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Last chance to enter the Entrepreneur of the Year® competition 

With less than a week until entries close for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS on 31 May 2018, South African entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter in order to be recognised and rewarded for the hard work and passion that they put into their business, as well as the vital role they play within the country’s economy.

This is a call from Gugu Mjadu, spokesperson for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, who believes that it is important for entrepreneurs to celebrate their achievements through entering entrepreneurial competitions as it showcases their business achievements and elevates the entrepreneur’s profile as well as their profits.

 “Now in our 30th year, this renowned competition continues to pay homage to the fearless South African entrepreneurs who dedicate themselves to their enterprises and businesses: driving growth, combatting unemployment and contributing towards the country’s economic development. It is therefore wonderful to see the public sector taking the required steps to improving the environment in which these entrepreneurs operate in order to promote further growth in the sector.”


The amazing story of the first franchisor

Any business owner thinking of turning their business into a franchise system would do well to consider the story of one of the very first franchised businesses, says David Morobe, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited.

Besides being a gripping and inspiring story of a remarkable entrepreneur, it still holds many lessons for modern businesses that want to expand through franchising.

One of the first franchisors was Martha Harper, a Canadian who was born in 1857 into a life destined for miserable toil were it not for her amazing entrepreneurial spirit. At the age of seven she was sent away from home to work as a domestic servant, which she did for the next 22 years of her life. She had very little formal education.

May 2018 / Vol.9.4


Dream of helping others put food on table fulfilled

With his stellar career as an electrical engineer and hard-earned top academic achievements David Mmpanyana could have easily stayed on in his comfortable corporate job, but the yearning to build a business of his own was too strong.

Today the 45-year-old entrepreneur is the proud owner of an ACDC Express franchise in Witbank, Mpumalanga. It has only been eight months since opening the doors of his electrical equipment and consumables wholesaler at the Witbank Retail City complex, so David is still in the middle of his entrepreneurial baptism of fire.

But he has a history of overcoming adversity which has prepared him well for the rigours of running his own business.

He grew up in rural Limpopo and lost both his parents at the age of 10, after which he was raised by various members of his extended family. 


Perseverance leads to lucky break

At first glance, the way that Anthony Doyle landed his thriving Col’Cacchio pizzeria franchise outlet at the L’Corro shopping centre in Northcliff, Johannesburg, seems very lucky.

Just the right size space became available in the right location, and at just the right time a slot on a franchise-support programme became available that gave him access to finance for his new venture.

“Everything just fell into place,” says 39-year-old Anthony about his experience of opening up his restaurant eighteen months ago.

Upon closer inspection, however, Anthony’s story seems to prove the truism that entrepreneurs make their own luck. Or, to put it differently, through sheer doggedness and determination, Anthony stuck it out until the right opportunity came along.

Unit 22,
Richards Bay CBD Mini Factory
Richards Bay

Property type: Industrial unit

Location: Unit 22, Richards Bay CBD Mini Factory, 5 -7 Rupee Rif

Size: 135.5m²

Rental: R5 420

Availability: Immediately

Features: Armed response, ablution facility, water supply, cleaning, and waste removal.

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Unit 27,
Dickswell Building

Property type: Office space

Location: Unit 27, Dickswell Building, 92-96 Josiah Gumede Rd, Pinetown

Size: 120m²

Rental: R4 500

Availability: Immediately

Features: Waste removal.

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Unit 12,
Eldo Square Shopping Centre

Property type: Retail space

Location: Unit 12, Eldo Square Shopping Centre, Eldoraigne

Size: 175m²

Rental: R31 500

Availability: Immediately

Features: Kitchen, water supply, cleaning, waste removal, air conditioning, geyser (hot water), and receiving area.

Nicole Wannies
076 641 3292

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