The SPAZA podcast brings you tools, insights, and information on how to start and run a business in the townships of South Africa. The podcast will help you on your business or side-hustle journey by also sharing case studies by those who have already made a success of their businesses in the townships as well as share some information from various stakeholders on how to get access to funding, supply chains, and more.
Free digital tools for township entrepreneurs
Nowadays, many real-life activities are driven by what happens on the Internet. This is no different even for small businesses, even for township based businesses.
In this episode of the SPAZA podcast, recorded at the BIZFEST conference, Vusi Mtshweni from Succinct Investments shares some of the digital literacy and free online tools that township entrepreneurs can use to increase their marketing and grow their sales. These tools include the ability to list your business on Google Maps so that people in the vicinity searching for products related to your business can find it.
Building sustainable township businesses
Recorded at the BIZFEST conference, this panel discussion features Tumelo Komape (Deputy Director of Digital Marketing at the City of Johannesburg), Monde Zuma (Chief Entrepreneur Officer at MamelodiBiz), Litha Kutta (Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development at Tiger Brands), Kefilwe Makgeka (Director at Pink Care), Tshidi Morabi (Director at Kinini Consulting), and Mafatshe Mogwai (Founder and Concept Developer at Made in Sosha). The discussion revolved around sharing practical advice on how to build sustainable township businesses and how they can gain access to markets.
Specifically, this episode of the SPAZA podcast addresses topics such as: building sustainable businesses, succeeding as an entrepreneur, exploring opportunities concerning the township economy, and spearheading innovation through entrepreneurship and technology.
Developing Gauteng's township economy
In this episode of the SPAZA podcast, you will hear how the Gauteng Provincial Government is helping entrepreneurs in the townships around the province. Mathopane Masha, the Director of Inclusive Economy at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, was speaking at the recently held Bizfest 2019 conference.
BizFest is a one-day event that was organized by Google Business Group Pretoria together with Women Will. BizFest is an annual event that offers technology training, startup workshops, entrepreneurship talks, and networking opportunities to help increase access to market for entrepreneurs to thrive and not just survive.
In attendance at the BizFest 2019 event were entrepreneurs and various stakeholders involved in uplifting the Township Economy from various townships in Pretoria such as Soshanguve, Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, and others.
Welcome to the SPAZA podcast
Each episode of the SPAZA podcast will bring you tools, insights, and information on how to start and run a business in the townships of South Africa. Whether you’re thinking of it, have a side hustle-nyana, or you are already running your own business in a South African township, the SPAZA podcast will help you on your journey by also sharing case studies by those who have already walked this journey as well as some information from various stakeholders on how to get access to funding, supply chains, and more.
As soon as the first episode of the SPAZA podcast is available, you will also be able to subscribe to the podcast via WhatsApp.
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I am looking forward to hearing more on the township economy.