A Letter From The Audience: Entrepreneurs In Townships Are Ready To Take The Big Step Up

A Letter From The Audience: Entrepreneurs In Townships Are Ready To Take The Big Step Up

Aphelele Mtwecu is a member of the Heavy Chef community in Khayelitsha. After watching Masechaba Ndlovu’s seminal talk in Khayelitsha in September 2018, she wrote this moving piece. An intriguing event filled with laughter and tears, Masechaba started us off with her journey of moving from one country to another. This would later very much shape the person she is today. Read the full article here.

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand In Africa

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand In Africa

Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought-provoking personalities. Masechaba is an entrepreneur, radio show host, presenter and MC. Sometimes provocative, sometimes hilarious, always relevant, Masechaba has forged a remarkable position in the South African celebrity sector. In this seminal event in September 2018, Masechaba came to the heart of SA's second biggest township, Khayelitsha, to address a passionate entrepreneur community at the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.

Quirky New Cape Town Startup Delivers Instagram-ready Plants In Real Life

Quirky New Cape Town Startup Delivers Instagram-ready Plants In Real Life

Plantify is South Africa’s first "Urban Plantery" - a term the startup made up to distinguish themselves from a Garden Centre or Nursery. Plantify’s value-add is that they offer Instagram-worthy plants, delivered to your door, while making the pot-matching process easy. Heavy Chef spoke to founder Andreas Keller about how the business was conceptualised and the lessons he’s learning along the way.

A Local Actress Is Teaching Us How To Own The Business Side Of Creative Output

A Local Actress Is Teaching Us How To Own The Business Side Of Creative Output

The water crisis ignited a wave of inspiration within South Africa. When the film industry slumped, a plucky local actress used her entrepreneurial experience to create her own opportunities. Heavy Chef representative, Caley van der Kolk chatted to the remarkable Micharn Pollock about her mission.

New Entrepreneurship Survey Warns That SA’s Entrepreneurs Are Not Thriving

New Entrepreneurship Survey Warns That SA’s Entrepreneurs Are Not Thriving

Last week, Seed Academy released The State Of Entrepreneurship In South Africa report, after surveying more than 1000 entrepreneurs across the county. The results indicate that entrepreneurs are not thriving and dramatically more needs to be done to improve SA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read the full article and download the report here.

Interview: The Remarkable World Of Masechaba Ndlovu

Interview: The Remarkable World Of Masechaba Ndlovu

Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought provoking personalities. Masechaba is an entrepreneur, radio show host, presenter and MC. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, asked Masechaba five candid questions about her rise to fame, her thoughts on African progress, her own goals and her advice for young entrepreneurs.  

Annette Muller: My Top Five Lessons In Building New Generation Tech Businesses

Annette Muller: My Top Five Lessons In Building New Generation Tech Businesses

Annette Muller has had a varied and fascinating career. Named as one of Forbes Africa's Top Business Leaders To Watch, Annette has been beating the business streets across the African continent for over a decade. through the ups and downs of techpreneurship, Annette has distilled her journey into five key lessons - delivered at Bishops College in Cape Town, August 2018. 

Mark Forrester: How Three Strangers Created A Multinational Multimillion Dollar Tech Startup

Mark Forrester: How Three Strangers Created A Multinational Multimillion Dollar Tech Startup

Mark Forrester, Adriaan Pienaar and Magnus Jepson met in person more than one year after they founded WooThemes, the company behind WooCommerce. This remarkable startup, which was borne out of South Africa, Norway and the UK, powers more than 50m e-commerce websites. At a Heavy Chef event in Cape Town, Forrester relates the story of how WooThemes was started and eventually sold.

EVENT POSTPONED: 'Educating Africa' With Sam Paddock And Thabo Mbeki - New Date, New Venue

EVENT POSTPONED: 'Educating Africa' With Sam Paddock And Thabo Mbeki - New Date, New Venue

The Educating Africa event, featuring speakers S'onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock and Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, has been postponed by one day. The event was originally scheduled for September 13 2018, and is now being held one day later, on Friday September 14th 2018, at The Birdhouse, in Owl Street, Braamfontein.

South African Celebrity Radio Show Host Masechaba Ndlovu Comes To Khayelitsha To Teach Personal Brand Building

South African Celebrity Radio Show Host Masechaba Ndlovu Comes To Khayelitsha To Teach Personal Brand Building

On September 8th 2018, Masechaba Ndlovu comes to the historic Bandwidth Barn venue in Lookout Hill, in the centre of South Africa’s second largest township, Khayelitsha. Masechaba aims to teach a new generation of ambitious, starry-eyed entrepreneurs to build their own personal brand and to rise above the noise of the digital era. 

Heavy Chef Announces Education Event In September Featuring Sam Paddock, S'onqoba Maseko And Former President Thabo Mbeki

Heavy Chef Announces Education Event In September Featuring Sam Paddock, S'onqoba Maseko And Former President Thabo Mbeki

On Wednesday 22nd August, CEO Fred Roed, announced that Heavy Chef will be hosting former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, in a rare public appearance, to focus on the topic of “Educating Africa” in Johannesburg. The three confirmed speakers are Mbeki, rising star S’onqoba Maseko and Getsmarter co-founder, Sam Paddock.

Heavy Chef Partners With Taxify To Bring You An Even More Spectacular Event Experience

Heavy Chef Partners With Taxify To Bring You An Even More Spectacular Event Experience

In the face of monstrous competition, Taxify is steadily, but surely, eating up market share on the African continent. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, reveals the exciting new partnership with this pugnacious startup from a small Eastern European country. Read more here.