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.

LIVING EVERY DAY TO THE END – THE STORY OF THABS DUBE

“After the accident I didn’t just lose my leg. I lost hope. It was a struggle just to go through one day.  I had to solve depression by finding something that I loved.” – Thabo Dube Thabo Dube grew up with his grandparents in Soweto. When they passed away, he wanted...

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BUILDING BUSINESS IN TOUGH TIMES

Recovery and Relief Programme for Community Entrepreneurs The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the South African economy. Thousands of micro, survivalist and small enterprises are amongst those who currently find themselves in a dire position. In response to...

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SHOWCASING ENTREPRENEURS – ELANI PLAATJIES

Next in line in our series of showcasing some of the entrepreneurs who are participating in the Ranyaka Building Business programme, is Elani Plaatjies from The Food Triangle. Here is Elani's story. Picture a custard biscuit cup filled with a little mixed-berry...

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SHOWCASING ENTREPRENEURS – MUAIN ARNOLDS

Over the next few weeks, in support of local businesses, we will be showcasing some of the entrepreneurs who are participating in Ranyaka's Building Business programme. First in line is Muain Arnolds, the entrepreneur behind Shuttle Master in Stellenbosch!Muain was...

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COVID-19: HOPE IN A TIME OF HAVOC

Image by Alfred Thorpe | Vuurtoring MediaThe year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as a year when a pandemic turned the world upside down - bringing disruption, despair and even devastation on a global scale. At the same time, the Proud of my Town team has...

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BUILDING BUSINESS IN MAGALIESBURG

Our very first product showcase for community entrepreneurs in Magaliesburg had our team scurrying for (plenty of) extra chairs when more than double the number of RSVPs registered to participate on the morning of the event! A whopping total of 54 entrepreneurs from...

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