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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The Business of Communication

Business in the 21st century is more complex than ever, especially in companies that conduct operations at several locations, or even worldwide. In this environment, communication skills have become paramount and employers are increasingly looking for those who can communicate well so they can function in complex business environments. Communication skills are the ability to absorb and transmit ideas orally and in writing. A subset of communication skills is interpersonal skills or the ability to relate well with peers, management, company stakeholders, clients and suppliers. Employees who know how to inspire others and help mediate conflict are in high demand. A company's most valuable employees are those who are great communicators and have personal traits, such as reliability and integrity. Those employees will be the company leaders. Joining Bulelani Balabala to talk about the Business of Communication is Munene Khoza - Founder and Principal Consultant at MINT Language Consultancy, Ziyanda Masiza - Founder & MD of Sakhingomso Consulting and ZiyandaM, and Nomalanga Sitole - Founder and Owner of The Voice Within.

The Importance of Marketing for Business

The heart of your business success lies in its marketing. Most aspects of your business depend on successful marketing. Marketing is a process by which a product or service is introduced and promoted to potential customers. Without marketing, your business may offer the best products or services in your industry, but none of your potential customers would know about it. Marketing is one of the most important things a business can do. Not only does it build brand awareness but it can also increase sales, grow businesses and engage customers. Joining Bulelani this week is Medina Harverye, Founder and Managing Director of Dandelion Breeze; Zizo Tshwete – Projects & PR Executive at Dandelion Breeze, she is also a media personality and radio host... plus Lebogang Mokubela - CEO and Founder of the Lemok Group, a township-based digital agency, and winner of the Standard Bank Tshwane Business Awards 2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Transformation in Mining: Build up to Mining Indaba 2018

Mining in South Africa was once the main driving force behind the history and development of Africa's most advanced and richest economy. Large-scale and profitable mining started with the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the Orange River in 1867 by Erasmus Jacobs and the subsequent discovery and exploitation of the Kimberley pipes a few years later. For the mining industry transformation is not only for regulation purposes, it is a business requirement that the industry needs to adhere to for it to operate seamlessly. Mining has not only been viewed as a sexist industry in the past, but it was one of the vehicles used to entrench divisions amongst people - the industry itself became the complete example of discrimination in South Africa. That makes the transformation journey a bit more intense for the industry, especially with the broader South African society still being on the same journey itself. Talking to us about Transformation in Mining is, Maritha Erasmus - Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTS Holdings; Noluthando Zulu – Senior Analyst for Resources at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Moses Sibiya - the Founder and Managing Editor of two magazines, Mining CSI and Success-SA Publications.

Building Your Brand for 2018

Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, large or small, retail or B2B. An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does "branding" mean and how does it affect a small business? Your brand strategy is how, what, where, when and to whom you plan on communicating and delivering on your brand messages. Where you advertise, your distribution channels, and what you communicate visually and verbally are part of your brand strategy too. The team chats to Mr Jay Badza - Founder and Head Honcho of Orchard On 25, Ms Beth Malatji - author of The Bootstrapper's Lifesaving Hacks and founder of ReBeth Wines, and Ms Tracy Loverson - Brand Specialist.

Preparing for 2018

It’s officially time to start thinking about 2018. The earlier you start to prepare for the New Year, the better off - and more prepared - you’ll be. So let’s start getting our New Year’s mindset together today. Winston Churchill once said, "Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning." There are two annual traditions that come with the start of every New Year. The first is making some resolutions - often involving health and your wealth, and the second is promptly breaking those resolutions a few weeks later. In fact, the process is so predictable that it has become something of a running joke in society these days and amongst friends and family. The team discusses the best ways to prepare you and your business for 2018 with guests Ms. Busi Selesho - Money Coach, and Mr Badi Promesse - Africa Vice-President for CIMA.

The Business of Entertainment

In South Africa today, we have seen the vast growth within the entertainment industry with many patrons prepared to pay huge amounts of money in order to be attained. The business in some cases lacks growth due to management skills and business knowledge. It can also be one of the most profitable businesses one can get into. Bulelani speaks to two entrepreneurs who have managed to find their feet and grow their businesses in the entertainment industry. Mr Jorge Capkovic is the owner of Niche Cocktail Lounge in Johannesburg, and was the owner of the former popular Capitol Club. Mr Tebatso Kiewet is the owner of Coolerboxing Day Holdings, an entrepreneur and founder of Cooler Boxing Day annual event.

Young People Changing the Business Landscape

Africa as a continent has an entertainment industry which is growing fast each day. Africa has also seen various artists being seen and noticed on the global stage. We also have our own young people who are starting up and striving in the business of entertainment. Joining Bulelani in studio today is the TEA-Township Entrepreneurs Alliance 2017 October Pitch winners: Mr Lucas Molepo - Founder of Clean Steps, Mrs Rejoice Mkhonto - Founder of Malisesi Trading and Projects and Answer Chauke AKA 'Rejoinder', who is a 21-year-old artist hailing from a remote village called Ntlhaveni in Limpopo. He has a single out that’s making waves called #Monica under Dreams Entertainment.

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.

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