BUILDING BUSINESS

“Without prosperous local economies, the people have the power and the land no voice.” – Wendell Berry, novelist and farmer

One of the most critical cornerstones of a thriving community is a thriving local economy. Ranyaka’s Building Business programme includes the development of local entrepreneurs as described below, but also focuses on the bigger picture – those aspects that influence, disrupt or enable local economic development. This includes, for example, transportation of people and goods; the safety of the environment within which business takes place; and the availability of sufficient infrastructure.

The entrepreneurship and enterprise development leg of our Building Business programme includes:

  •  Identifying and supporting community entrepreneurs and enterprises

  • Identifying and supporting community entrepreneurs and enterprises

  • Creating access to market opportunities

  • Establishing business forums

  • Facilitating access to training and mentorship

  • Facilitating access to financing

  • Providing starter packs for emerging businesses that include e.g. web design, marketing material, personal branding and product photography.

WHEN SHWESHWE SMELLS OF SUCCESS

The distinctive smell of freshly-starched Shweshe fabric greets visitors to Yeyethu Design studio in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. So do broad smiles and an air of optimism and excitement. Because the dynamic duo behind Yeyethu, Bulelwa Tito and Lerato Mtiya, is going...

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BUILDING BUSINESS

Last year, we invited Stellenbosch-based entrepreneurs to come and show us their products and services, tell us their stories and share their dreams. It's been an exciting journey so far! Five of the entrepreneurs who attended our product showcase have been selected...

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BOOSTING TOURISM IN MAGALIESBURG

Tourism destinations, guest houses, hotels and restaurants in Magaliesburg, Gauteng are set to benefit from The Cradle Tourism Company's marketing plans for the year. Cradle Tourism is an independent non-profit company which was created to help drive tourism in this...

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EQUIPPING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS FOR SUSTAINED SUCCESS

We're incredibly proud of our ten entrepreneurs who successfully completed the Ranyaka Enterprise Development Academy last week! The five-day, intensive training programme was presented in partnership with the Stellenbosch Municipality, facilitated by entrepreneurship...

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SPOTTING A GAP IN THE MARKET

"I noticed that dirty bins were making people sick." Kayamandi-based entrepreneur, Phuti Mbothane, spotted a gap in the market when he realised how litter and unsanitary dustbins were contributing to illness in his community. Today, his bin cleaning business makes a...

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BUILDING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

Fifteen entrepreneurs are participating in a five-day intensive Ranyaka Enterprise Development Academy that kicked off this morning in Stellenbosch. The academy is facilitated by entrepreneurship specialists, Labit - a for-profit Business Incubator that is focused on...

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