Why I Offer Support To Small Businesses And Can’t Stand Corporate 9-to-5 | Welcome To Alumni Valley – Tatenda Mark

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*alarm goes off* *gets up* *eats* *sits in traffic* *gets to work* [5 minutes later] *looks at watch* “Cool, only 40 more years to go.” If only entrepreneurs and small businesses were offered enough support, through funds and business mentorship,… Continue Reading →

Talk About Your Brand To Everyone | JenniDezigns – Jenny & Sam

Talk about your brand to everyone, because you never know which conversation will be the one to open a new door or market for your product, and keep top of mind why you started your business in the first place,… Continue Reading →

Running A Hand-Made Craft Business | Mathilde & Co. – Gwen

I was given a baby sleeping bag for Christmas and became so fond of it that I decided I had to make more of these for the South African market. Only problem, I had never touched a needle in my… Continue Reading →

Making Sure Your Brand Succeeds | Lexi Frame [Brand Consultant] – Lexi

I wanted to create a branding and marketing service tailored to the small business owner. One where they feel safe and comfortable. Where time and budget are taken into consideration. Where the process of defining their true brand story isn’t… Continue Reading →

A Guide To Cape Town Tourism | Led by Locals – Chelsey Hale

Chelsey is one of the few brave young people I know who took a leap of faith and quit her job to follow her passion.  Having travelled the world extensively, it is of no surprise that she decided to start up a tour company… Continue Reading →

The Art Of Selling Art Online | Lanre Studio – Lanre

Lanre Adefioye plunges deep into the connection between art and one’s soul as he describes art and design. You can clearly tell that he puts his passion and respect for art first, before any material gains that come with it, as he… Continue Reading →

Getting Over The Fear of Releasing Creative Content | Varsity Podcasts – Julian Kanjere

I remember having a chat with Julian in 2015 about his idea to start an online  radio/ podcast platform for South African universities. Just over a year later he now releases weekly podcasts from post-graduate researchers, which focus on academic research topics… Continue Reading →

Slaying All The Way To The Top | iSLAY Graphics – Ntutuzelo “Zelo” Nogwaza

Graphic Designer Ntutuzelo “Zelo” Nogwaza quit his formal job to start his own Graphic Design company after securing an investment of R50 000, only for the investor to pull out last minute. With nothing but a business plan, Zelo picked… Continue Reading →

Timeless Jewelry & Tribute Hearts | Dee Designs – Dee & Lesta

I must say, I have not come across such custom-made and personalized jewelry as that made by Dee Designs. If ever you are looking for jewelry that is truly unique and designed specifically for your loved one, then you have found the right people to… Continue Reading →

Making Music for Gigi Lamayne, Yanga and DJ Speedsta | Beats By Bulo – Njabulo “Bulo” Binda

Check out the man behind the music production on some of the tracks by Gigi Lamayne, Yanga, DJ Speedsta and Buffalo Soulja. Njabulo “Bulo” Binda. Initially starting of as a rapper, he didn’t let the lack of equipment in his town… Continue Reading →

Designs You Won’t Find Just Anywhere | Plank – Romy & Antony

There is no way you can walk past their stall and not take a second to admire or buy Romy and Anthony’s out-of-the-box designs. The artistic element, combined with the quality and precision of their designs, make for the best household accessories… Continue Reading →

Interview with Masterchef SA’s Finalist, Refilwe Tselanyane

So how did we end up interviewing Refilwe Tselanyane, a Masterchef SA Finalist? Our constant search for awesome business and entrepreneurial stories landed us on Refilwe Tselanyane’s profile, via brownsensemarket.co.za, a platform that promotes Black businesses. We knew that there was… Continue Reading →

My Journey To Award-Winning Ceramics Freakalee Ceramics – Lee Hensberg

I came across Lee’s Facebook and Instagram account for Freakalee Ceramics during the early days of alumnivalley.com, as I went about stalking businesses on social media. I remember being captivated by her beautiful ceramic art work and immediately telling myself… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Quality | Interview With Subella baby (clothing) – Suzan

Our interview with Suzan from Subella baby brought about valuable insights into how far quality products go towards building a business. Quality speaks for itself, and with time it attracts business, even in the case where your product caters only to… Continue Reading →

It Doesn’t Help To Have Excuses In Life | Trudy Mkansi – Ambesha Africa

I have been impressed by how much Trudy Mkansi and her team at Ambesha Africa have managed to achieve in just six months of running their Furniture business. With clients like Tsogo Sun Palazzo Hotel, there is no doubt that their… Continue Reading →

What You Need To Know About Music Production And Selling Beats | Silasbeats – Adrian Silas

I have had the honour and privileged of knowing Silas having been in the same undergraduate residence together for two years. I have seen his music producing talent blossom from his room in res, back in 2008, to where he is… Continue Reading →

Always Follow Your Passion And Dreams | Wicomb Originals – Helena Wicomb

Helena is arguably one of the nicest traders I have come across, and that says a lot because I have met a lot of awesome traders. My opinion is however heavily biased, given that she gifted me with an awesome… Continue Reading →

Starting A Business Is Not Easy. But Here Is How | eTalkz – Zama Mhlambi

Aspiring entrepreneurs often need that motivation, inspiration and support from those who have walked the path before.  eTalkz has roped in some well-renowned entrepreneurs, such as Happy Ntshingila, Co-Founder of Herdbouys and Author of Black Jerusalem, to do just that. I… Continue Reading →

Making A Living From Small Businesses | Palm Essentials – Brigitte Zaayman

I bought my new lion embroidered face cloth from Brigitte at the Conscious Living Fayre Market. She had remarkable embroidery designs (see photos), which made it hard for me to choose which design to buy. Her product line also included natural… Continue Reading →

Improving Your Quality of Life Through Good Food | Fusion Foods – Bhanoo

Every 5 minutes Bhanoo had a customer by her stall requesting a plate of her delightful, healthy food. She has perfected the art of combining delectable ingredients and spices together, to produce a scrumptious offering of vegetarian and vegan meals. It was… Continue Reading →

How We Cook And Distribute 1 800 Meals Per Week | Food For Life Cape Town – Santosh Marrivagu

Food For Life Cape Town is a part of Food For Life South Africa. We are affiliated to Food For Life Global. We are operating in 8 different areas in CT. What we do is on a weekly basis we… Continue Reading →

How An Expiring South African Work Visa Turned Into Cycling From Cape Town to Addis Ababa | Mojo Velo – Steven Bland

We are a team of 3 mobile journalists, travelling unsupported for as many as 15,000 km from Cape Town to Addis Ababa, sharing people’s challenging and inspiring stories of sustainability and innovation. Tatenda Mark (TM): Why did you decided to take… Continue Reading →

Sex Ed With King Brand’s Tinashe | King Brand – Tinashe

We are a premium quality brand and our products are just what you need on any day, ensuring sexual pleasure without any of the risks. We’ve also rebranded King Condoms to King Online to ensure that we do not simply… Continue Reading →

Fostering Contemporary Art In Swaziland | Yebo Art & Design (Swaziland) – Aleta

Yebo was set up by 3 artists (Pete, Aleta & Dane Armstrong) in 2011, they had been waiting for a great contemporary art gallery to open in Swaziland and when they realised it wasn’t going to happen they decided to… Continue Reading →

Creating World Class Products For Africa | Hustle & Funk – Charly Makwanya

  Charly and I met by chance at the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland back in May 2016. We briefly spoke about his creative brand, and creating world class visual images for various clients such as Clere, Discovery and Nissan…. Continue Reading →

How I Used My Corporate Experience To Start A Market | Zaeemah Robinson – Market Manager At The Conscious Living Fayre

and all the perks and consumerism that goes with it. I loved managing facilities, planning new spaces and offices, managing buildings and implementing new and sustainable processes, had lots of fun in the workplace but it was time to move… Continue Reading →

From Brainstorming In India To Creative Pots And Planters | Reclaim Design – Nix and Michael

  And a brainstorming session in a coffee shop in Mumbai. We wanted to do something that reflected and involved our love of reducing, reusing, recycling, upcycling and growing our own food. And so we came up with a range of pots,… Continue Reading →

How I Overcame The Suppression Of My Creativity | Nazeem Flowers Photography

I did quite well in academics and here my creativity was suppressed as I was made to believe that you are either creative or intellectual but not both. I am involved in many activities but my primary focus is on… Continue Reading →

Breaking The Language Barrier Through Short Stories On Receipt Paper | Pop Print Education – Alex and Mvelo

Pop Print uses receipt printers to affordably publish short stories, language learning material and other printed resources. The idea is to print the learning material on receipts at retail stores, like Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Woolworths, and later we plan on putting printers… Continue Reading →

How I Started My Company | Made With Love – Patricia Abrahams

I fell in love with the detail that went into Patricia’s wooden crafts, especially her coffee coasters. She attributes her inspiration, drive and creativity to God. At the begin of the interview she joked that everyone who steps into her shop ends… Continue Reading →

Making the Tastiest Chilli Sauce | Eish Chilli – Gaeleen

Alumni Valley enjoys sharing unique stories of how businesses have started. This happens to be one that stands out. Gaeleen, before she even had the idea of starting Eish Chilli, was making a quality chilli sauce that her friends loved… Continue Reading →

Take Time To Build Your Brand | Gourmet at Home – Marihett

I met Marihett at the City Bowl Market. Before I had even mentioned Alumni Valley, she explained to me with much enthusiasm the ranges of chilli sauces that she had on display. As she offered me a sample of some of… Continue Reading →

How We Started An Online Radio Station | Alra Park Radio – Willie Sheldon van Biljon

I started Alra Park Radio back in 2014 on the 4th of July. The station was started to create an easy accessible platform for artist to showcase their work without having to go through a long complicated process that will… Continue Reading →

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