Spaza Shops

Fintech fills the funding gap

New companies are plugging the funding gap for small businesses, especially in townships

Editorial: It’s inequality that breeds violence

'The persecution of the weak and the vulnerable finds new iterations all the time'

At least two dead in Soweto clashes with foreign nationals

Police are currently on scene to quell the violence and looting

Townships are still a world apart

Bids to unleash their economic potential have failed largely because the motives, networks and practices of the informal economy are ignored.

Spazas: It’s not just the economy, stupid

About half a dozen people have been killed in the latest outbreak of looting and xenophobia. It appears South Africa has learnt little since 2008.

Township politics fuel the attacks on ‘outsiders’

Despite state denials that xenophobia is behind the violence, the attacks on foreign township shop owners appear to have a political edge to them.

Mind your own business, minister

Why is good business sense such a foreign concept, Lisa Steyn asks Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

Spazas: ‘Looting happened for a purpose’

Small business operators and politicians seem to be singing from the same bellicose hymn sheet.

Small enterprises are embracing a new inclusive business model

Working with small business is good for big business, the economy and job creation.

Spazas: Talking shop is good for business

Thuletho Zwane interviewed the new minister of small business development, Lindiwe Zulu, about local and foreign-owned spaza shops.

Price is king in clash of the spazas

Foreign-owned spaza shops are again becoming a hot political potato for the ANC.

SA spaza shops struggle under large retailers

Spazas are a major component of the informal economy, but big retailers' push into townships to target rising consumer spending is setting them back.

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Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it