360 Biz

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Presented by Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala, 360 Biz is a show that brings many viewpoints to the table on “all things business”. Incorporating all stakeholders – established business, government, SMMEs, entrepreneurs, professionals and legislators – to tackle and provide practical solutions for real challenges facing African businesses – big, small, formal and informal.

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Youth Entrepreneurs Step Up 2 Social Challenges & Win Big

Government officials, key private and public sector stakeholders, media and the winning young entrepreneurs from the far corners of South Africa gathered at a glittering celebration of The 2017 Step Up 2 a Start Up Youth Entrepreneurship Awards, which took place at the Southern Sun Hotel in Arcadia. The awards are a culmination of a 5-month entrepreneurship development programme and competition for secondary school learners, made possible by key sponsors Standard Bank, Sasol and the MTN Foundation, amongst others. With input from industry leaders and experts, the Top 9 entrepreneurial teams who demonstrated the most innovative social or environmental business model were selected through a national competition and 3-stage adjudication process. Speaking to Teboho Mafodi at the event was Minister of Small Business Development - Lindiwe Zulu, Standard Bank Senior Marketing Manager in Retail Banking - Thisile Mtyeku, Primestars GM - Nkosinathi Moshoana, and Standard Bank Step Up 2 a Start Up influencers.

Recognising Young South African Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is about aspiration, opportunity and start-up growth by people aiming to achieve high-growth businesses and create employment. Big corporates have started to recognise the value of entrepreneurial growth in the country and companies have now instilled accelerator programmes to help develop and sustain entrepreneurs in SA. Without the assistance of these corporates, most entrepreneurs would not have access to markets, funding etc. On this episode we talk about how companies are recognising the importance of supporting young entrepreneurs in South Africa with guests Ms Tinyiko Mageza - head of Retail Marketing for Standard Bank PBB SA; Moepi Setona, founder and Director of SAYA - SETONA; Nishant Singh, co-founder of Multifractal Semiconductors, and Elvis from Ekasi Entrepreneurs.

The Growth of Technology in SA

Technology is an essential part of our lives today and few can imagine living without it. We achieve a lot with the help of technology - the possibility to travel, keep in touch with friends on the other side of the earth, and the ability to cure many illnesses. Technology shapes the future and it can help to make it compatible with nature. It can help us to develop clean energy, transport possibilities with less emissions and low-energy houses to save resources. Technology is not only about technology itself or more efficiency and discovering new methods and processes, we have to add the component of art which is about making wise choices for the future of technology. We should not develop technology because of itself, but to develop it, because it adds value to society and simplifies human life. One of the top technology trends today is Virtual Reality (VR). Teboho and Bulelani host the ladies from Brainbow Conscious Creatives, as well as Sobhuza Nkosi - co-founder of Know Thy Neighbour.

The Growth of Entrepreneurship in SA

South African entrepreneurs face countless challenges from excessive red tape and having to operate in what is often an unfavourable entrepreneurial environment to a lack of the necessary business skills needed to make their businesses a success. Knowing the real South Africa right now, the ambitious entrepreneurial spirit that runs through its tributaries and flows like a river into the heart of a nation. South Africans have always been opportunistic, from J.B.M Hertzog (who founded Naspers, which is now Africa's largest company and globally the 7th largest internet company), to MTN and Discovery - both of which can now be found all over the world. We can even highlight the contributions of one of the world's most foremost thinkers and innovators, Elon Musk - the driving force behind SpaceX. Join the team as they talk about the growth of entrepreneurship in South Africa – looking at all opportunities in front of us, and how we can collectively grow an economically sustainable country.

The Real State of B-BBEE: Part 2

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) aims to ensure that the economy is structured and transformed to enable the meaningful participation of the majority of its citizens and to further create capacity within the broader economic landscape at all levels through skills development, employment equity, socio-economic development, preferential procurement, enterprise development, especially small and medium enterprises, promoting the entry of black entrepreneurs into the mainstream of economic activity, and the advancement of co-operatives. B-BBEE needs to be implemented in an effective and sustainable manner in order to unleash and harness the full potential of black people and to foster the objectives of a pro-employment developmental growth path. It has been 13 years since the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act came into effect in South Africa, but many business owners – and their employees – remain unclear on what exactly the legislation is for. To talk about The Real State of B-BBEE, Teboho Mafodi hosts Mr Keith Levenstein - founder of EconoServ and a moderator of the B-BBEE forum on Business Masters - as well as Ms Lianne Friedman, CEO of EconoServ.

The Real State of B-BBEE: Part 1

In October this year, the BEE commission planned to issue about 50 preliminary and final findings against companies for contraventions of the B-BBEE act. What are these contraventions? One of them is fronting. A major form of non-compliance is fronting, or the introduction of spurious schemes that purport to introduce black shareholders (sometimes a domestic worker) without assigning any benefits to them. This enhances a company’s B-BBEE status and increases its chance of winning contracts. Fronting is prevalent and some companies have already been issued with findings and more are following, according to the BEE Commissioner Zodwa Ntuli. Talking to Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala about the real state of B-BBEE and its transformation - or better yet, the lack there off - is Mr Keith Levenstein, founder of EconoServ. He is the moderator of the B-BBEE forum on Business Masters. Keith has been involved in broad-based black economic empowerment since 2005. His business is well known to all in the industry. Their aim in this forum is to assist businesses in becoming BEE compliant.

Are you Cybersure?

With October being Cyber Security Awareness Month, the question all business owners need to ask themselves is “Are you cybersure?” Cybercrime is real, and it’s on the increase. According to the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, 84% of adults who are online in SA have already been victims of cybercrime, and a massive 74% of these have experienced cybercrime in the past year. South Africa also ranks in the top 10 on the FBI’s cybercrime predator list, which means that there’s an increasing amount of fraud being perpetrated from SA too. When an organisation falls victim to cybercrime it is exposed to a multitude of risks, which Santam Limited identified as including loss of revenue, loss of data, loss of competitive advantage, industry and regulatory fines and penalties and fraud. Talking to Teboho Mafodi about cybercrime and the risks it poses to South African businesses, is Mr Wynand van Vuuren - head of legal and claims at King Price, as well as Lunga Siyo - executive head of e-commerce at Standard Bank SA.

Transformation in the Healthcare Industry

South Africa is on the right track towards ensuring that all citizens have access to affordable, quality healthcare services regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. The transformation process is underway with the Government’s implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), a multi-billion rand scheme which seeks to radically transform South Africa’s healthcare system. Now the question is – is South Africa’s healthcare industry transformed? Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala chat to Bridget Kekana - Director at ReIntergrate Occupational Therapy Services, Dr Cwengile Gagela - Medical Doctor at Helen Joseph Hospital, Dr Thandeka Nqcobo - Medical Doctor at Mafikeng Provincial Hospital, and Nneile Nkholise - Founder of IMEDTech and an impact entrepreneur.

The Business of Transport & Tourism

Transportation and travel cannot be discussed without taking tourism into consideration, and tourism cannot thrive without travel. Transportation is an integral part of the tourism industry, it is largely due to the improvement of transportation that tourism has expanded. October is Transport Month in South Africa and it's used to raise awareness on the important role of transport in the economy. Teboho Mafodi and Bulelani Balabala chat to Neo Mangope - founder of The Right Brain Factory - and Mpho Mache, Director of Tshuku Transport Services.

Grow your sales

How do you grow your sales team and get them to grow independently as a sales force? Bulelani chats to international renowned speaker and author Mr KK Diaz of A-game consultancy to answer these questions and more.

Legacy Entrepreneurs

There’s a small group of entrepreneurs who are usually committed to one successful venture. However, this type is inspired to leave something behind of lasting importance and value to their customers, industry, families, communities and loyal employees. They stand for a social cause that is bigger than they are. Looking beyond their own lives, they work to build an image and reputation of an industry, community leadership and citizenship. These types of entrepreneurs are called legacy entrepreneurs. They find meaning in creating something of significant and lasting value from their corner of the world, whereever that corner is. Busi Raphekwane, Nthabiseng Mokgosi, Pontso Hlakoane and Timothy Maurice Webster join the discussion with Bulelani Balabala.

Funding for Entrepreneurs

This show look at access to funding, markets, and business finance challenges - including BEE obligations. How are these factors impacting the real state of entrepreneurship in South Africa? Joining Teboho Mafodi in Studio to unpack these issues is Moxima Gama - Senior Technical Analyst for The Money Hub, Xoliswa Daku - CEO of DCI Holdings and Daku Group of Companies, Samke Mhlongo - Wealth Coach and Founder of TNC Wealth Partners, and Karabo Mathebula from StartUpGrind.

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