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Riël Malan - Shapers, makers, builders & breakers
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 1 - Introduction to the YPO Africa In-Forum Foundation
Riël Malan talks to Themba Baloyi and Reuben Olifant to discusses the role of the YPO Africa In-Forum Foundation in the continued execution of the YPO-Africa initiatives to alleviate the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
70 minutes | 5 months ago
#29 Andy du Plessis -Social Entrepreneur, Merchant of Hope & CEO: FoodForward
Andy du Plessis is the CEO of FoodForward, the largest food-redistribution program in South Africa. At a time when South Africa is reeling from the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, Andy and his organization's mission has never been more relevant. With more than 30 million people estimated to be in food distress at the moment, they distribute more than just food, they distribute hope to many that have been plunged into a desperate situation.
73 minutes | 7 months ago
#28 Dr. Louise van Rhijn - Education Activist, Social Entrepreneur & Complexity Theory Expert
Louise van Rhijn's organisations Symphonia for South Africa and Partners for Possibility focus on working with school principles and business executives, by placing them in partnership relationships to lift the general level of management in schools. She challenges both sides to “cross the boundary” - to move out of their comfort zones and work in a closer partnership to create the education future our children deserve. Louise is also at the forefront of dealing with the additional challenges that the Covid-19 crisis is bringing to schools and communities. We salute her as a true Covid-19 Hero.
80 minutes | a year ago
#27 Matt Brown - Podcast Host & Author of "Your Inner Game"
Matt Brown is the definitive “restless soul". He has travelled and lived across the world, and while doing this, started not less than 10 businesses by the time he hit 40. In 2015 he “fell into podcasting”, at that stage an unknown medium in mainstream circles. Fast forward to 2020, Matt has become a household name to many, with more than 200 episodes and 1m downloads of his podcast, "The Matt Brown Show." This also led to a bestselling book, "Your Inner Game", where Matt unpacks the key lessons and patterns he observed through the many conversations he had with exceptional individuals.
83 minutes | a year ago
#26: Kirsty Chadwick - Teacher, Passionate Digital Education Shaper & African EdTech Entrepreneur
South Africa’s education system is broken. We know this from the graduation statistics that surface year after year. But we also know this from the unemployment rate - and specifically youth unemployment rate of more than 50% at the end of 2018. Not only is our economy in trouble, but our youth also seems unemployable after finishing school with no hope of further tertiary studies. John Chambers, previous CEO of CISKO once famously said: " The two great equalizers in the world are education and the internet." And combined, in the shape of what is commonly referred to as Eductech, we could have a major impact on the trajectory of our current generation. But why is this not happening? I sit down with Kirsty Chadwick, CEO & Founder of The Training Room Online (TTRO) to discuss how edtech and a few small tweaks to our approach to providing education, could completely change the legacy of a seemingly broken education system. She is a passionate trail-blazing teacher turned entrepreneur who has set her sight on “changing the world” through providing educate solutions in South Africa...and now also the Middle East
97 minutes | a year ago
#25: Allan Gray's Philanthropic Legacy - a conversation with Anthony Farr (re-released)
Allan Gray recently passed away. Leaving not only the largest fund manager in Africa as a legacy, but also two foundations he started with Anthony Farr. The leadership legacy that these two foundations will leave, will live on for generations to come. The approach taken, and the impact that these two foundations will have on Africa is not well known and explained in this conversation with Anthony Farr.
80 minutes | a year ago
#24: Vusi Thembekwayo - International Speaker, Entrepreneur, Opinion Shaper & Breaker
Vusi Thembekwayo is at the top of his game as a sought after speaker on leadership & entrepreneurship topics. I caught up with him in Johannesburg, where his other business, My Growth Fund, is based and about to launch a great business training initiative into townships. Vusi is a master of clear and thought-provoking thinking. He is starting to play a significant role as an opinion former to many young, and increasingly cynical South Africans who are looking for guidance in life, and in business. He is no stranger to controversy, and the reason he articulates so well when he says: "Facts don’t care about feelings" In this conversation, he challenges "white thinking" and "black thinking" alike. He just generally challenges our societies' thining (or the lack thereof). But he does it in such a very constructive way, and I do believe if we can emulate his approach to such matters, we can progress our collective narrative to a point where we can really address the various biases in all spheres of society at its root. Please enjoy my though-provoking and inspiring conversation?
123 minutes | a year ago
#23: Gil Oved (Re-release) - Entrepreneur, Technology Investor & Shark at Sharktank
Gil Oved is the co-founder of the creative council, an iconic business that he co-created over the scope of the last 18 years from only an idea and recently sold to Publicis, the well known French Multi-National. Gil is probably publicly best known for his role as one of the sharks in the hit TV series, Shark Tank. He will be starting 2019 in his new venture LLH Capital - a Permanent Capital Vehicle in which he partnered with well known and seasoned ICT executive, Romeo Khumalo. We discuss topics covering fatherhood (04:00), building and preparing a business (33:00) with an exit in mind, his investment philosophy (48:00) in general, but more specifically in technology (1:16), the legacy he wants to leave (1:41), the advice he will give to young entrepreneurs (1:29) and very importantly how he has stayed ahead of the pack in a very demanding industry over the past 18 years. Gil has recently been listed as one of the ten people to watch closely in technology in South Africa
106 minutes | a year ago
#22: Taps Mugadza - International Recording Artist, Zimbabwean Orphan & Philanthropist
I am finishing this first season of Shapers, Makers, Builders & Breakers with a conversation with an extraordinary young man, Taps Mugadza. His life story reads like a movie script. Abandoned on steps of an orphanage when he was just 2 days old, he lived through a trying childhood where the little stability he had was taken from him a number of times. Over his formation years, he discovered he had an extraordinary musical gift and through a chance meeting with someone who saw his potential, he found himself on a plane to the USA, destined for great things as a recording artist. Taps Mugadza is a worthy role-model in Africa. Please join me in my conversation with this extraordinary man & musician.
149 minutes | a year ago
#21: Themba Baloyi - Founder: Discovery Insure (re-release)
This was the first episode of the podcast series aired in February 2019. Being the first episode in the series, I do believe that it did not receive enough attention and is worthy of a re-release. It was filled with tremendous life lessons and learning. Themba remains one of the most inspiring young business leaders in Africa and South Africa today. Themba Baloyi is a textbook example of what determination can overcome in the face of every kind of adversity - a challenging family structure, money shortages for education, various business rejections - none of which could hold back the rise of this young business leader to eventually found Discovery Insure. His vision grew from just an idea to a business unit receiving more than R4B of insurance premiums - and this recently culminated in him being honoured with the All-Africa Business Leaders Award as 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year. He is in my mind thé role-model for any young ambitious South African wanting to go places, but seemingly have a shortage of resources to get there. His story is all-inspiring and very relevant necessary to be told.
89 minutes | a year ago
#20: Julia Raphaely - Media Transformer, Digital Shaper & CEO: Associated Media Publishing
Today is woman’s day in South Africa. And my guest is a woman who is boldly opening new frontiers through the radical digital transformation of her family business, Associated Media Publishing. A company that her mother started three decades ago, and one that she has been leading for the past few years. Very few industries have experienced the extent of the disruption that publishing has experienced. Julia shares how she navigated the very stormy waters of disruption. And how she has now reached a place where Associated Media Publishing can now truly say they have transformed to “omnichannel media platform". It is a story that will be playing itself out in many industries in the years to come, and lessons that Julia conveys has a broad application to most businesses.
97 minutes | a year ago
#19: Keet van Zyl - Digital Shaper, Venture Capitalist & Co-Founder: Knife Capital
Keet van Zyl is the co-founder of Knife Capital. The leading South African venture capital firm specializing in the funding and scaling technology businesses. Knife had its origins in Mark Shuttleworth's "Here Be Dragons" Fund. Keet has a wealth of VC and startup experience. He writes and tweets extensively. Our conversation covers a great many topics and is a great resource for any established entrepreneur and potential business founders wanting to understand how a venture capitalist thinks.
99 minutes | a year ago
#18: Gareth Ackerman - Retail Shaper, Philosopher & Chairman: Pick 'n Pay
Over the course of the past ten years, Gareth Ackerman engineered a massive corporate overall and turnaround of South Africa’s largest retailer, Pick 'n Pay with an entirely new senior leadership team. PnP’s turnaround and the Ackerman family’s repositioning of their business and family interests serve as a textbook example of a family-business generational transition, as well as the evolution of a business from family, controlled to a professionally managed business. In this podcast, Gareth candidly lets us into the ups and downs of the past few years and gives us a glimpse of the lessons learned and thinking behind many of the adjustments he personally made to ensure that the PnP legacy lives on long after him.
93 minutes | a year ago
#17: Musa Kalenga - Digital Shaper, Author, Speaker, CEO & Co-Founder: Bridge Labs, Chief Future Officer: The Brave Group
Musa Kalenga is a prime example of a new wave of digital entrepreneurs in Africa. In his concentrated and highly successful career, he managed to distinguish himself not only as a free-thinking entrepreneur but he also fitted in stints at some of the leading digital corporates as a trailblazing and transformative digital leader. These included positions at Nedbank & Facebook Africa. He has started businesses in research, adverting and marketing and now, recently, education. He is a thought leader, an author, a father and a tv personality. His insights into digital transformation resonated deeply with me, and I do believe with all listeners who want to understand the digital landscape in Africa.
90 minutes | 2 years ago
#16: Nyimpini Mabunda - Multinational Executive, Entrepreneur & Founder: Saseka Digitech
Riël Malan talks to Nyimpini Mabunda, who left a highly successful corporate career for the uncertainty of the entrepreneurial world. We talk to him about his journey and how he planned and executed his "escape" from corporate life. His story is instructional to any corporate employee dreaming about rowing his own boat in an entrepreneurial venture.
82 minutes | 2 years ago
#15: Dr Michael Mol - Physician, Media Personality, Master Public Speaker, Tech Entrepreneur & CEO: Hello Doctor
Dr Michael Mol is no stranger to most South Africans. His face graced our small screens for 12 years in one of the most successful travel & lifestyle programs Top Billing - a show that is still running today. But Michael is a man of many talents - he’s a physician, he is an accomplished MC & media personality, and a master public speaker. And for the last number of years, he’s been working hard to change the way that medical care is distributed through a smartphone app and teleservice Hello Doctor (www.hellodoctor.co.za). The implications and experience of Hello Doctor are particularly interesting in the developing world. He is a family man, and with his wife, Jacky, is a very public & vocal poster-couple for family values. We discuss the influence of AI on the medical profession, his adventures with Hello Doctor in Africa and much more.
91 minutes | 2 years ago
#14: Allon Raiz - African Business Incubator, Founder & CEO: Raizcorp
Allon Raiz is "a collector of entrepreneurs." He has built, in the words of The Economist, "the only true business incubator on the African continent”. And he has done this without any government assistance. Over 19 years, he has incubated 12500 businesses, of which over 500 are currently in his Raizcorp program. These businesses maintain an average revenue growth rate of 41 %, and 238% profit growth rate. He has developed a scientific process of identifying high potential entrepreneurs and assisting them to sidestep costly mistakes and be the best that they can be. He writes, he lectures, and generally, he is a prime example of how much of a difference one incubator and individual can make in the course of many people’s lives. And he is now taking his approach to business incubation further up in Africa, a continent that feels holds tremendous potential for entrepreneurs and his business incubator, Raizcorp.
103 minutes | 2 years ago
#13: Three African Technology Entrepreneurs
There are few examples of successful African technology companies. In this episode, Riël Malan talks to the CEO's & co-founders of 3 tech startup companies based in Cape Town (South Africa) that has passed the 1000 day mark are gaining significant traction in the local and international markets. They discuss their journey with its highs and lows, how they identified their respective opportunities, raised funding, and how they went about turning the dream into a reality. Listen to Benjamin Shaw (HouseMe), James Paterson (Aerobotics) and David Torr (Ucook) tell their stories.
79 minutes | 2 years ago
#12: Ntombi Langa-Royds - Shaper, Breaker & Director: Kumba Iron Ore, Redefine Properties, Murray & Roberts
Ntombi Langa-Roys grew up in exile with a father that was actively involved in coordinating the struggle against apartheid. She sat around the table with her parents with many noteworthy struggle leaders as a child, while they debated the strategies and solutions to bring about change in South Africa. Over the years, this foundation guided Ntombi to play the guiding role that she plays on various high-powered boards on the JSE, to continue the transformation, and notably gender transformation in South Africa. Her laugh is infectious, and her approach to life is pragmatic and wise. She has a passion for people and leadership development at a time when we need everyone in powerful positions to re-think our approach to the development of a leadership pipeline for the future of South Africa. She is an icon, especially to young women in leadership positions, and much can be learned from her strong, but gentle approach to being an effective leader. Riël Malan has an in-depth discussion with her about her journey of change over the course of her lifetime at the heart of change in South Africa
73 minutes | 2 years ago
#11: Vimal Shah - East-African Industrialist, Entrepreneur, Mentor & Chairman: BIDCO Africa
A lot has been written about “the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid.” Add to that the alluring prospects of Africa's population that are set to double by 2050. So theoretically, you have a cocktail of great potential on the African continent. However, Africa has remained the stepchild of global business, and whether it is real or perceived - the risk of doing business in Africa, still often overshadows the African investment decision. Riël Malan talks to a real-life example of a business that is thriving in Africa - and even more encouraging, it is thriving in Africa North of the Limpopo River. Vimal Shah co-founded BIDCO Africa in Kenya in 1985 with his father BD Shah, and brother Tarun Shah - as diversification for their small clothing & cotton manufacturing business at the time. The company has grown spectacularly from its modest beginnings to now having manufacturing operations in 4 countries, for the more than 40 brands that they distribute in 17 African countries. These brands run across six product categories, namely: animal feeds, fats and edible oils, baking products, food and beverages, detergents and laundry soaps, hygiene, personal care and beauty products The group has set an audacious goal to be the number 1 FMCG company on the African continent by 2030. It now employs over 25 000 people and is still privately held by the Shah family.
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