South Africa's cosmetics industry has begun the process of developing a black economic empowerment plan for the sector.
The capital-raising potential of small black-owned companies has been boosted by an agreement between black business body Nafcoc and the JSE Limited. Fledgling alternative exchange AltX is the focus of the deal - and stands to be one of its main beneficiaries.
Clothes manufactured in South Africa will soon be sporting the Proudly South African logo - so consumers can make an informed choice. The Proudly SA label will indicate that clothes have been made with at least 50% local materials.
South Africa's ostrich industry may have had its wings clipped by international competitition, but experts say the country can maintain its dominant position in the global market - and that the industry presents a key opportunity for emerging farmers.
South Africa ranks among the world's top 12 maritime trading nations, commanding 6% of the world's sea trade. Yet much of the shipping industry is foreign-owned. Now a new black-owned shipping line - largely owned by former Robben Island inmates - is making waves in the industry.
PC sales in South Africa are soaring according to latest research. And as business confidence increases, there are signs that the new PC market will grow even more.
Cida City Campus, a business and technology university that supports financially disadvantaged students, has launched a broad-based black economic empowerment fund to finance its programmes.
South Africas wine industry is booming - its more professional, more transparent, and gaining credibility in leaps and bounds in international markets. According to an article recently published in the US "the best wines are exceptionally good and there is every reason to expect that dozens, no, hundreds of Cape wines will improve exponentially in the years to come."
Shoprite Holdings and the Department of Trade and Industry's Khula Enterprise Finance have signed a groundbreaking agreement to grant a limited number of retail franchise concessions, back by outfitting, training and mentoring support, to black entrepreneurs.
The local olive market is thriving, with a 10% growth in demand each year for table olives, and 20% annually for oil. The industry is almost 80 years old and experienced substantial growth in the 1990s as consumers became increasingly aware of the health benefits of olive consumption.