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Finding the way from lab bench to patent office can be hard. anyaivanova/Shutterstock.com

How to boost the business of science for the benefit of us all

Australia has never been short of inventors, scientists aren't always at home in the ruthless world of commerce. But if they can be given a helping hand, it could help the entire economy.
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.
Young entrepreneurs like Nigerian taxi boss Bankole Cardoso (26) want to learn how to do business - but they also want something very different from the traditional, structured MBA. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

What young Africans want from business education programmes

Young, entrepreneurial Africans want more flexibility and values-based learning than they feel is offered by a traditional MBA.
Africa needs to utilise different kinds of capital to grow its entrepreneurs. Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote relied on family savings to start his businesses. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

How Africa can instil entrepreneurship as a tool of development

Innovators and entrepreneurs will ensure that Africa continues to grow. But they need to be nurtured to lead the development.

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