“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.

Building a dream – one brick at a time

It is difficult to imagine anyone starting a business amidst a pandemic and to say that 2020 was filled with numerous twists, turns and uncertainties, would be an understatement. So, imagine starting a business during this time – and not just any business, but a...

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It’s not enough to be compassionate, we must build

The unfolding story of Gugu Makhubu "I knew this is who I was going to become. This is me. I love helping people. I want people to become better versions of themselves. I want them to reach greater heights, do more and be more,” says Gugu Makhubu, Founder of Vuguma...

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Sugar and spice, pastry and everything nice

Gloria Mashigo's journey as a chef is both unexpected and inspiring - with intriguing highs, agonizing lows and heart-warming in-betweens. But what drives this chef to create cakes of impeccable taste and quality? Walking into her premises and looking at the quality...

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“I am an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder”

Guest blogger, Lesego Masethe, shares the story of the second-place winner in this year’s Ranyaka Building Business competition held in Mamelodi, Tshwane.While there is no clear definition for the term entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, what is common in all its...

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A social entrepreneur’s quest for rural connectivity

Guest blogger, Lesego Masethe shares the story of the first place winner in the Ranyaka Building Business Social Enterprise competition for 2020.Given Maboela's Flex Internet Café in Stoffel Park, an informal settlement situated in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, is...

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Building Business | Reflections on 2020 and the way forward

The year 2020 upended the global economy, bringing disruption and, in many cases, devastation at mass scale. Small, medium- and micro enterprises (SMMEs) as well as survivalist businesses have been especially hard hit.During the course of this year, the Nedbank Proud...

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