Small Business


In a world where female entrepreneurship is gaining momentum, Jacqueline van Rooijen, Business Growth Consultant and Director at Ycagel exemplifies resilience and innovation. Marking seven years in business, she shares the key principles that have contributed to her success, offering practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs in South Africa.

The Futurepreneur Academy, launched in 2021, is an initiative between FUTURELIFE® and Afrika Tikkun Services (ATS) that is financially empowering young South Africans. It offers a learnership programme that equips budding entrepreneurs with the training, skills and expert guidance to build and accelerate their businesses, selling FUTURELIFE® nutritional products at affordable prices in local communities.

South Africa has one of the highest small business failure rates globally, with a significant number of startups closing their doors before they even get off the ground. "I think small businesses in South Africa struggle to survive because of a few key factors," says Kyle Ballard, Head of Accelerators at the eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC). 

Taking out a personal loan is a significant financial commitment that requires careful consideration. It's important to assess your financial situation and consider alternatives before you apply, advises Sarah Nicholson, operations manager of, a platform that helps South Africans make good money choices.

99% of South African startups now rely on bootstrapping due to a funding crunch. Local entrepreneur and Luxity co-founder, Michael Zahariev offers practical bootstrapping strategies for local startups to navigate this challenging landscape.

The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC), with support from eThekwini Municipality and industry leaders like Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Hesto Harnesses, has opened applications for its business accelerator program. This initiative is designed to drive localisation, empower Black industrialists, and foster commercial partnerships with high-potential SMEs, ultimately unlocking growth and fostering economic development.

In an era marked by global challenges to democracy, and increasing limits on the fundamental rights of citizens, human rights organisations play a vital role in defending values such as freedom and equality.

The eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC) is excited to announce the launch of its Customer Compass Programme, aimed at empowering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the local furniture sector. This initiative seeks to align its offering with what big customers are looking for, to drive innovation, foster inclusive growth, and facilitate transformative change within the industry.

Successful female agripreneur shares guiding principles for launching a sustainable farming enterprise. As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8th, her story serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of women and their ability to break barriers.

In the fast-paced world of business, leaders, especially women, often hesitate to say "no," fearing it may seem uncooperative. However, Jacqui van Rooijen, Sales Growth and Lead Generation Expert at Ycagel Consulting emphasises that saying "no" and setting boundaries is a vital skill for focused leadership.

In the fast-changing world of entrepreneurship, small businesses often hit roadblocks that slow down their growth and success. From tight budgets and limited expertise to encountering barriers in accessing lucrative market opportunities; the struggle for small business owners is real.

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) Accelerator is now in its sixth year and is proud to announce the launch of its next Business Accelerator. Applications from high-potential, Black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the local chemicals sector are all welcome and will be accepted until 30 September 2023.


Entrepreneurs make big ideas turn into reality. There are various types of entrepreneurs, and each type tends to make their own decisions depending on their personalities, skills, and environment. But, they all contribute to the economy and create jobs.

An online portal that instantly compares finance options for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will help address the number one challenge that SMEs in South Africa face – access to finances.

Ever wondered what sets successful entrepreneurial or business people apart from the average workforce? Why are some people proud to be dubbed “Business Man or Woman”?

Starting a business is a big decision and it isn not always smooth sailing. Leon Smalberger shares the truth about starting a business and looks at the good, the bad and the ugly.

The future of how working individuals do business and where they work from is changing. More and more people start their own businesses and companies are more lenient to let their staff work from home or remotely.

Launching your own business is a brave and exciting venture – and it has the best chance of success if you start out with a thorough approach to money planning and saving. Here are some tips to help you save when you start a business.

More people are considering the idea of starting their own business. But what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

Providing a revolutionary solution to the unemployment crisis, the Awethu Project is offering thousands of people in 15 informal areas all around Gauteng the opportunity to learn how to start and grow a business through business growth sessions.




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