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.
Graeme Wilson, founder of award-winning legal firm 'Whipping The Cat', sees law differently. Starting his career pacing the hallways of large corporates, working for multi-national firms. This shaped his outlook on law, and underpinned his foundational belief that law should be accessible and mobile - and ultimately evolutionary. In this interview, the first of two parts, Graeme shares how law is being disrupted internationally and what we need to know. Graeme also shares the story behind the iconic name of his company.
Thulani Headman is a truly inspirational character. Coming from a musical family, Thulani grew up in Langa and excelled at sport in his early years. In this remarkable interview with Heavy Chef's Siyabonga Mbaba, Thulani explains his own role models, his family inspiration and his stint in Pollsmoor after being sentenced for criminal activities in the gangster-ridden Cape Flats. Prison became an unlikely learning opportunity for a burgeoning musical career.
In the first of Heavy Chef's 'Inspire' Series of events, in partnership with Discovery Business Insurance, the two original co-founders of Discovery Health Adrian Gore and Barry Swartzberg shared the stage with Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed to reminisce on their iconic company's journey over the past 25 years.
In one of the most surprising, refreshing and impactive talks ever seen on the Heavy Chef stage, Cape Town's latest hip hop phenom, YoungstaCPT, presents his hypothesis on why it is so challenging for creative entrepreneurs to succeed out of South Africa. YoungstaCPT, otherwise known as Riyadh Roberts, spoke at the first Heavy Chef 'Raw' Session in Khayelitsha, in the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.
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 Adao is the Chief Digital & Innovation Officer of Deloitte Africa. In July 2019, Valter gave an outstanding presentation to a packed audience at Workshop17 in Sandton. Valter leads a diverse team of specialists who create a leading digital ecosystem to assist organisations in understanding and undergoing Digital Transformation. In this seminal talk, Valter explains why the future of work looks so scary, and what we can do to use it to our advantage.
Inspirational Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi visited one of Heavy Chef's most entrepreneurial community members, Sikelela Dibela, at his vibrant coffee shop in the heart of Khayelitsha. Siki's makes one of the best brews in the Western Cape, and his shop is constantly filled with local entrepreneurs, artisans and creatives who love the combination of wifi and silky smooth cappuccinos. Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed and Heavy Chef Project Manager Siyabonga Mbaba spoke to Kolisi about his leadership experience and some of the most salient lessons he's learned along his incredible journey.
JONGA is a low-cost community-based alarm system for townships and other low-income areas that allows for real-time crime reporting and community responses. Safety is a basic human right, and Ntsako recognized a great injustice in security companies that were not offering affordable security measures to South African's. In this interview, we learn what motivated Ntsako to start JONGA, during his second year of studies.
Being a finalist on Top Chef SA brought Ayabonga Gope into the public eye as a rising star in the food industry. The experience was one of Ayabonga's highlights in his career and equipped Ayabonga with the confidence needed to pursue the culinary profession full-time. How did Ayabonga go from making eggs, rice, and tomato sauce for friends, in his home in Khayelitsha, to cooking for high profiled guests in their homes around Cape Town?
Heavy Chef introduces a special guest onto our Show, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of the proudly South African band, Freshlyground. Zolani Mahola truly embodies the image of prosperity for many aspiring South African artists. In this interview, Zolani (in a stunning locally-made outfit) speaks from her heart with our amazing Heavy Chef anchor, Caley Africa (also in a stunning outfit), about 'the business side of creative output'.
Last week, the newly-hatched Heavy Chef Foundation collaborated with Nedgroup Investments to bring one of Silicon Valley's brightest stars to South Africa. Niket Desai started his first company in college and sold it to Google before his 25th birthday. Niket now presides over a $120b fund for the University of California. In this fascinating interview, Heavy Chef CEO chats to Desai about the early days of startup life to the heady period of rapid scaling.
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.
Orgasmic Gawulo is a fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Gugulethu, founded by Thulani Mguda and Tumi Mayenge through love, sweat, and tears. Thulani's story is one of trials and tribulation with a thread of hope and vision running through every word he speaks. In this Heavy Chef interview that he gave with Siyabonga Wilson Mbaba, Thulani takes us along the tough road he walked to get where he is today.
In this interview, we host the power couple, Tim Withers and Danielle Withers LeChat to talk about what companies can do better to protect the rights of women and mothers in the workplace. Tim and Danielle share their Individual experiences of the challenges they faced in the workplace when Danielle fell ill with serious Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the infamous and potentially deadly morning sickness-ailment related to pregnancy.
Rapelang Rabana is an internationally renowned tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, speaker, digital thought leader, and business leader. Her honors include; Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum; Fast Company Maverick; Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum; Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Rapelang presents her revolutionary ideas that approach measuring competency differently.
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.
In this inspiring interview, we get up close and personal with Thulani' DJ Fosta' Headman, the Operations Manager of Bridges For Music, an education facility in the heart of South Africa's oldest township, Langa. This incredible NPO recognizes the abundant creativity of the youth in South Africa, Bridges For Music nurtures musical talent with the necessary business, self-care and technical skills that each artist needs to further their success on international platforms.
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.
Verity Price pushed the boundaries of the music industry back in 2005 when she started the first music crowdfunding campaign in SA to raise R300,000 for the release of her album. Amongst her many other successes, Verity is a well-known South African Singer/Songwriter who was forced to think outside of the box to bring her next album into fruition.