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.
Creativity has been proclaimed the skill of the future. It was, therefore, an easy decision to launch our latest series Heavy Chef Raw in one of Cape Town’s most creative communities, Khayelitsha. A jam-packed day of talks, presentations and performances, Heavy Chef Raw: The Business of Being Creative was an exciting first in a collaborative series between Heavy Chef and Ghetto Sessions.
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.
Orgasmic Gawulo is a fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Gugulethu, founded by Thulani Mguda and Tumi Mayenge through love, sweat, and tears. Thulani's story is one of trials and tribulation with a thread of hope and vision running through every word he speaks. In this Heavy Chef interview that he gave with Siyabonga Wilson Mbaba, Thulani takes us along the tough road he walked to get where he is today.
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.
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.
When I think about life in these terms, it’s surprisingly liberating to me. In all the complexity of existence, the building blocks are brutally simple - fear and desire of the consequences that exist deep within our sub-conscious. However, there is a staggering truth at the end of it: most of these consequences don’t exist.
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.
Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa spoke to A1 rated scientist and one of the most world-renowned commentators on nutritional behaviour, Professor Tim Noakes, on the notoriously bad eating and lifestyle habits displayed by entrepreneurs. Prof Tim speaks out on what people are doing wrong, and how they should adjust their behaviour or face some fairly serious consequences.
World renowned action-based community group, Global Citizen has announced Heavy Chef as a community partner in efforts to further provide education opportunities to South Africans, with a special focus on leadership, innovation and technology. Global Citizen is the organisation that brought global superstars Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin to South Africa last year. The partnership will allow Global Citizen’s community of close to 300,000 members in South Africa attain tickets to Heavy Chef’s learning experiences through committing action towards good causes.
2018 has been a tumultuous one, in the the entrepreneurial sector. We have seen several startups grow from concept pitches into well-respected brands in their fields and others shutter their doors. To celebrate the achievements of a long, hard slog of a year, on the 1st of November, Heavy Chef and Nedgroup Investments opened a public poll for nominations of SA’s Most Exciting Startups of 2018, and the response we received was outstanding. The event on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at Workshop17 to showcase the winners was even more outstanding.
Andrew Smith started Yuppiechef with his dear friend Shane Dryden over a decade ago. From selling a handful of products in its first year, it is a now an internationally recognised business that is generating hundreds of millions in turnover. In this action-packed presentation in November 2018, Andrew explains why, in the face of retail doom and gloom, Yuppiechef's decision to launch its retails stores across South Africa was a no-brainer.
Recently, the founder of socially-conscious design agency Creative Seed, Lee Rael and his team launched SeedPod, a podcast seeking to unearth the impactive, socially relevant entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond. Last week, Lee interviewed Heavy Chef founder Fred Roed to chat about failure, success, the entrepreneurial challenges in South Africa and Fred’s new venture.
A collaboration of tech ecosystem organisations, including Silicon Cape, Heavy Chef, Startup Grind Cape Town, Future Females, Startupbootcamp, Workshop17, Inner City Ideas Cartel and CiTi, today announced the launch of the inaugural ‘Cape Town Startup Week’, which aims to celebrate a year of entrepreneurial endeavour in the Western Cape. The week has been set for Monday 3rd December, running to Thursday 6th December 2018.
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.