Selling toilet paper on street corners turned into a manufacturing operation

DURBAN – When Jenny and Jerry Maharaj started their small business selling toilet paper on the street corners of Durban, the couple had no idea that their firm would eventually grow into a manufacturing operation. Jenny Maharaj, co-founder of Forest Tissue, who has always dreamed of being a successful businesswoman, initially wanted to study food technology but her working-class family was unable to afford university fees. Her first job was as a clerk in the debt collection department of a local supermarket. She then worked as a receptionist and managed…

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R49 Million Ekandustria Industrial park key in linking markets – Minister Davies

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says the launch of the R49 million Ekandustria Industrial Park is recognised as a potential catalyst for broader economic and industrial development that will play a key role in linking different markets in the region. Davies was addressing stakeholders who attended the launch outside Bronkhorspruit today. The revitalisation of the Ekandustria Industrial Park is comprised of the upgrading of the security infrastructure including fencing, installation of boom gates, pedestrian gates, vehicular gates, installation of sisalation insulation, ventilators, construction of guard houses…

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Retrenchment did not stand in the way of success for this entrepreneur

jOHANNESBURG – Being  retrenched from a comfortable banking job has helped a promising businesswoman to venture into entrepreneurship.   Ruth Mthabine, 43, says she was retrenched from Absa where she worked as a risk consultant in the IT department in 2012.   Not knowing what to do, Mthabine, who hails from Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, founded and registered Masigide Consulting, a firm assists women-led small enterprises in rural areas with mentorship and training, and other business advisory services, among other support programmes.   In 2015 she became a business development service…

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Spotlight on North West women in mining

Speaker of the North West provincial government, Sussana Dantjie, will today host an engagement session with women in the mining sector. “The event will afford women in and outside the mining industry in the province the opportunity to participate and interactively discuss issues that have direct impact on them. “It will also give key stakeholders and ordinary women an opportunity to raise their views and understanding the current debate about the role of women in mining as a key initiative for the economic growth for both the province and the…

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International Women’s Day: Engen celebrates women truck drivers

– Friday, 8 March marks annual International Women’s Day and Engen honoured its female workers by sharing the story of Phindile Sithole – Sithole and 15 other women have been employed as bulk truck operators by the oil refinery company – Engen revealed it would feature their employees’ success stories in a new TV series Sithole is one of 16 female bulk truck operators employed by the South African oil giant. Briefly.co.za gathered she fully backs Engen’s initiative to help women break through the glass ceiling. Sithole added she knew…

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SA to develop Africa’s largest tech hub

  Government is looking at developing the biggest tech hub in Africa, a coding and programming academy as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups in particular. “Through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), my department, in partnership with the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services, has started a conversation to develop the biggest Tech Hub in Africa…” Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu said on Friday. She was addressing an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg under theme ‘Leveraging on digital platforms…

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R5.5 billion zinc mine for SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday officially open the R5.5 billion investment zinc mine in the Northern Cape, the Presidency said on Sunday. The Gamsberg Mine near Aggeneys is located in the mining centre between Springbok and Pofadder and will contribute to job creation and skills development. The new mine is owned by India’s globally diversified natural resources company Vedanta Resources Limited as part of their Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operations. The Presidency said Gamsberg will exploit one of the largest known, undeveloped zinc ore bodies in the world and…

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Cleaning up, literally and figuratively

  Buy or rent – a small company’s on-site system converts organic matter into useful by-product, saving costs and enhancing air quality. Sasha Planting  Mountains of waste piling up on landfill sites comes at a steep cost, hence the attractiveness of converting organic matter and reducing methane emissions on-site. Picture: Ty Wright/Bloomberg Yesterday’s food leftovers are generally not pretty. And dumped on a landfill they are even less appealing – rotting, smelling and covered in maggots. So it’s no surprise that people don’t like thinking about landfills; they are unsightly…

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New Semiconductors Meet the Challenge of Leading-Edge Radio Design

New Semiconductors Meet the Challenge of Leading-Edge Radio Design

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How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime Organisation mandate steep cuts of sulfur emissions associated with respiratory disease and acid rain. Much tougher rules are supposed to take effect in 2050, when the IMO will require ships also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least half. By itself, next…

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