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S'onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock, Thabo Mbeki: Educating Africa

  • The Birdhouse 25 Owl Street Braamfontein South Africa (map)

S'onqoba Maseko. Sam Paddock. Thabo Mbeki. 

NOTE: General seating for this event is sold out. There are still VIP tickets available (scroll down). This event was originally scheduled for 13 Sep. It has been postponed to 14 Sep at a new venue: The Birdhouse, in Braamfontein. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 


Heavy Chef hosts S’onqoba Maseko, Sam Paddock and former South African President Thabo Mbeki. This incredible lineup will discuss the future of education in Africa, how the 4th Industrial Revolution is impacting education and how Africa must evolve in order to meet the challenge and thrive. This is going to be one of the year's most important events. We are hosting a Heavy Chef session for the first time at the stunning Birdhouse venue at Braamfontein Werf. There are limited seats available. 

Our speakers: 

Thabo Mbeki served as the second President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. During his tenure in office, the South African economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per year, creating employment in the middle sectors of the economy. Mr. Mbeki is the founder of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, which is building the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library - an African Centre of Excellence in learning. 

Sam Paddock is the co-founder of Getsmarter, an online learning portal that was sold for a reported R1,4b in 2017. Sam is an entrepreneur, family man, father of twins and self-confessed ‘learning nerd’. Sam believe that business is a vehicle to realise potential and have impact at scale. He remains heavily involved in the education sector. 

S'onqoba Maseko is an Actuarial Science BSc Honours graduate from Wits University. She’s a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, which honours the top 15% of academic achievers in universities across the globe. She’s been selected as a FinWeek Top Woman to Watch and made it to the Destiny Magazine “Power of 40 – Forty trailblazers under 40” at the age of 24. With a deep passion for systemic change in areas of social development, S’onqoba has played a number of roles in a number of sectors. Most notably she served as the COO of the Sifiso Learning Group; a new age education group spearheading the African education revolution in early childhood to post school education.