2019

President Thabo Mbeki: Only Human Capital Can Change Society For The Better

President Thabo Mbeki: Only Human Capital Can Change Society For The Better

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.

Brand Maven And Creative Problem Solver Sizakele Marutlulle On The New F-Word

Brand Maven And Creative Problem Solver Sizakele Marutlulle On The New F-Word

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?

SA Surfing Champ Roxy Davis On How Surfing Prepared Her For The Business World

SA Surfing Champ Roxy Davis On How Surfing Prepared Her For The Business World

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.

Discovery Co-Founders Adrian Gore And Barry Swartzberg On Discovery's Remarkable Rise To Success

Discovery Co-Founders Adrian Gore And Barry Swartzberg On Discovery's Remarkable Rise To Success

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.

Cape Town Hip Hop Sensation YoungstaCPT Unpacks The Challenges Of Being An Entertainer Entrepreneur

Cape Town Hip Hop Sensation YoungstaCPT Unpacks The Challenges Of Being An Entertainer Entrepreneur

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.

Valter Adão: Future Of Work And How Technology Can Resolve The Unemployment Crisis

Valter Adão: Future Of Work And How Technology Can Resolve The Unemployment Crisis

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.

Heavy Chef And Ghetto Sessions Launch Heavy Chef 'Raw' Series

 Heavy Chef And Ghetto Sessions Launch Heavy Chef 'Raw' Series

Heavy Chef, in collaboration with Ghetto Sessions, is launching 'The Raw Sessions', a series of inspirational events in the heart of Khayelitsha, on August 3rd. Each event will comprise of a full day of talks, presentations and creative performances. The inaugural session will feature national celebrities Zolani from Freshlyground, radio and television show host Danilo Acquisto and the co-founder of Bridges For Music, Thulani ‘DJ Fosta’ Headman, in addition to local talent from the community.

Rapelang Rabana: Responsiveness In The 4th Industrial Revolution

Rapelang Rabana: Responsiveness In The 4th Industrial Revolution

Rapelang Rabana is an internationally renowned tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, speaker, digital thought leader, and business leader. Her honors include; Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum; Fast Company Maverick; Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum; Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Rapelang presents her revolutionary ideas that approach measuring competency differently.

Valter Adão: The Future Of Jobs In South Africa

Valter Adão: The Future Of Jobs In South Africa

Valter is a true digital leader, recognized globally as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination, and emerging technologies. He is also a member of the Singularity University and a recipient of the Constellation Transformation 150 award.

In this HC exclusive video, Valter was a speaker alongside Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila and Rich Mulholland, and he gets into a conversation about the future of jobs for South Africans in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.

Zolani Mahola: The Powerful African Women That Gave Life To My Music

Zolani Mahola: The Powerful African Women That Gave Life To My Music

Zolani Mahola is one of South Africa's best-known performing artists. She has worked in the top echelons of the music industry, both locally and internationally. She is also fondly known for her band’s collaboration with Shakira on the World Cup 2010 anthem, Waka Waka. A few months ago, Zolani was the MC of our event with Imogen Heap, check out her talk in this short, inspiring video. Zolani talks about her formative years, from being a chubby baby to a cherubic child. She speaks about some of the problems she faced and how the South African political situation provided icons that fed into her music.

Happy Ntshingila: Black Jerusalem

Happy Ntshingila: Black Jerusalem

Happy Ntshingila is the Co-Founder of Unknown Citizen. He founded South Africa's first black-owned agency, HerdBuoys Advertising in 1991. His experience stretches across working with and building a number of blue-chip brands during a successful 30-year career. His experience straddles the ICT, FMCG, media and broadcast sectors, working with leading brands in all those sectors.

Ian Russell: Fuzzy Logic In Big Business

Ian Russell: Fuzzy Logic In Big Business

Ian Russell is a corporate leader who has spent decades in the boardrooms of major blue chip companies in South Africa and across the world. In his collection of thought provoking essays entitled, The Other End of the Telescope, Russell unpacks his experiences working in the corporate sector. At Workshop17 in March 2019, Ian gave a stirring presentation on the Heavy Chef stage about the particular problem of ‘fuzzy logic’.

Rich Mulholland: Knowledge Is Overrated

Rich Mulholland: Knowledge Is Overrated

Rich Mulholland a best-selling author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of exciting new startup TalkDrawer, a platform that helps managers be leaders through presentations. He bestrides the stage like a colossus, owning and driving excellence in the pursuit of free-thinking, insightful irreverence, and impassioned delivery. In this hilarious and insightful presentation, Rich takes us through the similarity between intermittent fasting and how we should gather information in our professional lives. Watch, listen and learn.

S'onqoba Vuba: Africa Must Embrace Technology To Solve Education

S'onqoba Vuba: Africa Must Embrace Technology To Solve Education

S'onqoba Vuba is a disruptor in the education space. Currently, S'onqoba is Managing Director of Perpetu8, an advisory and implementation consultancy for SMME’s. In a succinct and powerful presentation, S’onqoba speaks of the importance of rethinking education in the shadow of the 4th Industrial Revolution. She shares her views on how we can use technolog improve the way we, as humans, can improve our day-to-day living in the digital age.

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With The Education Problem

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With The Education Problem

There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.

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.

Alexandria Procter - Co-Founder of Student Accommodation Start-Up

Alexandria Procter - Co-Founder of Student Accommodation Start-Up

Alexandria Procter's energy is infectious. While studying biology, Alexandria had the idea to connect students to student digs in a safe, user-friendly way. Her lecturer persuaded her to drop out of university to pursue her dream to build her innovative venture. Together with her co-founders, Alex has grown DigsConnect into one of South Africa's most exciting startups.

Xabiso Lombo: How I Am Contributing To The Safety Of Young People In South Africa

Xabiso Lombo: How I Am Contributing To The Safety Of Young People In South Africa

African student entrepreneur Xabiso Lombo is creating a vital resource for young people trying to make a better life in Africa. The problem she's trying to solve? Safety. In this energetic talk, Xabiso relates how she came from a dusty town in the Eastern Cape to creating a tech company that will enable young folks in South Africa to carry on with their lives without the pervasive feeling of helplessness in the face of crime while studying.

Mvelo Hlophe: How My Startup Is Gamifying Coding Education

Mvelo Hlophe: How My Startup Is Gamifying Coding Education

Mvelo Hlophe has a presidential air about him. Strong, confident and enigmatic on stage, Mvelo is the CEO of the exciting new student startup Zaio. Mvelo related to a riveted Heavy Chef audience on Thursday 2 May, 2019 at Workshop17 in Cape Town. Mvelo gave some insights as to why Zaio is such an important idea, and some glimpses of how hard it is to run a business behind the scenes - particularly when you're a student at the same time.