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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Caban: Our own entrepreneurship journey
    lesson here You can find capital in the most unlikely of places just believe in yourself The first round of funding was used to implement the first phase of the business plan we needed service providers For the concept to work we needed to have shares in all the companies that would provide services to our incubatees That we achieved by 1 March 2013 when we officially launched the company and the Caban Service Providers were established What makes the Caban concept effective is that all the Caban executives are entrepreneurs themselves within the Caban Group The Caban Service Providers themselves are still going to the process of establishing themselves as businesses The second round of funding was used to build a portfolio of business that would go through the Caban Entrepreneurship Programme This process took two years to complete We now have interests in a whole range of companies from technology renewable energies and manufacturing During this period we formed our Holding company Caban Capital PLC and our UK operational company Caban Investments UK Limited Our UK operation started similarly in building capacity to enable us to roll out our business model that was developed in South Africa The establishment of Caban Capital PLC has enabled the group to access foreign capital The UK is an established Venture Capital market and there is a strong appetite to invest in emerging economies such as our country What Next The next chapter of our entrepreneurial journey has started already Our third round of capital will be achieved through the listing of our company onto the Channel Islands Securities Exchange This will fully capitalise both the South African and European operations We are in the process of acquiring a Guernsey registered fund that will be called The Caban Fund This fund will

    Original URL path: http://www.caban.co.za/caban/blog/item/257-caban-our-own-entrepreneurship-journey (2016-04-26)
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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Sustainable solution to South Africa's energy crisis: Guest Blog
    energy system needing to be implemented But first a brief summary of South Africa s current energy production situation General mismanagement has seen Eskom our monopolistic parastatal energy supplier unable to cope with South Africa s increasing demands This comes as a result of lack of long term maintenance stretching back to the late 90 s of existing power stations and the almost ten year delay on the construction of 2 major coal fired power stations Medupi and Kusile The main reasons for these delays come down to a lack of clear funding and policy decision this made worse by difficulties in Labour relations Because of this these delay the commissioned power stations have cost more money than they will ever generate because soon majority of existing coal fields will exhaust south Africa s main existing coal fields in the Ecca deposits seen to the right in mustard yellow are expected to be the first to exhaust An additional R90billion will be needed to establish new coal fields adding to the R340billion spent on the construction of these plants And even these new coal fields are estimated to exhaust before Medupi and Kusile break even So it is clear that mistakes have been made and that we cannot turn to burning fossil fuels as a means to produce electricity any longer The government understands this as it became a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol in which constituent parties must reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on the premise that global warming exists and that man made CO2 emissions have caused it The government also implemented the Integrated Resource Plan in 2010 in which it aims to support a diverse range of green energy programs and to have 42percent of energy produced renewably by 2030 On top of this the National Treasury Eskom and the Development Bank are working on a program that will work with independent green power producers And this is where I believe the problem will be solved The reason being that the problem in my opinion lies in Eskom s monopolistic control of electricity production We need a system whereby multiple privately held companies in competition with one another and Eskom generate green electricity This would bring the core principles free market operation promoting efficiency for both the consumer and supplier However at the moment government policy and legislation make it very difficult not only for companies selling back to the grid as a commercial venture IPP s Independent Power Producers but also for ordinary households to do so Time must be spent to draw up new national legislation on this issue by government and relevant municipalities Included in this new legislation must be an increase in payment to these IPP s per kilowatt put back on the grid The current coal fired power stations Produce electricity at roughly R3 a kilowatt IPP s receive a maximum of only 50c a kilowatt produced If this rate is increased there will be more willing to invest in becoming an

    Original URL path: http://www.caban.co.za/caban/blog/item/198-sustainable-solution-to-south-africas-energy-crisis-guest-blog (2016-04-26)
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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Alex Romero
    huge foreign investment lost things all on which our economy so greatly relies These are the reasons for a new renewable energy system needing to be implemented But first a brief summary of South Africa s current energy production situation General mismanagement has seen Eskom our monopolistic parastatal energy supplier unable to cope with South Africa s increasing demands This comes as a result of lack of long term maintenance stretching back to the late 90 s of existing power stations and the almost ten year delay on the construction of 2 major coal fired power stations Medupi and Kusile The main reasons for these delays come down to a lack of clear funding and policy decision this made worse by difficulties in Labour relations Because of this these delay the commissioned power stations have cost more money than they will ever generate because soon majority of existing coal fields will exhaust south Africa s main existing coal fields in the Ecca deposits seen to the right in mustard yellow are expected to be the first to exhaust An additional R90billion will be needed to establish new coal fields adding to the R340billion spent on the construction of these plants And even these new coal fields are estimated to exhaust before Medupi and Kusile break even So it is clear that mistakes have been made and that we cannot turn to burning fossil fuels as a means to produce electricity any longer The government understands this as it became a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol in which constituent parties must reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on the premise that global warming exists and that man made CO2 emissions have caused it The government also implemented the Integrated Resource Plan in 2010 in which it aims to support a diverse range of green energy programs and to have 42percent of energy produced renewably by 2030 On top of this the National Treasury Eskom and the Development Bank are working on a program that will work with independent green power producers And this is where I believe the problem will be solved The reason being that the problem in my opinion lies in Eskom s monopolistic control of electricity production We need a system whereby multiple privately held companies in competition with one another and Eskom generate green electricity This would bring the core principles free market operation promoting efficiency for both the consumer and supplier However at the moment government policy and legislation make it very difficult not only for companies selling back to the grid as a commercial venture IPP s Independent Power Producers but also for ordinary households to do so Time must be spent to draw up new national legislation on this issue by government and relevant municipalities Included in this new legislation must be an increase in payment to these IPP s per kilowatt put back on the grid The current coal fired power stations Produce electricity at roughly R3 a kilowatt IPP s receive a maximum

    Original URL path: http://www.caban.co.za/caban/blog/itemlist/user/50-alexromero (2016-04-26)
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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Why are South Africans angry?
    connected obtain tenders Once obtained they show off their newly acquired wealth by buying expensive cars and huge houses The egotistic attitude of look at me I m rich is rubbing salt to the wounds of the poor Unemployment is unacceptably high which results in high crime rate A hungry person that cannot find a job will do anything to feed his family The dream that was promised is not happening and one has to ask why Why is this happening when we are a rich country with all the resources to feed our people Minerals We have one of the biggest reserves of minerals in the world In the main they are untapped We missed the last resources boom due to policy Through public private enterprises we can unlock the wealth for the benefit of the poor Tourism Our country is recognised as one of the most beautiful and diverse country in the world Tourists love coming to our country due to the one world in one country perception Yet we introduce laws that hinder foreign tourists This could be a major source of employment Infrastructure The infrastructure that we have equals that of any first world country Proper stimulus for manufacturing should be a priority Strong Financial Institutions Our financial institutions are mature and structured We are one of the few countries that were not affected by the global banking catastrophe Stable Government Although we do not agree with government s policies we are still perceived to have a stable democracy Our elections have always being fair and a true reflection of the will of the people Problems Yes we have lots of problems with ESKOM corruption and lack of leadership among them These are issues that can be resolved There is enough goodwill in our country to make a success of it A key issue is the fact that we are able to express freely how we feel about the ills of our country The freedom of speech is enshrined in our constitution and we have a very vocal press that exposes our problems in a very effective way We also have a strong Civil Society that takes government to court if need be In recent years Section 27 a public interest law centre took the Department of Education to court and won Our Chapter 9 institutions although under intense attack are still functioning and reporting abuse The Public Protector is a good example When we live in a country where this can happen there is still hope We cannot lose hope and we must continue to fight for what is just and right What is the answer It is practically possible to eradicate poverty in our country but we need to want to do it will you put your hand up and become a part of the solution The time for standing back and doing nothing is over For our country to continue growing all that call it home need to stand up and take action

    Original URL path: http://www.caban.co.za/caban/blog/item/194-why-are-south-africans-angry (2016-04-26)
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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Why do we need Mentorship?
    that has gone through this process reduces your risk of failure Unfortunately it is the inherent stubbornness of entrepreneurs that sometimes leads us not to listen to mentors Obviously mentors are not always right but if you decide to have one and I highly recommend you do you would do well to listen to the mentor s advice Besides assisting with normal business issues mentorship is more about learning tricks that don t get taught in MBA or business development programmes such as How do you get motivated to carry on when you want to give up What to do when you don t have cash flow Negotiating better terms with suppliers to the extent that they could fund your business How to actually get cash from banks What angel investors are seeking what are their requirements How to deal with a business down cycle and it always happens How to seek new markets What to do when your business plan goes completely wrong How to deal with business partners and other stakeholders One has to realise that business in the main is about relationships Get that right and you will have a better chance of success Choosing a mentor is a difficult one Some entrepreneurs choose people they know that have been in business for a while Some use academics Whoever you choose it must be someone you re prepared to listen for advice and counsel for important strategic decisions When choosing a mentor obviously ask about their success More importantly ask about their failures and how they overcame them That will give you an indication of their true character because it s through overcoming obstacle that you will make a success of your business They will increase your willingness to carry on regardless of obstacles That s where

    Original URL path: http://www.caban.co.za/caban/blog/item/192-why-do-we-need-mentorship? (2016-04-26)
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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Business moves at the speed of thought
    In order to stay relevant you need to be able to respond quickly to challenges which are merely hidden opportunities It is therefore vital that you approach business with a clear understanding of what you wish to achieve and how you plan to do it When you have a clear understanding of what you are doing it is easier to adjust your product to accommodate the market and sudden political and economic change When we interact with clients and business associates we need to remain aware that we are not dealing with a finite object that is only relevant to the project contract that we are involved with By recognising that they too are individuals with goals and ambition you can tap into both their thought process and their network This relationship affords you the opportunity to call on influential persons even at the last minute and be assured of a positive answer To be a leader in the modern world you need to recognise that ubuntu is not just a South African term for a global philosophy I am what I am because of who we all are or a successful manner of approaching life but it is also a highly successful Linux based operating system started by Mark Shuttleworth The reason I mention this is that technology allows the modern leader to not only be more efficient but also manage their team more effectively As a facilitator it has become clear to me that any successful organisation works on a triple bottom line approach no matter the size of the organisation Invest in your people and they will invest in your organisation Invest in the planet and you will have a planet of people to sell to I firmly believe in making the most out of any situation

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Dylan James
    pursue a career in entrepreneurship he launched his first company at age 19 while still in Varsity A risk taker with an eye for opportunity when he is not consulting on innovative digital brand management strategies for businesses you can find him on a product hunt or on Twitter sharing Lifehacks and motivational quotes Solving the world s problems one issue at a time Given is a non Executive Director at The Big Issue South Africa and a contributor to memeburn His previous ventures include the Manchester Business School Proctor And Gamble and the Start Up Grind Given lists his interests as new technology market research and innovation development Radimate Media is creative digital marketing agency that focuses on data driven digital strategy research and development as well as paid advertising and campaign management They work with their in house consumer psychologists to ensure that the work they do for brands is in line with the target audience to build a stronger relationship They provide digital solutions for your everyday problems We welcome Given and the Radimate Media team to the Caban team You can engage with us on Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn Move Media at Cape Town International Jazz Festival Move Media had the pleasure and honour of directing the main stage the Kippies Stage at the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival that took place 1 2 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre Move Media was responsible for the direction of the 6 camera rig with a Jimmy Jib with the feed being broadcast to all the big screens around the venue and will also be used on for TV coverage and on their YouTube channel This year the event was sold out affair including the likes of Mafikizolo Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels Mos Def Victor Wooten and Lemmy Special Mabaso to but skim the list of incredible talent The highlights form Move Media s Director Mark van Hoff point of view which was up close and personal on the Kippies stage on Friday were Legendary Ladies in Sing Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka Their performance was legendary A highlight on Saturday was Lizz Wright from the USA a fantastic performer singing some classic songs with a smooth voice and personality At the end of the evening Jazz Attack also from USA delivered an awe inspiring set The 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival saw over 36 000 music lovers converge on Cape Town for two days of musical and cultural entertainment and has become known as Africa s Grandest Gathering The event has attracted some of the world s biggest musical names among them Lauryn Hill Dan Brubeck Earth Wind Fire and local greats like Hugh Masekela and Jimmy Dludlu Caban Capital PLC COO Innovator of the Year Award Finalist at UK SA Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards The Caban Group of Companies are proud to announce that Caban Capital COO and CMO Ben Botes has been selected as a finalist in the

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  • Caban Investments Ltd - Entrepreneurs' greatest obstacle: Fear
    way you feel If you re feeling negative you will attract even more negativity This is not some eccentric esoteric notion it s a fact Being an entrepreneur since the age of 24 has given me the experience to take an informed perspective But one cannot sometimes help feeling negative and fearful of losing everything especially if you have a family When you start feeling negative go back to the reasons you started a business in the first place What was it that motivated you to start an enterprise You had to overcome huge amounts of fear to take the first step At the time you probably received support from family and friends Now that things are taking longer to materialise which they normally do the same people are discouraging you They are planting fearful thoughts and you start doubting your resolve Your thoughts turn to defeat instead of focusing on a turnaround strategy So what do you do The first thing you do is start ignoring the family and friends that are telling you to give up Invariably they have never been an entrepreneur I m not suggesting shunning them just don t listen to the negativity Then you have to surround yourself with other entrepreneurs Go to network sessions Phone companies that help entrepreneurs and share your experiences Most companies in this space will gladly encourage you and offer low cost mentorship solutions A good mentor can make a huge difference Open up to other entrepreneurs they will willingly share their personal experiences By sharing and listening to what they went through will motivate you to carry on You will realise that what you re experiencing is not unique it happens all the time Make yourself available to other entrepreneurs going through a downturn you might be able

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