Change Your Game.

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±53 min episodes every 6 days  | 
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.

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Change Your Game

This week on the show we spoke to Irene Ochem the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) about the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) conference and awards taking place next month in Cape Town, South Africa.

Our Game Changer this week is business savvy founder of The Treat salon, Dany Gharzo. The Treat has built a commendable reputation over the years for being the salon that nails it all. With more than ten successful franchises spread across the Johannesburg Metropolitan in South Africa, there is no doubt that Gharzo is strategic in her way of conducting business

We found out more about the Hennessy interactive cocktail mixing session with its Global Ambassador of Mixology Jordan Bushell, who is visiting South Africa to educate people about making the perfect cognac cocktail!

We also spoke to Gugu Mjadu, the executive general manager for marketing at Business Partners Limited about how local businesses need to better prepare for the disruption of a technologically-driven future, especially female business owners.


Our question this week comes from: Andile an emerging author.

AND Charlie Peterson, author of "Growing up without a father" and "Boy child you matter", as well as founder of the Growing up without a father Foundation is our mentor.


As South Africa celebrates Heritage Month, we live with the following quote:

“I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land” ~ by South Africa’s Former President Thabo Mbeki

Change Your Game

This week on the show we spoke to Parthy Chetty the Director for Eskom Expo for young scientists about the 2019 Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF) which will be taking place from the 24th to the 27th this September, where 600 young scientists from 35 regions around South Africa, will showcase their innovative science and engineering projects.

We found out more about AfricArena’s pre-selection phase, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. It brought together some of South Africa’s best startups that are currently shaking the industry. The event aims to accelerate the growth of these tech startups and the ecosystem in which they operate by providing a platform where they can tell their story, gain valuable networks and attain funding.

We spoke to Nomaxabiso Matjila the Lead Specialist CSI at Liberty about their partnership with the Mindset Network launching the learning app, Tenfold Education.

Our Game Changer this week is Tyron Harding, the director of Hard Rock Café. After a rewarding presence of the Hardrock Cafe in South Africa, with the opening of the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town cafes, the Hard Rock Cafe brand is again expanding its footprint in the country, by introducing a brand new Hard Rock Cafe at the premium location, Sun City Resort in the North West Province.


Our question this week comes from Andile who is an emerging author.

Charlie Peterson, author of "Growing up without a father" and "Boy child you matter", as well as founder of the Growing up without a father Foundation, is our mentor this week.

In our Legacy Series this week, we visited Casambo Exclusive Guest Lodge, an all-encompassing establishment offering luxury 4-star accommodation, as well as conferencing and events centres. Situated just outside Nelspruit beneath the Mbombela Mountains, the owner Carol Sanderson, describes Casambo as "the Gem of the Lowveld", as additionally it offers a fully equipped spa and restaurant.

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THIS WEEK ON THE SHOW: We spoke to Duane Newman, Director at Cova about the Supplier Development which is a significant element of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policy, ultimately intended to boost economic transformation in South Africa. Considering this, the Eastern Cape province in the country has proven its commitment to Supplier Development. The province will host its Manufacturing Indaba from the 3 – 4 October 2019 in Port Elizabeth.

MENTORSHIP CORNER: Our question this week comes from Andile,an emerging author. Charlie Peterson, author of "Growing up without a father" and "Boy child you matter", as well as founder of the Growing up without a father Foundation, is our mentor this week.

We spoke to Christelle Colman,Managing Director and founder of Elite Risk Acceptances (the high-net-worth arm of Old Mutual Insure) about the importance of personal branding .

Rory Verrett, the founder and managing partner of Protégé Search. He was recently in South Africa to give a talk titled - American entrepreneurs of color: Lessons and strategies for expansion.

And As part of the South African Steel Construction Industry’s (SAISC) 2019 marketing campaign, it has adopted the slogan ‘See Yourself in Steel’. Corlia Strauss, Director Finance & Operations of KRU Detailing.


"We need to create an environment that would drive creativity. Do not be afraid to test new things. We must be creative, ensuring we are a step ahead of competition." - Kofo Akinkugbe, founder & CEO of SecureID Nigeria Ltd a market leader in smart card technology and digital security.

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This week on the show we spoke to Aaron Boateng, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ab Westlink Aluminium. Who started his company With less than 654 (six-hundred and fifty-four) US dollars in his pockets.

Nonkululeko (Nonku) Komanya the Investor Relations Manager for AfricArena about the final stop of the AfricArena Tour 2019 which will take place next month in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sibabalwe Sesmani the Founder and Managing Director of Unorthodox PR and Media Group about the 2019 Nomination for the 100 Most Influential Young Africans Ranking.

Our Game Changer this week is Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo the Chairwoman and cofounder of an all-black, female- and youth-owned corporate and commercial legal consultancy, TumboScott.

We found out more about a talk at the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS), hosted by Rory Verrett, who is the founder and managing partner of Protégé Search.


A second of the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs Series that we are running on the show. And today’s episode features Faizah Hendricks, the owner of District Six Guesthouse in Cape Town, South Africa

In closing Women's month, it's time now for the quote of the week, which reads:

"Practice Fearlessness – We have been brought up to believe that wanting to be rich is somehow evil, negative, makes you greedy. We need to change that mindset, the reality is that when you start a business it’s to make money and we need to be unapologetic about it. I am not proposing of course that we start to make money by any means and at any cost. You need to be mindful of the environment that you operate in, you need to be mindful of the society that you operate in.” – Polo Leteka, founder of IDF Managers, which invests exclusively in women entrepreneurs.

Founders Factory Africa

Founders Factory Africa is a South African company operating across Africa, delivering a corporate-backed accelerator and incubator. In October 2018, Standard Bank was the first investor into Founders Factory Africa, with fintech as its strategic sector. Within the first few months of its launch, Founders Factory Africa received over five hundred applications from fintech entrepreneurs across the continent. After a rigorous screening and selection process, five businesses from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda were selected. Channel Africa’s Nosihle Zuma had a conversation with the Co-Founder & CEO of Founders Factory Africa, Roo Rogers and started by asking him about the progress they made since they opened shop last year.


Another start-up that was selected to be the latest cohort in the globally renowned, multi-corporate backed accelerator programme is South African based Rentoza which leverages the sharing economy to enable businesses and individuals to list their lazy assets whilst giving customers access to these via a low-cost rental model backed by insurance underwritten by Old Mutual Insure. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane also spoke to Avinesh Reddy the Chief Technology Officer of Rentosa and began by asking him what his company is all about.

Special Donations

A newly launched Special Donations website is set to introduce a new benchmark for doing business by integrating two websites, Special Donations which is for charities, schools and non-profit organizations (NPO’s) and Special Discounts which is the primary landing page for businesses. The website is intended to help communities, schools and NPO’s obtain much needed resources, while simultaneously returning economic savings to the consumer. For more, Channel Africa’s Nosihle Zuma spoke to Vijay Ramballie the co-founder of the Special Donations website and started by asking him about his entrepreneurial journey.

Can Do

CAN DO a consumer Brand for Nampak Bevcan, recently launched its third Season of The Unbreakable Entrepreneurs competition 2019. "The Unbreakable Entrepreneur" campaign sets out to find young people with existing operating business that need to get to the next level. Channel Africa’s Nombuyiselo Tango spoke to Tebatso Molapo, Founder of Re Basadi and is one of the top 6 chosen for the third installment of the competition and filed the following report

Change Your Game

This week on the show we spoke to co-founders of Vuuqa , Tshiwela Ncube from South Africa and Horesia (lOre-sia) Nyawade from Kenya who met during their MBA studies at the Wits Business School about the
Vuuqa (Vu-Ka) ,an online platform where African brands can promote and retail their products online. It went live to the public in September, 2018 after 9 months of development.

We found out more about the Leading African Rating and PR firm, Avance Media has announced its inaugural list of 100 Most Influential African Women, which features distinguished women whose works and accomplishments continue to inspire the next generation of women in Africa.

We spoke to our Game Changer this week is Ngwana Matloa, the co-founder of ABOT Technology in South Africa. The company taps into the power of mobile, web, analytics, IOT and cloud technologies to develop custom software applications and products for industry domains such as retail, healthcare and financial services.

We spoke to Siyanga Madikizela, the Public Relations Manager for Volkswagen about the Volkswagen partnering with the Lionesses of Africa organization to assist in developing their over 600 000 female entrepreneurs across 54 African countries.

Our Mentorship Corner expert this week is Entrepreneur Kenny Nkuna who is the founder and director of Go Go shuttles..

Our Out and about feature, we were at popular restaurant and franchise, Rocco Mamas, their Northriding establishment in Johannesburg South Africa.

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This week on the show we found out more about the Leaders Africa program hosted by the Obama Foundation In honor of Nelson Mandela’s month . 200 rising leaders from 45 African countries and various sectors came together to participate in skill-building workshops and leadership development training and get involved in inspiring plenary sessions. Moreover these delegates – some of the most inspiring young leaders in Africa – will got an opportunity to connect and share their own social improvement success stories on the continent.

We spoke to the 2019 Startupbootcamp AfriTech finalists George Wambua from Asilimia, a Kenyan start-up that digitises payments for small businesses to enable them to access formal financial services and filed the following report.

Kebone Ramokhwase known as the king bones, a South African recording rap artist and seasoned entrepreneur. With a seasoned footprint of entrepreneurship in his background, The King Bones seeks to bring about a different twist to the entertainment industry and change the narrative of young, black artists.


"There Will Be Pressure – “We all push ourselves. It’s a positive thing to me. It’s positive as long as you don’t allow it to get to a point where it creates negativity".– Siza Mzimela, founder of the first majority black- and woman-owned airline in South Africa, Fly Blue Crane.

Change Your Game

• We look at South Africa's first equity crowdfunding platform, Uprise.Africa, partnership with ZAR X, a fintech-based licensed stock exchange. Targeted at both investees and investors, Uprise.Africa facilitates the investment process for small to medium enterprises and entrepreneurs, through crowdfunding. Uprise.Africa is the first equity crowdfunding platform in Africa. For more we speak to Chief Executive Officer of Uprise.Africa ,Tabassum Qadir (Tabz).

• Absa has partnered with Tshimong Media (a social enterprise that creates debating, public speaking and leadership training programmes for scholars and students) to produce a unique podcast series to stimulate critical thinking skills among young South Africans. We speak to Thami Pooe the Chief Executive of Tshimong Media.

• Our Game Changer this week is Tshidi Morabi is IT entrepreneur who developed an app that allows parents to track in real time their children while in the care of scholar transport. Under her company, Ginini Consulting, Tshidi has created the app called LocTransie which provides SMS notification during different stages of the school transport journey.

• Mentorship Corner : we speak to Thami Banda, customer service consultant, life coach, entrepreneur

• Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) announced that the official unemployment rate is now 29%, in the country up by 1.4% in one quarter. The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) has stated that the announcement by StatsSA is shocking but it is not unexpected. Channel Africa’s Nombuyiselo Tango speak to Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa, Gerhard Papenfus about the latest unemployment stats

•Out and About Feature: South African comedian Ndumiso Lindi has hosted his very first "one man show". Titled "Boys don't cry in July", the funny yet memoir styled performance has circuited the Auto and General Theatre on the Square, at the Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg. We attended

Change Your Game

This week on the show we spoke to Carlo Mariani is a Property Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator from Italy who has 16 years local and international property investment track record and 21 years as a business owner. He started his property investment career in 2003, mainly as a “buy to let” residential property investor in the economic hub of Africa.

Dr Thabo Lehlokoe the chairman of Tafari Capita a company developing Africa’s first fully integrated banking and e-commerce platform. It was founded by 23 black professionals and entrepreneurs with varying skills and experience in the private sector as well as the public sector in South Africa. The founding members have had successful careers in a wide variety of disciplines - from law, medicine, technology, finance, mining, engineering, construction, energy, education, media, advertising and accounting sectors of the economy.

We spoke to Roy Bannister – Co-founder AI Expo Africa about the inaugural AI Expo Africa which has become the largest B2B focused AI & Data Science community and trade event in the region.

Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane spoke to Philip Kiracofe the CEO and Co-founder of Startupbootcamp AfriTech about the announcement of the top eleven startups picked from over 1,800 applicants that will attend a three-month accelerator in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lastly, Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane attended the launch of Secrets, a new short-form movie, launched at a glittering premiere at NuMetro’s Hyde Park cinema last week in Johannesburg, South Africa and filed a report..

It’s essential to draw up a “things to do” list on a daily basis and set priorities in executing them, making sure that any unfinished task get posted to the next day’s list. – Folorunsho Alakija – Nigerian billionaire businesswoman, in 2014 she unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman in the world.

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