“It hasn’t been easy breaking into work wear because the industry is associated with risk taking, aggression, and manliness and when clients see a woman in the field, I have to work harder to convince them to do business with me, says Akona Gwele, owner of Westrand Safety.

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In South Africa, and particularly in the Eastern Cape, most schools are not equipped with computers for learners to learn to become computer literate. The youth unemployment rate currently sits at 53%, but if SA’s young people are to become employable, they need to become digitally literate.

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South Africa is developing at a rapid pace. While this is a sign of an economic boom, to Siyanda Qabaka, it’s a possible environmental red flag. The co-founder of Earth Free Environmental Consultancy with Lwando Ruyeni, Siyanda is passionate about environmental management.

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It’s estimated that there are at least 12 million cars on South African roads. This is good news for Bonginkosi Shongwe, who owns the Mpumalanga-based Shongwe Motor Spares and Tyres.

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Invasive trees and plant species are depleting the country’s water supply, increasing the risk and spread of wildfires, and reducing space needed for agricultural productivity.

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Jackie Joseph, a former teacher, has always been an opportunist. Growing up in the small town of Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape made him realise that no matter how small or undeveloped a community is, it also has business opportunities.

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For farmer Magaret Ndwandwe of Sigangeni Trading, not even losing the use of her arm stopped her from realising her dream. Read more

Jody Botha didn’t choose to become an entrepreneur, entrepreneurship chose him when he was just 10. While participating at his school’s sports day, he noticed that the sports grounds were teeming with people.

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Former Sharks rugby player Sonwabiso September knows the Eastern Cape like the back of his hand. His Butterworth-based company, Skhonde Cleaning Solutions, which was named after his clan name, has found its way into remote schools in rural villages all the way to guesthouses and restaurants in the suburbs of the province.

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Born and raised in rural Limpopo selling fresh produce grown on her grandmother’s farm, thirty-four year-old wife and mother of two, Tsakelani Mahlaule never thought she would own a cake business in the baking industry, let alone be an entrepreneur. Read more