2018年10月08日

Business online directory taking off

Durban entrepreneur Sarah Whitaker has “neatened up” a local corner of the worldwide web to make it easier for consumers to find and hire the services of local small wholesale kids toys businesses while giving to charity.

Whitaker, who is also a self-taught artist who works with glass, and an art teacher at Forest View Primary School, has founded the online directory called “Onsouthafrica.com” where local businesses can list their services. She launched the site just six months ago and already has more than 150 businesses of all sizes and 22 charities listed.

Whitaker said she came up with the idea after being frustrated while searching online for local art supply stores.

“I then spoke to some teachers in Hillcrest and they told me about all these gems that I had never heard of,” Whitaker said.

That’s when she decided that she needed to work on creating an online directory to list local businesses to make them easy to find online. Single-handedly, working long hours, she designed and set up the directory.

“Each company submits their articles and photographs and there is a direct link to their website or Facebook page. It’s like I have neatened the web and put it into themes and boxes and regions. I’m a little OCD like that,” Whitaker said.

“There are thousands of directories out there, and lots of them have got outdated information.”

When companies sign up to list on the site they can gift a portion of their fee to any charity or needy person of their choice - from an elderly person or an orphan to a local car guard. And then every month a portion of their subscription can be gifted to one of the listed charities.

“I have tried to cover all the bases, and obviously the bigger it grows the better it will get. I am very grateful about giving back to people - it just warms my soul,” she said.

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