Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week, IDC Auditorium, Johannesburg
11 November 2016
11 November 2016
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. There are a number of events running this week, and all the details can be found by clicking here.
Below is a listing of events that are planned, visit the official GEW South Africa website for more details on bookings.
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Does your business meet the following criteria?
If yes, than the government initiative called National Gazelles may just be the opportunity you need to take your business to the next level.
One of the most frequent requests I receive from entrepreneurs is around low-cost point of sales options. ZipZap looks like a good option, and we asksed ZipZap some questions.
ZipZap is a portable credit card machine – or mPOS as it’s known – that works wherever you do business. This means that you can take payment with a debit or credit card anywhere, any time. ZipZap works with your smartphone or tablet through a free app that links to a separate secure card reader, and you can have several ZipZap devices linked to one bank account. There are three different payment options on offer to best suit your pocket and cash flow, and the transaction fees are the cheapest on the market.
ZipZap’s philosophy is all about growing small businesses by giving them a mobile, cost-effective payment solution. After investing in a mPOS device businesses generally report a higher turnover because they no longer turn customers without cash away. They’re also able to reduce bad debt because they don’t have to chase after EFT payments, which ultimately results in better cash flow.
Our products are similar, but what sets us apart is the lowest transaction fees, various payment options, and our latest offer – South Africa’s first free mPOS device for businesses who’s turnover exceeds R25 000 per month in MasterCard or Visa card swipes. You can bank with any South African bank and you do not need a merchant account – we will open one on your behalf and handle all the admin. We also believe that our caring and attentive view to customer service is a big differentiator for us.
ZipZap offers a white label solution to any organisation or financial institution wanting to offer a mPOS solution to their customers. We can provide a complete mPOS solution that includes app development and deployment, card readers, transaction processing, technical support and a customer call centre; all off the back of our tried-and-tested technology and back-end services.
ZipZap has thousands of happy customers that include markets, doctors, health and sports professionals, artisans, retailers, bakeries, hairdressers, beauty salons, micro-breweries, B&Bs, restaurants and many more. If you are a mobile business, don’t want to rely on a fixed point-of-sale terminal or would like a back-up for your traditional POS, ZipZap can benefit you.
We offer three different payment options. All transaction fees are 2,75% (Ex VAT).
* If your MasterCard and Visa card transactions are lower than R25 000 in any month, you will be charged a rental fee of R150 for that month
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Editors Note: This article written by Stephen Cohen of SAGE is an important one, talking about a trend that is increasingly not a trend – it is becoming part of our eveyday. The promise of artisan entrepreneur is a tempting one – earn a living, grow a business and do what you love. But, as Cohen shows fullfilling this promise to yourself will require smarts, and hardwork.
The rise of Artisan entrepreneurs in South Africa – and what it takes to succeed
Around the world – from the trendy east of London to the hipster capital of Montreal’s Mile End – the so-called ‘flat white economy’ continues to rise. It comprises the thousands upon thousands of artisan entrepreneurs selling craft beers, ethically sourced coffee and organic, gourmet foods to consumers who crave healthy, sustainable and authentic eating experiences.
Artisan entrepreneurs started their rise after the 2008 recession. Just consider the fact that nearly one in five beers consumed in the US today is a craft brand, or that specialist coffee shops sales in the US have tripled to nearly $50 billion since 2002. And the trend has been picked up in South Africa, with more and more Small & Medium Businesses across the country serving customers with locally sourced ‘farm to table’ food and handcrafted products.
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The Township Entrepreneur Alliance (TEA) invites businesses to attend the Township Business Innovation Seminar in Tembisa. The event sounds interesting, and in fact is focussing on a major issue – business innovation. The details for the event are below:
Township Entrepreneur Alliance (TEA) would like to invite you to the 2nd annual Township Business Innovation Seminar that will be a much more in depth session that will help you to create your own products and innovate your business to the next level. This invite is for all start-ups, SMME, Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Professional, Academics and the community.
Activities on the day:
– Panel Discussion on how business can innovate
– Pitching Workshop + Competition with amazing give-aways
– 40 Stalls will be available to display your business
– Live Business advisory
– Network Pods
Date:25 NOVEMBER 2016 (Friday)
Registration:11:00am – 12pm event begins
Venue: Rabasotho Community Hall, Tembisa (Next to Tembisa Police Station & Tembisa Municipality) 180 Andrew Mapheto Drive, Tembisa
GPS Co-ordinates: -26.008593, 28.218679
For more info: 073 091 0370 (Junior) – 011 047 0707
Remember, opportunities to host a stall remain open.
TaxTim has launched a company tax return tool, that offers small businesses a new option to handle all their tax affairs. Anyone, running a business – especially a small business, where the owner multitasks – knows that regulatory compliance is a major issue. This new offering offers a way to complete tax returns, and in so doing makes it just that much easier to focus on running the business. Remember, what Michael E. Geber said:
“A true business opportunity is the one that an entrepreneur invents to grow him or herself. Not to work in, but to work on.”
Below please find the press release from TaxTim:
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Zapreneur wants to provide a showcase of South African products.
The reason for doing this are:
Zapreneur provides the platform to find South African products.
We will provide to small businesses:
If you are a South African business selling products or services and are interested in taking up this offer, please fill out the form below and we will be contact in the next few days.
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