StreetBiz Foundation


24 November 2018. Cape Town City Hall.


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The Long Walk Project

  • 2 750 kilometres (1 708 miles) walking through Gauteng, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape
  • 130 days
  • workshops and presentations to more than 25 000 people from 104 communities
  • thousands of learners and educators in 200+ schools

Congratulations from all StreetBizzers, friend, families, sponsors and all the communities in Gauteng, Free State, Eastern Cape and Western Cape to Dr Nico de Klerk for completing the Long Walk Project.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. ~ Nelson Mandela


Nearly there!


Photo by Bruce Sutherland for Architectural Digest

Remember to join us on Saturday 12h30 to 13h00 on 24 November 2018 at Cape Town City Hall to welcome the CEO of StreetBiz Foundation, Dr Nico de Klerk, as he completes his long walk across South Africa.

Indicate on our Facebook Event whether we’ll see you there!

We’ll meet in front of the new Mandela statue at Cape Town City Hall.


Of cows, ants and the lone wolf

During the recent Long Walk Project, dr Nico de Klerk, CEO of StreetBiz Foundation found inspiration in cows and ants and a visit to a wolf sanctuary.

Watch the videos below to see how all of these link seamlessly to being an entrepreneur!




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Grit and mindset change

Dr Nico de Klerk, CEO of StreetBiz Foundation, during the Long Walk Project on 30 October 2018 in Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa:

“In Barrydale they have a great project running, called “Net vir Pret” (“Just for Fun”) and I was invited to meet the Board, including a lady from Oxford, England present. The meeting ended with three Board members, Donna, Judy from the UK & Peter, contributing to the StreetBiz mission in a short video.”

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Make it personal …

In this video, we heard more about the importance of grit (determination) if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Life as an entrepreneur is hard and filled with challenges, and if you don’t have grit, you won’t get very far.

According to this TED talk video, by Angela Lee Duckworth, grit is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals”. Listen to the following video and about how good looks, education, IQ … none of these are the best predictors of success. The best way to predict if someone will be successful is to see if they have GRIT.

Ask yourself … do I have grit?

Write down four examples of grit over the past year. How did you persevere despite challenges? How did you find the passion to keep going when things were against you?

  • Or do you expect someone always to come to your rescue?
  • Do you think you’ll get by easily because of your talent, your good looks, your IQ?
  • Do you feel that the world owes you something because of your circumstances?

If you do, you are doomed to fail.

Change this today.

Find that one thing that makes you feel alive – that one thing that you can commit to for the long term. Work hard, and keep your eye on the goal. Show true grit – then you know you’ll succeed.

… and there’s more:

Complete the Grit Scale checklist here to see what Angela’s talking about.


Believe in yourself

George, South Africa, 15 October 2018. During the Long Walk Project, the CEO of StreetBiz Foundation, Dr Nico de Klerk, speaks to Johann Coetzee, who represented South Africa at the 2009 Olympics in swimming.

The video deals with the importance of believing in yourself and how this is critical for young entrepreneurs.


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Make it personal …

Johann had to overcome tremendous personal challenges to make it to the Olympics.

What are the challenges that you are experiencing in your life today? Write a list of the top five challenges.  Leave at a few llines open after each challenge … you’ll have to write some more detail there.

Then follow Johann’s advice:

Under each challenge, write down WHO could assist you in meeting this challenge. If you have a name, write it down; otherwise just write, for example, “a business leader who sells carrots in bulk” or “a small business owner of a boutique hotel”. Try to be as specific as possible.

Now, also write down, next to each challenge, HOW they could assist you. Do NOT write “money”. Your job as an entrepreneur is CREATE money, not ASK for it. Rather write two important questions that you want to ask this person that would help you overcome your challenge.

Now go through you list – and FIND names of people for each of the challenges. Ask around. Approach people like Johann did, with courage and honesty. Ask simple questions … you’ll be amazed at their willingness to help.

Find out how you can contact them – can you simply phone them, or would it be better to SMS, email or WhatsApp them? Or maybe post a letter?

Now send your questions out and then, when you get the answers, DO what they suggest you do.

What if someone doesn’t respond? Simple – find someone else that could answer that question.

Do NOT give up.

You are an entrepreneur, after all. You are resilient (“tough”), innovative and creative. Make a plan.

And act on their advice.



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