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Pearl Shongwe: Knowing Your Worth As An Influencer

Pearl Shongwe: Knowing Your Worth As An Influencer

Having worked in advertising, marketing and PR before getting into radio and television, Pearl Shongwe offers a unique glimpse into what happens on both ends of the influencer spectrum. She spoke to the Heavy Chef community at The Influencers 'Inspire' session about some of the things she’s observed and experienced as a media rising star and a woman of influence.

Verity Price: What I Learned From My Crowdfunding Campaign Before 'Crowdfunding' Was A Thing

Verity Price: What I Learned From My Crowdfunding Campaign Before 'Crowdfunding' Was A Thing

Verity Price is a multi-talented creative extraordinaire. In what seems like a previous lifetime, Verity was the first singer-songwriter in South Africa to conduct a crowdfunding campaign - way back in 2007 - to generate income for her upcoming album, and circumvent the big record labels. Verity's story is riveting, and the lessons she gleaned from the experience are timeless.

Craig Rodney: The Absolute Truth That Doing Google's Africa Launch Taught Me About PR

Craig Rodney: The Absolute Truth That Doing Google's Africa Launch Taught Me About PR

Craig Rodney has had a stellar career to date. He started his own PR agency in the early 2000s and has since worked with some of the biggest brands in the world - including Google. The highlight of Craig's career was launching Google in South Africa in 2006. This amazing feat taught him an absolute truth about trying to influence an audience.

Mo Flava: What It Really Means To Have 'Influence'

Mo Flava: What It Really Means To Have 'Influence'

Mo Flava is a man of true influence. One of the hardest working celebrities in South Africa, Mo speaks to an audience of millions of people every day. His Morning Drive show on Metro is one of the biggest in the southern hemisphere, and his own social channels are growing like gangbusters. In this Heavy Chef talk, Mo Flava explains what it means to be an influencer and tells the behind-the-scenes story of how he came to be so popular. Spoiler alert: it wasn't easy.

Why Influencer Strategy Should Be Approached With 'Serious Cynicism'

Why Influencer Strategy Should Be Approached With 'Serious Cynicism'

Craig Rodney is in a unique position of being both an influencer and a consultant on influencer strategy. In this interview for the Heavy Chef Show, brought to you by Xero Cloud Accounting, Rodney talks candidly about his doubts and pessimism around this trendy topic and provides some rock-solid advice for anyone aiming to use influencer marketing to grow their brand value.

Richard Poplak: How Daily Maverick's 'Insider' Community Became A Disruptive Business Strategy

Richard Poplak: How Daily Maverick's 'Insider' Community Became A Disruptive Business Strategy

In September 2019, agent provocateur-in-chief at South Africa's most impactive media publication, Daily Maverick, Richard Poplak, presented an incendiary perspective on news media in Africa. Richard came out swinging, with a gentle jab at Facebook's Ming and then a fierce right hook to the EFF (he asked any EFF supporters in the audience to leave the building). In this talk, Poplak gave a concise overview of Daily Maverick's harrowing journey over the past 10 years, and then explained the new way of doing news media right. Instead of relying on advertising (the old way), Daily Maverick must forge a new, disruptive path.

iXperience Founder Aaron Fuchs On How To Future-Proof Your Skills

iXperience Founder Aaron Fuchs On How To Future-Proof Your Skills

iXperience is one of the fastest-growing startups in South Africa. CEO and founder of iXperience, Aaron Fuchs sat down with Caley Africa to chat about his journey with tech, and what led him to start a new kind of education platform, with the objective of arming students with skills for the future.

Gareth Cliff Explains How The CliffCentral Podcasting Model Has Evolved

Gareth Cliff Explains How The CliffCentral Podcasting Model Has Evolved

Five years ago, Gareth Cliff ventured into relatively unknown territory with CliffCentral, one of the first few podcast platforms to hit the South African media sector. Today, podcasting is one of the best ways for a business to tell a story and engage and educate its audience, and CliffCentral has evolved beyond an online audio platform. Gareth Cliff talks about how it's become a content hub, and how content provides the biggest opportunity for brands to elevate above the noise.

Mo Flava On How To Be An Influencer And What 'Influence' Really Means

Mo Flava On How To Be An Influencer And What 'Influence' Really Means

Mo Flava is one of the biggest names in the South African communication and entertainment sector. A Metro FM radio host and music DJ, Mo speaks to millions of people through his show and through his own social channels. Mo is a true influencer. Here he speaks to Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed about the importance of remaining authentic to oneself and the organic path that he’s chosen to take on his journey into influence.

Gareth Cliff On The Rise Of Podcasting In Africa

Gareth Cliff On The Rise Of Podcasting In Africa

Cliff Central is now five years into pioneering the South African podcasting market with its platform, which Gareth Cliff calls a 'content hub'. Cliff reveals what business journey has been like, looking back upon his plucky startup and reveals his view on what's around the corner for the format. In this punchy interview, Cliff talks to Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed on his business journey in podcasting.

The Mindblowing Story Of Veldskoen® - A South African Brand Gone Viral

The Mindblowing Story Of Veldskoen® - A South African Brand Gone Viral

Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa talks to the three founders of Veldskoen®, a small South African idea that suddenly hit the viral button when celebrities all around the world are suddenly wearing. In this interview, Nick Dreyer, Ross Zondagh and Nic Latouf unpack the incredible story of how they received funding from Ashton Kutcher and Billionaire investor Mark Cuban, how they're passionate about storytelling, and reveal the opportunity afforded by the mysterious AGOA law, which all African artisans should be taking advantage of.

NOTE: We apologise for the poor sound quality in this edit. We make mistakes sometimes, every now and then. Basically, we’re not perfect. At least not ALL the time.

Rapelang Rabana, Sam Paddock And Lukhanyo Neer On The Future Of Education

Rapelang Rabana, Sam Paddock And Lukhanyo Neer On The Future Of Education

What kind of education system does Africa need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution and how do we produce learners who are productive and competitive in the future economy? Rapelang Rabana, Sam Paddock and Lukhanyo Neer provide insights into the pressing matter of education, addressing issues like lack of infrastructure, resources and relevant tools, while offering solutions that fit the African education landscape.

Shona Macdonald On Creating A Kickass Crowdfunding Campaign

Shona Macdonald On Creating A Kickass Crowdfunding Campaign

Shona Macdonald is on a crowd-funding journey to raise the money to take her business to the next level while educating others on what crowdfunding entails in the hope of inspiring other entrepreneurs to try the same route. Shona tells our Heavy Chef community why it's important that your crowdfunding purpose resonates with your market.

Max Boqwana: We Need To Think Of 'Made In Africa' In Terms Of Education

Max Boqwana: We Need To Think Of 'Made In Africa' In Terms Of Education

Respected lawyer and entreprenuer Max Boqwana is the CEO of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF). Speaking at the Heavy Chef ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Boqwana emphasised the need for a clear and practical strategy for education on the continent. TMF presented a 200-page report on how the 4th industrial revolution can transform education to former president Thabo Mbeki at the event.

Minister Angie Motshekga: Education Will Benefit From Unity Of Purpose

Minister Angie Motshekga: Education Will Benefit From Unity Of Purpose

South African Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is a true Heavy Chef. Motshekga has been working in education for most of her life, from lecturing at Wits University to serving as the MEC for Social Services and Education in Gauteng. Motshekga has put her stamp of approval on Thabo Mbeki Foundation's 200-page report on the future of education in South Africa, acknowledging that having a body deal with intellectual engagement is enriching to the education sector in the country.

Discovery's Anton Ossip On How Insurance and Entrepreneurship Go Together

Discovery's Anton Ossip On How Insurance and Entrepreneurship Go Together

Discovery Insure CEO Anton Ossip recognises the value in supporting SMEs in a developing country. In order to solve the problem of unemployment and poverty, we need to create jobs - plenty of them. Stimulating the entrepreneur sector is probably the most powerful way we can create jobs right now. Ossip chats to Caley Africa about shared value and supporting entrepreneurship.

President Thabo Mbeki: Only Human Capital Can Change Society For The Better

President Thabo Mbeki: Only Human Capital Can Change Society For The Better

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a renown intellectual and an authority on the subject of education in Africa. Joining us for the second iteration of the ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Mr. Mbeki addresses the violence and disorder in South Africa, one of the issues we have to overcome in order to meet the challenge of education and thrive.

Lukhanyo Neer On Preparing South Africa For The Future Through Education

Lukhanyo Neer On Preparing South Africa For The Future Through Education

Lukhanyo Neer is an entrepreneur who is passionate about Africa's development. He’s been involved with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation since 2009, where he is now the convenor of a working group on preparing South African education for the fourth industrial revolution. Lukhanyo chats to Caley Africa about the working group and what we can expect from the Education Report.

Brand Maven And Creative Problem Solver Sizakele Marutlulle On The New F-Word

Brand Maven And Creative Problem Solver Sizakele Marutlulle On The New F-Word

She’s coined a (much needed!) new word to define a special breed of woman. For advertising legend Sizakele Marutlulle, a ’Fentreprenuer’ is a woman who is clear about the gift they bring to the world. A woman who is focused on her growth and that of her community. She is gritty, generous and committed to being great at what she does. Sounds like the HC community of women, doesn’t it?