ABSA Game Changers
One unexpected idea
Is all it takes
Stalling food truck business makes U-turn to success
The founders of a failing food truck business changed their fortunes by simply moving to a new location to find the right market.
Designer, athlete have new take on SA women’s activewear
A designer and Olympic athlete teamed up to create active wear that is striking, high-quality, and most importantly – functional.
Ubuntu is the drive behind this unique African luxury brand
Swaady Martin hasn’t created just any tea company, but rather one guided by African traditions, ingenuity and philosophies.
Breaking norms to create a quality alcohol alternative
Gladys Mawoneke noticed a lack of sophisticated drinks for adults who don't drink alcohol – so she made one specifically for them
Business harnesses power of collaboration
Seeing the pressures facing entrepreneurs, Selebogo Molefe created a company that he describes as speed dating for businesses
Business saves CT professionals from long commutes
Cape Town professionals are fed up with the outrageous traffic during their commute, so The Bureaux has created an alternative.
This business found a new way to grow crops without land
Faced with limited land to grow food in SA, an entrepreneur came up with an innovative product to turn agriculture on its head.
Company overhauls business plan to help SA schools
A local company changed their business plan once the textbook and library shortages at SA schools became impossible to ignore.
Engineer adapts veggie business for a changing planet
Seeing that current farming models aren't sustainable with changing climates, an engineer started a new type of veggie business.
Restaurant sets ego aside to focus on customers instead
A restaurant cook realised that too many chefs make the food about themselves - so he started an eatery that puts customers first.
No longer business-as-usual thanks to township app
Frustrated with the difficulty of finding businesses and services in townships, Mduduzi Mataboge changed everything with his app.
Hobby distiller bottles her unique style for creative gins
Jaqueline may have turned her distilling hobby into a career, but her gins haven’t lost the personal touch that made them special.
Founder's tax troubles spark idea for online business
The idea for an online tax consulting company all started with the co-founder's own struggles when trying to file taxes himself.
Entrepreneur uses US trend to start unique SA business
Lolo Ndlovu knew sneaker culture was spreading, so he took the initiative and started a shop that is the first of its kind in SA.
Online video sparks idea for community-changing club
Siyanda Sopangisa's company is changing the lives of his township community. But it all started with a video clip…
Entrepreneur makes SA his home by sharing heritage
Paul came to SA for a job, but fell in love with the country. To lay down roots, he started a business inspired by his heritage
Strangers shared skills to make their dream business
The co-founders of a new but successful furniture business decided to work together to make their South African dream come true.
Lack of diversity inspires innovative events company
Two Capetonians noticed the lack of diversity in local high-end establishments - so they founded a company to shake things up.
How customers inspired a brilliant phone business idea
Sometimes the best ideas come from customer feedback – something which this pre-owned smartphone business proves.
How one site's success inspired a huge online business
Instead of a sudden idea, the founders of SA's largest online fashion site were inspired by another booming business.
The Soweto brewer who turned a trend into a golden idea
Ndumiso Madlala noticed a growing trend and decided to make his own contribution. He now has a local beer brand to show for it.
App founder changes the way professionals connect
As a new entrepreneur, Carl Visagie saw how difficult it is to make the right connections. So he created a game-changing app.
The clothing business that made something from nothing
Siku Dlanga explains how she started online clothing boutique Amacebo Alusizi with a few social media posts.
Turning frustration into a golden business idea
SweepSouth proves that sometimes the best ideas (and booming businesses!) come from everyday frustrations.
The runaway success celebrating Black excellence
Mzu Soni proves the power of African innovation by turning a Facebook group into a massive business platform.
Failure didn't stop uCook's unlikely founder
A failed restaurant didn't stop David Torr from creating a thriving food business. In fact, it might find its way into your kitchen soon.
How a township sock business became a global success
It took only R70 for Sbu Ngwenya to start his township business. Now, with a globally renowned brand, he tells us his story.