Creativity

How Easy Is It To Make Money Out Of Your YouTube Channel?

How Easy Is It To Make Money Out Of Your YouTube Channel?

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.

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

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.

Meet The Business That's Making Urban Transportation Cool

Meet The Business That's Making Urban Transportation Cool

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.

Podcast: Don Packett Reveals The Formula To Presenting Like A Leader

Podcast: Don Packett Reveals The Formula To Presenting Like A Leader

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.

Action-based Organisation 'Global Citizen' Is Changing Africa. We Asked How.

Action-based Organisation 'Global Citizen' Is Changing Africa. We Asked How.

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: How I Found Purpose In Building Libraries. (Yes, Libraries.)

Mike Schalit: How I Found Purpose In Building Libraries. (Yes, Libraries.)

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.

Mike Schalit: The 'Creativist' Whose Dream Came Alive In The Form Of Libraries

Mike Schalit: The 'Creativist' Whose Dream Came Alive In The Form Of Libraries

Mike Schalit is the Founding Partner of Net#WorkBBDO, the Chief Creative Officer at BBDO SA & Africa and Founder & Chairman of the The MAL Foundation. Mike chatted to Heavy Chef anchor Ondela Mlandu to tell us more about how he is using creativity for a purpose.

Local Film Maker On Why South Africa Is Not Winning More Oscars

Local Film Maker On Why South Africa Is Not Winning More Oscars

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.

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.

Vlogging (Part 1c of 3): 5 Points To Consider In Preparing To Vlog

Vlogging (Part 1c of 3): 5 Points To Consider In Preparing To Vlog

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.  

Township Art Entrepreneur Reveals How To Find Business Opportunities In The Midst Of The Biggest Challenges

Township Art Entrepreneur Reveals How To Find Business Opportunities In The Midst Of The Biggest Challenges

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. 

Now Boarding Digital's Head Of User-Experience Discloses Why Your Product Should Not Be A 'Side Project'

Now Boarding Digital's Head Of User-Experience Discloses Why Your Product Should Not Be A 'Side Project'

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). 

Award Winning Business Leader And Author Shares How Performing On Stage Helped To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Award Winning Business Leader And Author Shares How Performing On Stage Helped To Be A Better Entrepreneur

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. 

German Virtuoso DJ Explains The Critical Link Between Being A Creative And Being An Entrepreneur

German Virtuoso DJ Explains The Critical Link Between Being A Creative And Being An Entrepreneur

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. 

The Massive Media Opportunity Right Beneath Your Nose

The Massive Media Opportunity Right Beneath Your Nose

There isn’t a business owner or HR manager who doesn’t get cold sweats just thinking about what their employees do, say, and share on social media. The scale of the business risk is tough to stomach, but there’s a golden marketing opportunity just waiting to be unlocked.

Heavy Chef Magazine: The Creativity Edition

Heavy Chef Magazine: The Creativity Edition

Yes! The third edition is up for grabs. Featuring the creme of Africa’s creative crop, you won’t find more inspiring goodness than in the shiny pages of Heavy Chef Magazine: The Creativity Edition. Topics covered include Virtual Reality, creative SEO, social media, viral campaigns and the science of creativity. The Heavy Chefs in this edition include Alistair King, Sammy-Jane Every, Mike Sharman, Fred Roed, Uno de Waal, Alexandra van Tonder, Fran Luckin and the almighty Xolisa Dyeshana.