In order to build a business, you need to sell something. In order to sell something, you need customers. In order to ensure your customers keep coming back, you need those customers to feel like they're part of a community. What is this thing called 'community'? To answer this question, Heavy Chef is hosting three of the most consummate community builders in South Africa on the Heavy Chef stage on the 3rd December, in Cape Town.
The Heavy Chef team spent a rainy spring morning with one of South Africa’s most iconic individuals and a founding father of our young democracy, Albie Sachs. Speaking to Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed, Sachs related the moment the Apartheid South African police finally caught up with him and planted a car bomb in his vehicle in Mozambique. They failed to kill him, but he lost his arm and his eye in the explosion. Sachs’ biggest lesson? Literally, that an ‘eye for an eye’ vengeance doesn’t work.
The Healthy Business Show is a business podcast that tells the stories of South Africa’s compelling business personalities. Launched earlier this year, the idea behind the podcast was to unveil the behaviours and habits behind healthy businesses. Since the first episode aired in April, the podcast has become one of the most downloaded business podcasts in South Africa. Yesterday, Heavy Chef received the news that The Healthy Business Show is a finalist in the International Content Marketing Awards to be held in London on the 26 November.
At two invitation-only briefings, in Cape Town Workshop17 15 October, and Johannesburg Workshop17 17 October, Heavy Chef will release the results of the largest and most comprehensive study into the learning habits of entrepreneurs in South Africa ever conducted. The 2019 Edition will mark the first of what will be an inaugural study to track the state of entrepreneur education in the country.
South African comedian Riaad Moosa talks to Fred Roed about leaving a career in medicine for his instinctual drive to pursue stand-up comedy. Riaad shares some laughs with Fred as he talks about how that instinct has now developed into a focused career with the goal of combining both his passions in a powerful way. Riaad shares his approach to his work, to social media and talks about his movie, Material. His latest experience with Netflix also brought about valuable lessons about connecting with people, becoming better at what you do, and scaling your personal brand.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Craig Rodney 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.
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 in 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.
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.
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.