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

Note: This event has been postponed to September 14th

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.


Fred Roed, the CEO and founder of Heavy Chef, made the announcement in Heavy Chef’s weekly newsletter to its members. “We have been planning this event for over a year now. This is a landmark event for our community. From the start, we’ve been committed to creating a platform for entrepreneurs to learn and network with each other. Education is a the heart of this vision - and we have some significant challenges in the segment.”

The three speakers represent three generations of thought leaders in the education space.

Maseko, an Actuarial Science BSc Honours graduate from Wits University, is three exams away from qualifying as one of the first 100 black qualified Actuaries in South Africa. She’s a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society which honours the top 15% of academic achievers in universities across the globe. She’s been selected as a FinWeek Top Woman to Watch and made it to the Destiny Magazine “Power of 40 – Forty trailblazers under 40” at the age of 24. She is a speaker and facilitator and has spoken at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy on two occasions as well as many other appearances at events and media platforms.

With a deep passion for systemic change in areas of social development, S’onqoba has played a number of roles in a number of sectors. Most notably she served as the COO of the Sifiso Learning Group; a new age education group spearheading the African education revolution in early childhood to post-school education; publishing; education technology and education properties. She started as the second founding employee of the business with seasoned entrepreneur and leader, Sizwe Nxasana at the helm. The group continues to disrupt the education space to better align it to; and prepare students for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Sam Paddock is the co-founder of Getsmarter, an online learning portal that was sold for a reported R1,4 billion in 2017. Sam is an entrepreneur, family man, father of twins and self-confessed ‘learning nerd’. Sam believe that business is a vehicle to realise potential and have impact at scale. He remains heavily involved in the education sector.

Together with partners Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Xero Accounting Software, Heavy Chef will be holding the exclusive and ground-breaking event at the stunning Higher Ground venue on St. Stithians College’s grounds in Bryanston.

Thabo Mbeki served as the second President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. During his tenure in office, the South African economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per year, creating employment in the middle sectors of the economy. Mr. Mbeki is the founder of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, which is building the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library - an African Centre of Excellence in learning.

Fred Roed says: “This is a watershed event for us. Heavy Chef is first and foremost an education company. Our aim is to inspire people to start impactive projects, and then empower them to succeed. We are creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurs. This event is integral in firing up critical conversations about how to reach the millions of underserved talented individuals in Africa.”

Enquiries for the event can be directed to experiences@heavychef.com