Sbusiso Leope is a force to be reckoned with. From his humble beginnings in the Tembisa township in the East Rand, Gauteng he grew into one of South Africa’s most admired, most watched and most incendiary entrepreneurs. He is a producer, best-selling DJ, music mogul, serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker.
In 2013, DJ Sbu – as known to his many fans - was voted one of Forbes’ 13 African Celebrities to Watch. His first book The Beginning was recently followed up by Billionaire$ Under Construction, a tongue-in-cheek title aimed at those who ever doubted his capacity to achieve his goals.
Most recently, DJ Sbu has partnered with the 3Sixty Financial Services Group to create his own academy - The Hustlers Academy - to help rise young ambitious entrepreneurs to greatness.
On June 9th Heavy Chef organized its very first event outside the city centre and had the privilege of welcoming this remarkable man to hear the story of his rise to fame and his thoughts on entrepreneurship, resilience and courage in face of adversity. The event took place in Cape Town’s largest township at the Bandwidth Barn Lookout Hill venue in Khayelitsha.
Heavy Chef’s multi-talented emcee, Caley van der Kolk welcomed the audience that was a healthy mixture of city dwellers and local entrepreneurs. You may not know this about Caley but she speaks fluent Xhosa so when she greeted the Khayelitsha hustlers in their own language, the atmosphere was already set. But when Siya - who recently joined the Heavy Chef team and who co-emceed the event with Caley - got on the stage, the room just lit up. Watch Siya overcome his stress of emceeing for the very first time :
When the much-awaited guest got on stage all eyes and ears were glued on him as he told his story with extraordinary energy, delivering a motivational speech that captivated the entire audience. Outside the event, a crowd of children from the surrounding township gathered to catch a glimpse of the incendiary personality.
Find the full video of the event here. It’s long but Sbusiso is a great story teller and an even better motivational speaker so to all those working on a business, project or creative endeavor this will video will be worth the time.