Building a sustainable business in uncertain times

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As a result of Covid-19, South Africa’s lockdown protocol has had cumulative negative impacts on the SMME sector.

Big and small business owners have had to change their business approach to survive these uncertain times.

Join SABC in association with Moneyweb’s Ryk van Niekerk, for a webinar with business mentor Dr Roche Mamabolo, Business Process Mechanic CEO Marang Marekimane and YIEDI CEO Jayshree Naidoo on Thursday, July 2 at 11h00.

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This panel will look at industry trends, and offer valuable insights and business tools to better equip SMMEs.

More on the guests:

Dr Roche Mambabolo

Mambabolo is a founder of LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship which has campuses in Johannesburg [South Africa and Gaborone [Botswana]. Roche started his career as an accountant, after completing his articles and worked for various consulting companies until he started his own entrepreneurship consultancy in 2006.

By focusing on everything from effective entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Roche has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the country.

Roche is a co-curator for TEDxGaborone [] and curating team for TEDxJohannesburg []. Roche is the author of an entrepreneurship book called: The Start-Up Revolution: Fit In or Stand Out. His next book: Letters to EntrepreneursLetters to Entrepreneurs will be released in the near future. Roche has given two TEDx talks on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Marang Marekimane

Marekimane assists entrepreneurs to buy back their time and sanity. She does this by reviewing business models and automating business processes this is to formulate strategies to scale. After several attempts and 11 years as a Management Consultant, Marang started her own business in 2014. Business Process Mechanics improves the scalability of SMEs.

In 2018, Marang partnered with Entreprenerdy. This innovative tool supports ecosystems. It facilitates access to business skills and mentorship for entrepreneurs. The dashboard feature eases reporting for those investing in developing entrepreneurship. Aspiring entrepreneurs are held back by their fears and anxieties to start a business. Prompting Marang to use business simulation board games to prepare them to start and run a business. Biz Olympiad (2018) hosts pop-up board game challenges.

As a dynamic facilitator, using design thinking methodologies, companies like Standard Bank, AbInBev/SAB and TechnoServe that invite her to facilitate masterclasses for business owners. This forms part of their enterprise and supplier development programs. As a public speaker, she provides simple and practical strategies to access markets. She shares insights on how to improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The highlight being a TED talk, “Made in Africa”.

Jayshree Naidoo

Naidoo is a thought leader on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the CEO of YIEDI, a company that focuses on Innovation and Strategy Consulting, Incubation Design and Management, Entrepreneurship and Supplier Development and Digital and eLearning solutions. She was recently identified as one of Fast Company SA’s most Creative People in Business for “Putting Entrepreneurs First.”

She is also and Inspiring 50 Nominee for Woman in STEM. She has held several leadership roles in SA that include positions at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Discovery, ABSA and Internet Solutions. She was previously the CEO of Feenix, a crowdfunding platform for students launched by the bank, a board member of JASA (Junior Achievement South Africa), as well as the Chairperson of SAINe (The Southern African Innovation Network), and held a seat on NACI (The National Advisory Council on Innovation).

Her last formal role was the Head of the Standard Bank Incubator, a model which was later replicated in Mozambique and Ghana She is a professional speaker and has presented at several public and company conferences both locally and internationally and has been featured in several magazines including but not limited to CEO Magazine, SA Innovator, Destiny, Fast Company and has been published in the Innovation Journal. Jayshree is often a guest presenter on 702 – The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield.

She is a guest lecturer at many of SA’s top universities on the topics of Innovation, Incubation, Strategy and Digital Disruption. She was previously identified as one of the Top 25 Global FinTech Influencers. She has local and international experience in the fields of strategy, consulting, innovation, entrepreneurship and e-commerce. She has worked in the following sectors: Technology, Manufacturing, Health Insurance, Finance, Development Finance and Education. Her qualifications include an MBA, CAIB (SA), Honors in E-Commerce and IT. She has over 8000 Twitter and LinkedIn Connections and Followers.

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