BOOK REVIEW | Searching Through Dustbins


An authentic account of the birth of a business

By Abed Tau

Many people believe that quitting their job and becoming an entrepreneur is a romantic notion, but being your own boss isn’t just about freedom. Nor is it about the status that comes your way when you innovate the product or service that no one knew, until now, they simply could not live without. And it’s not even about the amazing income you’ll be getting when your start-up hits the big time.

Entrepreneurship is none of these things. It’s about plain hard work which often garners little – if any – reward. It’s about keeping going even when you feel you have no more to give and remaining focused and consistent when all you want to do is walk away. It’s about searching through dustbins for business, leaving no stone unturned.

Birth of a business

Abed Tau knows this because he has walked the entrepreneurial road many times. Having started a number of businesses – some successful, others not – he knows what it’s like, and what it takes, to be an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship may ultimately be richly rewarding, it’s important to know some of the challenges upfront before you set off to chase your dream. In Searching Through Dustbins, Abed shares his experiences with candour and humour, painting an honest picture of the life of an entrepreneur.

Essential reading for any would-be or start-up business owner, it’s a vital insight into what to expect and it also provides pragmatic advice for starting or building a business.

Searching Through Dustbins comes from the heart and speaks to the heart. It will inspire and motivate you, while ensuring that your entrepreneurial dreams and aspirations stay on track.

My book is one of authenticity, my interest is to spread an idea and hopefully have a hand in creating more lasting entrepreneurs in our beautiful country.

– Abed Tau

About the author

Abed Tau is a Chartered Accountant by profession, a wannabe chef by night and serial entrepreneur by day. His passions lie in community development, education and entrepreneurship. He believes that empowering youngsters with entrepreneurial skills will equip them with core skills to create their own jobs and the many needed in South Africa.

Abed was named one of the Top 35 Under 35 CAs(SA) at SAICA’s 35 Under 35 Awards ceremonies in 2015 and 2017. This award seeks to find young CAs in the country who are exceptional and who are shaping South Africa’s future be it in commerce, business, academia or the public sector.

Abed is currently a judge for these prestigious awards making him the youngest person on the panel. He was named one of Destiny Man’s Power of 40 candidates in 2016, a list that profiles South Africa’s most dynamic movers and shakers, and he was also named as one of the Top 100 most influential people by Superbalist in 2016.

  • PUBLISHER | Tracey McDonald Publishers |
  • ISBN | 978-0-6399928-4-6 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R210.00 |
  • Classification | Business, Entrepreneurship |

For more information | Tracey McDonald | +27 (0)83 659 7489 mail me |



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