The Newtown Cappelo restaurant saga is an excellent lesson for any business aficionado.
A brother has a business idea. A next of kin enters with cash, but ends up inviting a friend who is a high roller to bankroll the initiative.
When the venture is up and running, the financiers don't bother looking after the investment. They just come to drink coffee, then disappear.
The situation is embarrassing, but thumbs up to Bob Mabena for trusting his next of kin.
People say there are more black millionaires now than ever before. But most could break the world record for shutting out young entrepreneurs begging for small capital.
Mabena didn't do this. He called a friend to help.
Bob and Brian Baloyi have jobs, and we don't know if they benefited from the BEE schemes.
A negative lesson to learn from the fiasco is that some people will do anything to be noticed, including starting a business they have no passion for.
If it was an honest venture, the original owner must keep on trying because "too many entrepreneurs choose to shun their failed experiences, but a successful businessman and businesswoman draws from them to grow".
Aaron Madadasane, Pretoria