Change Your Game.
Channel Africa | Podcast, ±54 min episodes every 1 week
At Change your Game, we believe entrepreneurs are the key drivers of tomorrows’ African innovations and essential to creating a thriving African economy. As an authentic voice across the African continent, we cover the latest issues and insights affecting entrepreneurs and bring together credible, unique and authoritative voices in the world of entrepreneurship as well as providing peer-to-peer opportunities to engage and understand the challenges and success of African entrepreneurs.
• The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) has opened its call for 2017 applications. The initiative aims to spur local technology innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste beneficiation, green building and green transportation in support of the country’s national priorities. We speak to Conrad Kassier who runs the Industrial Energy Efficiency Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in South Africa. • The Seed Academy has opened up its survey The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa – The Entrepreneurs View, to all South African entrepreneurs to help portray an honest perspective of the entrepreneurial landscape. To find out more about the survey, we speak to Donna Rachelson Group CEO Seed Engine including Seed Academy. • South African fintech company, Entersekt has won Best Mobile Security Technology in the 2017 Banker Africa Southern Africa Banking Awards. This is the second year it has received the honour. We speak to Schalk Nolte the Chief Executive Officer of Entersekt. • This week’s Game Changer is Indira Tsengiwe. She is the founder of Youngpreneur Media and an advocate for the cultivation of entrepreneurial mindsets across Africa. • We also profile Isaac Mavuso, a facilitator, Speaker, Coach, MC, Author and Publisher who is passionate about personal and small business development for township business. • The SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation recognises that the youth needs to play a more significant role in the growth and prosperity of South Africa’s economy. To find out more about it, we speak to Lydia Zingoni the Founder and Director of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Trust.
• In 2015 Young entrepreneurs across East Africa formed a regional coalition of youth business organisations. It is called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-East Africa and includes 15 organisations from six countries: Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda. We speak to Brian Randich the Vice Chairperson for Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-East Africa. • How a business plan can make or break a start-up seeking finance - Chelsea Evans and Jason Newmark are proof of how the strength of a business plan and concept can impact a financier’s decision of whether to grant funding. Recent participants in the venture-capital television show, Shark Tank SA. • We profile Ndzavi Derrick Hlungwani is Accredited Business Mentor with Institute of Business Advisors South Africa, Social Media Strategist, Entrepreneurologist, he consults with individuals and businesses, offering advice. He is the founder of New DiscoveryBS. • Last month Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation South Africa closed its first semester with the launch of eleven brand new businesses courtesy of its brilliant, resilient young entrepreneurs during its Demo Day. The Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship is a free 12-week innovation and entrepreneurship programme and its beneficiaries are unemployed university graduates, university dropouts and high school dropouts, aged between 18 and 27 yearsWe speak to Boi Rasmussen the Chief Executive Officer of the Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation. • Young entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone have come together to form a new network aimed at addressing challenges to sub-regional trade and youth unemployment in West Africa. The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa (CAYE-WA) was recently launched in Accra, Ghana. We speak to Bernard Oduro Takyi the Regional Coordinator for the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa • The Lemok Group is a black-owned company that operates in Pretoria's biggest township, Soshanguve in South Africa. The company is made up of two divisions - Lemok Digital Agency, a digital marketing agency focused on the SME market and Tatom, a stationery and printing supplies company. The agency was established by its CEO, a young Pretoria-based entrepreneur, Lebogang Mokubela, in 2014.
• Profile: Wing it Nairobi is proud to be Kenya's first and only wings only fast food joint. Started and run by Paul Kihiko, Wing It has two restaurants in the Galleria and The Hub shopping malls in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. • Last month SAB Kickstart Ignite, the South African Breweries entrepreneurship programme announced winners of its 2016 edition of the initiative. The entrepreneurship programme supports the development of young innovators who are makers and creators of viable business concepts, ideas or products. We speak to is Nirishi Trkamjee the SAB Corporate Affairs Director. • The fourth Model African Union conference recently took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) is an annual leadership conference for young leaders around Africa and across the world, simulating the activities of the AU. We speak to Faith Abiodun the Founder and Director of the African Leadership Academy Model African Union. • The 2017 Local Government Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa under the theme - tourism planning is everybody's business, provided a platform for the South African government and various stakeholders to meet and plan. To find out more about the conference and state of small businesses in the tourism sector, we speak to the South African Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa. • Mazars, the integrated and independent international organisation specialising in audit and advisory services, has revealed the findings of its latest study titled - Unleashing Africa’s Corporate Innovation Potential: Navigating intrapreneurship and open innovation paths across the continent. We speak to Abdou Diop the Managing Partner of Mazars in Morocco. • During the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, a host of African business leaders discussed the critical role of technology in the growth of African economies. Andile Tlhoaele, founder of Inforcomm (INC), was one of the speakers at the event on hand to share his business knowledge based on years of experience with local and international IT & Telecoms companies in South Africa and across Africa.
• Coach Oscar events are hosting a Career Reconstruction Masterclass in Cape Town South Africa. over the past 2 years, Career Reconstruction Masterclass has attracted delegates from the Parliament, The Department of Trade and Industry, The Department of Social Development,The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Foundation, The University of Stellenbosh, Old Mutual, Sanlam, Liberty Insurance and Transnet. To find out more we speak to the CEO and Founder of the Coach Oscar Events, Coach Oscar Emetuei • Branding and business expert Raymond van Niekerk, many SMEs are still vulnerable to common branding and marketing errors that can cost them the success of their business. Van Niekerk, formerly Global Head of Marketing for Investec and course convenor of the Brand Creation for New Ventures programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB), says: “Some of the most common errors made by new businesses are avoidable marketing and branding errors.” • Johnson & Johnson announced the winners of the first Africa Innovation Challenge at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress which took place in Johannesbutrg, South Africa. We speak to Seema Kumar the Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson • Investing in and celebrating young leadership is undoubtedly key to the development of any country. Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention has been proud to play its part in connecting the leaders of tomorrow with today’s leaders, as well as connecting with other future leaders. To find out more about the convention, we speak to Ran Neu-Nerthe Group Co-Chief Executive Officer at The Creative Counsel • Since 2008 the Eskom Contractors' Academy has been training emerging business owners throughout South Africa. Over one-thousand students have graduated since its launch.The main goal of the Eskom Contractors' Academy is skills development, job creation, and poverty alleviation. To find out more about the academy and its work, Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane went on a tour of some of the businesses that have assisted by the academy and also attended the 2017 Eskom Contractors' Academy Graduation Ceremony • Cape Town, a South Africa city, is fast cementing itself as the biggest continental hub for tech startups. . One entrepreneur, who has experienced first-hand the rollercoaster ride that is the tech start-up space, is Cape Town-based Sheraan Amod. He is the 2017 Sanlam Enterprise Development Programme participant now joins us on the line from Cape Town… • Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa is hosting the inaugural Supplier Development Conference this week in Johannesburg, South Africa. The inauguration will present just over a 100 handpicked, high-growth potential SMEs which will showcase and interact with blue chip corporates across a variety of industries, in a bid to become empowering suppliers. We speak to The Head Procurement Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, Samantha Steffens.
We have on the line Khathu Ramukumba, The Chief Executive of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to talk to us about the Agency hosting the 2nd South African Youth Award (SAYA) at the St George’s Hotel and Conference Venue in Pretoria ,South Africa. Through the SAYA’s the NYDA seeks to provide a platform to showcase exceptional work, contributions and celebrate inspiring stories of young people who make extraordinary achievements despite all odds. South Africa’s Wits University launched the Personal Navigator Challenge last month. The challenge calls on innovators and entrepreneurs across Johannesburg to come forward with digital solutions that will help people with visual and physical disabilities to navigate their way around large built-up areas. The Challenge is the first in a series of four annual digital innovation challenges, called the Digital Innovation Challenge, led by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University…. To unpack more on the subject, we talk to the Project co-ordinator, Xoliswa Ngxanga…… We also focus on The South African fintech startup that slashed the costs for Zimbabweans living in SA to send money home when it launched two years ago. It has expanded its money transfer service into Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. The business will expand into Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya by April. It has also earmarked a country outside of Africa for entry later this year. Cape Town-based mobile social startup Mama Money enables migrants in South Africa to send money back home with no hidden costs and no margin charged on the exchange rate. To find out more about the fintech startup Mama Money, joining us on the line from Cape Town, South Africa is Matt Coquillon the Co -Founder of Mama Money. Matt Coquillon the Co -Founder of Mama Money tells us more… Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, established in 2002, is a non-profit committed to developing dynamic innovative and principled African leaders. The organisation recognizes that raising leaders is critical to nation building and wealth creation. LEAP Africa established the CEOs Forum in 2005 to serve as a platform for interaction, knowledge sharing and partnerships between Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and leading private and public sector organizations who offer cutting-edge solutions, support and services that aid growth, development and sustainability of businesses in Nigeria. To get further details about Leap Africa and the CEOs Forum 2017, joining us line from Lagos, Nigeria is Aramide Akisanya the Executive Director for LEAP Africa… Israel is considered the world’s second largest hub of entrepreneurship after the USA. The main eco-system in Israel is in and around Tel Aviv where the majority of Israel’s startups can be found .Jerusalem with a few hundreds of startups is in the rise as the second largest eco-system, followed by Haifa and Beersheba. Much has been written about the Israeli entrepreneurship and its history and main drivers. According to the book Startup Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Israel has the highest density of tech start-ups in the world. Some of these startups achieve global success straight from Israel, such as Waze, and others achieve it after opening centres in places such as Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. We speak to the entrepreneurial environment in Israel, we talk to Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk… And South Africa recently hosted the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. This was the first time this prestigious international event for entrepreneurs was held on the African continent. The GEC was attended by global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers. It was an opportunity for South Africa and the rest of the continent to showcase its entrepreneurial prowess to the world. GEC sessions were conducted by leading global organisations to help entrepreneurs start and upscale new businesses. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane attended the congress and filed a report… finally, Calls for more economic freedom among African women and a women’s development bank were high on the agenda at the Africa for Africa Women’s Conference 2017 that took place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The conference, which coincided with the celebration of International Women’s Day, featured a myriad of guests who spoke about ways in which African women could be empowered through the moulding of vibrant and dynamic women leaders and entrepreneurs. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane attended the conference and complied the following report…
• We profile a company called GetBiz an e-procurement and a tender notification service aimed at attracting clients from both government and private business. We speak to Andile Ntingi the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of GetBiz. • We learn more about kid-entrepreneurship and we speak to Tiro Matjiu Founder of Kidpreneur ZA and Partner of It's Me! Live Studio • We also feature Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) which provides engaging entrepreneurial programmes, which foster confident and empowered young people who are possibility seekers and creators of opportunities and we speak to Nelly Mofokeng the Finance Director and Acting Managing Director of JASA. • We find out more about YEM online Magazine is an exciting youth online publication looking at youth issues, ICT and lifestyle. We speak to Sthembiso Xhakaza an Entrepreneur and Founder of YEM Online Magazine. • Our Game Changer is Thulani Excellent Khoza a trailblazer, innovator, inspirational speaker and a social entrepreneur. • We also Adebukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi the General Manager of Altheus Ltd in Nigeria, a management consultancy firm that was originally incorporated in Nigeria in 2010 as in independent concern providing business advisory and planning, marketing, start-up capital and human resources management.
This week on Change your game we focus on the South Africa smartphone and tablet manufacturer, AG Mobile. Earlier this year, the company was liquidated. The founder of the smartphone brand blamed the country’s weak rand and high demand for the company’s liquidation. To touch on more on the story we speak to the Associate Professor Mark Graham…. We also look at Ivili Loboya is Africa’s first cashmere fabric manufacturer located at Ibika near Butterworth in the Eastern Cape Province. Ivili produces high-end handwoven and knitted natural blended fabrics for décor, upholstery and fashion apparel. The textile industry is one of the strategic platforms that can bolster trade of South African products. Ivili Loboya has a great potential to contribute to key imperatives of NDP Vision 2030. We talk to Dr Vuyokazi (Vuyo) Mahlati the Founder and Social Entrepreneur leading Ivili Loboya Wool Processing Hub. Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan in South Africa delivered the country’s budget speech for the year 2017/18. According to Business Partners Limited, Minister Gordhan delivered a balanced and conservative budget which strives to continue the necessary fiscal consolidation, attempts to address inequality, and will likely ensure that South Africa has a realistic chance of avoiding a ratings downgrade. To find out what the budget means to small businesses in South Africa, we chat to Ben Bierman, Managing Director of Business Partners Limited ) a specialist risk finance company for formal SMEs … South Africa’s Premier of Gauteng Province, David Makhura and The Innovation Hub - the Innovation agency of the Gauteng Province, in partnership with the Westrand District Municipality and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller recently launched the eKasiLab Mohlakeng facility at Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub. Gauteng means 'Place of Gold' in the South African Sotho languages. To tell us more about the initiative we talk to Ogone Ntwae the Senior Manager for all the Programme Managers within eKasiLabs in the Office of the CEO at Innovation Hub.. Entries are now open for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS. Now in its 29th year, this renowned competition pays homage to courageous South African entrepreneurs who dedicate themselves to their enterprises / businesses driving growth, creating much needed jobs and contributing towards economic development in the country. We talk to Gugu Mjadu,the Spokesperson for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners This week’s Game changer is Yaye Souadou Fall a young Senegalese, proficient in 5 different languages. She adores doing gymnastics and researching a wide range of topics. She is the founder of E-cover. A start-up which aims to revalorise waste through the reclining of tires into more useful products. We talk to Yaye Souadou Fall, the founder of E.cover.
• Post Budget analysis after Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan in South Africa delivered the country’s budget speech for the year 2017/18. From a small and medium enterprises (SME) perspective, this should create an economic environment that is more conducive to growth and opportunity. We find out what the budget means to small businesses in South Africa. And we also look at the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Competition with Ben Bierman, Managing Director of Business Partners Limited. • There are many misconceptions around basic accounting that cause trouble for businesses and keep non-financial managers from spotting potential areas of risk in their business operations. We learn more by speaking to Associate Professor Mark Graham from the UCT Graduate School of Business in South Africa who says you don’t need a degree in finance to understand it. • Applications for the Anzisha Prize, an award celebrating Youth Entrepreneurs who’ve made their mark on continent, are now open. It was established by the African Leadership Academy (ALA) along with the Mastercard Foundation. 15 entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 will have the opportunity to win a share of 100 000 US Dollars and receive ongoing consulting services as well as access to a network of global leaders. We speak to Grace Kalisha the Programs Manager for the Anzisha Prize at the African Leadership Academy (ALA). • Our Game Changer this week is Vivian Ngwodo who is part of a new generation of women, particularly women of African descent, who are using technology to take ownership of the entrepreneurial landscape. Born and raised in Nigeria, Vivian has always been a solutions provider, a problem solver and lover of food.
• We look at the MasterCard Foundation’s report titled Invisible Lives: Understanding Youth Livelihoods in Ghana and Uganda. We speak to Lindsay Wallace the Director of Learning and Strategy at the MasterCard Foundation. • Despite the high demand placed on tertiary education in South Africa, only a small percentage of the 700 000 recent high school graduates are expected to be placed in institutions of higher learning as the new academic year begins. Largely owing to finances, or a lack of space to accommodate current and new students, many school leavers are unsure of how to further their education for future career paths or making a living. Students should think entrepreneurially about furthering their education, says Gugu Mjadu, spokesperson for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS • Game Changer this week is former Khayelitsha gangster Khulekani Nyobole who has turned his life around and become an entrepreneur. Nyobole, 26, became a gangster, a drug addict and armed robber at 15 when mugged pupils at school. • This week more than 300 global and African thought leaders and youth agripreneurs gathered for The MasterCard Foundation’s second Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. We speak to one of the speakers at the summit Laetitia Mukungu is the Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre (ARC) and has been recognized by Anzisha Prize and Spark Kenya Changemaker for her efforts in transforming the lives of women and children in her community through rabbit farming. • We also feature another speaker at the Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, Pilirani Khoza is Founder of Bunda Female Students Organisation (BUFESO), an organization that supports disadvantaged university students at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi. • More than 160 countries will be represented at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in South Africa.The GEC 2017 is being held for the first time on the African continent, signaling to the global investment community that South Africa is open for business and is ready to lead the entrepreneurial revolution on the African continent. With a few weeks remaining before the official opening, a South African delegation visited Nairobi, Kenya, in an effort to raise awareness as well as drive participation from the Kenyan community for GEC 2017. To find out more about the road trip we speak to Alesimo Mwanga, Research & Development Executive at SEA Africa. • Minister of Small Business Development Ms Lindiwe Zulu (MP) engaged with young entrepreneurs at SEDA pre-GEC pitching competition in Durban, South Africa. The Small Business Development Agency (SEDA), an agency of the department, is currently running pitching competitions throughout the country through its incubators to select the top start-up ideas to pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2017. We speak to Nosipho Khonkwane the Executive Manager for SEDA’s Technology Programme.
• More than 300 global and African thought leaders and youth agripreneurs will come together for The MasterCard Foundation’s second Young Africa Works Summit on February the 16th to the 17th in Kigali, Rwanda. We speak to Jean Bosco Nzeyimana the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Habona Ltd., a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly biofuels from waste based in Rwanda. He is also one of the speakers at the Summit • We find out the major developments expected for fintech in 2017 with Dominique Collett, a senior investment executive at Rand Merchant Investments and the head of AlphaCode, a Rand Merchant Investments club for fintech startup entrepreneurs. • Our Game Changer this week is Andile Dube a property developer who finds old buildings in Johannesburg and restores them, but he also uses a comic book to share stories of young entrepreneurs. His comic book "Young Hustla" is aimed at generating awareness among youth in South Africa about the opportunities that come from entrepreneurship. • Applications are still open for the Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars, an initiative aimed at uncovering the next M-Pesa or Paypal by working with exceptional fintech entrepreneurs innovating Africa's financial services industry. The collaboration between Barclays Africa and Techstars offers a game-changing opportunity to 10 qualifying fintech startups. We speak to Yossi Hasson the Managing Director of the Africa Programme for Barclays Accelerator Programme. • The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in South Africa is running the Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP). It is a multi-disciplinary training programme which equips participants with the necessary skills to run a business savvy, socially conscious organisation. To find out more about the programme, we speak to Kerryn Krige who heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS…
This week on Change your game we chat to Quintin Groenewald a 33 year old who decided to become a property entrepreneur at the age of 21. His father, a successful property developer himself, agreed to Quintin taking a break from his studies on condition that he pay his own way and repay him the university fees. Groenewald did both, and more. We speak to Quintin Groenewald about his journey as a successful property entrepreneur. We focus on the 9th successive season of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) Summit taking place next month at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa with over 100 sessions and seminars. We speak to Mike Anderson the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of National Small Business Chamber. The fintech start-up Peach Payments an online payment system being used by hundreds of online merchants in and beyond South Africa, recently introduced Peach Pay Safe, a secure payment option for all businesses to collect invoice payments. We talk to Rahul Jain a co-founder of Peach Payments. The push for innovation is crucial for businesses wanting to keep up with the latest technological developments in the constantly changing and competitive global market place. Recognising this, the Gauteng provincial government set up a specialised unit for technological development in 2001 known as the Innovation Hub. We speak to Anéa Burke le Roux the Business Development Manager for BioPark at the Innovation Hub . Terence Pokane Leluma is the owner of Makhamisa Foods, which produces a range of organic sauces. Makhamisa Foods will be launching a range of African condiments which have been described as a taste of Africa, made by African hands and suited for a distinctly African palate. We speak to Makhamisa Foods owned and also the Chief Executive Office, Terence Pokane Leluma Our Game changer for this week is 47 year old Sadia Sisay who is ready to tackle diversity with her innovative and equally stylish lingerie brand. BeingU is focused on providing high quality lingerie for women of all skin tones with a particularly strong focus on black women and other women of colour. To find out more about her entrepreneurial journey and lingerie label, we speak to Sierra Leone.
• As we venture into the New Year we find out more about The Global Entrepreneurship Congress gracing the African continent for the first time at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, from the 13-17 March. It is an initiative gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 160 countries. To find out more we talk to Alesimo Mwanga a Research Development Executive at SEA Africa. • The Awethu Projects which has positioned itself as one of the most progressive, young, black and innovative entrepreneurship Development Company in South Africa. We speak to Mafani Gungulu an enterprise development specialist and part of the incubator leadership and management at the Awethu Projects. • We also look at Umba Holdings and Services a building services company specializing in renovations, restorations and small virgin projects. The company is a partnership between a husband and wife with background in construction operations and IT project management. We speak to Synga and Chidvongodzo Sibanda the founders of Umba Holdings and Services. • Finally, we look at Gracious Fusion Events & Catering kitchen that specializes in authentic African cuisines for corporate events & functions. We speak to Nana Luyindadio the owner and manager of Gracious Fusion Events & Catering kitchen