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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.

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.  

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.

From Braai To Big Business: How Jaco Swanepoel Started A Pan-African Events Management Company

From Braai To Big Business: How Jaco Swanepoel Started A Pan-African Events Management Company

In August 2018, we managed to pin down Jaco Swanepoel, the crazy-busy founder of CueAV, events company and staging partner of Heavy Chef. In between setting AWS annual conferences and jet-setting through fifteen African countries in a month, Jaco sat at the CTICC for a chinwag. 

The Extraordinarily High Price Of Cheap Coffee

The Extraordinarily High Price Of Cheap Coffee

David Donde is one of the world’s most famous coffee aficionados. As the founder of Truth Coffee, which was rated by MSN and The Telegraph as the world’s best coffee shop, Dave knows a thing or two about building a coffee brand. In this incendiary article, David sheds light on the entrepreneurial trap of leading the pricing race down to the bottom. This is an article about coffee, that should be read by every entrepreneur everywhere.

The Big Bad ABSA Brand Shambles

The Big Bad ABSA Brand Shambles

ABSA or Absa has had a long, long-awaited rebrand. The first one was an unloved baby in the first place, but they had the constraints of lumping together a ragtag group of irrelevant Apartheid era banks so they were given a pass. The original rebrand was lead by the pioneering brand master Anthony Swart. So what have they done now? According to Wunderbrand founder, Nick Kuhne, a really badly rolled out rebrand where they spent all their money on a bunch of dubiously licensed drones leaving nothing left over to spend on the brand rollout.

Fill In This 2 Minute Survey And Stand A Chance To Win Tickets To Heavy Chef Events In August

Fill In This 2 Minute Survey And Stand A Chance To Win Tickets To Heavy Chef Events In August

We want to know a little bit more about you. More specifically, we want to know whether you're keen on the idea of a big, kick.ass signature Heavy Chef event. Recently, as our events and workshops have been gathering momentum, we've been approached by several significant players in the event segment wondering out loud about creating an annual event. With that in mind, we want to know what YOU think. In return for your two minutes, we’ll give the first 50 peeps event tickets - yeehaa!

Happy Women's Day! We Look Back At Five Extraordinary Women Heavy Chef Speakers

Happy Women's Day! We Look Back At Five Extraordinary Women Heavy Chef Speakers

Heavy Chef has a long history of celebrating women entrepreneurs. Starting with our first ever speaker, disruptive musician Verity, who spoke about crowdfunding her album prior to being produced, before 'crowdfunding' even became a thing; to this month's lineup of stellar female superstars, Annette Muller, Dr. Eve and Heidi Patmore. Today, on this auspicious day, we cast our eye back to five of our favourite talks by women on the Heavy Chef stage. 

She Says, The Largest Creative Network For Women, Launches Second Event, Focusing On "Side Hustle"

She Says, The Largest Creative Network For Women, Launches Second Event, Focusing On "Side Hustle"

Whether you're toying with the idea of starting a side hustle, or want to become an intrapreneur in your company, SheSays Cape Town’s second event, on 23 August 2018, will explore how to inject your life with more disruptive thinking and be a game-changer in your own right. SheSays, the world’s largest creative network for women, launched its Cape Town chapter in April 2018. The next event promises to be a cracker.