ENTREPRENEUR: Lebohang Malepa of Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers

Malepa finally got foreign tourists to ‘get off the bus’ and visit his home town, but he’s still hoping to get ordinary South Africans to do ...

ENTREPRENEUR: Confectioner Karen Schneid raises the bar

What started as a hobby has become a successful business inspired by delectable French confections

ENTREPRENEUR: Sakhile Maseko’s luxury watch business is one to watch

After his bursary fell through, Maseko found suppliers of smart watches not available in SA, and an investor, and is now in business

PROFILE: Meet Tim Albone, the man behind Ritual Gym

A former correspondent in Afghanistan who almost went into banana farming opens a gym with difference in Illovo

PROFILE: Meet the SA-born man behind Mimecast

Mimecast co-founders decided to bet on the internet going mainstream and to help companies manage e-mail and data security

ENTREPRENEURS: Meet the co-founders of Black Beard Technology

These entrepreneurs have created a platform that provides investment advice from a robot — and they’ve just taken their company international

ENTREPRENEUR: Koketso Moeti’s mobilisation through amandla.mobi

This entrepreneur has built a community advocacy organisation that makes your cellphone a tool to build democracy

This German investor has money to invest in smart SA startups

Ahead of a planned listing in a few years, this investor wants to add more internet companies to his portfolio — and he is excited about SA’s ...

ENTREPRENEUR: Founder of Colony Live Marco Broccardo

The reformed drug addict leads a start-up with R35m in turnover, and has turned to the US for growth

ENTREPRENEUR: Brett Dawson’s life after Dimension Data

After winding up his tenure at the helm of Dimension Data two years ago, the tech sector veteran has shifted gear to incubate disruptive start-ups

ENTREPRENEUR: Giraffe founder Anish Shivdasani

The developer of award-winning local app-based start-up Giraffe has raised a fresh batch of funding to grow the platform

ENTREPRENEUR: Theo Mothoa-Frendo, founder of Uso — African Dermal Science

With the launch of skin-care products that target women with dark skin, this entrepreneur has tapped into a market that could take her brand all over the ...

ENTREPRENEURS: Johannes le Roux and Inus Smuts — hangover-free G&T

An alcohol-free gin and tonic — developed by two local entrepreneurs — sounds like the ideal accompaniment to a business lunch

ENTREPRENEUR: Palesa Sibeko — hard work can be fun

Avid gamer runs two innovative firms in the advertising space, and helped create a nonprofit organisation to empower young girls in science and technology

ENTREPRENEUR: Chris Leatt of Leatt Corp

From a lab outside Cape Town, the entrepreneur developed a neck brace for extreme sports that has attracted worldwide demand

ENTREPRENEUR: Ntuthuko Shezi creating a cash cow

The ‘crowd-farming’ founder has enjoyed great success in just two years, and he has ambitions to grow his business elsewhere in Africa