Posted by Hansie Britz on 20 March 2019

Green & Renewable Energy. Is this SA Answer?


Some renewable’s already supply cheaper and sustainable electricity than the newest coal power plants. Renewable’s will get cheaper and coal and nuclear likely more expensive. Investment in renewable energy in South Africa can provide decent jobs and increase skills. South Africa is a solar rich country with one of the highest solar resources in the world.

South Africa’s program to introduce green renewable energy into its energy mix has been hailed globally as one of the most advanced and successfully renewable energy programs.Despite the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPPP). Eskom refused to sign the full amount of contracts which were awarded as part of the program in 2016. This effectively put the brakes on renewable energy potential and its many benefits for South Africans.

South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other countries accelerate their plans for green energy. According to data from “Greenbyte”,  a renewable energy management system manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232 MW (megawatts) of wind power capacity and 106 921 MW of solar energy capacity.


Solar energy systems have a high initial cost, but typically return the investment within 5-8 years. The use of solar energy in South Africa is driving the use of other renewable energy sources including: wind, hydroelectric and biomass.

Some known renewable energy sources are:

1. Solar Energy (both heating and electricity generating).

2. Wind Energy.

3. Geothermal Energy Sources.

4. Hydro Power.

5. Bio-gas or Bio-fuel.


(a) Potentially unlimited supplies.

(b) Clean energy without production of greenhouse gasses.

(c) Cost of creating energy besides of initial investment is low.

(d) Renewable energy projects can also bring economic benefits to many regional areas.

(e) Renewable energy can bring power to remote areas due to smaller scale of operations.

Renewable Energy will become an economic driver and generator of employment for future generations as well. Currently demand is still low due to cost factors, but rising energy cost, improved technology and lower cost will see demand for renewable energy improving.





Posted by Hansie Britz on 27 February 2019

Sunflower Oil Production. How to start?


Starting a sunflower oil farming or production business is capital intensive, but it is a money spinning business if it is well located and if you are able to create a robust distribution network.

Why start a Sunflower Oil farming/production business?

It is almost certified that no entrepreneur would want to go into any business that has slim chances of making a profit, hence the need to start a business whose products or services is accepted and used by all. One such business is the production of sunflower oil. It is a fact that all homes, restaurants, hotels and related businesses make use of oil on a daily basis.

Sunflowers are large plants and are grown throughout the world because of their relatively short growing season. Sunflower plants reach various heights, but most are from 1.52-2.1m tall. The diameter of the flower heads is relatively large, typically between 7.62 and 15.24cm, although some can measure more than 30cm. A common characteristic of sunflowers is a tendency for their flowering heads to follow the movement of the sun during the day. This phenomenon, called heliotropism, has the benefit of reducing damage from birds and preventing the development of disease.

Sunflowers are used to make oil, meal and confectionery products. Oil and meal are processed from the same sunflower seed varieties. The seed variety used for confectionery products has a lower percentage of oil. The seed is usually black with white stripes and is larger than the seed cultivated for oil extraction; the hull is heavier and less firmly attached to the kernel, and its oil content rarely exceeds 35%. Sunflower oil manufacture involves cleaning the seeds, grinding them, pressing and extracting the crude oil from them, and further refining. In extracting the oil, a volatile hydrocarbon such as hexane is used as a solvent to extract the oil.


Production Areas

Sunflower seed is produced mostly in the 6 provinces out of the 9 provinces excluding Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN. North West and the Free State produce a significant number of approximately 85% of sunflower seed. Sunflower seed can be planted from the beginning of November to the end of December, which is almost the same time for maize plantings..


Sunflower seed provides 40-50% of oil, which is mostly processed to cooking oil. The cooking oil is used on a daily basis in households, restaurants, and various food industries. Sunflower is the basic raw material for the preparation of margarine and spreads, used daily by millions of people. Some pet food also contains oilseed raw material. In desperate times sunflower oil can also be converted to diesel for use in diesel engines as bio-fuel.


Sunflower seed production is very suitable for the South African climatic conditions and is performing well for income generation to the rest of the agriculture sector. There is  a big lack of black economic empowerment in this industry and also in the seed trade industry in general. The fact that the growth season of sunflower is short, added to its drought tolerance; it can serve as an ideal alternative crop on low potential soils when it is late to plant maize.


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Posted by Hansie Britz on 25 February 2019

Starting & Running a Transport/Trucking Business


Truck owner operators operates in the trucking/transport industry and it is a known fact that the transportation/trucking industry plays a very important role in the economy of the world. They provide essential services to the economy by transporting large quantities of raw materials, machines, equipment, dirt, rocks, building materials and finished goods over land – typically from manufacturing plants to retail distribution centers and from warehouses to construction sites. As a matter of fact heavy duty trucks are indispensable in the construction industry.

Why start a transportation/trucking business?

The transportation/trucking industry is responsible for the majority of freight movement over land, and they are a major stakeholder in the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing industries. The trucking/transportation industry is not restricted to trailers or large trucks hauling goods from distribution to another via highways, it also involves smaller trucks that help transport smaller quantity of goods from one destination within a city to another destination within the same city. Transportation/trucking businesses is not only about transporting goods over long distances.

The following represent some of the many possible types of transportation/trucking businesses you could decide to start. It all depends on what your personal interest is and what skills you want to employ in your business:

1. Owner/ Operator trucking

There are two basic forms of operating, with the key difference being how you get drivers to fulfill those contracts:

(a) Subcontract drivers – Drivers in this case, are independent contractors who likely own their own equipment. You’ll spend your time on two key coordination pieces – getting the contracts and accounts with the manufacturers who needs goods transported and then finding drivers who can fulfill those contracts or schedule.

(b) Privately owned drivers – In this scenario , you own the trucks and the drivers work for you. You have total control and retain all the profit – and you pay all of the expenses of employees and equipment, which means higher start p as well as higher operating costs.

2. Moving van business

Starting a small moving business is relatively easy – which also means you need to keep in mind that you’ll likely b competing with some college students who use a rented box truck. Your ace card will be that you’ll set up and conduct your business professionally, perhaps offering add-on services such as space for temporary in between moves storage facilities.

3. Specialty Transportation

Specializing in a specific kind of unusual transportation – extremely large items such as airplane parts, or modular houses, or refrigerated perishables – can provide a healthy income. You’ll likely have fewer clients but can charge higher fees for the expertise you have or gain from specializing.

4. Livestock Transportation

Although you don’t need any specific licenses for transporting animals for customers, you will effeminately need equine or bovine experience for potential clients to trust your ability to transport their animals, and you need to familiarize yourself with the livestock transport regulators.

5. Medical Transportation

Medical transport is an important business in the transportation arena. There are several ways to focus on in this business. Some requires no more than a regular vehicle, drivers license, and a solid driving record. You could focus on transporting seniors to medical appointments or driving people long distances to specialist appointments at big hospitals.







Posted by Hansie Britz on 23 February 2019

How profitable is a Computer Training Center?


The computer training services industry is made up of centers that offer vocational and technical courses. They also provide courses in computer programming, which includes curriculum’s for software packages, computerized business systems, computer electronics technology and local area network management. It is important to state that computer training centers also train their students via online platforms.

Why start a Computer Training Center?

If you are interested in starting a business in the ICT industry, one of the options open to you especially if you are interested in imparting knowledge is to open a computer training center. In order to capture a fair share of the available market in your location, you would need a good website that is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) compliant. The truth is that your website ensures that your business remains visible to your customers. You can even ensure that your customers get to book online so as to make it more convenient to them.

With the right experience, a computer training business can be a great option for someone looking to start a business. Setting up a computer training center is not a daunting task once you have become aware of what you need to prepare. The requirements for a computer training center are not as complicated as you might think. Here are the important things to consider when starting a computer training center:

1. Computers & Software

You would need at least 10 personal computers in order to start a computer training center. The number of computers actually varies according to the space you have available, as well as your budget. Aside from computers, you need to have the necessary software in which your students will come to learn about. The computers should also be up to date with the latest processors and operating systems as much as possible.

2. Good Teachers

Teaching is a talent, not a skill that is learned at school. In a computer training center the knowledge level of your students range from the ignorant to those with background but wish to learn more. Because of this, you need good teachers that have the skill to deal with different kinds of students.

3. Business Registration

This is very important. You need to properly register your computer training center with all the relevant authorities. You need to show that your business is qualified to teach the skill of using computers to the public.

4. Find a facility

Once you’ve got the training center established on paper, you can find a facility to serve as its physical location. If you don’t have enough capital to lease or purchase your own center, you can find out if local colleges or community centers with computers can allow you to train people on computers in their facilities.

5. Market & Advertise your training center

It’s important that once your business is established you inform the community about all the services that you provide and what back up will be available for them.






Posted by Hansie Britz on 22 February 2019

How successful is a Internet Cafe?


Since the invent of the Internet, a lot of other big things have happened to the information technology (IT). More and more people have taken to trades that revolve around this industry. You too can begin to look at ways to tap into vast opportunities that exists in the information technology (IT) industry.

The “internet cafe” line of business is one business that irrespective of the change in trends, is still managing to survive especially when the business is well positioned in a location like airports, campus, public facilities, hotels etc. Simply put, an internet cafe, which is also known as a “cyber cafe”, is a place which provides internet access to the public, usually for a fee. Most internet cafes usually provide snacks and drinks, ence the cafe in the name. In an internet cafe, the fee for using a computer that is connected to an internet facility is usually charged as a time-based rate.

An internet cafe may be a great opportunity for you to combine your passions and turn your skills into earning money in an enjoyable and profitable way by following and implementing the following ideas/tips:

1. Planning your Internet Cafe

Write down the different amenities and services you want to offer and the audience you wish to cater to. Visit other internet cafe’s in your area and in other cities to help form your ideas.

2. Feasibility

Investigate the area in which you hope to open your internet cafe business. Look specifically at the demand for an internet cafe and competitors in the area.Make a rough estimate of how much money you will require as an initial investment for computer equipment, furniture, software and amenities.

3. Create a Comprehensive Business Plan

Enumerate every detail for your internet cafe from the computers that you will need to purchase to long-term operational costs. Incorporate the results from your previous market research and explain in your business plan how your internet cafe will stay profitable over time. If you struggle in this area you should rather use the services of a “professional business plan consultant”.

4. Start Up Capital

Using your financial plan, determine your projected annual expenses and gross income. You’ll need to have enough capital to cover both your start-up and operating expenses. If you do not, you will need to take out a loan.

5. Find a suitable Location

You will want a place that is likely to attract stable as well as casual customers. Locating near a school or college may attract younger customers, or if you locate near other food cafes or small shops you might be able to catch pedestrians i the area.

6. Choose a name for your internet business

Establish a unique identifier that resonates with customers and sets you apart from other businesses. Do some research and find information about other business names so you don’t choose one that is already taken.

7. Choose an Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Your cafe’s internet connection will most likely need a higher grade, more robust connection than a normal household set up. Negotiate with your ISP as they may offer special deals for businesses, especially internet cafes.




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