Do you know the feeling? That feeling that your life is too small, like an ill-fitting sweater. Hemmed in, frustrated, feeling that something is wrong with the world, that your life and work should be more, bigger. Entrepreneurs and Heavy Chefs feel this perhaps a little more than most. We are not satisfied. There is always more to do, to build, to conquer. Yet, this can be exhausting and burn you out, not to mention leave a wake of damage as you plough forward. So what is the solution? Pierre du Plessis unpacks.
It was the second Saturday in September. I opened my eyes to a chilly morning in the largest suburb in the east coast of the Cape, a suburb called Khayelitsha. After some time (it was a Saturday morning after all), I summoned all my strength and fronted-up to this thing called life. Today was to be the twelfth round against that devilish voice in my head.
Aphelele Mtwecu is a member of the Heavy Chef community in Khayelitsha. After watching Masechaba Ndlovu’s seminal talk in Khayelitsha in September 2018, she wrote this moving piece. An intriguing event filled with laughter and tears, Masechaba started us off with her journey of moving from one country to another. This would later very much shape the person she is today. Read the full article here.
David Donde is one of the world’s most famous coffee aficionados. As the founder of Truth Coffee, which was rated by MSN and The Telegraph as the world’s best coffee shop, Dave knows a thing or two about building a coffee brand. In this incendiary article, David sheds light on the entrepreneurial trap of leading the pricing race down to the bottom. This is an article about coffee, that should be read by every entrepreneur everywhere.
ABSA or Absa has had a long, long-awaited rebrand. The first one was an unloved baby in the first place, but they had the constraints of lumping together a ragtag group of irrelevant Apartheid era banks so they were given a pass. The original rebrand was lead by the pioneering brand master Anthony Swart. So what have they done now? According to Wunderbrand founder, Nick Kuhne, a really badly rolled out rebrand where they spent all their money on a bunch of dubiously licensed drones leaving nothing left over to spend on the brand rollout.