Entrepreneurship

Business competition launches entrepreneurs - from popcorn to honeywine

Technology featured high on the list of winners in the EnterPrize Business Plan competition. The competition is an annual event run by the National Business Initiative. McKinsey & Co. in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI) introduced the competition in South Africa three years ago. "The programme was conceived to promote the creation of sustainable small and medium sized businesses, to create sustainable jobs, develop business skills and facilitate access to finance effectively and efficiently," said Andre Fourie, NBI CEO.

Local tools for genetics research

With the sequencing of the human genome and other advances in genetic research, genetics is one of the fastest growing research areas in Africa and globally. Two of the most indispensable tools in a geneticist's kit are DNA sequencing and DNA synthesis. Both are an every-day need for most laboratories working in human, animal, plant, microbial or viral genetics. The basics DNA is made up of the four bases adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine and a uniform sugar/phosphate backbone. The combination of base, sugar and phosphate is known as a nucleotide. Genetic information resides in the...

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