Marlon Parker is a true African entrepreneur phenomenon. Together with his wife, he started a very special project in the underserved area of Langa, outside of Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa. "RLabs is in the business of hope," according to Parker. Since its inception, the project has reached over 9m people and operates in 23 countries. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, anchor Caley van der Kolk finds out the secret recipe that Marlon has been wielding in creating such a remarkable and impactive South African success story.
Monde Sitole is an astonishing young South African. He is an educator, philosopher, fundraiser, entrepreneur, social activist and mountain climber. Monde has already climbed 4 out 7 of the world's highest peaks and now, in his mid-twenties, he intends to scale the other three - including Mt Everest without bottled oxygen. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, our intrepid anchor, Caley van der Kolk hikes the Cape Town's most sedentary peak, Constantia Nek (Everest, it ain't) - and gleans an extraordinary lesson from an extraordinary individual.
Danilo Acquisto is the CEO of Special Effects Media South Africa, the only official YouTube partner in the country. He started his media career when he became one of the three inaugural winners of SABC’s Presenter Search. Today, he’s a presenter on Afternoon Express on SABC3 with Jeannie D and Bonnie Mbuli. Fred Roed managed to catch up with Danilo in between appointments in this young dynamo's crazy-busy schedule to find out more about the Online Video Revolution.
In 2014, water activist Mina Guli did something extraordinary. She ran 40 marathons in 40 days, tracing the world's greatest rivers - and initiating one of the digital industry's most iconic influencer campaigns to boot. At the time, Heleen Mills was tasked by African education / advisory firm Treeshake to project manage the social media component of Mina's quest. On the Heavy Chef stage, Heleen manages to capture the essence of the task in a heart-warming, funny and essential presentation.
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.
Ecommerce in South Africa has reached the 1% mark of total retail spend in the country. That may seem small, but it’s actually a huge deal. Ecommerce and starting an online business is growing at a rapid rate in South Africa so naturally, everyone wants a piece of the ecommerce pie. Together with our long term supporter, payments company Payfast, Heavy Chef presents a three part series on online business in South Africa. Ecommerce is no longer a fledgling niche within the business sector on the African continent. It is the domain of big businesses and small startups alike.
On Thursday 14th December, entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ and Huawei Mate10 Pro revealed SA’s top 5 most exciting startups as nominated by industry peers. The keynote speaker on the evening was Silicon Valley’s ‘Unicorn Whisperer’ Zach Coelius, who also led a business Masterclass earlier in the day.
The rise of a young African entrepreneur is always a story that feels right at home. At only 27 years old, Hilda Moraa is on Forbes’s list of Promising Young Africans. Moraa is the co-founder of Weza Tele - a Kenyan fintech startup that was recently acquired by Ghanaian financial services group, Afb for $1.7 million.
Recruit Digital is a name that is associated with all things digital. We cornered Alex Martins, founder and managing director of Recruit Digital, and forced him to tell us how on earth he has created this niche recruitment agency is a market that is growing at a rapid pace.
The Leadership Edition. In this time of reshuffling cabinets and building walls, God knows we need some of that good stuff. Who better than Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela to show us the way. We chose Madiba for our cover, because, well, we miss him. Featuring some of Africa's top business leaders, billionaires, hundred-millionaires and newly funded startup grommets, this edition aims to inspire and empower you to get cracking with your own path to leadership.
Here it is at last. The long-awaited Heavy Chef Magazine: The Technology Edition. Tech being the order of the day at HC, it kinda makes sense that we focus an entire journal on the topic, right? Well, wait no longer. We’ve published a comprehensive magnum opus covering the most salient topics in Tech on the African continent.
Fees will fall! - well, not quite yet, but until they do here is a free edition of the Heavy Chef magazine: The Education Edition. Edited and overseen by the irrepressible Mike Perk, Co-founder of digital innovation agency WWC, this magazine features some of the brightest minds in education on the African continent. The Education Edition includes entries and interviews with Sam Paddock, Sean Riley and Tarryn Knight.
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.
The second edition is here. Curated by the Heavy Chef team, assisted by the good people at WWC and contributed to by the developers in the HC community, this thing is a nerd tour-de-force. In this issue, we focus on e-commerce and the people behind the burgeoning African industry. You may not understand all of it, but you’ll certainly look like a smart fella when someone peers over your shoulder to see what you’re reading.