Change Your Game.

Channel Africa  |  Podcast, ±55 min episodes every 1 week
At Change your Game, we believe entrepreneurs are the key drivers of tomorrows’ African innovations and essential to creating a thriving African economy. As an authentic voice across the African continent, we cover the latest issues and insights affecting entrepreneurs and bring together credible, unique and authoritative voices in the world of entrepreneurship as well as providing peer-to-peer opportunities to engage and understand the challenges and success of African entrepreneurs.
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 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the world’s foremost study of entrepreneurship, has released its 2016-2017 South Africa report, detailing the state of entrepreneurship in the country. According to the report, fewer South Africans are keen to start their own businesses this year compared to last year. We spoke to Mike Herrington the Executive Director of GEM and co-author of the South Africa report…  Startupbootcamp (SBC) will be launching its new accelerator programme in Cape Town. South Africa. Startups from around the world are invited to apply now to be part of the intense three-month programme. To get further details on this, we spoke to Paul Nel who is part of the managing team for Startupbootcamp and has been leading the open innovation trend in SA for a number years to bridge the divide between corporates and startups  The Contractors and suppliers who completed the eight months Eskom contractor academy course, graduated earlier this month at the Eskom Academy of learning and it also launched the 2017 Business Investment Competition last week in Johannesburg, Soweto. Both initiatives are aimed in providing a platform for small and medium enterprises to cross the next major hurdle in business development. Channel Africa’s Sihle Zuma attended both ceremonies and filed a report.  Junior Chamber International South Africa has launched the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards. The awards will recognise young people who have excelled in their chosen fields and created positive change in South Africa. We spoke to Sandra Makoni, the Local President of Junior Chamber International Sandton.  The Baobab Summit provided an opportunity for university level MasterCard Foundation Scholars to strengthen their leadership skills and share their ideas and enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship. We speak to Gervase Adams who the won in 2016 for his Komaale Initiative  Nokwazi Mzobe, is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Matoyana Business Solutions, a boutique business consulting company located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is targeted at start-ups, small and medium enterprises across Africa. Before starting her own consultancy agency, Matoyana, she gained a wide-range of experience in markets across the Middle East and Africa in areas of logistics, market planning and finance. Recently, Mzobe launched her first book titled - The Small Business Handbook. we spoke to her about her book and her entrepreneurial journey.  Nigerian startups and entrepreneurs in Fintech with innovative and digital solutions that can revolutionalize commercial transactions and ease the operations of SME in Nigeria can now apply for the 2017 Fintech start-up challenge. The aim is to identify, evaluate and support innovative ideas relevant to Enterprise, Governance and Social Development in Nigeria. We spoke to Charles Aborishade the Fintech StartUp Challenge Coordinator in Nigeria .
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• The 8th G(irls)20 Summit is taking place in in Germany next month. The G(irls)20 Summit places girls and women at the heart of the economic decision making process by advancing the idea that increasing female labour force participation will generate growth, stabilize communities and countries, and lead to social innovation. To find out more about the summit, we speak to Lungelwa Goje one of the 2017 G(irls)20 Summit delegates representing South Africa. • The women's entrepreneur competition, Fairlady Women of the Future 2017 has opened for entries. The competition, sponsored by Fairlady magazine, in partnership with Santam, seeks businesswomen making waves in the South African small business landscape. We speak to Roxanne Cloete the Brand manager and Project Manager for Fairlady Magazine • We look at the difference between an entrepreneur and franchise and we speak to Richard Mukheibir the Managing Director of Cash Converters in South Africa. • Wits University in South Africa, in conjunction with MIT Sloan School of Management, has opened applications for teams interested in participating in the MIT Global Start-up Labs Programme. We peak to Barry Myburgh the Local Support Coordinator for the MIT Global Start-up Labs Programme and also the Manager of the Design & Validation Centre at the JCSE. • Our Game Changer this week is Ghana-Born Adwoa Hagan-Mensah. Since showcasing her talents on BBC2’s The Restaurant with Raymond Blanc in 2012, Adowa has been on a mission to let the world know about the immense potential of West African cuisine in the fine dining space. • The leaders who dare to dream foundation in partnership with the Gauteng enterprise propeller and brand South Africa launched the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit this week in South Africa.The summit is a platform to commemorate Africa Month through engagements with established leaders, young African leaders and government under the theme ‘Youth Collaboration towards a shared prosperous Africa’We speak to award winning philanthropist and world dance champion Paul Modjadji. He now joins us on the to tell us more about the newly launched summit. • This week is International Coaching Week [ICW] . It is an annual weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession. We speak t0 Cindy Muthukarapan is an internationally recognized Executive and Leadership Coach, Trainer, Assessor and Mentor Coach. She is credentialed by the International Coach Federation as a Master Certified Coach.
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 The African experience of growing, maintaining and developing a strong cultural and creative economy will be a main focal point at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) conference taking place this month. The conference coincides with Africa Day celebrations on the 25th of May. We spoke to Amy Shelver the South African Cultural Observatory’s Marketing & Communications Manager.  And Businesses and entrepreneurs seeking funding have been invited to attend the 2017 Western Cape Funding Fair which is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa. The fair is being hosted by the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with Deloitte. For more on the subject, we talk to Marius Alberts the leader for Deloitte in South Africa, Western Cape.  The increasing global emphasis on investment opportunities in Africa’s rapidly growing economies for multinationals and SMEs alike. Think room Consulting’s report, titled An SME Landscape Study: The Conduciveness of Starting and Conducting Business in Africa, reveals a unique ranking of twelve African countries based on their conduciveness for SMEs to start and conduct business. To discuss the report, we talk to Catherine Young the Leadership Member at Think room Consulting  Proudly South African was established in 2001, born out of the 1998 Presidential Job Summit which was convened by the late former President Nelson Mandela. It was formed from the international research that was based on the Australian buy local campaign. The same concept was bought here in South Africa. We speak to Nissan’s spokesperson Nabiel Conybeare (Director of Human Resources at Nissan SA) about Nissan’s role on the buy local movement in South Africa…  We also look at how the ICT sector has helped in shaping entrepreneurship on the African continent. The Rise of Entrepreneurship in Africa has become more prevalent over the years due to evolving technology. We talk to Hadley Harris the Managing Director of the Futuretell Group appreciates technology and connectivity platforms that are transforming the development landscape in Africa by becoming a trend-setter in the ICT landscape.  And our game changer for this week is Grace Ihejiamaizu, one of the delegates who attended the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban, South Africa. She is an educator, social entrepreneur, global shaper and a Global Citizenship Education (GCED) advocate passionately committed to creating value and making a difference. We began by asking her about her participation at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.
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 This week on change your game we look at South Africa’s current economic outlook - following two ratings agencies recently downgrading the country to ‘junk status’ and a third potentially pending - local businesses and their cash flows being squeezed now more than ever. For more on the subject we talk to Thomas Pays, the CEO and co-founder of i-Pay, an online payment gateway for both buyers and merchants that allows instant EFT payments.  We also look at the entrepreneurial journey of Bulelani Balabala. He is a Creative Director of Intercessor Army Franchise brands an award winning brand agency and the founder of Township Entrepreneurs Alliance, a professional speaker and he is featured on multiple media platform where he gives his thought on leadership.  We turn our attention to the Western Cape Business Opportunities’ Forum (WECBOF). It is a promotions agency for business, and mainly SMMEs in the Western Cape province of South Africa. For the past 21 years WECBOF, which is member-based, has been effectively working as a service association providing business people with relevant information, training, business opportunities, and representation on appropriate investment, public sector, and related platforms. To find out more we speak to Colin Daries, the Chairperson of the Western Cape Business Opportunities’ Forum – WECBOF  Lastly, we look at the ideas world cup that was recently held in South Africa, Cape Town. The five hour brainstorming session focused on water security in the city, aiming to harness enough innovation and creativity to come up with the 10 000 ways to tackle Cape Town’s social and economic problems. We talk to the project manager of the Ideas World Cup, Shelley Fintech to tell us more about the meeting and the ideas that the group came up regarding water security for the city.
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• We discuss how to gain entrepreneurial freedom to grow a successful company with Mncedisi Chris Mabhela owner and Chief Technology Officer of Akili Contentworx. • According to a new Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Special Report on Senior Entrepreneurship, the number of older adults who are self-employed outweighs that of young adults, suggesting that people of 50 years and older still have a significant role to play in economies around the world. We speak to Jane Notten GEM in South Africa • We profile Lamo Solar, which is currently based at the Riversands Hub in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa and employs four permanent and six part time employers. We speak to the founders Tshibvumo Skhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza . • The call by government to develop township enterprises, co-operatives and SMMEs to revitalise¬ township economies is supported at the highest levels by the Ithala Development Finance Corporation in KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal provincial development agency will embark on a province-wide roadshow “My Business Indaba. ” We speak to Thuli Galelekile, the Divisional Manager for Communications and Marketing at Ithala Development Finance Corporation. • SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 looks set to be bigger than ever and is ready to empower and unlock South Africa's SMME potential. We speak to Zizipho Nyange the Chief Executive Officer of Masisizane an Old Mutual initiative was set up as a non-profit funding company to provide loan financing and support to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). • Amoo Gafar is an aspiring entrepreneur from Nigeria. After completing his high school education, he did his internship as a video director at Great Nation Studio in Abuja, Nigeria. In 2013, he started his own business called Lass Films Studio producing entertainment videos. • The 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS is open for entries. Now in its 29th year, the 2017 competition aims to honour, recognise and uplift South African small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We speak to Gugu Mjadu, spokesperson for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS.
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• The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) has opened its call for 2017 applications. The initiative aims to spur local technology innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste beneficiation, green building and green transportation in support of the country’s national priorities. We speak to Conrad Kassier who runs the Industrial Energy Efficiency Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in South Africa. • The Seed Academy has opened up its survey The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa – The Entrepreneurs View, to all South African entrepreneurs to help portray an honest perspective of the entrepreneurial landscape. To find out more about the survey, we speak to Donna Rachelson Group CEO Seed Engine including Seed Academy. • South African fintech company, Entersekt has won Best Mobile Security Technology in the 2017 Banker Africa Southern Africa Banking Awards. This is the second year it has received the honour. We speak to Schalk Nolte the Chief Executive Officer of Entersekt. • This week’s Game Changer is Indira Tsengiwe. She is the founder of Youngpreneur Media and an advocate for the cultivation of entrepreneurial mindsets across Africa. • We also profile Isaac Mavuso, a facilitator, Speaker, Coach, MC, Author and Publisher who is passionate about personal and small business development for township business. • The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation recognises that the youth needs to play a more significant role in the growth and prosperity of South Africa’s economy. To find out more about it, we speak to Lydia Zingoni the Founder and Director of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Trust.
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• In 2015 Young entrepreneurs across East Africa formed a regional coalition of youth business organisations. It is called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-East Africa and includes 15 organisations from six countries: Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda. We speak to Brian Randich the Vice Chairperson for Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-East Africa. • How a business plan can make or break a start-up seeking finance - Chelsea Evans and Jason Newmark are proof of how the strength of a business plan and concept can impact a financier’s decision of whether to grant funding. Recent participants in the venture-capital television show, Shark Tank SA. • We profile Ndzavi Derrick Hlungwani is Accredited Business Mentor with Institute of Business Advisors South Africa, Social Media Strategist, Entrepreneurologist, he consults with individuals and businesses, offering advice. He is the founder of New DiscoveryBS. • Last month Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation South Africa closed its first semester with the launch of eleven brand new businesses courtesy of its brilliant, resilient young entrepreneurs during its Demo Day. The Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship is a free 12-week innovation and entrepreneurship programme and its beneficiaries are unemployed university graduates, university dropouts and high school dropouts, aged between 18 and 27 yearsWe speak to Boi Rasmussen the Chief Executive Officer of the Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation. • Young entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone have come together to form a new network aimed at addressing challenges to sub-regional trade and youth unemployment in West Africa. The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa (CAYE-WA) was recently launched in Accra, Ghana. We speak to Bernard Oduro Takyi the Regional Coordinator for the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa • The Lemok Group is a black-owned company that operates in Pretoria's biggest township, Soshanguve in South Africa. The company is made up of two divisions - Lemok Digital Agency, a digital marketing agency focused on the SME market and Tatom, a stationery and printing supplies company. The agency was established by its CEO, a young Pretoria-based entrepreneur, Lebogang Mokubela, in 2014.
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• Profile: Wing it Nairobi is proud to be Kenya's first and only wings only fast food joint. Started and run by Paul Kihiko, Wing It has two restaurants in the Galleria and The Hub shopping malls in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. • Last month SAB Kickstart Ignite, the South African Breweries entrepreneurship programme announced winners of its 2016 edition of the initiative. The entrepreneurship programme supports the development of young innovators who are makers and creators of viable business concepts, ideas or products. We speak to is Nirishi Trkamjee the SAB Corporate Affairs Director. • The fourth Model African Union conference recently took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) is an annual leadership conference for young leaders around Africa and across the world, simulating the activities of the AU. We speak to Faith Abiodun the Founder and Director of the African Leadership Academy Model African Union. • The 2017 Local Government Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa under the theme - tourism planning is everybody's business, provided a platform for the South African government and various stakeholders to meet and plan. To find out more about the conference and state of small businesses in the tourism sector, we speak to the South African Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa. • Mazars, the integrated and independent international organisation specialising in audit and advisory services, has revealed the findings of its latest study titled - Unleashing Africa’s Corporate Innovation Potential: Navigating intrapreneurship and open innovation paths across the continent. We speak to Abdou Diop the Managing Partner of Mazars in Morocco. • During the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, a host of African business leaders discussed the critical role of technology in the growth of African economies. Andile Tlhoaele, founder of Inforcomm (INC), was one of the speakers at the event on hand to share his business knowledge based on years of experience with local and international IT & Telecoms companies in South Africa and across Africa.
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• Coach Oscar events are hosting a Career Reconstruction Masterclass in Cape Town South Africa. over the past 2 years, Career Reconstruction Masterclass has attracted delegates from the Parliament, The Department of Trade and Industry, The Department of Social Development,The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Foundation, The University of Stellenbosh, Old Mutual, Sanlam, Liberty Insurance and Transnet. To find out more we speak to the CEO and Founder of the Coach Oscar Events, Coach Oscar Emetuei • Branding and business expert Raymond van Niekerk, many SMEs are still vulnerable to common branding and marketing errors that can cost them the success of their business. Van Niekerk, formerly Global Head of Marketing for Investec and course convenor of the Brand Creation for New Ventures programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB), says: “Some of the most common errors made by new businesses are avoidable marketing and branding errors.” • Johnson & Johnson announced the winners of the first Africa Innovation Challenge at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress which took place in Johannesbutrg, South Africa. We speak to Seema Kumar the Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson • Investing in and celebrating young leadership is undoubtedly key to the development of any country. Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention has been proud to play its part in connecting the leaders of tomorrow with today’s leaders, as well as connecting with other future leaders. To find out more about the convention, we speak to Ran Neu-Nerthe Group Co-Chief Executive Officer at The Creative Counsel • Since 2008 the Eskom Contractors' Academy has been training emerging business owners throughout South Africa. Over one-thousand students have graduated since its launch.The main goal of the Eskom Contractors' Academy is skills development, job creation, and poverty alleviation. To find out more about the academy and its work, Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane went on a tour of some of the businesses that have assisted by the academy and also attended the 2017 Eskom Contractors' Academy Graduation Ceremony • Cape Town, a South Africa city, is fast cementing itself as the biggest continental hub for tech startups. . One entrepreneur, who has experienced first-hand the rollercoaster ride that is the tech start-up space, is Cape Town-based Sheraan Amod. He is the 2017 Sanlam Enterprise Development Programme participant now joins us on the line from Cape Town… • Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa is hosting the inaugural Supplier Development Conference this week in Johannesburg, South Africa. The inauguration will present just over a 100 handpicked, high-growth potential SMEs which will showcase and interact with blue chip corporates across a variety of industries, in a bid to become empowering suppliers. We speak to The Head Procurement Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, Samantha Steffens.
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We have on the line Khathu Ramukumba, The Chief Executive of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to talk to us about the Agency hosting the 2nd South African Youth Award (SAYA) at the St George’s Hotel and Conference Venue in Pretoria ,South Africa. Through the SAYA’s the NYDA seeks to provide a platform to showcase exceptional work, contributions and celebrate inspiring stories of young people who make extraordinary achievements despite all odds.  South Africa’s Wits University launched the Personal Navigator Challenge last month. The challenge calls on innovators and entrepreneurs across Johannesburg to come forward with digital solutions that will help people with visual and physical disabilities to navigate their way around large built-up areas. The Challenge is the first in a series of four annual digital innovation challenges, called the Digital Innovation Challenge, led by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University…. To unpack more on the subject, we talk to the Project co-ordinator, Xoliswa Ngxanga……  We also focus on The South African fintech startup that slashed the costs for Zimbabweans living in SA to send money home when it launched two years ago. It has expanded its money transfer service into Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. The business will expand into Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya by April. It has also earmarked a country outside of Africa for entry later this year. Cape Town-based mobile social startup Mama Money enables migrants in South Africa to send money back home with no hidden costs and no margin charged on the exchange rate. To find out more about the fintech startup Mama Money, joining us on the line from Cape Town, South Africa is Matt Coquillon the Co -Founder of Mama Money. Matt Coquillon the Co -Founder of Mama Money tells us more…  Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, established in 2002, is a non-profit committed to developing dynamic innovative and principled African leaders. The organisation recognizes that raising leaders is critical to nation building and wealth creation. LEAP Africa established the CEOs Forum in 2005 to serve as a platform for interaction, knowledge sharing and partnerships between Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and leading private and public sector organizations who offer cutting-edge solutions, support and services that aid growth, development and sustainability of businesses in Nigeria. To get further details about Leap Africa and the CEOs Forum 2017, joining us line from Lagos, Nigeria is Aramide Akisanya the Executive Director for LEAP Africa…  Israel is considered the world’s second largest hub of entrepreneurship after the USA. The main eco-system in Israel is in and around Tel Aviv where the majority of Israel’s startups can be found .Jerusalem with a few hundreds of startups is in the rise as the second largest eco-system, followed by Haifa and Beersheba. Much has been written about the Israeli entrepreneurship and its history and main drivers. According to the book Startup Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Israel has the highest density of tech start-ups in the world. Some of these startups achieve global success straight from Israel, such as Waze, and others achieve it after opening centres in places such as Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. We speak to the entrepreneurial environment in Israel, we talk to Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk…  And South Africa recently hosted the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. This was the first time this prestigious international event for entrepreneurs was held on the African continent. The GEC was attended by global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers. It was an opportunity for South Africa and the rest of the continent to showcase its entrepreneurial prowess to the world. GEC sessions were conducted by leading global organisations to help entrepreneurs start and upscale new businesses. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane attended the congress and filed a report…  finally, Calls for more economic freedom among African women and a women’s development bank were high on the agenda at the Africa for Africa Women’s Conference 2017 that took place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The conference, which coincided with the celebration of International Women’s Day, featured a myriad of guests who spoke about ways in which African women could be empowered through the moulding of vibrant and dynamic women leaders and entrepreneurs. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane attended the conference and complied the following report…
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• We profile a company called GetBiz an e-procurement and a tender notification service aimed at attracting clients from both government and private business. We speak to Andile Ntingi the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of GetBiz. • We learn more about kid-entrepreneurship and we speak to Tiro Matjiu Founder of Kidpreneur ZA and Partner of It's Me! Live Studio • We also feature Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) which provides engaging entrepreneurial programmes, which foster confident and empowered young people who are possibility seekers and creators of opportunities and we speak to Nelly Mofokeng the Finance Director and Acting Managing Director of JASA. • We find out more about YEM online Magazine is an exciting youth online publication looking at youth issues, ICT and lifestyle. We speak to Sthembiso Xhakaza an Entrepreneur and Founder of YEM Online Magazine. • Our Game Changer is Thulani Excellent Khoza a trailblazer, innovator, inspirational speaker and a social entrepreneur. • We also Adebukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi the General Manager of Altheus Ltd in Nigeria, a management consultancy firm that was originally incorporated in Nigeria in 2010 as in independent concern providing business advisory and planning, marketing, start-up capital and human resources management.
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 This week on Change your game we focus on the South Africa smartphone and tablet manufacturer, AG Mobile. Earlier this year, the company was liquidated. The founder of the smartphone brand blamed the country’s weak rand and high demand for the company’s liquidation. To touch on more on the story we speak to the Associate Professor Mark Graham….  We also look at Ivili Loboya is Africa’s first cashmere fabric manufacturer located at Ibika near Butterworth in the Eastern Cape Province. Ivili produces high-end handwoven and knitted natural blended fabrics for décor, upholstery and fashion apparel. The textile industry is one of the strategic platforms that can bolster trade of South African products. Ivili Loboya has a great potential to contribute to key imperatives of NDP Vision 2030. We talk to Dr Vuyokazi (Vuyo) Mahlati the Founder and Social Entrepreneur leading Ivili Loboya Wool Processing Hub.  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan in South Africa delivered the country’s budget speech for the year 2017/18. According to Business Partners Limited, Minister Gordhan delivered a balanced and conservative budget which strives to continue the necessary fiscal consolidation, attempts to address inequality, and will likely ensure that South Africa has a realistic chance of avoiding a ratings downgrade. To find out what the budget means to small businesses in South Africa, we chat to Ben Bierman, Managing Director of Business Partners Limited ) a specialist risk finance company for formal SMEs …  South Africa’s Premier of Gauteng Province, David Makhura and The Innovation Hub - the Innovation agency of the Gauteng Province, in partnership with the Westrand District Municipality and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller recently launched the eKasiLab Mohlakeng facility at Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub. Gauteng means 'Place of Gold' in the South African Sotho languages. To tell us more about the initiative we talk to Ogone Ntwae the Senior Manager for all the Programme Managers within eKasiLabs in the Office of the CEO at Innovation Hub..  Entries are now open for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS. Now in its 29th year, this renowned competition pays homage to courageous South African entrepreneurs who dedicate themselves to their enterprises / businesses driving growth, creating much needed jobs and contributing towards economic development in the country. We talk to Gugu Mjadu,the Spokesperson for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners  This week’s Game changer is Yaye Souadou Fall a young Senegalese, proficient in 5 different languages. She adores doing gymnastics and researching a wide range of topics. She is the founder of E-cover. A start-up which aims to revalorise waste through the reclining of tires into more useful products. We talk to Yaye Souadou Fall, the founder of E.cover.