True entrepreneurship is the ability to resist the temptation to give up when the going gets tough. Covid-19 as a ‘market force’ was not taught in any MBA programme anywhere in history. Our Epson entrepreneurs – Linda Moeketsi, Sibu Mabena and Roxy Ferreira – answer the questions which you may want to know about the trials and tribulations of a small business owner, and they answer them as their businesses are having to pivot and adjust to global circumstances not seen since the second World War. As in life, the core business rules are simple… build relationships and keep them.

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31.03.20 Pt 2 – In the times of a pandemic lockdown, how do the arts survive? Can theatre and musicians make it through these testing times? The most vulnerable in our society need all the empathy we can give them at this time… if you are an addict, what are your options to stay sober and connect with support structures? Academia needs to keep going of course, and technology is playing its part. We reconnect with our Epson entrepreneurs for more lessons on how to succeed with your small business. King Henry VIII was a man of hedonistic excess like we have rarely seen – Blind History this week details the wives and women of Henry’s vicious hegemony.

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Wat ‘n mal tyd! Hierdie Meksikaanse Bier Gogga is besig om groot amok te maak. Ek dink die wêreld het laas met 9/11 so baie ontwrigting en onsekerheid ervaar. Maar, chaos skep geleenthede. Moet net nie perspektief verloor nie en meer belangrik: Leer, Reflekteer en Implementeer.

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The credo of those who trade on stock markets right now is “sell, sell, sell!” The trend as we stand is to move from equity to cash. The All-Share index is 9% down this week. South Africa – of all the emerging markets on planet Earth – is doing well, let’s see if that holds. Banks are trading at 2008 levels, yikes! Capitec came out with a strong message for shareholders. On the surface, some property shares are showing a 40% yield, but the fine print needs a sharp eye. There’s a difference between panic and capitulating – Anthea explains. Big up to the blue bank of South Africa… students and SMEs will be grateful for the next 90 days.

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Wherever you are in the world, Silicon Valley has led the charge when it comes to setting the standard of entrepreneurship the world over… including what work culture looks like, and how systems are created. But have they slipped up when it comes to innovation? That’s a thought Alexandre Lazarow expands on in his new book, ‘Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs–from Delhi to Detroit–Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley’. Gareth has a conversation about innovation in business with this author and venture capitalist.

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Acts of God will come and go, but the champions of our economic framework are our entrepreneurs. Being passionate is important, but being business savvy takes everything you have within you, passion is not enough. When you own a business, is there such a thing as a day off? Is it all just about bringing in ‘The Benjamins’, or is creating employment opportunities important too? What makes entrepreneurship fun? Linda Moeketsi, Sibu Mabena and Roxy Ferreira are three dynamic entrepreneurs who – along with Epson – are working together to not only solidify their own enterprises, but are also passing on the knowledge to the next generation.

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18.03.20 Pt 2 – Big Brother Germany has really created magical television by telling the unsuspecting housemates about Covid-19. There was a seminal moment where for a second it sounded like Gareth was giving Damon a compliment, touching stuff. Mel Brooks’ son has a social distancing video for the ages. The following events might sound related, but they are not… Amanda Bynes is pregnant and Pornhub premium is now free in Italy. We then talk about entrepreneurship with Linda Moeketsi, Sibu Mabena and Roxy Ferreira on #EpsonEntrepreneur.

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Ontmoet Isak Marais, ‘n entrepeneur met ‘n passie vir innovasie en bemagtiging. Marais het twee dekades gelede die groot sprong gewaag om sy eie besigheid op die been te bring. Dit het aanvanklik ‘klippe kou’ gekos, maar vandag sit hy aan die stuur van die toonaangewende Bramhope Groep. Bramhope spesialiseer in die lewering van MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Operations) bestuursdienste en sagteware, en is ook invoerders en verspreiders van meer as 150,000 industriële produkte.

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This week we saw the biggest decline on the markets since the global financial crisis of 2008. If you are a long term investor, don’t panic. Tito’s speech contained no tax increase… what a miracle. Can he cut the public sector wage bill though? How much more debt can South Africa take on before the Rand blows out? Sasol have had another shocker. BHP Billiton have had impressive reports and are just ticking along nicely. But Shoprite results are not as good as the books might suggest.

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Fund managers Avi Gordon and Adriaan Erasmus are two people who think of alternative energy in a progressive and bilateral manner. Taking strain off the grid and presenting cost-effective solar options to the public, business owners and future investors is just a small part of what this dynamic duo is doing for the future of business. Are centralised grids a notion we need to rethink in 2020 and beyond? Section 12J and alternative energy… an opportunity to do well while doing good. Brought to you by Grovest.

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