R175. Johannesburg. Lwando Xaso, Albie Sachs, Robbie Brozin. At the iconic venue, Constitution Hill, we're featuring three of the most inpiring minds in South Africa. Three generations of leadership will come together to discuss what leadership in business should look like; how business can impact positive change on this country, and what each of us can do within our own organisations. Robbie Brozin has led Nandos with a positive purpose since the beginning and it has resulted in one of the most successful businesses to come out of Africa. Albie Sachs is a famed judge and anti-Apartheid activist, and Lwando Xaso is one of the brightest young legal minds in South Africa.
R175. Cape Town. Aisha Pandor. Katlego Maphai. Wesley Lynch. One of the most coveted positions in tech entrepreneurship is to be able to call your business a 'platform'. It creates a community and a moat around your business that renders it extremely hard to compete against. In October, we're featuring three CEOs who have done exactly that. Aisha Pandor (Sweepsouth). Katlego Maphai (Yoco) and Wesley Lynch (Snapplify). This event is compulsory for anyone considering a tech startup.
R175. Johannesburg. Bronwyn Williams, Dion Chang, Musa Kalenga. For the second year running, Heavy Chef will be running a future-focused event where we'll be tracking the most important, most impactive trends that are affecting businesses today. We have invited three of South Africa's most thoughtful and knowledgable individuals on macro and micro-environmental shifts. Dion Chang, Bronwyn Williams and Musa Kalenga will give us a glimpse into the present and the future, and provide us with a way to practically tackle the challenges and opportunities provided by the 4th Industrial Revolution.
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Heavy Chef is an education company that specialises in creating learning experiences for entrepreneurs. Our name comes from the saying ‘never trust a skinny chef’. Heavy Chef celebrates people who walk the talk, who practice what they preach, who eat their own food. We create events and masterclasses featuring 'Heavy Chefs', then share the content with our community of around 20,000+ entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and graduates. We believe that, in a world of talkers, it's the doers that are going to change it. Hungry?
Having worked in advertising, marketing and PR before getting into radio and television, Pearl Shongwe offers a unique glimpse into what happens on both ends of the influencer spectrum. She spoke to the Heavy Chef community at The Influencers 'Inspire' session about some of the things she’s observed and experienced as a media rising star and a woman of influence.
Verity Price is a multi-talented creative extraordinaire. In what seems like a previous lifetime, Verity was the first singer-songwriter in South Africa to conduct a crowdfunding campaign - way back in 2007 - to generate income for her upcoming album, and circumvent the big record labels. Verity's story is riveting, and the lessons she gleaned from the experience are timeless.
Craig Rodney has had a stellar career to date. He started his own PR agency in the early 2000s and has since worked with some of the biggest brands in the world - including Google. The highlight of Craig's career was launching Google in South Africa in 2006. This amazing feat taught him an absolute truth about trying to influence an audience.
Mo Flava is a man of true influence. One of the hardest working celebrities in South Africa, Mo speaks to an audience of millions of people every day. His Morning Drive show on Metro is one of the biggest in the southern hemisphere, and his own social channels are growing like gangbusters. In this Heavy Chef talk, Mo Flava explains what it means to be an influencer and tells the behind-the-scenes story of how he came to be so popular. Spoiler alert: it wasn't easy.
In September 2019, agent provocateur-in-chief at South Africa's most impactive media publication, Daily Maverick, Richard Poplak, presented an incendiary perspective on news media in Africa. Richard came out swinging, with a gentle jab at Facebook's Ming and then a fierce right hook to the EFF (he asked any EFF supporters in the audience to leave the building). In this talk, Poplak gave a concise overview of Daily Maverick's harrowing journey over the past 10 years, and then explained the new way of doing news media right. Instead of relying on advertising (the old way), Daily Maverick must forge a new, disruptive path.
Five years ago, Gareth Cliff ventured into relatively unknown territory with CliffCentral, one of the first few podcast platforms to hit the South African media sector. Today, podcasting is one of the best ways for a business to tell a story and engage and educate its audience, and CliffCentral has evolved beyond an online audio platform. Gareth Cliff talks about how it's become a content hub, and how content provides the biggest opportunity for brands to elevate above the noise.
What kind of education system does Africa need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution and how do we produce learners who are productive and competitive in the future economy? Rapelang Rabana, Sam Paddock and Lukhanyo Neer provide insights into the pressing matter of education, addressing issues like lack of infrastructure, resources and relevant tools, while offering solutions that fit the African education landscape.
Shona Macdonald is on a crowd-funding journey to raise the money to take her business to the next level while educating others on what crowdfunding entails in the hope of inspiring other entrepreneurs to try the same route. Shona tells our Heavy Chef community why it's important that your crowdfunding purpose resonates with your market.
Respected lawyer and entreprenuer Max Boqwana is the CEO of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF). Speaking at the Heavy Chef ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Boqwana emphasised the need for a clear and practical strategy for education on the continent. TMF presented a 200-page report on how the 4th industrial revolution can transform education to former president Thabo Mbeki at the event.
South African Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is a true Heavy Chef. Motshekga has been working in education for most of her life, from lecturing at Wits University to serving as the MEC for Social Services and Education in Gauteng. Motshekga has put her stamp of approval on Thabo Mbeki Foundation's 200-page report on the future of education in South Africa, acknowledging that having a body deal with intellectual engagement is enriching to the education sector in the country.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a renown intellectual and an authority on the subject of education in Africa. Joining us for the second iteration of the ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Mr. Mbeki addresses the violence and disorder in South Africa, one of the issues we have to overcome in order to meet the challenge of education and thrive.
She’s coined a (much needed!) new word to define a special breed of woman. For advertising legend Sizakele Marutlulle, a ’Fentreprenuer’ is a woman who is clear about the gift they bring to the world. A woman who is focused on her growth and that of her community. She is gritty, generous and committed to being great at what she does. Sounds like the HC community of women, doesn’t it?
A ‘salty, barefoot surfer girl at heart’, Roxy was born to do what she does. And it shows, with nine national championships under her fin. In 2017, she was the first person to ever represent South Africa in all three surfing disciplines. Today, she not only owns a successful business Surf Emporium but is using her passion for positive impact through The Roxy Davis Foundation.
Thulani Headman is a truly inspirational character. Coming from a musical family, Thulani grew up in Langa and excelled at sports in his early years. In this remarkable interview with Heavy Chef's Siyabonga Mbaba, Thulani explains his own role models, his family inspiration and his stint in Pollsmoor after being sentenced for criminal activities in the gangster-ridden Cape Flats. Prison became an unlikely learning opportunity for a burgeoning musical career.
In the first of Heavy Chef's Inspire Series of events, in partnership with Discovery Business Insurance, the two original co-founders of Discovery Health Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg shared the stage with Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed to reminisce on their iconic company's journey over the past 25 years.
In one of the most surprising, refreshing and impactive talks ever seen on the Heavy Chef stage, Cape Town's latest hip hop phenom, YoungstaCPT, presents his hypothesis on why it is so challenging for creative entrepreneurs to succeed out of South Africa. YoungstaCPT, otherwise known as Riyadh Roberts, spoke at the first Heavy Chef 'Raw' Session in Khayelitsha, in the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.
Valter Adão is the Chief Digital & Innovation Officer of Deloitte Africa. He leads a diverse team of specialists who create a leading digital ecosystem to assist organisations in understanding and undergoing Digital Transformation. In this seminal talk, Valter explains why the future of work looks so scary, and what we can do to use it to our advantage.
Rapelang Rabana is an internationally renowned tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, speaker, digital thought leader, and business leader. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Rapelang presents her revolutionary ideas that approach measuring competency differently.
Valter is a true digital leader, recognized globally as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination, and emerging technologies. He is also a member of the Singularity University and a recipient of the Constellation Transformation 150 award.
In this HC exclusive video, Valter was a speaker alongside Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila and Rich Mulholland, and he gets into a conversation about the future of jobs for South Africans in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.
Zolani Mahola is one of South Africa's best-known performing artists. She has worked in the top echelons of the music industry, both locally and internationally. She is also fondly known for her band’s collaboration with Shakira on the World Cup 2010 anthem, Waka Waka. A few months ago, Zolani was the MC of our event with Imogen Heap, check out her talk in this short, inspiring video. Zolani talks about her formative years, from being a chubby baby to a cherubic child. She speaks about some of the problems she faced and how the South African political situation provided icons that fed into her music.
Happy Ntshingila is the Co-Founder of Unknown Citizen. He founded South Africa's first black-owned agency, HerdBuoys Advertising in 1991. His experience stretches across working with and building a number of blue-chip brands during a successful 30-year career. His experience straddles the ICT, FMCG, media and broadcast sectors, working with leading brands in all those sectors.
Ian Russell is a corporate leader who has spent decades in the boardrooms of major blue chip companies in South Africa and across the world. In his collection of thought provoking essays entitled, The Other End of the Telescope, Russell unpacks his experiences working in the corporate sector. At Workshop17 in March 2019, Ian gave a stirring presentation on the Heavy Chef stage about the particular problem of ‘fuzzy logic’.
Rich Mulholland a best-selling author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of exciting new startup TalkDrawer, a platform that helps managers be leaders through presentations. He bestrides the stage like a colossus, owning and driving excellence in the pursuit of free-thinking, insightful irreverence, and impassioned delivery. In this hilarious and insightful presentation, Rich takes us through the similarity between intermittent fasting and how we should gather information in our professional lives. Watch, listen and learn.
S'onqoba Vuba is a disruptor in the education space. Currently, S'onqoba is Managing Director of Perpetu8, an advisory and implementation consultancy for SMME’s. In a succinct and powerful presentation, S’onqoba speaks of the importance of rethinking education in the shadow of the 4th Industrial Revolution. She shares her views on how we can use technolog improve the way we, as humans, can improve our day-to-day living in the digital age.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.
Mike Schalit needs no introduction in the South African advertising world. A highly gifted and unique individual, he has been voted the country’s top Creative Director for eleven consecutive years. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Mike relates how he went from advertising in the digital economy to... building libraries.
Alexandria Procter's energy is infectious. While studying biology, Alexandria had the idea to connect students to student digs in a safe, user-friendly way. Her lecturer persuaded her to drop out of university to pursue her dream to build her innovative venture. Together with her co-founders, Alex has grown DigsConnect into one of South Africa's most exciting startups.
African student entrepreneur Xabiso Lombo is creating a vital resource for young people trying to make a better life in Africa. The problem she's trying to solve? Safety. In this energetic talk, Xabiso relates how she came from a dusty town in the Eastern Cape to creating a tech company that will enable young folks in South Africa to carry on with their lives without the pervasive feeling of helplessness in the face of crime while studying.
Mvelo Hlophe has a presidential air about him. Strong, confident and enigmatic on stage, Mvelo is the CEO of the exciting new student startup Zaio. Mvelo related to a riveted Heavy Chef audience on Thursday 2 May, 2019 at Workshop17 in Cape Town. Mvelo gave some insights as to why Zaio is such an important idea, and some glimpses of how hard it is to run a business behind the scenes - particularly when you're a student at the same time.
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