Women in leadership
Women in Leadership Breakfast

Disrupt the status quo and step into your awesome!  “Nokwazi Z Mzobe is an entrepreneur, part-time lecturer and author of the Small Business Handbook. She is the managing director of Matoyana, a boutique consulting firm that enables more small business owners in Africa to run successful, sustainable businesses and to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovative […]

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Disruptive Business Models in Today’s Workplace

As emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality appear in the workplace, startups are innovating current business models. This is one way companies can create a disruptive business model. A disruptive business model creates new markets by altering the way a current business model operates. Netflix is a well known example of successful disruption. […]

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Is Freelancing for You
Is Freelancing for You?

The earliest recorded use of the term “free lance” was in 1819 from Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, in which a feudal lord calls his paid army “free lances”. The two separate words became used to describe a medieval mercenary who would fight for whoever paid them, like a Middle Ages “gun for hire”, and as […]

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Do you have the right business model for the future
Do you have the right business model for the future?

By: Nokwazi Mzobe “Breaking an old business model is always going to require leaders to follow their instinct. There will always be persuasive reasons not to take a risk. But if you only do what worked in the past, you will wake up one day and find that you’ve been passed by.” Clayton Christensen Rapidly […]

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5 Great Ways to Stay Motivated in Business

By Nokwazi Mzobe, Founder of Matoyana Business Solutions and Matoyana Media *This article was first published on the SmallBizExpo blog* I don’t know about you, but occasionally, I need something or someone to keep me motivated after a disappointment in business or when things are not moving as fast as I hoped they would.The reality […]

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Celebrating South African Entrepreneurs Vanessa Jansen
Celebrating South African Entrepreneurs: Vanessa Jansen

Welcome to Matoyana’s series on celebrating South African entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Here we chat to the diversely skilled Vanessa Jansen. What do you do? I am a TV professional with a background in fashion. I run two businesses; one in each field. Afroccentrique is my baby; an idea born 10 years ago. […]

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Daily Lessons from a Small Business Owner
Daily Lessons from a Small Business Owner

We read a lot about the rewards of entrepreneurship and the astonishing success of people in business. The reality is more complex than a Thought Leadership article or a glamorous PR profile. Sometimes business is messy, with no hard and fast rules and its difficult work making entrepreneurial decisions. Here are some daily “lessons” from […]

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Celebrating Inspirational Mothers
Celebrating Inspirational Mothers

In honour of Mother’s Day in May we spoke to four entrepreneurial friends, asking them how their mothers influenced their careers, what values they instilled and (the all important question) their favourite meal cooked by mom. “The resilience and passion in my mom keeps me going and pushes me to do what I love and […]

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Blocking Burnout
Blocking Burnout

Three weeks back, I made a comment to my gym partner “Something is wrong with me, I feel like my body is falling apart. My lower and upper back are in pain, my shoulder hurts, my knees are stiff – I don’t what is wrong.” Her response was: “When did you last take a break? […]

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