interview

Discovery's Anton Ossip On How Insurance and Entrepreneurship Go Together

Discovery's Anton Ossip On How Insurance and Entrepreneurship Go Together

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.

Freediving Champion Hanli Prinsloo On The Value Of Picking Your Own Story

Freediving Champion Hanli Prinsloo On The Value Of Picking Your Own Story

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.

Entrepreneurs: These Are The Legal Basics You Must Know - Legal Advice (Part 2)

Entrepreneurs: These Are The Legal Basics You Must Know - Legal Advice (Part 2)

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.

Deloitte's Chief Digital Officer Reveals A Bleak (Yet Opportunity-Rich) Future Of Work

Deloitte's Chief Digital Officer Reveals A Bleak (Yet Opportunity-Rich) Future Of Work

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.

Payfast Founder Jonathan Smit Reflects On Africa's Biggest Payments Sector Acquisition

Payfast Founder Jonathan Smit Reflects On Africa's Biggest Payments Sector Acquisition

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.

Legal Firm 'Whipping The Cat' Founder Shares New Law Advice For Startup Entrepreneurs (Part 1)

Legal Firm 'Whipping The Cat' Founder Shares New Law Advice For Startup Entrepreneurs (Part 1)

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 AKA DJ Fosta Explains His Rise From Prison Inmate To Music Educator

Thulani Headman AKA DJ Fosta Explains His Rise From Prison Inmate To Music Educator

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.

Surfing Legend Roxy Davis On How Competitive Surfing Helped Her To Create A Business Empire

Surfing Legend Roxy Davis On How Competitive Surfing Helped Her To Create A Business Empire

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.

Siya Kolisi Visits Khayelitsha Entrepreneur Hotspot And Shares His Top Leadership Lessons

Siya Kolisi Visits Khayelitsha Entrepreneur Hotspot And Shares His Top Leadership Lessons

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.

Ntsako Mgiba, CEO, And Co-Founder Of JONGA Are Offering Affordable Crime Prevention Solutions In South Africa

Ntsako Mgiba, CEO, And Co-Founder Of JONGA Are Offering Affordable Crime Prevention Solutions In South Africa

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.

From Cooking At Home In Khayelitsha To Celebrated Private Chef In South Africa

From Cooking At Home In Khayelitsha To Celebrated Private Chef In South Africa

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?

Freshlyground's Zolani Mahola On The Business Side Of Being Creative

Freshlyground's Zolani Mahola On The Business Side Of Being Creative

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'.

Silicon Valley Wunderkind Niket Desai On Diversity, Scale And Selling His First Startup To Google

Silicon Valley Wunderkind Niket Desai On Diversity, Scale And Selling His First Startup To Google

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.

How This Brewer Turned His Side Hustle Into A Viable Venture

How This Brewer Turned His Side Hustle Into A Viable Venture

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.

Thulani Mguda: From Humble Beginnings To Co-Founding A Fine Dining Restaurant In Gugulethu

Thulani Mguda: From Humble Beginnings To Co-Founding A Fine Dining Restaurant In Gugulethu

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.

Power Couple Danielle Withers LeChat And Tim Withers Talk Candidly About Female Empowerment.

Power Couple Danielle Withers LeChat And Tim Withers Talk Candidly About Female Empowerment.

In this interview, we host the power couple, Tim Withers and Danielle Withers LeChat to talk about what companies can do better to protect the rights of women and mothers in the workplace. Tim and Danielle share their Individual experiences of the challenges they faced in the workplace when Danielle fell ill with serious Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the infamous and potentially deadly morning sickness-ailment related to pregnancy.

Veteran Videographer Justin Sandmann's Top Advice For Making Great Movies

Veteran Videographer Justin Sandmann's Top Advice For Making Great Movies

Heavy Chef interviews Justin Sandman the founder of Sandmann Film & TV Productions to talk about what it takes for a visual story-teller to make a name in the South African Film Industry. Justin shares world-class advice, not only specific to aspiring filmmakers out there, but also to those who have chosen creative professions in the digital age.

Why Thulani 'DJ Fosta' Headman Is Building A Bridge Between Music And Business

Why Thulani 'DJ Fosta' Headman Is Building A Bridge Between Music And Business

In this inspiring interview, we get up close and personal with Thulani' DJ Fosta' Headman, the Operations Manager of Bridges For Music, an education facility in the heart of South Africa's oldest township, Langa. This incredible NPO recognizes the abundant creativity of the youth in South Africa, Bridges For Music nurtures musical talent with the necessary business, self-care and technical skills that each artist needs to further their success on international platforms.

The Healthy Business Podcast #1: Starting Your Business, With Barry Swartzberg

The Healthy Business Podcast #1: Starting Your Business, With Barry Swartzberg

In 1992, Discovery was a small business breaking into the market. Barry Swartzberg chats to Fred about why, when it comes to entrepreneurship, you need to 'fall in love with the process’. Listen to Barry’s insights on growing a business that was recently ranked as the second-strongest insurance brand in the world.

Verity Price: How I Became The First Crowdfunder Of A Music Project In South Africa

Verity Price: How I Became The First Crowdfunder Of A Music Project In South Africa

Verity Price pushed the boundaries of the music industry back in 2005 when she started the first music crowdfunding campaign in SA to raise R300,000 for the release of her album. Amongst her many other successes, Verity is a well-known South African Singer/Songwriter who was forced to think outside of the box to bring her next album into fruition.