Emerge South Africa
One of the many ways to facilitate the growth and development of the Black population in South Africa and around the world is by working to shift the standard narrative flowing into and out of Black communities. Recognizing and highlighting the work of impactful Black leaders, particularly those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, and illustrating their journeys, including obstacles and triumphs, challenges and victories, can help to construct a different standard of what’s possible. Through the videos, podcasts, articles and blogs on this page, we will begin this reconstruction.
These videos represent the work and impact of enterprising entrepreneurs living and working in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. They represent just a tiny portion of the vibrant and creative entrepreneurship scene in Johannesburg.
Township entrepreneurship is growing in South Africa. With unemployment levels climbing through the roof, township residents have to find other ways to make ends meet. Many turn to entrepreneurship in one form or another. Some might set up a shoe-shining stall at the...read more
Forty-one years ago, the streets of Soweto, a township in South Africa were packed with thousands of Black students protesting against an official order which made Afrikaans compulsory in Black schools throughout the country. The use of local languages was forbidden...read more
South African women have changed the landscape of entrepreneurship drastically, by taking a route which was believed to be for men only. Black women have ventured into the Mechanics and Construction industries. Gender diversity in the construction industry is still...read more
The other day I was doing some research on Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, and came across a TripAdvisor review site. Some of the comments read: “There is no reason to go to Alex. You can drive through it on London Road…” “I do not even know why this would show on...read more
by Wendy Mothata Many people would say starting a business is not for the faint hearted, and a lot has been said about the role of small businesses in the townships, where many Black people live, and in the South African economy as a whole. Young African women...read more