Nowadays, everyone seems to be creating a new YouTube channel. Ondela Mlandu spoke to Danilo Acquisto, TV celebrity, radio show host and CEO of Special Effects Media, about the viability of YouTube and how realistic it is to make money out of the platform. Danilo is a remarkable mind when it comes to video strategy and, in this highly insightful interview, he reveals to Heavy Chef about the various ways that individuals and businesses can create an impactive online video presence. Danilo explains about the three models that creators can deploy and the single most important piece of advice that creators need to hear.
With the Cape Town Coffee Festival around the corner, we were excited to remind you of Heavy Chef’s favourite barista, Sikelela Dibela. His story is a special one. Siki used to be a lead trainer for Vida e Caffe in London, then decided to return to his home - a poverty-stricken township of over two million people outside of Cape Town, South Africa.
There is a company that’s making urban transport affordable and safe. LÜLA, is an app that connects corporate commuters to private shuttles on their way to and from work. This provides a more easier and cheaper way for commuting in cities like Cape Town, whilst saving you money and giving you your precious time back.
We have a motherfreaking podcast! Yeah, okay, so we know that everyone and their cats, dogs and llamas are also working on podcasts, but ours is going to be flippen’ awesome. As with everything Heavy Chef related, we’re doing, learning, sharing - then mastering over time. Together with the amazing peeps over at Xero, we’re going to be evolving this series into Africa’s finest podcast interviewing the smartest individuals we can find. Check out our first episode here, with our amazing content manager at Heavy Chef, Ondela Mlandu, chatting to the CEO of South Africa’s biggest presentation company, about presenting tips, techniques and skills.
Heavy Chef announced earlier this year that we have partnered with Global Citizen. The international action-based organisation will be working together to bring you even more insightful learning experiences this year. Global Citizen is changing the way Africa’s governments and corporations interact with their constituents. Ondela Mlandu from Heavy Chef chatted to Carina Claassens, African Marketing Manager for Global Citizen, to find out more about the remarkable work that her team is busy with.
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.
Jonty Acton created, wrote, produced and directed the 13-part Wildlife Reality TV series Frontier Vets, which premiered on SABC 3 in 2016 and has gone on to achieve international recognition. Now, Jonty is embarking on his next big challenge - making a feature length South African film, called Break In. Heavy Chef’s CEO Fred Roed chatted to Jonty about being a film maker and creative entrepreneur - and asked him to weigh in on some thorny topics in the industry.
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.
Our intrepid Show Host, Ms Caley van der Kolk, has been travelling the world over the past few months meeting some of the world's most influential people. Armed with a Canon E700 and a Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Caley has been capturing footage of the interactions she's had - and now sharing it on the Heavy Chef channel 'Raw'. In the midst of all this travelling, Caley has written a three part series about her thoughts on Vlogging. Is this a good idea for your personal brand? Is this something your company should consider? Read Caley's article here.
Heavy Chef spoke to Abongile Salli, an art entrepreneur who aims to uplift the township creative community by identifying latent artistic talent and finding a home for their work in African hotels and restaurants. Abongile Salli is 24yrs old, born and bred in Cape Town and complimented his grade 12 in Thandokhulu High School by graduating from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, majoring in Sport Management. Abongile has faced down significant hardship to get his business off the ground - and he shares the lessons that he has learned along the way.
Heavy Chef's CEO Fred Roed spoke to Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder and head of User Experience at Now Boarding Digital. He is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he is involved in digital projects for the European market. Fred asked him about the key to great product design, remote working and how big corporates have come around to understanding the power of great User-Experience (UX).
Mike Sharman, founder of marketing communications agency Retroviral, is a seasoned serial entrepreneur. Sharman recently added the moniker 'best selling author' to his resume, after his debut book "The Best Dick" flew to the Top 10 at book outlets across the country. Prior to Sharman's MC gig at Heavy Chef's end of year celebration event, Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed interrogated him on his comedic career and how it helped him to become an award-winning entrepreneur and writer.
At Heavy Chef’s end of year celebration lineup, one name that stands out from the entrepreneurs and technicians is JanuaryOne, the DJ who has taken Cape Town by storm, with residencies at some of the top clubs in South Africa. Before Heavy Chef's year end event in Cape Town, we cornered the deep thinking virtuoso to find out his thoughts on business and being an artist in South Africa.
Murray Robertson - The Heavy Chef Event on the 30th of May featured Nic Haralambous, the man behind Nic Harry, the menswear fashion outlet. Nic gave our audience a captivating look into the South African retail industry and how it compares to international retail, its fight against the growing e-commerce culture and the struggles of big name brands and department stores.