Editorial

Catalyst Issue 49

Soccer tips for your business

This month's issue is packed with tips on how your business can survive the winter months; we review Vusi Thembekwayo’s book, and Fetola's Amanda Dinan takes on Trump!

Opportunities

SAB Foundation Tholoana

How to write a winning Tholoana Programme application

The SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme invests in people who show a commitment to grow a business and create jobs. If you think you have what it takes then make sure you apply!

Featured

Catalyst Issue 49

Do the maths, Potus — Germany is paying for the defence of the planet

Fetola's Amanda Dinan co-authored an article with Johan Van Den Berg that covers the rantings of a particular US President. Avoid being uninformed like certain 'influential' leaders and get clued up about what Germany is doing for us all.

Toolbox

Fetola Business Incubator Blueprint

The Fetola Business Incubator Blueprint – all you need to know

Are you interested in starting a business incubator in South Africa? Well, we have you covered because this nifty blueprint will provide you with a clear roadmap of the ins and outs of the process.

Mentor Talk

5 ways to run a thriving business in winter

Fetola mentor, Simon Kerr, gets real about how small business owners can survive the winter months. We can feed ourselves like bears and have a nap, so read through his top 5 tips with some hot chocolate. We won't judge.

Books

Vusi Thembekwayo

Vusi Thembekwayo: Business and Life Lessons From a Black Dragon

Vusi Thembekwayo doesn't just do business, he lives it and if you need your daily dose of motivation or just a shove in the right direction then you're welcome. This man puts the extra in EXTRAordinary.

A Time for Consolidation

In trying times, one man's problem is another's profit. If you find a partner, you might well find solutions that profit your business and theirs. When the wind drops and the economy stagnates, says Catherine Wijnberg, Fetola's CEO, there's a way to rise above the situation and get a long view of the horizon.
video

Video: Anton Ressel Talks Partnership on #EntrepreneurCorner

Don't muddy the waters with a partner if things are going well, but when you need to grow, and you start to scale, you probably need more hands on deck. Fetola senior mentor, Anton Ressel, and Fin24's Liziwe Ndalana recently launched the #EntrepreneurCorner video podcast series. In the latest issue, they discuss factors to consider when taking a partner into your business.

Calling Exceptional Small Business Owners

Do you know a small business owner who is ready to take her business to the next level? Are you a high-potential entrepreneur who yearns to drive his dreams to unimagined places? This amazing opportunity for black-owned SMEs is taking new applicants. Read what current participants have to say about it!

Five Reasons All Start-Ups Need a Virtual Space

What is the collective noun for a group of entrepreneurs? An ambition or an acceleration? A hustle or hive? Whatever! A great deal of good comes about when a whole bunch of them work together in the same space. South African entrepreneur, Sibongile Booi, shares her knowledge of experience owning a virtual office space

Built to Last or Built to Exist?

Everyone knows there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Before you leap on the business funding trolley, Rick Ed asks whether your small business really needs funding to help it grow. The safest bet to grow your SME, is to grow your sales and customer base...