Archive for Wrzesień, 2013

IBM zEnterprise solutions now available in South Africa

By admin, 9 września, 2013, No Comment

IBM’s latest zEnterprise enhancements, including the zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe now available in SA, look set to address some critical challenges and priorities in South African enterprises.

IBM’s extended zEnterprise portfolio also including new innovations for the IBM zEnterprise EC12, new releases of z/OS and z/VM, and new industry solutions and capabilities supporting cloud, analytics, mobile and security, were showcased at the IBM zEnterprise Executive Forum staged in Johannesburg and Cape Town this week.

With mobile, social, analytics and cloud computing driving the way in which enterprises engage with customers, the need for enterprises to address these priorities in an efficient and cost-effective way has increased significantly. IBM’s $1 billion investment in developing the latest zEnterprise System innovations, which extends the mainframe platform to help large enterprises reshape the IT experience for their customers. zEnterprise also enables enterprises to drive intelligent insights, in near real time, to improve business performance and reduce risk.

Deon Newman, Vice President of IBM System z Marketing, says among the key concerns of local CIOs are security and availability. The new zEnterprise solutions are intended to be “bulletproof”, says Newman, to address this concern. “In addition, zEnterprise takes on the total cost of ownership challenge,” says Newman. “There are significant savings to be realised through a consolidated, efficient data centre system that reduces the cost of resources, power and maintenance,” he says.

IBM is also delivering a new Linux-only based version of the zBC12, the Enterprise Linux Server (ELS), to help clients that are rapidly growing their businesses, especially in growth markets. The ELS includes hardware, a z/VM Hypervisor and three years of maintenance. The system can run a portfolio of over 3,000 Linux applications, and clients can extend it with two new solutions, ELS for Analytics and Cloud-Ready for Linux on System z, as an onramp for analytics and cloud computing.

Maurice Blackwood, IBM Systems & Technology Group Director for South Africa; says the new zBC12 mainframe, which runs on Linux, is aggressively priced to put advanced computing capability in the hands of South African enterprises at a lower price point, allowing to cost-effectively, securely and efficiently run their systems while also positioning themselves to take advantage of new technologies. “It hits a critical sweet spot for the market in South Africa, as many emerging market and new clients are looking for the resiliency of the mainframe.”

IBM zEnterprise has long been the IT industry’s leading platform for transaction processing, consolidation and secure data, but the latest announcements enable more customers to leverage the system and enhance their enterprise computing capabilities, says IBM.

Development of the zEnterprise suite is continuing, and IBM says a series of new announcements can be expected in the coming months.

Network Platforms’ birthday gift to the market – Free rack space in Teraco

By admin, 9 września, 2013, No Comment

In celebration of its milestone 10th year of operation, national IT solutions provider Network Platforms is offering clients in Johannesburg and Cape Town free rack space in Teraco.

The once-off limited offer is exclusive to Johannesburg and Cape Town and subject to the purchasing of bandwidth.

Bradley Love, CEO of Network Platforms says the offer is designed to support companies and ISPs wanting to move or test the many benefits of moving into the Teraco environment. Network Platforms provides anything from 1U rack space for the smaller clients and SME market to full racks for the larger clients.

“Hosting with us will enable our customers to start reaping the benefits of being in our racks at Teraco with our breakout bandwidth and peering connections to NAPAfrica/JINX/CINX without having to commit to a full rack.”

Love emphasises the advantages that clients will gain from being in this rack space.

Love says: “Network Platforms offers a premium 1:1 uncontended and a contended service depending on the client’s requirement with local and international access. Our international routers have full failover as we utilise, SAT3, WACS, Seacom and EASSy.

The company has announced that together with this offer, they are waiving the installation fee on fibre and diginet for last mile connectivity for orders placed in the month of September and October.

Furthermore, as an additional give away, Network Platforms is offering the opportunity for clients to win rugby tickets to enjoy the trimmings of a hosted box and watch an All Blacks vs Springboks match! A ‘like’ on our Facebook page gets you an entry into the draw. http://lnkd.in/PYWFPB

For more information go to http://www.networkplatforms.co.za/infrastructure-hosting or mail sales@networkplatforms.co.za .

 

Joburgers and the Holi Festival of Colours 2013 ready to paint the town red

By admin, 9 września, 2013, No Comment

Part of the eight countries and 30 cities worldwide, the Johannesburg leg of the Holi Festival of Colours 2013 World Tour will transform The Mary Fitzgerald Square on the 14th of September 2013 into a multi-colour dance floor. South Africa’s rainbow nation will come together in this open-air venue and fill the space with bright yellows, reds, greens and blues in the sky, on beaming faces and lifting up from the floor on the beat of moving feet and the music that drives it.

Holi is one of the largest festivals in India announcing the arrival of spring and the passing of winter and marks the victory of the good over the bad. During the celebrations the caste system is out of force and so all people are equal – the symbol for that are the colours – all people are equally coloured. The festival breathes an atmosphere of laughter and is an expression of joy with people burying their hatchets and throwing their worries to the wind. The Holi Festival of Colours Festival Joburg supports one of Holi’s biggest custom of loosening the strictness of social structures and bringing communities together in an exhilarating experience.

Every hour on the hour from 15h00 a countdown culminates in partygoers throwing their powder into the air to create a massive explosion of colour. The coloured powder is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and allergen free.

The line-up includes big names such as Goldfish, Crazy White Boy (Live)and DJ Fresh.

Goldfish needs no introduction to South Africa. Their genre-defying mix of live instruments, House beats and searing live performances has seen Goldfish go from impromptu jams at a tiny beach club in Cape Town to headlining Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, cracking top 10 on the US iTunes Dance Chart, a residency at Pacha Ibiza with David Guetta and DJ’s like Fedde le Grand knocking on their door to remix their tracks.

Crazy White Boy’s music can be described as a blend of Kwaito and House rhythms with little elements of electro, which the duo has coined as “Ghetto Tech”. It is this kind of music that has earned Crazy White Boy multiple Gold and Platinum selling albums, a South African Music Awards (SAMA) nomination for “Song of the Year” for their hit single, Love you Better in 2011 and a Metro Award nomination for “Best Group Album” in 2013. Their latest single, Zoma has been topping the charts on most South African radio stations.

DJ Fresh is one of South Africa’s most-sought after mix masters. This much loved 5FM DJ has shared the DJ booth with a number of internationals during his career including Paul van Dyke, Fat Boy Slim, Ready D, Frankie Knuckles and Avicii to name a few. He is also well known for hosting Oh Ship! and performing at H20 together with Euphonik.

Other acts to expect are Dirty Herz, The Kiffness, Speedy, Mark Stent and Royal K.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/HoliFestivalOfColoursJoburg?fref=ts or www.holifestival.com/joburg

Tickets available at: http://holifestivalofcolours.nutickets.co.za/joburg

Kaspersky Lab kicks off its annual student conference ‘CyberSecurity for the Next Generation – 2014’

By admin, 7 września, 2013, No Comment

Kaspersky Lab announces the start of its international student competition ‘CyberSecurity for the Next Generation’ for the new academic year. In 2014 the conference will comprise four regional rounds and a global final. Entries can be submitted for all regions from September 2013 at the new online platform http://academy.kaspersky.com/?post_type=event.

‘CyberSecurity for the Next Generation’ is a unique platform that annually brings together young researchers, leading IT security experts and university professors from all over the world in a collaborative, fun and creative environment, to present and discuss the most burning issues related to cyber security. Anyone from the world of higher education, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, is welcome to enter their work.

Students can submit projects on the following topics:

Emerging threats for emerging platforms
Embedded systems; Mobile security (Android, IOS, Windows Phone); Windows 8, Mac OS & other operating systems, etc

Securing cloud, virtual & ‘big-data’ infrastructure
Mail services; Storage services; Social networks, etc.

Future protection technologies
Proactive detection technologies; Filtering technologies; Web application security, etc.

Securing corporate infrastructure
Combating advanced persistent threats (APTs)/targeted attacks; vulnerabilities, exploits; rootkits/bootkits; botnets; DDoS attacks; network security, etc.

Security education
Tools and resources to raise and promote IT security awareness (Advertising, Marketing)

A programme committee of Kaspersky Lab experts, leading academics from the field of IT security, key decision-makers from IT businesses, and media representatives will judge the papers. The authors of the most interesting and innovative cyber security projects will be invited to attend one of the conference’s regional rounds:

• European Cup: December 2013 – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
• Russia & CIS Cup: February 2014 – Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine
• Asia-Pacific & MEA Cup: March 2014 – Korea University, South Korea
• Americas Cup: March – April 2014 – Georgetown University, USA

The conference is held in a friendly, creative and supportive atmosphere and is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Students will be given the opportunity to present and defend their projects, take part in workshops, teambuilding activities, and attend talks and panel discussions by leading experts. The conference provides a unique opportunity for the students to showcase their research and knowledge to key academic and industry experts, opening doors to potentially new and attractive careers in IT security.

The winners of the regional rounds receive generous cash prizes and invitations to attend the international final that brings together the best-of-the-best from the regional elimination rounds. The final takes place in June 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

For the student conference this year, a participant from the South Africa became one of the winners of the regional tour, and took part in the finals which took place in June 2013 in London.

 

 

Nashua Mobile puts the planet first

By admin, 7 września, 2013, No Comment

Nashua Mobile, through a donation to Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), is planting 1,947 trees nationwide during Arbour Week (1 to 7 September) this year. The company donated over R200 000 last year for the planting of trees, in line with its focus on environmental sustainability.

Part of this funding was used to plant 200 trees in Alexandra for Arbor Week last year as well as six large trees (which cost the equivalent of 200 small trees) in Worcester. The rest of the cash will be used for the Arbour Week project this year. This donation builds on a longstanding relationship between Nashua Mobile and FTFA. Nashua Mobile donates R10 to FTFA for every customer that opts to receive electronic bills rather than paper-based statements in its paperless billing campaign. To date, the Nashua Mobile has planted more than 15 000 trees through these donations and their e-billing campaign in communities where they do business, concentrating especially on disadvantaged areas.

Says Nashua Mobile CEO Mark Taylor: “We are committed to limiting the impact that our business has on the environment by conserving and replenishing natural resources wherever possible. Our work with FTFA is not just about preserving nature, but also creating healthier, more beautiful living environments for human beings.”

Customers can opt to receive their monthly bills by email by registering at Nashua Mobile’s online billing portal at http://www.nashuamobile.com/e-billing.aspx This is another way in which Nashua Mobile is saving its customers time, saving them money and putting them first and in this case, the environment too.

Neotel announce winners of the IgniteIT ICT schools Competition

By admin, 7 września, 2013, No Comment

Schools win prizes worth R200, 000

Neotel, in partnership the Department of Communications, Gauteng Department of Education and Huawei, is pleased to announce the winners of the IgniteIT ICT schools competition: Kingsway Secondary School, Phomolong Secondary School and Willowmoore High School. The schools were honoured at a function at Neotel on Friday, 30 August 2013.

The winning schools will receive prizes valued at over R200, 000 including an ICT laboratory and e-class solutions with interactive boards, projectors, LCD screens, routers and related equipment, sponsored by Huawei. The ICT training content for the solution will be provided by the N2 Education Hub which is the partnership between Neotel and NIIT.

Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams noted the vital role of the communications industry in education advancement, information dissemination, cultural development, national identity and the free flow of information. Addressing learners at the event Hon. Ndabeni emphasised that, “Despite this critical importance of ICT, there are still disparities in communication access between urban and rural areas. Furthermore, the skills gap in the ICT sector largely emanates from the low uptake of maths and science; especially in rural schools. To address this challenge, the Department has embarked on an aggressive programme to rollout cyberlabs at public schools in rural and underserviced areas. To-date, 862 identified schools have been connected using Wide Area Network (WAN) installation.”

Echoing the sentiments of the Deputy Minister, Neotel MD & CEO, Sunil Joshi commented: “Neotel recognises the shortage of skills in ICT sector and as part of providing solutions we initiated various projects to encourage youth and young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to become active participants and also increase the awareness on career choices in the sector. Ignite ICT school’s competition is one of projects we have initiated. Neotel is proud to play an active role in bridging the ICT skills divide and playing an instrumental role in the creation of jobs for the South African economy.

I hope that the participants, whether they won or not, will be encouraged to pursue careers in the sector.”

The competition challenged teams of leaners to create entries according to one of three possible briefs, using technology to design and deliver their ideas. The winning entry by Kingsway Secondary School focused on “A trans media story-telling report on distracted driving”. Phomolong Secondary School, which took second place, focussed on the “Journey to finding the coolest career in ICT” while third place was taken by Willowmoore High School for a report on “Road Safety Texting & Driving”.

Christina Naidoo, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Huawei Technologies in South Africa, commented: “At Huawei, we understand the need for breaking down barriers preventing women from being part of the ICT revolution, both as part of our corporate culture, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We have turned this commitment into practice; the head of Huawei’s Board of Directors is a woman, with almost a quarter of the board being female directors. Additionally, Huawei gives preference to female candidates in selecting managers when candidates’ qualifications are on an equal footing. In South Africa currently, our female staff have taken up key management positions such as COO, Regional Directors, among others as a testament of our promoting women in ICT.”

Ms Naidoo thanked Neotel for initiating the Ignite IT schools’ ICT competition, adding that Huawei had partnered with Neotel in the initiative because it was in line with the company’s CSR mission to bridge digital divide in SA through knowledge transfer amongst youth.

Vox Telecom gets Kruger anti-poaching efforts off the ground

By admin, 7 września, 2013, No Comment

Rhinos in the Kruger Park are the victims of an escalating poaching war in which official statistics say more than 360 have been killed this year alone. Aerial surveillance is one of the most effective tools game rangers have against the poachers – thanks to a light aircraft funded by Vox Telecom and other donors.

The Kruger National Park is home to between 9,000 and 12,000 white rhinos – more than 60% of South Africa’s entire white rhino population – as well as between 580 and 650 of the highly endangered black rhino species. Roughly 5,5% of the Park’s rhino population is lost every year due to poaching – about 2 per day – and more than 70% of the rhinos poached in South Africa every year are killed in the Park itself.

“The Kruger National Park covers an area of almost 19,633 square kilometres – that’s roughly the size of Israel,” notes Bryn Pyne-James, senior general manager for SANParks fundraising. “Protecting an area that large against poachers with ground-based vehicles alone is impossible, but with air support we have a chance.”

Efforts to bring aerial support to the Kruger National Park stems back to 1980s, said ranger Steven Whitfield, but it wasn’t until 2005 that they were able to obtain a plane light and strong enough to meet their needs. “We initially used a 4-cylinder Bantam light aircraft, which we traded up for a 6-cylinder Bantam,” Whitfield explains. “It proved to be a very important anti-poaching tool. Rangers must be able to spot carcasses and pin down the culprits quickly to effectively combat poaching. Poachers to tend to concentrate on one area at a time, often killing several rhino during a single incursion into the park. If we can find them quickly and use the aircraft to force them into hiding or slow them down, ground-based rangers have a chance to catch up. The plane has massive deterrent value.”

Unfortunately, the Park lost their Bantam aircraft last year when it was destroyed in an accident. The Park desperately needed a replacement, and hoped to purchase a Bathawk – a plane similar to the Bantam, but produced locally. A chance encounter between Vox Telecom CEO Jacques du Toit and Senior General Manager of San Parks Fundraising, Bryn Pyne-James, quickly led to Vox’s decision to make up the shortfall needed to purchase the plane, and cover its operating costs.

“Conserving our natural environment is one of the core aims of our corporate social investment programme, and this was one of the most rewarding investments we could make,” says Vox Telecom Head of Marketing Clayton Timcke. The company also acted as a sponsor for the Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhinos initiative, earlier this year. “This is providing the real, practical support the park needs to protect its rhino.”

According to Timcke, the Bathawk will not be their only contribution to the conservation effort. “One of our goals is also to ensure connectivity for both tourists and rangers in the Park. We are actively engaged with SANParks to make this goal a reality. ”

Pyne-James says the park is raising funds to buy at least four more Bathawks so that rangers can cover the area more effectively. “We need to put the most effective tools into our rangers’ toolbox, and the aircraft have proven to be one of the best tools we have.”

The aircraft can be viewed in action on Youtube:
http://youtu.be/FTEOs11xjI4

Corporate donors who wish to assist the Park with funding can contact Bryn Pyne-James on +27 (0) 13 590 1064 or via email, bryn.pyne-james@sanparks.org.

KOLOK enters hardware distribution market

By admin, 6 września, 2013, No Comment

Hosts high-profile Samsung Open Dealer Day

South African ICT distributor, KOLOK SA has entered the hardware market with a proverbial bang, confirming its partnership with some of the world’s leading hardware vendors which will now be available to its partner network across the country and parts of Africa.

Underscoring its hardware drive, the distributor’s recent high-profile Samsung Open Dealer Day hosted at its head office in Ormonde, Johannesburg, featured a number of Samsung flagship products – now available from KOLOK – such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones and tablets, ATIV range of notebooks and MFPs. Security software partner, Kaspersky was also on hand to demonstrate its bundled solutions to attendees.

KOLOK – part of the Bidvest group of companies – has for a number of years been one of the country’s leading distributors of consumer and office products featuring an entrenched partner network and strong support infrastructure. The move into the hardware distribution marketplace therefore represents KOLOK’s next evolutionary step, adhering to both market and customer needs.

“KOLOK has over the years built a very strong and loyal partner network. It therefore makes complete business sense to usher in a new era with the distribution of leading hardware products by world-class vendors,” says Allan Thompson, MD of KOLOK SA.

“We have invested a great deal in building a strong offering which will be supported by an experienced and dedicated hardware distribution team. We hope to within the next six months establish ourselves as bona fide player in a very competitive market.”

Commenting on the hardware distribution partnership with KOLOK, Mike van Lier, Business Leader for IT Solutions at Samsung SA says: “KOLOK features a dedicated hardware division that will certainly benefit our respective business going forward. They have truly made the investment into moving their hardware distribution forward and by their additional offering of technical support and training they are definitely a viable channel partner for us.”

KOLOK’s hardware division features over 20 years of hardware distribution experience and is headed by Esna-May Hattingh. “We are no doubt playing in a very competitive if not somewhat saturated market. With this in mind we are offering our partners products that drive real value add and meet very real customer demands.

“A good example is bundling Kaspersky security solutions with hardware such as Samsung which in turn saves on additional software expenditure and ensure that the devices are protected from the get go. Furthermore, Samsung printers feature extended onsite warranties.

“We are working very hard to stay one step ahead which in turn differentiates our partners and their respective business offerings,” says Hattingh.

Apart from its head office in Johannesburg, KOLOK features branches across the country which includes Limpopo, Polokwane, KwaZulu/Natal, Bloemfontein and the Eastern and Western Cape. Furthermore, KOLOK has offices in Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia and also distributes into various other African countries.

The SA branch managers – all attending the Samsung Open Dealer Day – were unanimous in their enthusiastic support of the new hardware direction which they believe will greatly benefit their business into the various regions which all have their own set of challenge and needs. “We are offering a one-stop for products and services,” was the general consensus.

The following Samsung hardware products are now available from KOLOK:
• Printers;
• Notebooks (includes the new ATIV range);
• Monitors;
• Tablets; and
• Smartphones.

WD expands family of purpose-built network attached storage hard drives with world’s first 2.5-inch WD Red

By admin, 6 września, 2013, No Comment

New 2.5-inch up to 1 TB and 3.5-inch 4 TB NAS Hard Drives Expand WD’s Power of Choice

WD, a Western Digital company and storage industry leader, has announced the expansion of its category-leading WD Red line of SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays. WD Red hard drives are now available in a 2.5-inch form factor offering 1 TB and 750 GB capacities and a new 3.5-inch 4 TB capacity. Powered by NASware 2.0 technology, WD Red is compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for performance and reduced power consumption.

“WD defined the NAS drive category by leading development of hard drives specifically built for small NAS environments,” says Matt Rutledge, vice president of client storage for WD. “The WD Red product line serves the unique environment of NAS and meets the growing demand for affordable, reliable, and compatible storage through dialogue with our NAS partners and customer advocacy for WD Red, we saw the need for additional capacity in the 3.5-inch form factor and delivered our new 4 TB offering. We also wanted to deliver a highly reliable and compatible 2.5-inch hard drive built specifically for small NAS. This small form factor enables our customers to use high capacity NAS hard drives with high performance, quiet operation, and low power consumption in compact NAS enclosures. We see an opportunity for growth in smaller-footprint NAS systems, media players and other industrial applications. Our pride in our product and our vision is shared with our customers.”

Says Kalvin Subbadu, WD Components Sales Manager – South Africa, “The need for more capacity is also apparent in the local market and with the uptake of small to medium NAS devices, augmenting our WD Red hard drive range with a 4TB makes sense. As consumers download more and more digital content and SMBs struggle with the exponential increase of data, the new 4TB WD Red drive delivers an additional 5TB more data in a 5 Bay NAS solution – that’s a total of 20TB of data.”

“Furthermore, with NAS vendors now manufacturing smaller form factor NAS enclosures, this highlighted the demand for a 2.5-inch WD Red hard drive. The market is poised for significant growth in this sector and according to IDC, the Small Form Factor NAS Opportunity is expected to grow by 147% from 2013 to 2014. WD is ideally positioned for this growth with the introduction of its WD Red 2.5-inch format,” says Subbadu.

Top industry analysts see NAS continuing to represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the worldwide SOHO storage systems market. From both revenue and terabyte perspectives, NAS will continue to experience strong growth through the forecast period (to 2015), driven by a major shift of storage deployments toward IP-connected systems. (Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker IDC 2013).

The next generation of WD Red hard drives deliver the best NAS experience for customers with a new version of NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated phone support and a three-year limited warranty.

The addition of a new form factor and higher capacity WD Red hard drives further underscores WD’s “Power of Choice” mission for client hard drive solutions. WD recognizes the diverse challenges of customers and their applications and strives to empower them with storage solutions tailored to best suit their specific needs.

Integrating with WD NAS solutions, WD Red hard drives are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM partners. A regularly updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

Price and Availability

The following drives are available through select distributors and resellers from October 2013 onwards and are covered by a three-year limited warranty.

Recommended Retail Pricing:

• 2.5-inch WD Red 1 TB – WD10JFCX retails for approximately R1 139.99 inclusive of V.A.T.
• 3.5-inch 4 TB – WD40EFRX retails for approximately R2 620.00 inclusive of V.A.T.

Season 2 of the Big Break Legacy has arrived

By admin, 6 września, 2013, No Comment

Season 2 of the Big Break Legacy Show has kicked off with a bang on SABC 2 and judging by the calibre of contestants this season, viewers can expect this competition to heat up fast says MTN Business!

The Big Break Legacy show sees entrepreneurs going head to head to battle it out in an aim to win the prize of a substantial R5 million investment – another way of developing the South African entrepreneurs.

Says Nomalanga Nkosi, GM of Enterprise Marketing at MTN SA; “MTN Business is once again proud to be associated with the Big Break Legacy reality entrepreneurship TV show. The first season exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the talented entrepreneurs we have in the local business sphere and of course the tenacity they have to reach their dreams and we have no doubt Season 2 will do just the same!”

Episode highlights:
With the excitement building up to the start of Season 2, the first episode saw an introduction to the top 12 contestants and their business ideas. The contestants were immediately split into teams and briefed on their first task, which involved creating a corporate brand identity with a business logo – an essential for any successful business.

Adds Nkosi; “There is no doubt that team work is an essential ingredient for any business to achieve success – the task in this episode tested the ability of this skill at the outset, giving us all an immediate insider view of each person’s aptitude in this area. It was great to see the outcomes of their efforts, excellent teamwork and well done to the winning team members.”

The next episode saw the teams being divided once again and the task for this episode was to start a business in a budget of R2 000.00 – with the aim of making as much money as possible in just one day.

Continues Nkosi; “Innovation is key in developing a business idea. A successful entrepreneur is one who understands this, as well as the current market, how to impact the market and correctly identify a need that exists – and then develop a business idea around this need. Team Letsatsi Inc were announced as the winners, after a gruelling days work and many obstacles to overcome.”

Following the start and the episodes that have aired, Port Elizabeth’s Charmaine Kleynhans, whose business makes kettles that boil water without electricity, gas or making a fire, has became the first contestant to be voted off the Big Break Legacy entrepreneurial TV reality show. Says Kleynhans; “It was tough and the task required us to come up with an innovative idea to sell hair weaves at a Johannesburg taxi rank. Things just didn’t go right for me unfortunately and it was a disappointing day. To be honest, I was totally out of my comfort zone. However, I don’t feel I failed my team or myself because I was actually doing my best.”

Concludes Nkosi; “The passion that has already been demonstrated by these contestants is admirable and humbling and I am looking forward to watching these local entrepreneurs grow in their skills and abilities throughout the show, with MTN Business helping them along the way to reach their dreams.”

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