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Small Business

Dr Richard Maponya is a celebrated business leader, renowned for creating a business
empire in spite of all the challenges he was faced with. He will join 5th Annual Soweto
Conference as the keynote speaker.

Small businesses are significant contributors to job creation in South Africa. As a
result government is calling for investment in research in the field of small business
development.

Students and the public alike are invited to pitch their original business ideas at the
Pitching Den and stand a chance to win their share of R80 000 in seed funding from
the LaunchLab at Stellenbosch University.

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says the long-term solution to
South Africa?s unemployment crisis is to create a nation of entrepreneurs and not a
nation of job-seekers.

To help educate and grow entrepreneurs, Engen Petroleum have partnered
with Raizcorp to bring the Pitch and Polish programme to cities and towns across
South Africa, for the fifth time.

Do the people with power do what they want, while the small people just
have to fit in? Aki Kalliatakis talks about big organisations and small
businesses.

South Africa?s government has called on the market to offer more assistance
to small businesses to help them develop and sustain their operations.
However the relationship between small businesses and their larger
counterparts can be turbulent and must be handled with care.

Small and Medium Enterprises have great potential to contribute to the
economic growth of South Africa, to the creation of jobs and to the reduction
of poverty. It often all begins with the spark of an idea.

The quest to find the nations? most promising local entrepreneurs is back on,
and the 5th ENGEN Pitch and Polish competition, powered by Raizcorp is set to
be bigger and better than ever.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture has appealed to non-
profit organisations and cooperatives, which are helping people with
disabilities in the province, to apply for funding through its Grant-In-Aid
programme.

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