What drives entrepreneurship? Often, the perception is that you cannot build a world class business unless you live in places like Silicon Valley or Stockholm; but after settling in South Africa in 2005, Thomas Pays became a serial entrepreneur, and created Ozow in the process. His latest brainchild aligns the unique African business landscape with global commerce needs, and aims to dismantle barriers between the two - before they even come up. It has been said that the art of business is helping people, and Ozow does just that. Made in France, perfected in Africa: Thomas Pays, CEO of Ozow Pays. Brought to you by Ozow.

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The 'gig economy' has been millennials’ buzz term for a while now, but that’s evolved into micro-jobbing - and Ladder is the killer app. Similar in concept to a ride hailing app, but for the artisanal tasks that need to be done around the home, Ladder is a platform for the casual labour market to connect to customers in an accredited, safe space. For more information For more information click here. Brought to you by Ozow.

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The Covid-19 lockdown has not been kind to traditional retail, but in the new normal, the biker lifestyle sector of fashion has a new company which is fusing the functional and the fashionable attire of motorbiking enthusiasts. Natty Biker Streetwear is the product of the forward thinking motorbike lifestyle lover, Unathi Mthangayi. A modern brand for the ever modernising biker scene. For more information click here. Brought to you by Ozow.

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21st Century life is demanding; even without the burden of a global pandemic, daily stresses mean personal health often takes the backseat as we raise families and attempt to maintain professional and personal relationships. To help people keep a healthy balance, dietician Stephanie Joyner started a meal prep and delivery business called TasteBox. Healthy food doesn't have to cost a fortune, and if you want your portions sliced, diced and spiced, this is your dream come true. For more details click here. Brought to you by Ozow.

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Brick and mortar retail has been strongly affected by the global pandemic which we are in, but some businesses have managed to survive. Bathu Shoes is the brainchild of Theo Baloyi, which he started in a garage in a township. Sneaker culture is exploding in South Africa and there is no more fashionable and quality-driven brand than this. Theo details how he has managed to keep his business afloat in lockdown, and how he has been able to sell his shoes at a competitive price point. Brought to you by Ozow.

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In an ever-diversifying world, the empires of the future will be built by those who can connect the world through the art of interlocution. Thato Mogatla, MD of Live Languages, tells us about the online language consultancy, and how a global pandemic did not stop him from making his dream a reality. Brought to you by Ozow.

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Sometimes the best business ideas are literally all around us... we just need to look out of the window. Although lockdown has been challenging for many industries, Jorentia Van Rhyn has kept her company Oh My Woodness alive, and if you are looking for the finest artisanal wood decor and accessories, look no further than this proudly South African business. For more info, click here. Brought to you by Ozow.

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