The team discusses SMEs and their determination to succeed, and take a further look into how Executive Pay is determined in SMEs. They also outline the results of the 2016 National Small Business Survey on what opportunities and possible obstacles entrepreneurs face today. Plus there’s a profile of a platform for community action that allows low income communities to effectively organise at grass-root level. Joining Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala is Dr Mark Bussin – Executive Committee Member at the South African Reward Association, Mike Anderson – CEO and founder of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC), and Luke Jordan – CEO of Grassroots.

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The financial space is changing a lot in all areas such as regulation, technology, compliance, demographics, changing customer expectations, rise of millennials and competition from fin tech. We have already started experiencing new ways of payments, microfinancing, investment advice, money management, trading etc – this will eventually expand to all size and shape of financial offerings. Joining Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala is Mr Bongani Coka, CEO of SAIPA; Mohamed Rasivhetshela, CEO of Makanda Finance; and Wikus Olivier, Debt Counsellor from Debtsafe.

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There appears to be a serious lack of knowledge regarding South African tender procedures and processes. Joining Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala is Andrew Molver – Litigation Attorney from Adams & Adams, and Moiponi Moloto from UJ Centre to talk more on the SA tender environment and The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). On the small business spotlight the team profiles Muzi of Ingwazi Eatery, which is a fast food operation and Magnificent from Project X, which focuses on creating unique furniture with recycled tyres and other material.

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Employment Equity has occupied centre stage in world business economic debates for as long as the concept ‘workforce’ has existed. Debates around this concept of employment equity has centred around the need to restore human dignity in the world of work/employment. Joining the discussion with Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Bhalabala are the expertise in EE. Dr Annelie Gildenhuys for Commission Employment Equity, Michael Bagraim founder of Bagraim Labour Law Specialists, Sizwe Pamla – spokesperson from COSATU, Maritony Yamot – CEO and Business Coach from California, and Dr Natalie Skeepers.

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Start-ups are not all unicorns and IPOs. The start-up struggle is real. Start-up struggles happen all the time, and it’s these struggles that strengthen and give them the ability to have some qualities in order to survive. Some of these characters are tenacity, resilience, and courage – as entrepreneurs are tested and sharpened. Joining the discussion with Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala are entrepreneurs who are making money in the lower LSM… Tokologo Phetla is a Founder and CEO of a company called Black Industrialist, plus he’s a publisher. The other guest is Vaneshri Naidoo, founder of My MOBI innovative car wash.

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Bulelani Balabala and guests are unlocking opportunities for young entrepreneurs that the public and private sector has to offer, with regards to entrepreneurial development. There is a lot of room for growth and market share out there… and they have the information on how to get in!

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Bulelani and Teboho look at the various entrepreneurial development programmes that are offered by various large corporates and government institutions… and they discuss how young entrepreneurs can benefit from these programmes.

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The guys close off Women’s Month in style as they discuss changing female stereotypes in society. Guests include Lady Ann (founder of the NGO, Sisters We Can), Nthando Khunene (the current Miss SA), Coco Phoenix (Phoenix Media), Zano (artist), and Mzilikazi wa Afrika (investigative journalist from Sunday Times).

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Millions of rands in venture capital and angel investment funding is accessible to South African start-ups and entrepreneurs with new products that are ready to take to market, It’s a space that has been limited to women, and the women on the show have become successful in the space of investing. The guests are Lungile Msibi, Tsholo Mogotsi, Amanda Masuku, Sibongile Buthelezi and Beth Malatji.

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Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala have decided to shine a light on another area which regularly evokes passionate responses from our listeners, the role of women in business. Research shows that there’s a shortage of women in various fields, so the team calls in some experts to give their opinions on the glass ceilings confronting women in the workplace, the challenges and obstacles facing female entrepreneurs, the lack of women in STEM careers, and ways to promote diversity across different industries.

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