Discovery Insure CEO Anton Ossip recognises the value in supporting SMEs in a developing country. In order to solve the problem of unemployment and poverty, we need to create jobs - plenty of them. Stimulating the entrepreneur sector is probably the most powerful way we can create jobs right now. Ossip chats to Caley Africa about shared value and supporting entrepreneurship.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a renown intellectual and an authority on the subject of education in Africa. Joining us for the second iteration of the ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Mr. Mbeki addresses the violence and disorder in South Africa, one of the issues we have to overcome in order to meet the challenge of education and thrive.
She’s coined a (much needed!) new word to define a special breed of woman. For advertising legend Sizakele Marutlulle, a ’Fentreprenuer’ is a woman who is clear about the gift they bring to the world. A woman who is focused on her growth and that of her community. She is gritty, generous and committed to being great at what she does. Sounds like the HC community of women, doesn’t it?
From dreaming of being a mermaid as a little girl to deep freediving and swimming with the sea’s magical creatures, Hanli Prinsloo is the definition of someone who is living her passion and protecting what she loves along the way. A writer, speaker and ocean conservationist, she’s also the founder I Am Water, an ocean conservation trust that’s committed to sustaining the world's oceans through human experiences.
A ‘salty, barefoot surfer girl at heart’, Roxy was born to do what she does. And it shows, with nine national championships under her fin. In 2017, she was the first person to ever represent South Africa in all three surfing disciplines. Today, she not only owns a successful business Surf Emporium but is using her passion for positive impact through The Roxy Davis Foundation.
Graeme Wilson, founder of award-winning legal firm 'Whipping The Cat', sees law differently. Starting his career pacing the hallways of large corporates, working for multi-national firms. In Part 1 he spoke about 'New Law' and how the legal profession is changing. In Part 2, Graeme talks about the bare bones basics of what entrepreneurs need to know in starting and growing their businesses. This is a must watch video for anyone who's embarking on an entrepreneurial journey.
Last month, the newly-hatched Heavy Chef Foundation collaborated with Nedgroup Investments to bring Niket Desai and Valter Adão to a scintillating event at Workshop17 in Sandton. Valter Adão is the Chief Digital Officer at Deloitte Africa and a member of Singularity University. Valter travels around the world teaching people about the Revolution that is happening and how our lives are being irrevocably changed. In this fascinating interview with CEO of Heavy Chef, Fred Roed, Valter shares some of these insights and what we can do to survive and thrive.
Jonathan Smit is the founder and MD of Payfast, which last week was at the centre of the largest-ever acquisition in the African payments sector, after selling a majority stake to Kenyan-based DPO Group.. Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa investigates the journey that Smit has been on over the past decade, growing Payfast into an international payments powerhouse.
Graeme Wilson, founder of award-winning legal firm 'Whipping The Cat', sees law differently. Starting his career pacing the hallways of large corporates, working for multi-national firms. This shaped his outlook on law, and underpinned his foundational belief that law should be accessible and mobile - and ultimately evolutionary. In this interview, the first of two parts, Graeme shares how law is being disrupted internationally and what we need to know. Graeme also shares the story behind the iconic name of his company.
Thulani Headman is a truly inspirational character. Coming from a musical family, Thulani grew up in Langa and excelled at sport in his early years. In this remarkable interview with Heavy Chef's Siyabonga Mbaba, Thulani explains his own role models, his family inspiration and his stint in Pollsmoor after being sentenced for criminal activities in the gangster-ridden Cape Flats. Prison became an unlikely learning opportunity for a burgeoning musical career.
In the first of Heavy Chef's 'Inspire' Series of events, in partnership with Discovery Business Insurance, the two original co-founders of Discovery Health Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg shared the stage with Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed to reminisce on their iconic company's journey over the past 25 years.
In one of the most surprising, refreshing and impactive talks ever seen on the Heavy Chef stage, Cape Town's latest hip hop phenom, YoungstaCPT, presents his hypothesis on why it is so challenging for creative entrepreneurs to succeed out of South Africa. YoungstaCPT, otherwise known as Riyadh Roberts, spoke at the first Heavy Chef 'Raw' Session in Khayelitsha, in the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.
In a remarkable interview with a truly remarkable individual, Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa chats to South African surfing legend Roxy Davis on her extraordinary rise from nine-times national surfing champion to creating the iconic surf apparel and experience company 'Roxy's Surfing Emporium'. Roxy presents fascinating insights into what it takes to be a winner at sport, at business, and at life.
Valter Adao is the Chief Digital & Innovation Officer of Deloitte Africa. In July 2019, Valter gave an outstanding presentation to a packed audience at Workshop17 in Sandton. Valter leads a diverse team of specialists who create a leading digital ecosystem to assist organisations in understanding and undergoing Digital Transformation. In this seminal talk, Valter explains why the future of work looks so scary, and what we can do to use it to our advantage.
Inspirational Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi visited one of Heavy Chef's most entrepreneurial community members, Sikelela Dibela, at his vibrant coffee shop in the heart of Khayelitsha. Siki's makes one of the best brews in the Western Cape, and his shop is constantly filled with local entrepreneurs, artisans and creatives who love the combination of wifi and silky smooth cappuccinos. Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed and Heavy Chef Project Manager Siyabonga Mbaba spoke to Kolisi about his leadership experience and some of the most salient lessons he's learned along his incredible journey.
JONGA is a low-cost community-based alarm system for townships and other low-income areas that allows for real-time crime reporting and community responses. Safety is a basic human right, and Ntsako recognized a great injustice in security companies that were not offering affordable security measures to South African's. In this interview, we learn what motivated Ntsako to start JONGA, during his second year of studies.
Being a finalist on Top Chef SA brought Ayabonga Gope into the public eye as a rising star in the food industry. The experience was one of Ayabonga's highlights in his career and equipped Ayabonga with the confidence needed to pursue the culinary profession full-time. How did Ayabonga go from making eggs, rice, and tomato sauce for friends, in his home in Khayelitsha, to cooking for high profiled guests in their homes around Cape Town?
Heavy Chef introduces a special guest onto our Show, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of the proudly South African band, Freshlyground. Zolani Mahola truly embodies the image of prosperity for many aspiring South African artists. In this interview, Zolani (in a stunning locally-made outfit) speaks from her heart with our amazing Heavy Chef anchor, Caley Africa (also in a stunning outfit), about 'the business side of creative output'.
Last week, the newly-hatched Heavy Chef Foundation collaborated with Nedgroup Investments to bring one of Silicon Valley's brightest stars to South Africa. Niket Desai started his first company in college and sold it to Google before his 25th birthday. Niket now presides over a $120b fund for the University of California. In this fascinating interview, Heavy Chef CEO chats to Desai about the early days of startup life to the heady period of rapid scaling.
The story of Ukhamba is rich with history and tradition in the African Culture. Head brewer and co-founder of Ukhamba Beerworx, Lethu Tshabangu talks with Siyabonga Wilson Mbaba about what it takes to start a successful brewing company in South Africa. The story of Lethu’s successes and Ukhamba Beerworx is motivation for anyone to turn their passion into a business.