Mike Schalit is the Founding Partner, Net#WorkBBDO, the Chief Creative Officer, BBDO SA & Africa and Founder & Chairman of the The MAL Foundation. He took a seat on the Heavy Chef hot seat to tell us more about how he is using creativity for a purpose.
Ian was CEO of BCX, South Africa's largest technology company, with a turnover of $2bn, and an employee base of 10,000. Ian's tenure saw a focused re-engineering of the company, simplifying the core of the business, creating new technology capabilities, and a massive shift of the brand towards innovation and disruption. BCX Disrupt was his baby. Ian is a master at transforming brands and scaling them. In this presentation, Ian talks about the importance of staying relevant in your field and evolving markets.
Jonty Acton created, wrote, produced and directed the 13-part Wildlife Reality TV series Frontier Vets, which premiered on SABC 3 in 2016 and has gone on to achieve international recognition. Now, Jonty is embarking on his next big challenge - making a feature length South African film, called Break In. Heavy Chef’s CEO Fred Roed chatted to Jonty about being a film maker and creative entrepreneur - and asked him to weigh in on some thorny topics in the industry.
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.
Our intrepid Show Host, Ms Caley van der Kolk, has been travelling the world over the past few months meeting some of the world's most influential people. Armed with a Canon E700 and a Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Caley has been capturing footage of the interactions she's had - and now sharing it on the Heavy Chef channel 'Raw'. In the midst of all this travelling, Caley has written a three part series about her thoughts on Vlogging. Is this a good idea for your personal brand? Is this something your company should consider? Read Caley's article here.
Heavy Chef spoke to Abongile Salli, an art entrepreneur who aims to uplift the township creative community by identifying latent artistic talent and finding a home for their work in African hotels and restaurants. Abongile Salli is 24yrs old, born and bred in Cape Town and complimented his grade 12 in Thandokhulu High School by graduating from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, majoring in Sport Management. Abongile has faced down significant hardship to get his business off the ground - and he shares the lessons that he has learned along the way.
Heavy Chef's CEO Fred Roed spoke to Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder and head of User Experience at Now Boarding Digital. He is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he is involved in digital projects for the European market. Fred asked him about the key to great product design, remote working and how big corporates have come around to understanding the power of great User-Experience (UX).
Mike Sharman, founder of marketing communications agency Retroviral, is a seasoned serial entrepreneur. Sharman recently added the moniker 'best selling author' to his resume, after his debut book "The Best Dick" flew to the Top 10 at book outlets across the country. Prior to Sharman's MC gig at Heavy Chef's end of year celebration event, Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed interrogated him on his comedic career and how it helped him to become an award-winning entrepreneur and writer.
At Heavy Chef’s end of year celebration lineup, one name that stands out from the entrepreneurs and technicians is JanuaryOne, the DJ who has taken Cape Town by storm, with residencies at some of the top clubs in South Africa. Before Heavy Chef's year end event in Cape Town, we cornered the deep thinking virtuoso to find out his thoughts on business and being an artist in South Africa.
Murray Robertson - The Heavy Chef Event on the 30th of May featured Nic Haralambous, the man behind Nic Harry, the menswear fashion outlet. Nic gave our audience a captivating look into the South African retail industry and how it compares to international retail, its fight against the growing e-commerce culture and the struggles of big name brands and department stores.