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Future Durban?

September 8, 2016

Tonight we attended a dialogue with Future Cape Town.

“Future Cape Town is a leading platform in Africa promoting democracy about the future of cities.”

This was an explorative session around collaborating with Durban in the establishment of Future Durban. This session was inspired by the increasing growth of ‘durbanism’, a conscious morphing and urbanising of Durban.

It is clear the advent of urbanism is plowing itself into Durban’s social fabric. We look on to see pioneers shaping the space of the city’s future through collective and sustainable activism.

For more info on the initiative, visit the Future Cape Town site and get a sense of the initiative paving its way to eThekwini.


Education, Networking, Opportunities


June 1, 2016



SAB KickStart Boost and Ignite open for entry on 1 June 2016


Johannesburg. June 2016 | SAB’s flagship enterprise development programme, SAB KickStart will embark on a month-long recruitment campaign this Youth Month, using a new innovative #StartupTruck that will travel across the country on a youth entrepreneurship drive to find South Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs.


The campaign, targeted at entrepreneurs and innovators between the ages of 18 and 35, will call on those with business ideas and existing start-ups to apply for the SAB KickStart Ignite and Boost programmes, respectively.


Entries into the two programme open on 1 June and close on 15 July 2016. Successful applicants stand the chance of  winning a share of R9-million in business development support and incubation.


The #StartupTruck will make its way across 10 identified locations in each province beginning in Tshwane, Gauteng on Friday,6 June 2016 and ending in Phillipi in the Western Cape on Tuesday, 24 June 2016.



SAB KickStart Ignite applicants with innovative business ideas are encouraged to visit the #StartupTruck locations and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Those with existing qualifying businesses and entering SAB KickStart Boost are invited to submit their entry forms at the #StartupTruck and attend a free workshop on how to improve their businesses.


At each stopover, the #StartupTruck will partner with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and start-up development organisations, including The Hookup Dinner and Durban Innovation Hub. Together, all partners will offer business support interventions aimed at assisting with accelerating the growth of start-ups. These interventions include pitching and product ideation; coaching aspiring entrepreneur launch their ideas; master class sessions focusing on business development topics such as start-up compliance and strategic growth planning.


“#StartupTruck is entrepreneurship support on wheels. It is designed to offer and deliver an accessible platform that assists young entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and grow their small businesses. We are excited about the opportunity, together with our partners, to offer comprehensive support, resources and more importantly, increase access to the unlimited possibilities that entrepreneurship offers,” says Mpho Sadiki, SAB Head of Sustainability.


Over the past 21 years, SAB KickStart has remained focused on investing and supporting young entrepreneurs in building sustainable and economically viable enterprises which are able to make a high impact contribution towards reducing poverty through job creation.


Entrepreneurs interested in entering either SAB KickStart Boost and SAB KickStart Ignite can direct queries to one of the following channels:





What We Are Looking For:

Entries must be an idea of a commercially viable product aligned to the Manufacturing or ICT Industry and makes use of one or more of the following materials – 3D printing, leather, wood, metal, laser and vinyl cutting, software design programs including CAD/CAM, and electronics including development of Internet of Things technology with Arduino and Raspberri Pi.


How to Enter:

Aspiring entrepreneurs with ideas must come and pitch their idea live at each of the following locations during the #StartupTruck tour:


06 June – Tswane University of Technology Soshanguwe, Aubrey Matlala & College Road

07 June – University of Limpopo Turfloop Campus, Science Education Centre Building

15 June – University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Road Soweto

20 June – Central University of Technology, 1 Park Road, Bloemfontein


The competition format will see eligible participants given just two minutes each to pitch their concept or idea to a panel of industry experts. The pitch must convince the panel that their idea or concept is good enough to develop into a viable start-up business.


What is on offer:

Successful pitches will be invited to return for a one-day Bootcamp the following day to assist with the refinement of the business concept/ idea. Following this, a select few will be invited to participate in a 6-month incubation, where they will receive business mentorship, business training, monthly stipend and R1.2million seed grant capital to launch their start-ups.


Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to the process of incubation and a willingness to invest effort into developing their product and starting a business entity with the appropriate infrastructure provided by SAB KickStart Ignite.


During incubation, the selected candidates will have the opportunity of turning their envisioned ideas into commercially viable products through the support of resident engineers and business trainers. They will evolve through technical and business mentorship, peer learning, networking and the use of advanced technology infrastructure.





What We Are Looking For:

The focus of SAB KickStart Boost is on core industries identified at national level by government as having high economic multiplier.  The core industries and sectors are Agriculture and Food Processing, Renewable Energy, Mining and Minerals, Construction, Health, ICT, Science and Electronics, Automotive, Transport, Chemicals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, Tourism, Arts and Crafts, Metal Fabrication, Textiles, Clothing and Footwear.


Eligible businesses should also align to the following criteria:

  • Operational for a minimum of 12 months and not more than 5 years
  • Post revenue stage (sales made and concept proven)
  • Generating less than R5 million in turnover per annum
  • Employ a maximum of 15 employees (temporary or fulltime or a combination)
  • At least 51% black owned and managed
  • High growth potential that is scalable, with a sustainable competitive advantage


How to Enter:

Entries into the competition close midnight on the 15 July 2015, and SAB will invite successful candidates to a selection interview in their province.


Apply online or download the application form on

Collect a form at any SAB site (located on the website)

Come and collect a form at any of the #StartupTruck locations during June.


What is on offer:

The programme offers successful participants a combination of support including intensive business skills training, tailored business development support, mentorship and R5 million shared low interest seed capital loan.



Open Data Durban

October 1, 2015


Through the endearvours of local entrepreneur Richard Geevers, a developmental economist and all round Geek, Durban has an official agency to propel the Open Data Agenda.

They are in their early days with a mission of making data and information accessible. Through partnerships with Code 4 SA they are looking to deliver incredible solutions with a cadre of civic technologies with a passion of delivering local solutions.

Hop on over and view of some of the work they have done HERE 


Innovate Durban

August 27, 2015
The Innovate Durban Programme was launched in 2014.
The purpose of this programme is to highlight the importance of innovation in economic processes as well as channel creativity into improving the City.   EThekwini Municipality, the founding member of Innovate Durban, has partnered with various institutions and companies to launch the Innovate Durban brand.
The programme has included a number of projects implemented by the city in collaboration with these key partners to support innovation. It is driven by projects focused on creating awareness, building capacity and skills, encouraging community involvement, boosting public and private sector innovation and creating fundamental linkages between all role players and innovation tools to make innovation easy and possible. These will entail a number of initiatives intended to offer thinkers, aspiring students and budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to share, build capacity, network and investigate technology-based economic and social development as well as increase awareness within the entire municipality regarding innovation.
Objectives of the Innovation Programme:
  •  build a platform that brings the business and academic communities together to enable innovation that solves business challenges, drives economic growth and creates jobs
  • lead innovation in the region by providing businesses access to innovation thinking and technology that will improve their efficiency and effectiveness in their operations
  • support innovation skills development in the region by supporting academic institutions in course development and awareness
  • build credibility for Innovate Durban and the platform through partnerships as well as associations with other key players in the innovation sector.

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Motivation, Networking

Google comes to Durban

October 21, 2014

Google comes to Durban

GDG Durban is a jam sandwich for developers who are interested in Google’s developer technology.

This event brings the official launch of the Google Developers Group Durban chapter. We will be asking you, the developer community on your interests in Google, how we can grow the local developer scene and connect the members with each other.

Central to this meetup will be brainstorming around best possible avenues to deliver an enhanced Google Developer experience going into 2015.

Join us as we make Durban thrive in building our Silicon Beach.


Durban Digital Dinner

September 5, 2014

DURBAN DIGITAL DINNER: Entree’  is served.

DigitalDinner  an offshoot to the successful DurbanDigitalDay. The DigitalDayTeam hosted the inaugural DigitalDinner in march of this year, after huge success in March DigitalDinner is back for a second instalment for the Durban chapter, on the 11th of September event will be hosted at the gorgeous Breakers Hotel in Umhlanga

The  DigitalDayTeam presents a similar styled event to that of March.  Industrial strength networking and quick-fire keynotes from respected industry professionals. The September are Justin McCarthy (MD of TBWA/Hunt Lascaris) and Gladwyn Leeuw (Anglo American, Sebenza Start-up Fund)

Individual tickets: Early bird R200 and R250 thereafter. Online bookings only. Guests must purchase tickets in advance to secure their booking. Corporate packages available. Ticket prices include Dinner, a cash bar is also available.


For  sponsorship queries and event questions:

For marketing and press questions:

Visit our website:
Follow us on Twitter: @DbnDigitalDay and the official #DigitalDinner
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Our little contribution to Digital Day Durban…



August 11, 2014

HackaDurban hosts Africa’s first HackaGlobal Hackathon

Solutionism in Durban

The teams at the end of the 24 hours

The teams at the end of the 24 hours

On the 15th‐16th of August 2014, HackaDurban hosted its first 24hr hackathon.

The event was aimed at connecting the techpreneur community by combining enterpeneurship and technology to build start‐ups over 24hours. This was to build on the “Solutionism in Durban”. Participants took part in a diversity challenge where they were broken‐up into groups at random and asked to develop a concept over 5mins and later pitch it to the floor, this was in a bid to familiarise the participants with the overall objective of the Hackathon.

Keynote speaker and judge for the evening was Craig McCleod, CEO of Build and Bilal Kathrada, CEO of IT Varsity. Participants were again given the open floor to pitch their own challenges. The following challenges were identified:

1. Go Metro Challenege (This was a sponsored challenge from Justin Coetzee, Founder of Go Metro. Participants were asked to create dataset of Durban bus schedules for Go Metro, lead by Jude Babs)

2. Project Hawk (Crime surveillance system, lead by Theolan Govendor)

3. Chariteez (An awareness‐driven t‐shirt brand, lead by Wasseem Sader)

4. Danger (A game using Gamification elements, lead by Adriel Naidoo)

One of the highlights of the events included The Game Crew who were the youngest participants of the hackathon, made up of Daryn van Vreden (14), Liam Henry (15) and Shane Constable (15). Their creative juices were flowing as their end product was a 3D, first‐person rendition of the classic Pacman game.

Saturday was D‐Day for participants as they had to finalise on the technology elements of their minimal viable products and draft a small business model for pitching to a panel of judges at 3pm.

Judges included:

1. Neil Vose (MD, Quirk)

2. Jonathon Darker (Durban Digital Day)

3. Craig McCleod (CEO, Build)

4. Cade Lamalette (Death by Digital)

5. Bilal Kathrada (CEO, IT Varsity)

6. Alan Harhoff (Always Active Technologies)

Mentors included:

1. Tiyani Nghonyama (Geekulcha)

2. Mixo Ngoveni (Geekulcha)

3. Taylor Gibb (Derivco)

4. Matt Cavanagh (Rogue Code)

First place went to Chariteez, for their creative use of branding in driving social awareness and responsibility. Second place went to, Project Hawk and Third place went to Danger.

The prizes:

• Each team received a small cash prize sponsored by Ernst and Young Students UK.

• Cash prize coupled with a mentorship programme for each team by Sally Moodley from 777


• Winners and active members in HackaDurban will walk away with 20 tickets sponsored by

Jonathon Darker from Durban Digital Day.

• Vouchers from Build have been given to all participants for the developing of websites

sponsored by Craig McCleod, a portion of each sign up and use on Build will go to The

Durban Innovation Hub.

• The Go Metro Challenge Team will be connected to Justin Coetzee and will work closely with

the Go Metro team for the development and eventual rollout of Go Metro in Durban.

• The Game Crew has been adopted by The Durban Innovation Hub to provide best possible

avenues for their development in the gaming arena in Durban.

A hearty thank you to hackers, organisers, mentors, judges and sponsors of the HackaDurban Hackathon.

For highlights view:


Contact: NK, HackaLead Durban Chapter

Telephone: 083 981 7978