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Economic and management sciences

Grade 8


Module 17

How do i finance my business?

Activity 1:

To discuss the financing of a business idea.

[lo 4.1]

You have developed a business plan for your business idea now and it appears that everything is going to work out well. But have you thought about where you are going to get the money to finance the product development until the sales start generating money?


1. Read the following article again. Write down how Slabbert financed his business and what his advice is to other entrepreneurs.

2. Do some research to determine which institutions Slabbert could have approached for financial assistance. Hint: Think further than banks: the South African government regards the development of small businesses as being very important.

An entrepreneur’s story of a difficult start in a grimy butchery


“My success came after I had worked my fingers to the bone and because I never became greedy.”

This is the secret of Mr Leon Slabbert, owner of the Cuyler Butchery in Uitenhage.

After finishing his schooling, Mr Slabbert obtained a degree in personnel management. He then worked in his father, Levi’s, butchery for ten years.

“My father is a perfectionist and therefore he is very particular about tidiness, quality and service. He taught me all about the select cuts and everything else I know. Thanks to him I am a disciplined person,” says Slabbert.

In August 1988 he decided: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” He sold his house and most of his other possessions and bought the Cuyler Butchery , which at that time was grubby and shabby.

Slabbert found it difficult to get loans from the banks, because he had no insurance. Some of his creditors showed him some mercy, but others simply had to wait for him to make enough money to pay them.

In the early nineties the political situation in the country influenced many people and businesses and Slabbert had to keep his head above water despite various threats. “In the first

five years I just had to do crisis control most of the time to keep my business going. Competitors didn’t make it any easier for me to get my business to grow, and I had to do everything in my power in order to survive,” he says.

“Those were difficult years. I started with three staff members and did all the administration, daily chores and cutting of the meat. I had to make the sausages on my own. I also scrubbed the floors.

“I did not even have a proper cash flow that I could use for change and a friend lent me a lorry with which to transport my meat. A car was out of the question. There was no money for petrol and I had to walk to work. My wife, Wilhma, was the owner of a hairdressing salon and she also had to work overtime to get her own business going,” says Slabbert.

His wife is now a director of the butchery and owns shares in it.

“Besides being in control of the administration of the business I am involved in every aspect of the butchery, from washing floors to cutting up meat.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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