Small business obstacles.

If it’s true that small businesses account for a significant portion of job creation and contribution to the economy then why is it so difficult to start a small business in South Africa?

The red tape, the myriad of forms, licenses and application is such a daunting task that one could easily give up if one as without a certain amount of tenacity.

It seems as if officialdom is totally opposed to assisting small businesses to get started. It seems as if they consider small business somewhat of an irritation rather than as a boon to job creation and economic freedom.

A more small business friendly approach is not difficult to adopt. With some creative thinking a fast track system could easily be implemented using online systems, the Internet and virtual offices.

Renewal

After a sabbatical of sorts I am back. Since I last posted I have been busy with some exciting things. In the interim I got retrenched from my job, started two new businesses, completed a course on strategy and started another one. I’ve been busy! Whats to love about South Africa, simple, there are always opportunities to better yourself, improve the quality of your life, help others, do new things, and start over! I love this place.

Men of courage

I love I that there are still men of courage in South Africa. Men who take care of business. Who take care of there families. Men who speak out against injustice. Men who put the greater good of society over their own ambition. Men who act as the counterbalance to insanity.

The innovation in our banking system

South Africa has made innovative breakthroughs in many fields and banking is no different. The Mzanzi bank account, a basic banking account for the “unbanked” is a cse in point. There are other initiatives like those of Wizzit Bank and the cell phone products that allow township based consumers and Spaza shop owners to transact.
(Spaza shop : South African slang for a home based informal shop)

Women’s month

South Africans spend the month of August reflecting on women. All aspects relating to women are covered. Women in business. Woman in leadership. The treatment of women, violence against women and the role of women in society. All these topics are covered and one gets a sense that we take this issue very serious indeed.

Rosebank to Hatfield in 38 mins

The face of commuting to Pretoria from Johannesburg has changed forever. The launch of the Gautrain rail service today is another part of the country re-defining its transport infrastructure. It is impressive on all fronts. The real legacy of the system will be a complete rethink of all modes of transport. The Gautrain has set the bar very high and I look forward to other solutions.

A young nation

South Africa is unique in a number of ways. One in particular is that some of the people who built the democracy, who laboured for its establishment or who sacrificed so much to see it become a reality are still alive. Some are old, like Nelson Mandela and some are younger, like Frank Chikane. As a young nation we are blessed to have the architects of our democracy still alive to contribute and tweak.

Snow in July

I love travelling through the Drakensberg. It is so quiet and pristine. The serenity of this region is made doubly pleasurable in some years when the region is covered in snow. Snow capped peaks bring a rather fairy tale feeling to what is normally a hard and sombre terrain.

Snow in July

I love travelling through the Drakensberg. It is so quiet and pristine. The serenity of this region is made doubly pleasurable in some years when the region is covered in snow. Snow capped peaks bring a rather fairy tale feeling to what is normally a hard and sombre terrain.