A black empowered joint venture is hosting the first workshop for people who wish to start an Internet Cafe as a small business this weekend. And a new industry portal www.internetcafedirectory.co.za is being launched at the same time.

22 March 2007 (Johannesburg): The Internet Cafe industry is set for a boom between now and 2010. In part, this is because of growing demand from the general population, tourists, and students who live outside of major metropolitan areas.

According to Ramon Thomas, Managing Director of NETucation, a leading online research organisation, who has conducted original research into the Internet Cafe industry, “This is an important step to the growing demand for advice on setting up an Internet Cafe as a small business since delivering my iWeek 2004 presentation.”

This workshop is a joint venture between NETucation and Terry Computers and, both black empowered businesses founded by a growing class of young black entrepreneurs who are technology savvy and offer ground breaking contributions in the ICT industry.

“We believe there is huge potential for people to start businesses in the Internet Cafe industry because we see the demand in our offices every day,” says Terrence Mohlala, founder of Terry Computers.

At the Internet Cafe SME workshop, a new industry portal which aims to provide support to the growing number of Cafe’s around the country will be launched. The portal currently lists 145 cafes including those listed in Swaziland and Lesotho. The website allows users to review and rate the cafes they have used and at the same time offers advice for owners of Internet Cafe owners.

The workshop will give cover the following topics:

  • State of the Internet industry in South Africa
  • Business Models
  • Marketing Support
  • Revenue Models
  • Hardware and Software solutions
  • Financial Support, Business Plans and Loans
  • Skills development and Staff Training

Workshop details

  • Date: Saturday, 24 March 2007
  • Time: 9am-11am
  • Venue: 3rd Floor, The Business Place, 58 Marshall Street, Johannesburg
  • Fee: R10 per person (includes drink)
  • RSVP: Call Tel 082 9407137

Media Contacts:

Ramon Thomas
Managing Director, NETucation
Mobile 082 940 7137
Terrence Mohlala
Owner, Terry Computer Services
Tel. 011 834 6755