R1bn earmarked for SA small firms

South African specialist risk finance firm Business Partners Limited has set aside over R1-billion to invest in small and medium enterprises in 2013/14 as part of its effort to grow the economy and develop entrepreneurship in the country.

SA cycling star eyes MTB World success

Leading South African under-23 cross country mountain biker Rourke Croeser has set his sights on a top performance at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, taking place in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September.

Patricia de Lille

"When my opponents attack me, I don't go crying in a corner like a little sissy and say, 'Oh you know they've attacked me, I'm a woman.' I just wait for the next opportunity and return the punch," says Patricia de Lille, the firebrand former Pan Africanist Congress MP, in her biography written by journalist Charlene Smith.

Obama African trip: a trade boost

The just-concluded visit of President Barack Obama to Africa may be sending a message that, despite China’s increasing presence on the continent, the US is still here and it still wants to do business with Africa.
Intra-African trade a must for growth 

SA chemist wins spot at Nobel meeting

South African chemist Banothile Makhubela is one of 625 leading young scientists from 78 countries selected to participate in the Nobel Laureate meeting on chemistry currently under way in Lindau, Germany.

Obama, Zuma at one on Africa growth

South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama emerged from their meeting in Pretoria on Saturday speaking in one voice on increased trade and investment in Africa.

A boost for engineering skills

Nearly half-a-million rand has been awarded in bursaries to 15 engineering students by telecommunications company Huawei. It’s part of a plan to deepen the pool of potential workers in the sector.
Education in South Africa

Unified Sports Day: an opportunity for friendship

Shumbashaba Horses Healing People and Special Olympics SA came together yet again to host the second Unified Sports Day, allowing for athletes both with and without disabilities to play alongside one another in the same team.

Berry farming takes root in E Cape

Keiskammahoek in South Africa's Eastern Cape province is pretty, but affected by poverty and limited economic opportunity. It is good blueberry growing country, however - a gap that the Amathole Berries Outgrowers Programme is working to take advantage of.

Young reporters bring radio to life

The Youth Radio Awards - hosted by the Children's Radio Foundation to recognising the effort, passion and determination of young reporters at community radio stations across the countrys - were fittingly held in Cape Town on Youth Day.