Leadership

Former Boss Of Woolworths, Truworths, SAB Shares Six Lessons From 60 Years Of Leadership

Former Boss Of Woolworths, Truworths, SAB Shares Six Lessons From 60 Years Of Leadership

Colin Hall is a veritable titan of South African business. He has spent over 60 years managing some of the most legendary names in the African corporate world: SAB, Woolworths, Truworths and Massmart. Most recently, he's been consulting to the leaders of blue-chip clients around the world. in his remarkable Leadership Masterclass scheduled in June 2019, Colin will speak of the six most salient lessons that will truly surprise you. In this sneak preview, Colin reveals some of the highlights of the session and provides interviewer Caley Africa some food for thought.

Yuppiechef CEO Andrew Smith Reveals The Three Biggest Insights For The Future Of Ecommerce

Yuppiechef CEO Andrew Smith Reveals The Three Biggest Insights For The Future Of Ecommerce

“I think the future for most retail is going to be: this is the brand, they are a retail brand, and you can shop on your phone, you can shop on your computer, you can go into the store, or you can phone in. Integration is the retailer’s challenge,” Andrew Smith, CEO, YuppieChef reveals his three big insights for the future of ecommerce.

Requests & Promises: Making A Promise You Can't Keep Is Worse Than Saying No (Part 2 of 2)

Requests & Promises: Making A Promise You Can't Keep Is Worse Than Saying No (Part 2 of 2)

In part one of this series, WWC CEO Mike Perk offered some insight into how to make effective requests of your team. This article will explore the other side of the request, which is the subsequent agreement through a promise to keep it.

From Braai To Big Business: How Jaco Swanepoel Started A Pan-African Events Management Company

From Braai To Big Business: How Jaco Swanepoel Started A Pan-African Events Management Company

In August 2018, we managed to pin down Jaco Swanepoel, the crazy-busy founder of CueAV, events company and staging partner of Heavy Chef. In between setting AWS annual conferences and jet-setting through fifteen African countries in a month, Jaco sat at the CTICC for a chinwag. 

The Extraordinarily High Price Of Cheap Coffee

The Extraordinarily High Price Of Cheap Coffee

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.

Shaun Tomson: The Surfer's Code

Shaun Tomson: The Surfer's Code

Shaun Tomson spoke on the Heavy Chef stage, hosted in June 2018 by the amazing team at Bandwidth Barn, Lookout Hill, in Khayelitsha. Shaun addressed an audience who, largely, were not familiar with Shaun's exploits. However, the young entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha were blown away by Shaun's universal message, teaching them the power of "I WILL" and how they too can achieve greatness. 

Andre De Wet: The Seven Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Answer

Andre De Wet: The Seven Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Answer

Andre de Wet has started a host of legendary startups on the African continent. Scrappy, tenacious and incendiary smart, Andre has enviable experience in some of the most challenging regions on the planet and now, with his new business 2ndbase.co, is setting his sites on bridging the gaps between startups in developed nations and emerging regions such as Nigeria, Kenya, Philippines and India. In this succinct presentation on the Heavy Chef stage, May 2018, Andre provides a brief, hilarious and whip-smart guide for startup entrepreneurs.

How To Double Sales Conversions From Your Newsletters

How To Double Sales Conversions From Your Newsletters

You’ve been sending amazing content to your newsletter subscribers for weeks and it’s time to hit them with the sales pitch of your product or service. You craft the perfectly written newsletter with only one call to action and hit send and a few sales trickle in. You’ve hit the jackpot! Or so you thought. How about I tell you the one thing that is going to help you double those sales? It’s sitting right in your newsletter stats that you’ve without a doubt seen, but never knew what it meant.

How To Tackle The Challenges Of A Growing Business And Turn Them Into Opportunities

How To Tackle The Challenges Of A Growing Business And Turn Them Into Opportunities

Operations whizz and Heavy Chef contributing author, Robin Hook shares his views on how a growing business can turn challenges into opportunities. Robin has over a decade of experience working with both top flight companies and scrappy startups getting their operations in order. Click to read some of the most common high-level challenges, the opportunities they present and ways that they can be addressed.   

May Event: How a Disruptive Business Model is Changing Lives In Africa

May Event: How a Disruptive Business Model is Changing Lives In Africa

There’s a serious collective of youthful smarts on our continent, all waiting to take advantage of the digital age. Arlene Mulder has a keen eye on these youthful disrupters. We Think Code_, the social entrepreneur venture she created with Camille Agon allows thousands of Africans to learn how to code. Heavy Chef is hosting Arlene on May 3rd to reveal the coding revolution that is happening in South Africa, and Africa.

Heleen Mills: How A Social Influencer Campaign Reached 1 Billion People

Heleen Mills: How A Social Influencer Campaign Reached 1 Billion People

In 2014, water activist Mina Guli did something extraordinary. She ran 40 marathons in 40 days, tracing the world's greatest rivers - and initiating one of the digital industry's most iconic influencer campaigns to boot. At the time, Heleen Mills was tasked by African education / advisory firm Treeshake to project manage the social media component of Mina's quest. On the Heavy Chef stage, Heleen manages to capture the essence of the task in a heart-warming, funny and essential presentation. 

Meet The Real Life Winston Wolfe

Meet The Real Life Winston Wolfe

Heavy Chef CEO, Fred Roed talked to Robin Hook from Flusso Consulting on his new venture in launching a consulting firm, on how staying operationally innovative helps businesses thrive in today's fast-paced climate and about his true passion for solving problems. Meet Robin, a real life Mr Wolf.

How This Entrepreneur Pivoted From Liquor Industry Veteran To Getting People Home Safe At Night

How This Entrepreneur Pivoted From Liquor Industry Veteran To Getting People Home Safe At Night

Heavy Chef CEO, Fred Roed talks to Joffy Senekal, the entrepreneur behind 1 For The Road. Joffy spent over 20 years in the liquor industry working with the world's best-known brands, He then took a decision in 2010 to leave it all behind to start 1 For The Road, a project close to his heart after having spent decades at networking events where alcohol was on tap and available in abundance to everyone in attendance.

Township Art Entrepreneur Reveals How To Find Business Opportunities In The Midst Of The Biggest Challenges

Township Art Entrepreneur Reveals How To Find Business Opportunities In The Midst Of The Biggest Challenges

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. 

Now Boarding Digital's Head Of User-Experience Discloses Why Your Product Should Not Be A 'Side Project'

Now Boarding Digital's Head Of User-Experience Discloses Why Your Product Should Not Be A 'Side Project'

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). 

The Final List of SA’s Five Most Exciting Startups Revealed

The Final List of SA’s Five Most Exciting Startups Revealed

On Thursday 14th December, entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ and Huawei Mate10 Pro revealed SA’s top 5 most exciting startups as nominated by industry peers. The keynote speaker on the evening was Silicon Valley’s ‘Unicorn Whisperer’ Zach Coelius, who also led a business Masterclass earlier in the day.

Award Winning Business Leader And Author Shares How Performing On Stage Helped To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Award Winning Business Leader And Author Shares How Performing On Stage Helped To Be A Better Entrepreneur

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. 

German Virtuoso DJ Explains The Critical Link Between Being A Creative And Being An Entrepreneur

German Virtuoso DJ Explains The Critical Link Between Being A Creative And Being An Entrepreneur

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.