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South African Businesswoman Inspires Entrepreneurs to Achieve Perfect Balance of Passion & Profits


Having struggled within her own business to achieve a sense of full personal and financial reward, South Africa’s Lauren Fleiser is well aware of the dilutions and distortions that can hamper entrepreneurs’ dreams. Having established her acclaimed ‘Trutrepreneur®’ brand, Fleiser is delighted to announce her new book – ‘Being True to Yourself Through Your Business’. With an exciting launch party …

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Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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For 20 years, the Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo in partnership with platinum sponsor Eskom has successfully matched entrepreneurs with the abundant business opportunities available to those who are motivated to own their own business. If you are ambitious and driven by a desire to own your own business and be successful, find out if you have what it takes …

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Partnership forms to support Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Young African Leaders Initiative

The Tony Elumelu Foundation and its Founder to Work with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Support President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Tony O. Elumelu Chosen as Advisor of YALI’s Alliance on Emerging African Leaders; Foundation to Provide Guidance to the Initiative and Help Identify Candidates for YALI Support LAGOS, Nigeria, July 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ …

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Enabling African women to deliver enterprise success


By Naomi Martin – SciDev.Net The entrepreneurial and technological potential of African women remains largely unexploited, according to a leading space scientist. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a research fellow at University College London, was addressing delegates at Africa Gathering, a global platform that brings together leading African figures in business and innovation to share ideas for positive change on the continent. The …

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Zuma happy with Muyexe development progress

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Muyexe – When President Jacob Zuma visited the Thusong Service Centre in Muyexe village in Limpopo on Tuesday, Andile Mkhatswa – a youth entrepreneur in the area – took a perfume sample and sprayed it onto Zuma’s right hand. “They smell very nice. This one is for men. We sell them at R80 a bottle,” Mkhatswa said to Zuma as …

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IFC Expands Access to Finance for Microenterprises in Tanzania


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a loan of $3 million denominated in Tanzanian shillings to support the expansion of access to microfinance in Tanzania. The investment in FINCA Tanzania—a microfinance institution—will support FINCA as it expands its financial services to women, youth and rural areas in the country. IFC estimates that only 12 percent of …

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Voice tech helps Africa get online

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By Richa Malhotra – SciDev.Net Funding for a project to deliver voice-based technologies that enable illiterate people in rural Africa to access the web — even those without an Internet connection or a computer — is ending this month, and a drive is on to ensure that the technologies will be freely available after it finishes. The project’s 13 partners …

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IFC Signs Agreement to Increase Access to Business Training to 240 SME’s in Ghana


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a new agreement with Advans Ghana Savings & Loans Ltd to expand access to the Business Edge training program in Ghana. The program will help entrepreneur’s gain the skills needed to succeed and supporting small business growth in the country. The agreements will allow 240 SME’s to access world-class management …

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Serial Entrepreneur Ashish J. Thakkar Introduces Mara Online – a Unique set of Social Portals for Connecting Africa Globally

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Mara Online provides professional, personal and social tools for communicating, networking, innovating and collaborating across borders. The launch of Mara Online was announced today by Ashish J Thakkar, Founder and CEO of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, during his keynote at the world’s largest entrepreneur’s conference TiEcon. The vision of this new online and mobile platform is to become the …

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Minister wants entrepreneurship studied in educational institutions in West Africa


Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Nii Armah Ashietey, has called for the introduction of entrepreneurship as a course in institutions of higher learning in ECOWAS Member States. Exposure to the rudiments of the course may influence some young people to “seriously consider self-employment as a better option than looking for jobs”, the minister said while opening a …

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