Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship  is fast moving from being perceived as an interesting sideshow to becoming the main event.Most  Non Governmental Organisation have ventured into training and developing small to medium entrepreneurs.This is after the realisation that South African is  low on the rankings when measured by the entrepreneurial activity yet it is the powerful tool that can reverse the current levels of unemployment and poverty.The training include business training, agricultural programmes and tourism training.The main purpose of this is to turn around the mindset of many,awaken them,build self -belief so they can step into the unknown.However as many are trained, the organisations can not afford to sponsor every individual to start their own initiatives. They can only equip them with knowledge.As  a result, the war against employment  and poverty still continues.If one has been surviving on aid from relatives or friends, one can be independent by becoming  an entrepreneur. Invest in training,invest in the small business  thus beating poverty.For those who have relatives in the diaspora like the popular UK, surprise them, start your business and surely they will invest in it.

Has 20 years of democracy in South Africa achieve anything?

The year 2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa since the end of Apartheid.Many will surely celebrate this momentous occasion as a great achievement. And do not get me wrong South Africa has come a long way since the oppressive regime of Apartheid.However has the government achieve anything regarding to South African economy, yes a lot has been achieved but inequality amongst the blacks and whites is still the same to some extant. Statistic SA has stated that in the third quarter of 2013 that the unemployment rate was at 40,6% amongst black people and 7,9% amongst white people. Furthermore statistics SA stated that whites earn 6 times more than black people in South Africa.What is troublesome about these facts is that the poor which are largely black continue to be left out of the economy and treated as second class citizens. Since 1994 there has been little redistribution and redress. To celebrate 20 years of democracy is to induce an ‘atleast’ society in which people say ‘at least’ we have democracy so we do not need  to fight for our land or ‘At least’ we have our freedom so we do not need to hold white privilege accountable. As South Africa goes into its 5th election I begin to wonder about our freedom and our generation. I wonder whether my generation will produce the same calibre of revolutionary leaders as the generations before us? Will my generation take up the baton and become the leaders of now and not of the future? As a South African living abroad l make sure l send to South Africa with mukuru.com because most of our fellow black South African are still suffering regardless of 20 years of freedom in South Africa.

AIDS free generation

HIV  and AIDS what an exhausted and boring topic to many but, does this also apply to South Africans?The answer is yes, no one is willing to listen to  another lecture about this disease.  However does the ordinary boy or girl in the street quite aware of this monster, one wonders! Yes there has been a lot of AIDS awareness projects nationwide but surely  the society behavior tells otherwise.

In South Africa teenage pregnancy is quite prevalent, what some African countries would see as an abomination. Abortion is also allowed.Teenage girls are allowed to be on family planning, be it injections or pills.All these are key factors that  spreads the killer disease.If only the country could put strict measures against such, this would see the birth an AIDS free generation.

The girl child, the future mother of the nation, needs to be taught against family planning but abstinence  as the main option .The boy child also must not wait upon the girl to be on family planning, they too should learn to prevent themselves! As for abortion being legal, if only it could be legalized at a certain mature age so that young girls stay away from the unplanned teenage pregnancies

 

Transport

Over the past few years , transport planning has shifted from a car oriented focus to public transport.This is mainly reflected in funding priorities.The new Bus Rapid Transit  corridors and the High Speed Rail (Gautrain) have shown that public transport can be appealing and reliable.

Transnet was awarded R50 billion  to acquire more than one thousand locomotives.This is a huge investment in the country’s economy considering the fact that the assembling is done locally.It therefore boosts the local currency and  creates employment for about 30 000 people.The project is expected to take 3 years. Currently passengers wait for more than 15minutes during peak hours but in a few years time the intervals between trains is expected to be less than 5 minutes.

Prasa announced the introduction of the new modern trains which will be launced in the next 12-18 months.With the new developments in the public transport industry, there will be  less traffic on the roads.The Bus Rapid Transit system is currently underway in Johannesburg, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape,Pretoria, Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth.

It is quite noticeable that even though South Africa is  a developing country, the economy is fast growing and so are  business opportunities.On the 18 of March the  South African Rand went 0.3% up against the Dollar  at 10.73.

Fashion

Ever noticed the impact of fashion in South Africa? Well one has to be in the country to understand and feel it! The fact that the country is proudly known as the rainbow nation, so is the fashion industry. It is a  country with diversified cultures. Besides the local tribes,there are  so many different nationalities that have migrated to South Africa and their cultural value are also incorporated.

The city of Durban is  known  as the main  hub for Indians. They  bring in their popular traditional dressing that mainly includes the saree,dhoti and kurta.So many South Africans have also adapted to this type of dressing this also is because of the intermarriages mainlt between the Indians and the local ‘coloureds’.   In the upper Limpopo province, there is the Venda known as VhaVenda. They  have proudly  mantained  their form of dressing which according to them is a non verbal communication indicating age group,  rank, authority, status ,identity  and powers ( supernatural and sacred). In the mother city of Capetown the main race is the coloured who don’t have their particular trend but mainly adapt to the western fashion. Johannesburg also recognised as the ‘fast’ city is infused with all trends and fashion.It is also noted that there are people from east Africa who have proudly embraced their traditional African attire and they are all over South Africa.

It is apparent that in  this country every individual is comfortable in their own way of  dressing which can be influenced by religion,  tradition or fashion.If one  is looking for a place to launch something fashionable, South Africa is the place to be.Its a free world!

Automotive Industry in South Africa

South Africa automotive industry is fast growing with main vehicle manufacturers such BMW , Volkswagen , Toyota, Nissan, Renault  and Mercedes benz having  production plants locally. Many of the multi national firms use South Africa to manufacture and assemble vehicles for the local and international market. As a result South Africa Revenue Services froze the importation of cars . Importing a second hand vehicle also comes with terms and conditions and it is costly. Car dealership has become  an income generating project for small to medium entrepreneurs. Unlike in some developing African countries where the middle working  class buy cars from overseas especially from the popular Japan, South Africans have no option but to buy locally. When it comes to pricing, regardless of the economy instability , the industry has tried to keep the prices stable. It is therefore more appropriate for the residents to buy vehicles locally. In the event that one has someone from abroad planning to buy  them a vehicle its more advisable to send the money into the individual’s  bank account or the registered car dealer’s bank account and that can be easily done through remittance companies such as mukuru.com