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KASI Insight finalists at 2017 World Angel Investment Summit Awards for ‘Most Promising Startup’

This years finalists in The Most Promising Startup category at the World Angel Investment Summit awards are KASI Insight marketing researchers who are pioneering what they call ”grassroots market research”, which ”provides reliable consumer data and actionable insights from Africa in 2 weeks”.

Since 2015, KASI Insight have been using major research hubs to understand and reach burgeoning African consumer segments and have penetrated various fields such as ” mobile banking, shopping habits, ad campaign testing, brand tracking, gap analysis, opinion polling, sensitivity and satisfaction, product usage, business concept validation, lending, and mobile app usage in the biggest countries in Africa”.

With over four million responses, KASI Insight continues to ”disrupt the African market research industry” and looks forward to empowering more business leaders and entrepreneurs looking to tap into the fast-growing markets of Africa.

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Teenpreneur Festival seeks to celebrate teen-led businesses in Joburg

Beyond The Lemonade Stand (BTLS) is hosting its annual Teenpreneur Fest to showcase, celebrate and help accelerate small businesses owned by teenagers. The festival promises 4 master classes and teen pitches and exhibitions with the top teens standing to win great prizes to take their businesses to the next level.

“BTLS is hosting the Teenpreneur Fest to expose, celebrate and reward teenagers actively earning an income through operating businesses,” said Thokoza Mjo, the founder and director of BTLS.

The fest, which is free and open to the public, is set to take place on the 7th of October at the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein running from 09h00 to 16h00.

On the day, teens with businesses will attend master classes with established entrepreneurs on failing forward, innovation and technology, social media and storytelling. Thereafter, they will be afforded the opportunity to pitch and showcase their businesses before the top teens are selected by a panel of judges for the award ceremony.

Teenpreneurs have until the 25th of September 2017 to apply in order to pitch and showcase at the fest. The application form link is on the Beyond The Lemonade Stand Facebook page.

The top 3 teens will each receive a cash prize of R10 000, a laptop, printer and smart phone, while the top 3 runners-up will each receive a cash prize of R 5000, a laptop, printer and smartphone courtesy of Canon, The Anzisha Prize and Old Mutual.

An Investment Analyst by profession, social entrepreneur, Mjo founded BTLS in 2014 to facilitate access to the market for teen-led enterprises. “I believe in an Africa with economically active youth,” she says on why she first founded the organisation.

The organisation plans to have backed 300 teen-led businesses by 2021, with 900 jobs created through those businesses, with a total of R 2 000 000 sent into the field to drive the impact.

For more information on how to apply or to partner with or sponsor BTLS visit BTLS can also be found Twitter- @BTLS_Team, on Instagram- beyondthelemonadestand and on Facebook- Beyond The Lemonade Stand.
Author: Jeanette Nkwana
Events & Projects Head (Kane Prestige)
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MZANSIPRENEUR Q&A: Aramex Drop Box the perfect delivery solution for small business

Always on the look-out for great solutions that take the hassle out of running a business, MZANSIPRENEUR spoke to the folks at Aramex Drop Box about their nation-wide and international delivery service.

  1. Tell us about the Aramex Drop Box.

Aramex Drop Box is a store-to-door courier service located in over 540 participating Pick n Pay and FreshStop stores nation-wide.

  1. Where in the country does Aramex offer these services? And for how much?

For just R99, you can send a parcel to ANY destination in South Africa. For R299, loose documents can be delivered to any destination worldwide.

  1. What parcels/objects can be delivered through the service?

Drop Box is the ideal option for sending documents, parcels and gifts throughout SA, as well as for sending loose documents internationally.

  1. What is the process involved in sending a parcel?

Drop Box is super simple to use in 3 easy steps:

  • Buy a pack from participating Pick n Pay or FreshStop stores
  • Following the easy instructions on the pack, complete the waybill (a form) and insert it into the pouch on the courier sleeve
  • Drop the package into the Aramex Drop Box. We’ll collect Monday – Friday at 15h00 (unless specified otherwise) and deliver in no time!
  1. How long do deliveries take?

Drop Box is an express courier service for main centre deliveries so packages are delivered by 12h00 the following business day. Packages sent to outlying areas are delivered within 1 – 3 business days.

  1. Can I use my credit card?

Drop Box packs can be purchased from participating Pick n Pay and FreshStop stores using credit cards, debit cards or cash. No payment is required from the receiver of the parcel.

  1. In what ways could Aramex Drop Box be beneficial to small businesses and start-up online stores?
  • It is a fixed cost of R99 to send shipments nationwide with Aramex Drop Box – there are no month-end surprises when it comes to your courier bill.
  • Drop Box delivers overnight to main centres – urgent packages can be sent for only R99.
  • Drop Boxes are conveniently located in over 540 Pick n Pay and FreshStop stores nationwide – packages are dropped in the Drop Box and there is no need to be available for a courier collection.
  • All parcels can be tracked on our website.

Visit for more information and to find your nearest Drop Box location.

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WIPHOLD acquires a stake in Sasfin Bank

Sasfin Holdings Limited (Sasfin) is pleased to announce the agreement and conclusion of transaction terms relating to the proposed B-BBEE transaction between Sasfin and Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD).

The terms include WIPHOLD SPV (a wholly-owned subsidiary of WIPHOLD) subscribing for 25.1% of Sasfin’s issued share capital, post the voluntary repurchase offer referred to below, for a total consideration of R413 million. WIPHOLD and Sasfin have also entered into a services agreement in terms of which WIPHOLD will provide Sasfin with services relating to promoting and growing Sasfin’s business, particularly in the area of business development and in key internal focus areas such as group procurement, recruitment, stakeholder relations and providing the Sasfin group with strategic inputs in its transformation journey. In addition to the above, WIPHOLD has further undertaken to become a shareholder of reference to Sasfin.

Due to Sasfin’s strong capital position, Sasfin has no need for the capital raised from the transaction and will be returning the proceeds of the subscription to shareholders through a voluntary repurchase of shares. Should the entire allocation be tendered, as is expected, the subscription price would equate to R51 per Sasfin share.

According to Sasfin CEO Roland Sassoon, concluding terms with WIPHOLD represents a milestone for the Sasfin Group: “We are extremely excited to conclude a B-BBEE transaction with an investor of WIPHOLD’s calibre. This transaction underscores Sasfin’s commitment to transformation and will result in Sasfin having the highest black equity ownership of any JSE-listed banking group.

“Given the strategic nature of WIPHOLD’s shareholding and the excellent cultural fit between our respective organisations, we believe this transaction places Sasfin in a strong position to become a far more meaningful player in many of our activities. WIPHOLD is highly reputed and has experience in banking and financial services, having been owners of, and partners to, a number of well-known financial services concerns,” Sassoon said.

Speaking on the conclusion of the terms of agreement, WIPHOLD founders Louisa Mojela and Gloria Serobe were excited at the prospect of working closely with Sasfin’s board and executives in growing the business and building Sasfin’s stakeholder and corporate relations: “Financial services has always been a key focus for WIPHOLD. The sector is a cornerstone of any economy and critical to realising WIPHOLD’s vision of the economic empowerment of black women.

“We are therefore delighted to further build our operational presence in the sector through our new partnership with Sasfin. WIPHOLD focuses on investing in businesses that we believe have the ability to deliver strong returns over the long-term and that have high calibre management and impeccable corporate governance. Sasfin more than meets those criteria. We look forward to working together to grow and transform the business,’’ Serobe said.

After the conclusion of the transaction, WIPHOLD will hold 25.1% of the ordinary shares in the issued capital of Sasfin.

The transaction remains subject to a number of conditions including regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Author: Sasfin

Issued on: 8 June, 2017
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Trends for entrepreneurs to look out for in 2017

In 2017, an economic climate more conducive to entrepreneurship will prevail, though tinged by uncertainty on the local and international front. Check out this interview as I discuss some of the trends to look out for in coming months: CNBC Africa interview