Environmental Industry Bodies and Associations

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) SANBI was established on 1 September 2004 in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No 10 of 2004). The mandate of SANBI is to play a leading role in South Africa’s national commitment to biodiversity management, now and into the future. In partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the biodiversity sector, SANBI is tasked with leading the ...
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Building Green

Green building incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of development on the environment and people. Green buildings are energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible. The Green Building Council South Africa (gbcsa) – a non-profit company formed in 2007 - leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that building...
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The Pros and Cons of Franchising

Buying a franchise could be a great option for some and the worst option for others. The entrepreneur must be aware of the factors that will influence whether he buys a franchise or not. Much of these depend on the entrepreneur himself, his personality and what his reasons are for wanting to own his own business. “Franchising is about being in your own business, but not alone in your own business.” The advantages Reduced risk - Franchise...
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Franchising – what are your options?

There are thousands of franchised businesses covering a broad range of industries, from well-known national brands to smaller, local opportunities. The challenge is to choose one that excites you and is a good investment. It is critical for you to do as much research about potential franchisors as possible, so can make an informed decision about which franchise you will eventually buy into. Comparing franchises There are some basic things ...
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The easy way to lose your business – Part 2

Not listening. Entrepreneurs normally have strong personalities with specific viewpoints and stick to what they believe in. That is good, but it is also wise to step back and listen. Listen to what your customer is telling you. This will give you a very good indication of what they want and need, and the problems they encounter. Let us start with what they want. I remember when I was running my own business I wanted to manufacture what I tho...
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