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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.

Valter Adão: The Future Of Jobs In South Africa

Valter Adão: The Future Of Jobs In South Africa

Valter is a true digital leader, recognized globally as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination, and emerging technologies. He is also a member of the Singularity University and a recipient of the Constellation Transformation 150 award.

In this HC exclusive video, Valter was a speaker alongside Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila and Rich Mulholland, and he gets into a conversation about the future of jobs for South Africans in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Groundbreaking Accelerator Announces 10 Finalist Companies From 400 Applications

Groundbreaking Accelerator Announces 10 Finalist Companies From 400 Applications

Innovation is what shines through each of the 10 scale-up companies that have been selected for Knife Capital’s first Johannesburg Grindstone Accelerator program. Grindstone is a structured entrepreneurship development program, jointly owned by Knife Capital and Thinkroom Consulting, that assists high-growth innovation-driven SMEs to become sustainable and fundable. Knife Capital joined forces this year with the SA SME Fund and Deloitte to run the program in Johannesburg.

SweepSouth Receives R30-million Investment From Naspers' $100m Foundry Fund

SweepSouth Receives R30-million Investment From Naspers' $100m Foundry Fund

SweepSouth revealed that it is the recipient of a R30-million investment by Naspers. In October last year, Naspers announced that it had created a $100m fund aiming at investing, via its venture capital fund Naspers Foundry, in local South African startups. SweepSouth is the first significant deal within the fund to be concluded. SweepSouth, founded in 2014 by Aisha Pandor and husband Alen Ribic is an online cleaning services platform that connects clients with domestic cleaners. Sweepsouth’s charismatic CEO Aisha Pandor has featured regularly on the Heavy Chef platform.

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

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.

Fugly Art Museum: Creativity Is A Living For Young People

Fugly Art Museum: Creativity Is A Living For Young People

It's Youth Month in South Africa, and we're casting the net out looking for young people making a strong impact on society. There is an art gallery in the heart of Khayelitsha called Fugly, where two young ladies are making waves. Heavy Chef anchor Ondela Mlandu chatted to them about their aims and aspirations, why art is so important to the community, and how creativity can equate to making a living for young people today.

New Fintech Startup Plans To Invest R1b In SMEs Over Next 5 Years

New Fintech Startup Plans To Invest R1b In SMEs Over Next 5 Years

Idan Jaan is a co-founder of new SME financing entity Fundrr. Speaking to Heavy Chef, he outlined the origin of the idea: “SMEs in South Africa do not last longer than three years due to the fact that they cannot get access to proper funding to either expand, grow or continue operating. We believe that accessing credit should not be a strenuous process - and so, we formed Fundrr.”

South African Regtech Business Intergreatme Crowdfunds A Record R32-million In 10 Days

South African Regtech Business Intergreatme Crowdfunds A Record R32-million In 10 Days

South Africa’s emergent regtech player Intergreatme raised over R32 million – R6-million over its original target – in just 10 days. This follows the launch last Tuesday of its public equity drive via Uprise Africa’s crowdfunding platform.

Craig Rodney: How To Grow An Instagram Following

Craig Rodney: How To Grow An Instagram Following

Craig is a legend in the social media universe. For much of his career, Craig has headed up social media and PR agencies. In this riveting interview, Heavy Chef Content Manager Ondela Mlandu pries Craig to reveal some of the strategic tips, technical secrets and tactical techniques he's used to become such an instant Insta-sensation.

The Two Factors That Drive You To Success (And Stop You From Succeeding)

The Two Factors That Drive You To Success (And Stop You From Succeeding)

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.

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With The Education Problem

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With The Education Problem

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.

One Of Africa's Finest Public Speakers Joins Next Week's Event Lineup

One Of Africa's Finest Public Speakers Joins Next Week's Event Lineup

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.

Four Of South Africa's Top Student Startups On How They're Changing The World

Four Of South Africa's Top Student Startups On How They're Changing The World

On Thursday 2 May at Workshop17 Watershed, Heavy Chef invited Alexandria Procter of DigsConnect, Mvelo Hlophe of Zaio, Xabiso Lombo of Guardian Gabriel and Tamir Shklaz of Quillo to present their fast growing enterprises to an enthralled Cape Town audience. What do these four startups have in common? They were all formulated in the dorm rooms of one of South Africa’s top universities.

Professor Don Weiss: 15 Golden Lessons For South African Entrepreneurs

Professor Don Weiss: 15 Golden Lessons For South African Entrepreneurs

Professor Weiss of Columbia University took the stage to speak to the Heavy Chef audience about some of the lessons he has picked up over a lifetime of meeting and teaching entrepreneurs. He shared 15 quick-fire lessons with our audience that you can now watch in this 14-minute video.

Xabiso Lombo: How I Am Contributing To The Safety Of Young People In South Africa

Xabiso Lombo: How I Am Contributing To The Safety Of Young People In South Africa

African student entrepreneur Xabiso Lombo is creating a vital resource for young people trying to make a better life in Africa. The problem she's trying to solve? Safety. In this energetic talk, Xabiso relates how she came from a dusty town in the Eastern Cape to creating a tech company that will enable young folks in South Africa to carry on with their lives without the pervasive feeling of helplessness in the face of crime while studying.

Mike Schalit: The 'Creativist' Whose Dream Came Alive In The Form Of Libraries

Mike Schalit: The 'Creativist' Whose Dream Came Alive In The Form Of Libraries

Mike Schalit is the Founding Partner of Net#WorkBBDO, the Chief Creative Officer at BBDO SA & Africa and Founder & Chairman of the The MAL Foundation. Mike chatted to Heavy Chef anchor Ondela Mlandu to tell us more about how he is using creativity for a purpose.

Professor Tim Noakes On What Entrepreneurs Need To Do To Curb Bad Eating Habits

Professor Tim Noakes On What Entrepreneurs Need To Do To Curb Bad Eating Habits

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.

Social Media For Business: A New Series Of Learning Experiences From Heavy Chef

Social Media For Business: A New Series Of Learning Experiences From Heavy Chef

Heavy Chef today announced a new series of events and masterclasses focusing on implementing social media advertising for business. Over the next few months, the Heavy Chef platform, which provides learning experiences for entrepreneurs will be offering evening events with experienced professionals revealing the strategic insights and technical wizardry required to build an essential and impactive social strategy for business.

Event: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018 - An Evening Of Celebration

Event: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018 - An Evening Of Celebration

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.

'Master Of Scale' Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski On Magic Ingredients Of Scaling Your Startup

'Master Of Scale' Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski On Magic Ingredients Of Scaling Your Startup

On the 6th December 2018, Heavy Chef in partnership with Nedgroup Investments, is bringing Silicon Valley ‘Master of Scale’ Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski to Cape Town for an exclusive four-hour Masterclass on scaling businesses. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef spoke to Gabe in anticipation of his visit.