A person’s self-concept is their understanding of who they are and what makes them unique. This can include the physical self, the social self, the competent self and the inner, or psychological, self. Meanwhile, a person’s self-understanding is about knowing what motivates his or her actions of which that influences and affects a lot of entrepreneurs. Joining Teboho Mafodi this week is Dr Natalie Skeepers, Nonto ‘Bhubezikazi’ Sibisi, Jazmine Phiri and Owakhe Mzileni. They engage in an insightful discussion about self-concept and self-understanding.

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Teboho and Bulelani speak about youth entrepreneurship and the work that corporate SA is doing to develop the youth, and what Youth Day means to them. Joining the discussion are Mrs Happy Ngidi – Marketing Manager Proudly SA, Fleur Leach and Etienne Rosser from Nutrifruit, Tafadzwa Madavo (COO) Riversand Incubation Hub, and Meshack Kekana from Dads in the Picture.

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Kasi Food is one of the fastest moving businesses these days, as one of the most popular cultures across different townships. Teboho Mafodi speaks to food entrepreneur Itumeleng Mpatlayana who used to run a food franchise. When that got liquidated he managed to reinvent himself again with a new business in grilled chicken, embracing Kasi ‘township’ flavours and lifestyle. They bring quality food and flavours – originating from Kasi’s, inspired by their own stories and origin.

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The team looks at the impact of investing in the development of young people. They focus on the role that corporate SA is playing in moving Youth Development forward. A great example of companies doing great work is Anglo American (Yvonne Mfolo – Head of Public Affairs) and Gearhouse (Robyn D’alessandro – National Marketing Manager).

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Failure of new and existing South African businesses is a topic that has been discussed and debated for years. According to a study by The Small Enterprise Development Agency, a subsidiary of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa has one of the highest failure rates of new SMEs in the world, at an estimated 75%. How do we avoid business closure? Some enterprises turn to business simulation. In studio, the team speaks to Shawn Theunissen – head of property point and corporate social responsibility at Growthpoint properties, Belinda Mmeta, Funek Sukuzi, Anita Black – Pimp my Biz Contestant, Sazini Mojapelo – Head of Citizenship at Barclays Africa Group,.and Brian Simelane – business training expert and founder of LearningSims. They discuss how simulations can be a highly effective method to teach a variety of topics in business, improve retention, and ultimately change behaviour for improved results.

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The Western Cape Funding Fair is a joint initiative between Deloitte Western Cape and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. It is an exhibition and conference styled platform aimed at creating awareness and access to multiple funding organisations. Joining Teboho in studio is Marius Alberts – Deloitte Director & Regional Leader (lawyer and forensic expert), Craig White – ArtLab, Arnold February – area manager of metro WC, and Phumzile Nala from Africa’s Got Game. They bring insight around what it means to be a small business in South Africa and how to access funding and valuable lessons.

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Bulelani Balabala and Teboho Mafodi talk about the downgrade to junk status and what it means for a country. In December, the Standard and Poor rating kept the country’s sovereign credit rating at one notch above junk status, with a negative outlook, while Fitch adjusted its outlook to negative from stable – a notch above junk. They also discuss how they are affected as business people, and how are they influenced by this drop of the rating.

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There is immense pressure facing local government as the public is becoming increasingly aware of quality issues and the lack of municipal infrastructure facing service delivery. The team is joined by Thuli Mashaba – Director of HULE U GUDE Projects, and Fikile Baili – CEO of Zandile Management Services. They discuss service delivery in the private sector… what it means to render services to clients, ethics, timelines and professionalism.

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In the past, entrepreneurs have lost business on account of contracts not understood or honoured. In studio, the team talks to MS Monisha Prem, the corporate advisor and CEO of M.Prem Inc. – specialising in business law and business development – and MS Dibs, an influential businesswoman involved in the Professional Business Women (PBW) network session.

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The team discusses entrepreneur migration, the effect it has on the growth of the economy – taking away innovative visionaries, job creation and closing the gap for new markets. This happens when communities take a slower adaption to the changes in the social and economic environment. Joining Teboho Mafodi in studio are Alesimo Mwanga – the executive researcher of Sea Africa, and Charles Sekwalor – founder of movemeback.

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