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Herman Mashaba, businessman and member of the Democratic Alliance, now mayor of Johannesburg. Jurgen Marx

Business people can make great politicians, but …

Business people who become politicians can bring fresh energy into the public service. They come from an ecosystem that is driven by urgency to produce measurable results.
Informal traders at Cape Town ‘s Grand Parade. Survival businesses that are here today and gone tomorrow cannot further long term devemlopment. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

How microcredit has hurt the poor and destroyed informal business

After 1994 the microcredit movement helped plunge large numbers of black South Africans into heavy debt and poverty while enriching a few white elites who provided the loans.
Migrant entrepreneurs in South Africa face constant security threats and enjoy minimal protection from the police. Thom Pierce

How migrant entrepreneurs are a force for good in South Africa

Contrary to the view that all migrants take jobs from South Africans, research shows that migrant entrepreneurs generate employment for local citizens.

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