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AUTHENTIC TOWNSHIP TOURISM

There was a time when “township tourism” meant peering from the window of an air-conditioned minibus, jumping out periodically to snap a few photos and taking a brief wander to a local school or tavern. These days the term is out of vogue, having been replaced with more appropriate monikers like “grass roots” or “community tourism”. Across the country there are restaurants, cafés, galleries and designer stories popping up on the outskirts of cities, offering visitors the chance to step into people’s lives and join them rather than observing them from afar.

On a recent roam around the Northern Cape,…
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AUTHENTIC TOWNSHIP TOURISM

MOZAMBIQUE BUSINESS: ON THE UP

Flying into the capital late last year, the Sawubona team and our fellow SAA passengers were amazed at the aerial views of Africa’s biggest suspension bridge, which is now complete. This is the sexy, new US$725 million dollar, 60m high, 3km-long Catembe Bridge, which has changed the landscape and flow of Maputo forever.

Built by the China Roads and Bridges Corporation, the bridge connects the two shores of the Bay of Maputo and finally completes the reconstructed road link from the north of Mozambique to the south, which was shattered during the civil war.

Both Mavalane International Airport and the highway…
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MOZAMBIQUE BUSINESS: ON THE UP

ZULZI APP: REVOLUTIONISING ONLINE BUYING IN AFRICA

When Vutlharhi Valoyi set out in early 2016 to create Zulzi, a world-class app that enables users to buy items online and have them delivered within an hour, he sparked a shopping revolution in South Africa.

“It took us six months to complete the development of the main customer app, shoppers’ app, delivery app and the portal where orders are managed,” says Valoyi, Zulzi CEO.

Through the app, users – currently 15 000 and counting – can shop for anything from groceries to restaurant food using their phone or any other device, saving themselves the hassle of commuting to the stores…
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ZULZI APP: REVOLUTIONISING ONLINE BUYING IN AFRICA

NEARLY HALF THE BUSINESSES IN GHANA ARE WOMEN-OWNED – INDEX

While its no secret that women entrepreneurs tend to thrive and achieve better levels of entrepreneurial success in developed countries where they have adequate support and access to resources, what’s remarkable is how women on the continent are defying the odds.

According to the recently released MasterCard Index of Women Entrepreneurs, 46,4% of businesses operated in Ghana are owned by women, while Uganda boasts a women business ownership rate of 33,8%.

These two countries, as well as Vietnam, are just some of the emerging markets that are outperforming the likes of global powerhouses like the USA, where businesses owned…
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NEARLY HALF THE BUSINESSES IN GHANA ARE WOMEN-OWNED – INDEX

SA TAKES 22ND SPOT IN INDEX OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

The findings of the second Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) have shown that South Africa has moved up one place, to rank 22nd (score: 64,2). The index tracks female entrepreneurs’ ability to capitalise on opportunities granted through various supporting conditions within their local environments.

How it works

The index uses three components made up of 12 indicators and 25 sub-indicators to look at how 57 economies around the world differ in terms of the level of Women’s Advancement Outcomes, Knowledge Assets & Financial Access, and Supporting Entrepreneurial Factors.

So, while South Africa has made progress in reducing the gender bias for women…
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SA TAKES 22ND SPOT IN INDEX OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Ipeleng Mkhari continues to shake up the property sector

The real estate market, like most sectors in this country, remains male-dominated, with few women, let alone black women at the top of the food chain. This makes Mkhari something of an anomaly. She carved a niche in the property facilities management business with her company Motseng Investment Holdings some time ago.

When she finished her university studies, Mkhari landed a job as the Marketing Director of a CCTV company. A year later she started her own CCTV business – which would later become Motseng – after partnering with her long-time friend and property guru Sandile Nomvete, now CEO of…
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Ipeleng Mkhari continues to shake up the property sector