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Heavy Chef 10 August: The Story Of An Extraordinary Entrepreneur

  • Primedia Place 5 Gwen Lane Sandton, GP, 2031 South Africa (map)

In August 2017, Heavy Chef will host Magda Wierzycka, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Africa, at Primedia Broadcasting's studios in Sandton, Johannesburg. Magda's personal story makes her status all the more extraordinary. Magda arrived in South Africa after spending a year in a refugee camp in Austria. The 13-year-old youngster had to learn to speak English and Afrikaans attending school at Pretoria Girls High School, and then became one of the first female actuarial scientists in the country upon graduating at UCT.

In 2006 Magda led a management acquisition to form Sygnia, a specialist fin-tech company. She grew its assets from R2 billion to R162 billion in ten years, leading Sygnia to become the second largest multi-management company on South Africa. Sygnia listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 14 October 2015 which resulted in the share offer to be 20x oversubscribed. 

Heavy Chef has invited Magda Wierzycka to tell an exclusive audience about the challenges, twists and milestones in her inexorable rise to being one of Africa's most successful entrepreneurs.