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.
Why is it important for entrepreneurs to learn to present and communicate well? Rich Mulholland, a seasoned public speaker and entrepreneur who has started multiple businesses, including SA's largest presentation firm, Missing Link, chats to Fred Roed about the must-have skill of building a presentation that works. Rich says you have to “give the audience a reason to care. You’ve got to buy an audience’s attention before you sell them anything – even an idea.” Sharing from his own career and experience with TED Talks, this maestro in public speaking tells all about presentation techniques and tools to get people on your side and to respond to your “call to action”.
We lock down the Bolt Country Manager in the Heavy Chef hot-seat to talk about Bolt for Business, an inventive platform that offers a convenient and cost-efficient solution to business travel. In this interview, we hear from Gareth Taylor on why Bolt sees an opportunity for their 'Bolt for Business' model to succeed in South Africa
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.
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.
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.
Are you an African startup looking to grow your business on a larger scale? Moka Smart City is inviting you to participate to their first ‘Grand Challenge’, targeting African startups. Moka Smart City Mobility, the organisation behind this challenge, aims to make entrepreneurs aware of business opportunities within the green mobility space. Based in Mauritius, Moka Smart City is launching the Grand Challenge in order to identify start-ups that can offer smart, eco-friendly solutions.
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.
South Africa’s economy depends on small businesses and in order to understand how they’re getting on and what they need to continue thriving, we have to ask them the right questions. By talking to 400 small business owners and 200 accountants, we get a better idea of what they’re struggling with, and what their plans are. This year’s report focuses on two main and current themes for small businesses: instability and uncertainty, though not without a bit of optimism.
We’re less than a week away from the launch of Ian Russell’s new book, The Other End of The Telescope. The Heavy Chef team is excited to have a lineup of powerhouses on our Cape Town and Joburg stages. A new addition to the Cape Town leg of the book launch is one of Africa and South Africa’s finest public speakers, someone who is no stranger to the Heavy Chef community.
The future looks bright for young women who aspire to leave their mark in the world of science and technology. Something is happening in the technology industry right now –the diversity pendulum is finally starting to swing. A Non-Profit Organisation called Inspiring Fifty celebrates 50 most inspiring South African women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) annually.
Building a business is one of the best ways to achieve financial freedom, fulfillment, and positive impact in the world simultaneously. While the early stages of trying to build your business can be overwhelming, there are some strategies to keep you motivated, determined, and on track. We glean wisdom from entrepreneurs such as Carol Boyes and Yuppiechef CEO Andrew Smith around building your business plan.
Student entrepreneurship has long been a thing even before Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook. In May, we’ve invited four of the hottest startup founders in South Africa to speak on the Heavy Chef stage and regale us with the opportunities and challenges of being a student entrepreneur. We’re joined by Don Weiss, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, to round off a stellar evening. These four students are innovative and hungry to drive their business ideas for the continent to benefit.