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Join Allon Raiz at the SimplyBiz Shift Questions Workshop for Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg

What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough TimesLose the Business PlanAre you an entrepreneur who wants to learn how to think differently about your business? Would you like to know which questions to ask to get ahead of the game and further your career?

If the answered is yes to either of these questions, the SimplyBiz Shift Questions workshop is for you.

The unique one-day workshop is designed by Allon Raiz, author of Lose the Business Plan: What They Don’t Teach You About Being an Entrepreneur and co-author of What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times, and aims to teach you how to use Shift Questions to achieve success.

What are Shift Questions, you ask? Watch the video for an explanation by Raiz:

 

 
The workshop will take place on Saturday, 19 September, in the Focus Rooms in Johannesburg. The one-day event costs R1 750 per person, and bookings can be made through Shift Questions.

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  • What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times by Allon Raiz and Trevor Waller
    EAN: 9781920434328
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6 Things South Africa Should Do to Succeed – Herman Mashaba (Video)

Capitalist CrusaderBlack Like YouThe Free Market Foundation recently invited entrepreneur and author Herman Mashaba to speak about South Africa’s economic freedoms and the way forward.

In the video, the founder of the Black Like Me hair care empire and the author of Black Like You and Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth reflects on the economic systems that he lived under in his life – apartheid, the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki eras – and shares food for thought about South Africa’s future prospects.

Mashaba started Black Like Me in 1985 in an attempt to “bring dignity back to the Black consumer” and this heralded the start of consumers embracing the emergence of a Black supplier of products. Mashaba believes that the country should take the following actions to succeed:

  • Fix education;
  • Repeal all race-based laws;
  • Relax all labour laws;
  • Protect Constitution;
  • Activate civil society and
  • Enable a free and robust press.

In conclusion, Mashaba says he is positive that the country can make it, owing to our constitutional democracy, free, robust and fearless media and the emergence of strong opposition parties.

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Herman Mashaba’s New Book, Capitalist Crusader, is About to Hit the Shelves

Capitalist CrusaderFollowing on from the bestselling Black Like You, Herman Mashaba presents Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth, deftly combining biography, politics and business with a view to changing South Africa’s fortunes:

“When I had to give up my university studies 34 years ago I was so angry that I wanted to leave South Africa, get military training and an AK-47, and come back to kill evil white people … I’m just as angry now as I feel my economic freedom is under threat, but I’m staying to fight for what I believe in.”

When Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s president in 1994, Herman Mashaba thought his struggle for personal and economic freedom was over, the battle won. 21 years later, he has had to question that assumption as his freedoms are eroded and economic controls tighten. Mashaba, a selfmade entrepreneur who started his business Black Like Me in the dark days of apartheid, is committed to freeing South Africans from poverty.

As a successful business person, Mashaba says he can no longer be silent on the state of the South African economy. In Capitalist Crusader he outlines his quest for economic freedom for all South Africans – through a firm commitment to capitalist principles. He describes the changes in his political affiliations and maps out the route South Africa needs to follow to escape entrenched unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“After reading Black Like You … I appeal to the government to save taxpayers’ money and stop writing more reports and instead study Herman Mashaba’s autobiography.” – Moeletsi Mbeki

“This man is a patriot! Instead of sitting quietly in his corner and enjoying the fruits of his hard-earned success, he comes out fighting in this book. Fighting for us to be a winning nation! Read this book and be riveted. Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to be knocked out of your comfort zone.”Phinda M Madi, Professor Emeritus, Rhodes University

“Based on impeccable economic and statistical research and historical analysis, it is a brilliantly written blueprint for freedom and prosperity for the people of South Africa. It is also a personal message of a deeply concerned South African based on his personal experience as a citizen, entrepreneur and educator. It is a momentous contribution to the ongoing search for solutions for the most important economic and social problems of South Africa.”Yuri N Maltsev, Professor of Economics, Carthage College, USA

“Herman Mashaba has established significant credibility as a single-minded and successful entrepreneur. This hard-hitting book focuses on very important issues and makes a significant contribution to the discussion about South Africa’s future. I hope many take the time to read this penetrating analysis and think through its conclusions and implications, and respond to the call for action.”Nicholas Binedell, Professor and Founding Director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science

About the authors

Herman Mashaba is a Non-Executive Director of Black Like Me (Pty) Ltd, which he co-founded in 1985. He is Executive Chairman of Lephatsi Investments (Pty) Ltd, Leswikeng Group of Companies and Phatsima Group of Companies and holds several other directorships. In 2004, Mashaba won the FMF’s Free Market Award for his exceptional contribution to the cause of economic freedom.

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Allon Raiz: Knowing that I am Responsible for My Success or Failure in My Business is Pivotal (Video)

Lose the Business PlanWhat to do When You Want to Give UpAllon Raiz, author of Lose the Business Plan: What They Don’t Teach You About Being an Entrepreneur and co-author of What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times, was recently interviewed by Moneyweb for their Business Leadership series.

In the interview, Raiz speaks about his first business, and how much time and work it took until he was finally successful in business. He says, “To come to the conclusion that you are responsible for your own success or failure was probably the most pivotal moment in my entrepreneurial career.”

Raiz says that many people picture individuals like Mandela and Ghandi when they think about leadership. Compared to that model of leadership, he says, “I feel like an imposter”. He goes on look at what leadership is, and how he has reconciled himself to the idea of himself as a leader.

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If you’re in a time-crunch, watch this interview snippet, in which Raiz shares his opinion of the vast opportunities available in South Africa:

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Herman Mashaba: It Wasn’t Okay to Have Racist Economic Policies During Apartheid, and It Isn’t Okay Now

Black Like YouHerman Mashaba, author of and Black Like You, has written an article for BizNews in which he articulates his position on the policies of affirmative action.

Tim Modise has said that Mashaba expresses “very controversial views” of affirmative action. Mashaba, who is a successful entrepreneur and businessman, believes reward, rather than punishment, needs to be used to catalyse economic reform in South Africa.

Mashaba says that he finds race-based policies deeply troubling:

Affirmative action was legislated to redress black participation in the economy. Its intentions were admirable and noble, but its enactment has become very troublesome to me. Troublesome because it is bringing back racist policies to our statute books. It wasn’t okay to have racist economic policies during apartheid, and it isn’t okay to have racist economic policies now. To build an effective workforce, we must eradicate race from the equation – everybody must be given a chance to work if they want to and if they are qualified to do so. Simply allocating jobs specifically according to race is regrettably racist. If we want to build an effective labour force, we must concentrate on improving education and training so that we have employees who are capable of achieving jobs on merit, not on the colour of their skins. This is not a sustainable policy and it is not the inclusive economy envisaged in 1994.

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Don’t Miss SimplyBiz Shift Questions – Allon Raiz’s Workshop for Entrepreneurs in Joburg and Durban

What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough TimesLose the Business PlanAllon Raiz, entrepreneur and author of What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times and Lose the Business Plan: What They Don’t Teach You About Being an Entrepreneur, will be presenting another two workshops for entrepreneurs in June and July.

The workshop, which is called SimplyBiz Shift Questions, is designed to help entrepreneurs think differently about their businesses.

The first event will take place in Johannesburg on Saturday, 20 June, at The Core in Sunninghill. On Saturday, 25 July, Raiz will present the same workshop at Khaya Lembali in Durban.

The cost is R1 750 per delegate.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

Johannesburg Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 20 June 2015
  • Venue: The Core
    1st Floor South
    Corner Kikuyu and Leeuwkop Streets
    Sunninghill | Map
  • Cover charge: R1 750
  • Booking: Shift Questions

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  • What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times by Allon Raiz and Trevor Waller
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Don’t Miss Allon Raiz’s Workshop for Entrepreneurs in Joburg and Port Elizabeth

What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough TimesLose the Business PlanAllon Raiz, entrepreneur and author of What to do When You Want to Give Up: Help for Entrepreneurs in Tough Times and Lose the Business Plan: What They Don’t Teach You About Being an Entrepreneur, will be presenting a workshop for entrepreneurs.

The workshop, which is called SimplyBiz Shift Questions, is designed to help entrepreneurs think differently about their businesses.

There will be a number of events all over the country. The first is in Johannesburg on Saturday, 9 May, at The Core in Sunninghill. On Saturday, 16 May, Raiz will present the workshop at Ibhayi Town Lodge in Port Elizabeth.

The cost is R1 750 per delegate.

This is not to be missed!

Johannesburg Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 9 May 2015
  • Venue: The Core
    1st Floor South
    Corner Kikuyu and Leeuwkop Streets
    Sunninghill | Map
  • Cover charge: R1 750
  • Booking: Shift Questions

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Over 40 000 People Now Access Project Isizwe’s Free Wi-Fi in Tshwane Every Day

Really, Don't Panic!Moenie stres nie!Alan Knott-Craig Jnr’s dream of free public Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming a reality in South Africa.

Times LIVE reported this week that more than 50 000 unique users have accessed the City of Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi, which was rolled out by Knott-Craig’s NGO, Project Isizwe, and over 40 000 users connect to the service every day.

The author of Really, Don’t Panic! and in Afrikaans, Moenie stres nie!, believes that free access to internet is a basic human right and his project has so far delivered free internet in Tshwane, Stellenbosch, Atlantis and Robertson.

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The project tweeted that it had achieved a “huge milestone” by attaining 504300 unique users at an average session per user of 26.7 seconds.

The City of Tshwane‚ which has identified free access to the internet as an essential service‚ much like water or electricity‚ welcomed the news.

“The universal nature of technology will make it one of the key factors in breaking through state boundaries‚ for technology does not recognise national frontiers in its multifarious impacts upon life and society‚” said mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

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Herman Mashaba to Justice Malala: History is History, We Need to Focus on the Future (Video)

Black Like YouJustice Malala recently invited Black Like You author and internationally renowned entrepreneur Herman Mashaba to join him in the Justice Factor studio to discuss the hot topic of South African history, the current climate for black business in South Africa, entrepreneurship and the Black Industrialists’ Indaba.

In the first part of the interview, shared by eNCA on their YouTube channel, Mashaba says that after 21 years of democracy he is optimistic about South Africa, but warns that “we should not be really naive” about the fact that we as a country are not facing the real challenges at hand. He explains why he believes South Africa is holding back the economy of Africa as a continent and says that we should stop focusing on history and become a future-focused nation.

Malala asks Mashaba how he can say we should not focus on the past when it is the past that is holding us back, to which the Black Like Me founder responds:

“How can the past hold us back, Justice? I think all of us have an intellect to be able to really focus. We owe it to our children, we owe it to their children, to ensure that we create a future for them. We are aware of what happened to us the last 300 years or so, but then, can we really change it? There is absolutely no way of every changing that. We can obviously learn from there, but I think we really need the leadership to inspire us to look up at the future because history is history, it has happened.”

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Herman Mashaba: “Labour Legislation and Racial Policies Destroy Small Businesses”

Black Like YouHerman Mashaba, maverick businessman and co-author of the Black Like You, has criticised the government for its poor handling of economic growth and unemployment.

Peter de Ionno wrote an article for the City Press about Mashaba’s rise to entrepreneurial success and his staunch support for free market policies.

Mashaba is against government involvement and regulation in business. In fact, he does not believe his success would have been possible if he had started out now, rather than 30 years ago: “Spar would not be allowed to give me a job at R175 a month, and the alternative would be that I would not have had any job at all.”

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“Labour legislation and racial policies destroy small businesses,” he says.

“How can we address inequality when we support policies that create inequality; when you pass laws that discriminate on the basis of colour? If we make the same mistakes as they did before, then we are not going to have a different outcome.

“We have become one of the worst-performing economies in the world. We will be lucky if we end up with 1% growth. Our economy is not performing because we are discriminating against other South Africans.”

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