businesses in existence, yet recognizes that the vast majority of these enterprises are survivalist in nature. If these businesses and the others that will follow in their footsteps are not just to survive, but are to grow and thrive, creating jobs and revenues which will benefit the country as a whole, then much more support needs to be provided. Even more importantly, a positive entrepreneurial culture needs to be developed in South Africa that is embraced and proactively supported at all levels of society.If the ambitious National Development Plan is to achieve its lofty goals of creating 11-million jobs by 2030, then focused interventions on the part of government and the business sector as a whole in the country, need to recognize that small business development and entrepreneurship offer the keys to success, just as they have done in the most powerful nations in the developed and developing world.However, the creation of a new dedicated ministry to support small business and entrepreneurial development is only one part of the exercise if real cultural change is to happen. Government also needs to apply a similar diagnostic approach, as it did when developing the National Development Plan, to get at the root of why small businesses in South Africa have not to date fuelled the economy to the degree its counterparts globally have, in for example the fellow Brics member countries of China, India and Brazil.The ministry needs to take a new, proactive and strategic approach to ensuring that the necessary support is provided to stimulate the growth and development of the previously underserved small business owners of this country. Black entrepreneurs and small business owners need to be developed beyond just being Enterprise Development and Preferential Procurement beneficiaries, but instead supported in their efforts to be key contributors of this economy and the creators of much needed new jobs.The new ministry will also need to seamlessly synchronise all the critical stakeholders in the small business development eco-system, including corporate big business, citizens, civic organisations, public sector, policy makers, incubators, funding institutions and academia, to begin to create a genuinely entrepreneurial culture in the country. If this is achieved, then the benefits will be tangibly felt in so many ways, not just in the creation of jobs, but also in the ability to access new and exciting markets, the creation of new products and services, the development of new technologies, and the positioning of South Africa as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.There is no doubt that this new Ministry of Small Business Development has the potential to positively address the considerable socioeconomic challenges that exist in the country and which are holding back real economic growth and development, such as crippling unemployment, inequality and extreme poverty in so many communities across the country.To succeed, it will need to show real and innovative leadership, accountability and a genuine understanding of what makes small businesses and entrepreneurs tick – after all, what makes them unique and ultimately successful are the very things that the country needs to harness if it is to achieve its goals. There needs to be a real respect for the hard work and sheer tenacity and determination displayed by entrepreneurs and small business owners, and a real understanding of the contribution they can make to the realization of the National Development Plan’s key objectives. If Minister Lindiwe Zulu and those assigned to the new Ministry of Small Business Development rise to the challenge and support the building of an entrepreneurial nation that is the flagship of the African continent, then they will make a real difference in the creation of the 11 million jobs and reducing the unemployment statistics that loom as a spectre over the country daily.The South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum welcomes this dedicated new Ministry of Small Business Development and will stand to support its progressive endeavours.Matsi Modise is the National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forumlast_img read more

Cartoon: Word of the Day

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…,Agree or disagree with the DDoS attacks attributed to activists affiliated with Anonymous, they’ve put the word “hacktivism” squarely on the radar of the chattering classes.I’ll cop to a kind of Pavlovian response to hearing “hacktivism”, because Alex wrote her doctoral thesis on the subject and for several months it damn near displaced “What’s Steve Jobs going to announce next?” as our primary topic of conversation. (Thank god for those iPad 2 rumours, or we’d be in danger of it happening all over again.)I’m enjoying hacktivism’s time in the sun, but part of me knows it can’t last. Already I’m hearing commentators stretching its meaning so they, too, can be using the word du jour: “Meanwhile, Biffixcor restated their third-quarter earnings for the second time. That’s what I call hacktivism. Right, Carol?” “That’s right, Jim. Coming up, weather and traffic – with our hacktivist eye in the sky, Monty. We’ll be right back.”More Noise to Signal. Related Posts Related Posts Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham rob cottingham Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Agree or disagree with the DDoS attacks attributed to activists affiliated with Anonymous, they’ve put the word “hacktivism” squarely on the radar of the chattering classes.I’ll cop to a kind of Pavlovian response to hearing “hacktivism”, because Alex wrote her doctoral thesis on the subject and for several months it damn near displaced “What’s Steve Jobs going to announce next?” as our primary topic of conversation. (Thank god for those iPad 2 rumours, or we’d be in danger of it happening all over again.)I’m enjoying hacktivism’s time in the sun, but part of me knows it can’t last. Already I’m hearing commentators stretching its meaning so they, too, can be using the word du jour: “Meanwhile, Biffixcor restated their third-quarter earnings for the second time. That’s what I call hacktivism. Right, Carol?” “That’s right, Jim. Coming up, weather and traffic – with our hacktivist eye in the sky, Monty. We’ll be right back.”More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Day 8: Commonwealth Games schedule for October 10

first_imgARCHERYMORNING: 9 am to 10.55 amWomen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); individual recurve (bronze medal match); individual recurve (final)AFTERNOON: 2pm to 3.55pmMen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); recurve (bronze); recurve individual (final)ATHLETICSEVENING: 5.30pm to 8.25pmMen: Discus throw (final); 200m (semis), 400m hurdles (final); 800m (final); 200m (final)Women: 100m hurdles (heats); pole vault (qualifying); high jump (final); 200m (semis); long jump (final); 400m hurdles (final); discus throw (qualifying); 800m (semis); 200m (final)BADMINTONAFTERNOON: 9am to 10.00pmPreliminary: Men’s & women’s singles & doublesBOXINGAFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men’s: Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69 kg)EVENING: 5.30pm to 8.00pm Men’s: Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (plus 91kg)CYCLING ROAD EVENTSMORNING: 9am to 12.30pmWomen: 100-km road race (final)AFTERNOON: 12pm to 6pmMen: 167-km road race (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmMen’s: 1m springboard (heats)Women’s: 3m springboard synchronised (final)EVENING 4pm to 6pmMen’s: 1m springboard (final) Women’s: Platform synchronised (final)HOCKEYAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3.30pmMen’s: England vs South Africa; New Zealand vs CanadaEVENING: 5pm to 8.30pmMen’s: Australia vs Malaysia; India vs PakistanNETBALLMORNING: 9.30am to 12.30pmPreliminary: England vs Papua New Guinea, Jamaica vs IndiaAFTERNOON: 2pm to 9.30pmPreliminary: New Zealand vs Barbados, Malawi vs Samoa, South Africa vs Cook Island, Australia vs T&TSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Trap singles stage 2 (qualification); trap singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 2.30pmMen’s: 25m centre fire pistol singles (final)Women’s: 10m air rifle singles (qualification); 10m air rifle (final)FULL BOREMORNING: 10am to 1.30pm500 yards pairs (stage 2); 500 yards singles (stage 1); 500 yards singles (stage 2)advertisementSQUASHMORNING: 11am to 3pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)EVENING: 5pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 2.30pmMen’s: Singles qualifying, Mixed doubles qualifyingEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pmMixed doubles qualifying Men’s: Singles (Rd 1); doubles (Rd 1) Women’s: Doubles qualifying; singles qualifyingTENNISEVENING: 5pm to 10pmMen’s: Singles (bronze medal match); singles (final) Women’s: Doubles (bronze medal match); doubles (final)WEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON: 2pm to 4.30pmWomen’s: 75+ kg categoryEVENING: 6.30pm to 9pmMen’s: 105kg categoryWRESTLINGEVENING: 4pm to 7.30pmMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR — Matthew MitchamCountry: AustraliaEvent: Diving- Gold in 10m platform diving 2008 Beijing Olympics- bronze in 1m springboard diving at the 2009 World ChampionshipsTODAY’S MEDAL HUNT  – 84ARCHERYWomen’s: Individual recurve Men’s: Individual recurveATHLETICSMen’s: Discus throw; 400m hurdles; 800m; 200mWomen’s: High jump; long jump; 400m hurdles; 200mCYCLING ROAD EVENTSMen’s: 167-km road race Women’s: 100-km road raceDIVINGMen’s: 1m springboardWomen’s: 3m springboard synchronisedWomen’s: Platform synchronisedLAWN BOWLSMen’s: TriplesWomen’s: TriplesSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 25m centrefire pistol singlesWomen’s: 10m air rifleTENNISMen’s: SinglesWomen’s: DoublesWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 105kg category Women’s: 75+ kg categoryWRESTLINGMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)last_img read more

Rep Hernandez House takes step toward more transparency

first_img State Rep. Shane Hernandez today voted on a bipartisan legislative package that makes state government more accountable to the people it serves.Hernandez, of Port Huron, said the 11-bill legislative package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“This is common-sense legislation that extends transparency provisions that apply to local officials to state government,” Hernandez said. “As public servants, we should be accountable to the people we represent, and this is another move forward towards increased transparency.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills never made it to the governor for signature.Today’s vote follows the recent expansion of the House website to include a salary database of all House employees to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### Categories: Hernandez News,News 16Mar Rep. Hernandez: House takes step toward more transparencylast_img read more

The BBCs commercial arm has confirmed its new pre

first_imgThe BBC’s commercial arm has confirmed its new premium content channel brand will be known as BBC First, ahead of the net’s first launch on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel next year, and outlined plans for major investment in new programming.BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the service would be launched on linear and non-linear platforms, as a new channel and as a rebrand of unnamed existing services. He also announced a £200 million (€237 million) investment in premium content.The channel brand will carry premium drama and “high quality first run British programming”, meaning that BBC Entertainment, which runs shows including Doctor Who and Eastenders, is one of the brands potentially under threat, as is factual channel BBC Knowledge. A BBC spokeswoman said these brands were under review but that no decision as to their future had been made at this stage.The network will launch on a market-by-market basis from next year, and the previously announced joint venture with Foxtel will be the first to take the ‘First’ moniker next August.BBC and Foxtel first announced the new channel last year after BBCWW ended the pubcaster’s 50-year association with the ABC. Foxtel’s director of programmes Brian Walsh told DTVE sister publication TBI the network would be “something totally new” for Australia’s burgeoning pay TV customer base.Meanwhile, the BBC Earth channel will rebrand as BBCWW’s premium factual content portal, while a third, currently unnamed male-skewing network will place factual entertainment and “the maverick spirit of the BBC’s best shows” at its heart. This means shows such as Top Gear will run on the net. The BBC Earth brand has already launched as a branded block in numerous territories.The £200 million investment represents a forecasted £30 million annual increase and will result in “closer collaboration” with BBC Productions, indies and BBCWW’s own production hubs, the latter through new first-look deals, in-house funded commissions, coproductions and on-demand content development.Davie was drafted in replace John Smith as BBCWW CEO last year and has set about boosting the unit’s profitability. Worldwide made topline profits of £156 million and revenue of £1.1 billion in 2012/13.last_img read more

Insight UHD has launched a subscription videoond

first_imgInsight UHD has launched a subscription video-on-demand service, initially on Apple TV and Android devices, with other CE platforms including Chromecast, LG, Xbox One, Amazon, Samsung and Sony PlayStation to follow.Speaking at MIPTV, CEO Rian Bester said Insight had teamed up with online video platform provider NeuLion to deliver a service encoded in HEVC. The service will provide 4K content that is also filmed in HDR.Content on the SVOD offering includes reality survival series Living Stone, freestyle motocross show Inside the Masters of Dirt, mountain bike doc series MTB Heroes, and survival competition No Time to Lose.Bester said that channel providers needed to be flexible in order to further the cause of UHD TV: “We are launching our own SVOD application but we are having discussion with pay TV providers to embed our platform on their service.”He said he believed HDR would be “a critical success factor” for UHD TV, but added that wider colour gamut is just as important, or even more important, as the dynamic range.“Costs remain high… from a production point of view, and HDR is adding costs,” he said. Post-production is also more complex, leading to additional costs. However, Insight TV has a good post-production partner, which is making the provider’s life easier, he added.Also speaking at MIPTV, Peter Bellamy, SVP for EMEA at NeuLion, said that global shipments of 4K UHD TV set are expected to reach 330 million by 2019.“4K is becoming increasingly central to all of our partners’ plans,” he said, claiming that OTT TV platforms are at the forefront of 4K development.The Insight UHD service was initially available on the Insight.tv website.last_img read more