Change Your Game.

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±57 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.

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Change Your Game

August is Women’s Month in South Africa and on the show we’ve been featuring powerful, successful and remarkable on the show. We spoke to Natascha Viljoen, the Head of Processing at Anglo American South Africa.

Mulenga Kasoma an Author, Speaker, Teacher and Entrepreneur. She is the passion and driving force behind the women empowerment DARE seminars, workshops and networking breakfasts

Our Game Changer this week is Karen Thorne, the Founder and Station Manager of Cape Town TV. The South African film and television industry has historically been a male-dominated business, with particularly poor representation of women behind the camera.

We talk about Africa Bio’s recent announcement of the launch of the first BIO Africa Convention taking place later this month, at the Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa.

Recent research conducted by the Small Business Institute of South Africa, indicates that local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still economically fragile, with approximately 70% of emerging small businesses failing within the first two years of operation.

We also focus on Jack Ma ,founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s recent South African visit to launch the Netpreneur Prize initiative.

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• Our Game Changer - Lerato Naked the Owner and Manager Purple Esther. The company was established in 2013 with the intention to supply and manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is a 100% black female owned company, received a Level 1 BBBEE accreditation and is also an empowering supplier.
• The Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme in partnership with universities in South Africa is hosting the second National Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW2018) country-wide during the month of August. This year Student Entrepreneurship Week is building on the accomplishments of SEW2017 by making the circle bigger. We spoke to Dr Norah Clarke the Programme Director for Entrepreneurship at the Department Higher Education and Training & Universities South Africa.
• We featured Carla Pinto the owner & designer of African Style Story. She talks to us about the brand African Style Story and also their work around raising awareness of cancer especially educating young teenage girls about cancer.

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Celebrating three full decades of discovering and cultivating the best entrepreneurial talent that South Africa has to offer, the highly esteemed Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business/Partners has announced the shortlist of 15 standout entrants who have made it through to the final round of this year’s competition. We speak to Gugu Mjadu the Spokesperson for the competition…

And one of the entrants who has made it to the shortlist of 15 standout entrants Chieke Igwegbe who co-founded Mustbuy with his wife Damaris…

System engineer by profession and Chief Operating Officer at Reka Afrika, Bheki Nkomo shares more about Reka Afrika is an e-Commerce platform built by Africans for Africans and the rest of the world

With National Science Week commemorations underway, Bayer in partnership with Penreach, a Mpumalanga-based NGO which is working towards educational excellence in disadvantaged communities joined forces to take Maths and Science closer to a number of schools in Mpumalanga through the sponsorship of a mobile Math and Science laboratory mobile unit, known as the Penreach Baylab.we speak to Head of Communications at Bayer Southern Africa, Tasmien Patel

And we focus on the 3rd Annual SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) 2018 taking place at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia.

Our Game Changer this week is Maxwell Ndlovu, the owner of Okuhle Waste Management, a savvy entrepreneur who has grown his recycling business from a tiny operation in a side-street in Johannesburg, South Africa to the establishment of two large, well-equipped buy-back centres in Jeppe Street and Denver.

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This week on the show we profile The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which launched a Pan-African Entrepreneurship Portal-Platform YAS , facilitated by Accenture. We speak to Sandiso Sibisi, Accenture Africa’s Open Innovation Lead

Florence Nokuzola Mosepele, Managing Director of Cleaners on Call, a company she started in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, in 2009.

Sibanesethu Mikel Moyo, A financial Literacy Speaker, corporate Maverick and financial Entrepreneur.

Ms Joyce Sibeko, one of the Enactus UJ Faculty Advisors, tells us more about the Enactus University of Johannesburg , a student organisation that promotes Entrepreneurship contributing 58 750 volunteer hours empowering women in textile manufacturing, introducing an entrepreneurial mind-set at schools from as early as grade 10.
Zandile Keebine the Chairwoman and one of the Co-Founders of Girl Code about the GirlCode Hackathon.

To coincide with Mandela Day, the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business is challenging corporates, patrons of education and successful SMEs to help empower no less than 67 young, bright and budding entrepreneurs - poised for greatnessrse. We speak to chairman of Red & Yellow Creative School of Business, Rob Stokes.

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We speak about The AWIEF, a not-for-profit economic empowerment organisation for all African women and girls, recently launched their#Value4Her project in Nairobi, Kenya over two days and saw 15 southern Africa-based women agri-entrepreneurs from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe attend stakeholder workshops and keynotes from key gender empowerment and agri-business drivers.

DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, has announced its partnership with e-commerce giant, MallforAfrica’s new platform, Marketplace Africa, to help online retailers bring African-made products to the US and global market.

We profile Leroy Slava, a professional property investor, entrepreneur, coach and a speaker who had to pull himself up by his bootstraps after hitting rock bottom due to drug addiction. He is now a key player in the multibillion-rand South African property sector.

Mokena Makeka the Founder and Managing Director of Makeka Design Lab cc.

Ayanda and Busi Madlebe of Studio353 beauty shop, co-owners in their hair salon business and they continuously prove that having a family member as your colleague is not always a bad idea With 15 years’ industry experience, Ayanda began his career hand-washing towels at a local salon.

July is National Savings Month in South Africa and according to Kobus Engelbrecht, spokesperson for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, keeping a small business afloat – which includes covering operational costs, maintaining liquidity and a margin of profit – often hinders business owners from prioritising long-term business savings.

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This week we speak to one of the 22 South African chosen designers , Sello Sello Medupe, the Founder of SCALO who jetted off to Italy late last month to showcase their designs at this years’ Torino Fashion Week, alongside 600 other designers from other countries across the globe.
Darlene Menzies the Chief Executive Officer of Finfind, results of the Inaugural Access to Finance Report.
David Morobe, Regional General Manager at Business Partners Limited about the Recent Statistics South Africa research indicating that the country’s total unemployment rate currently stands at 26,7%, which is significantly higher than what is targeted for the 2030 National Development Plan (NDP).
We profile Dr Lulu Gwagwa, a multifaceted woman who inspires all those around her. Born in Umzimkhulu, Eastern Cape a province in South Africa, she is an accomplished development planner; business leader; and philanthropist.
This week on the show we launch our feature called “Out and About” were will be visiting various establishments to find out what they all about. This week we focus on the
Lion’s Rest Game Lodge and Thathel Agriculture in Tweeling, Free State Province in South Africa.
Quote of the week: Stay the course. A lot of people, especially the youth, have become very impatient in terms of accomplishing success.” – Andrew Waititu, MD, SAP East Africa

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• This week on the show we profiled Esquared an impact investment company that empowers South Africa’s responsible entrepreneurs to unleash their high impact potential. Joined in studio by Sawa Nakagawa the Chief Executive Officer at E Squared Investments (E²)

• We spoke to Tony Wood, the Managing Director for MYDAWA about their eHealth platform MYDAWA, which is enabling the healthcare consumers of Kenya, to purchase authentic medicines, health and wellness products online.
• We found out more about the pitching boost programme, which is initiated by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) is a Provincial Government agency established under the auspices of the Department of Economic Development, to provide non-financial support, financial support and co-ordinates stakeholders for the benefit of SMMEs in Gauteng Province in South Africa. Thabang Mabuza the Director for Pitching Booster Programme shared more light.
• And lastly we spoke about one of Africa’s first bean-to-bar chocolate brands, De Villiers Chocolate, now offering international consumers a bite of Africa. Chocolate maker and owner De Villiers Chocolate, Pieter de Villiers told us more.

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This week on the show we profile Kenny Nkuna, a young entrepreneur taking the lucrative transport industry by storm through his multi-million rand company Go Go Shuttles.
Shamila Ramjawan is Chief Executive Officer of Famram Solutions & Famram Foundation and founder of PrincessD Menstrual Cup.
We speak to the Chief Executive Officer of Green Youth Network, Sanele Zulu about the fifth Green Youth Indaba 2018.
Sal Govender, Vice President for Bureau Veritas Southern Africa, about Bureau Veritas launching the Ithemba Trust, an independent body, as part of its transformation journey.
Gcobisa Maqanda, MTN Community Liaison about the Entrepreneurs developing digital solutions on the African continent being invited to apply for the next Venture Incubation Programme – a partnership between telecommunications giant, MTN and the Solution Space based at the UCT Graduate School of Business.
And we find out more about the Crypviser an encrypted network that is based of blockchain technology for both social and business, from the Chief Executive Officer Crypviser, Vadim Andryan

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This week on the show we profile Founder and Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Luvuyo Rani, who is attending a Leadership programme for Systems Change at Harvard University.

Pieter Scholtz the Director ActionCOACH South Africa, re-educates business owners using proven systems and strategies.

Nomfundo Khemese, is a 22 year old Sowetan born Visual Artist currently based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Xperien Chief Executive Officer, Wale Arewa shares light on the requirement of Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (PoPI) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Priven Reddy a 35-year-old entrepreneur from Durban, South Africa and the Chief Executive Officer of Kagiso Interactive, a company rated as the best mobile app developers in Africa.

Sappi Southern Africa recently won a Gold Quill Award at the International Association of Business Communications awards held in Canada with Elsabe Coetzee the Sappi Regional Communications Manager at Sappi….

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This week on the show we profile Kofi Ofori Boakeng , a Ghanaian born popular author and speaker who is fast building a name for himself in the coaching and inspirational speaking space, with his message of self-love and self-identity.
Our Game Changer this week is Blaine Joseph a young Business Leader who was born in Pietermaritzburg a town in Kwazulu-Natal a province in South Africa. He progressed to Standard Eight in high school and completed his matric at an FET college.
Njabulo Bheka Nzuza, Secretary General of the ANCYL talks to us about the importance of Youth Day/ Youth Month and also what the youth wing of the ruling party in South Africa will be doing to commemorate the day and the month.

Alexander Leibner tells us more about the All Africa Business Leaders Awards.
Standard bank has officially launched an innovative new campaign to help South Africa’s budding entrepreneurs turn their side hustles into their main hustles by proving them with funding equivalent to as much as one year’s salary in order to encourage them to take the plunge and start their own business without the fear of losing their monthly income. We speak to Catherine Munjoma, Acting Head of Retail Marketing for Standard Bank South Africa.
Camilla Swart, Ecosystem Manager at Rise Cape Town in South Africa shares light on the 12-week boot camp that is set to culminate in a funding pitch to potential investors at Rise, focusing on women entrepreneurs in technology.

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• This week on the show we profile Belinda Mapongwana, who started her own law firm in June 2014 after seeing a gap in the market for small, black, female-owned practices that specialise in corporate and commercial law.

• Thirty year old qualified accountant, Reggie Mkhize, started his chicken business, SMkhize associates in 2013.

• The Goethe-Institute in Johannesburg is inviting applications from cultural and social start-up ventures for Hub@Goethe's second intake commencing in September 2018 for six months!! We find out more from Vernon Scholtz the Hub@Goethe Community Manager.

• We speak about to UNISA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr Phumulani Zwane about the University of South Africa (UNISA) recently launching and hosting a Small Medium Micro Enterprise Suppliers (SMME’s) Development Day 2018 with the aim of work - shopping small businesses as well as informing them about business opportunities available at the university and externally

• Jan Romboutsthe the chancellor and communications manager and Michelle Romboutsthe brand communication manager of the Future Of Flight University speak to us about an amazing group of young students between the ages of 18 and 24 who have basically developed aircraft technology that will take aviation into a new era.

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This week on the show we profile Andile Siphesihle Mayisela a 26 year old Founder of Gamelihle Group, a successful Earth Moving equipment company and Forex Academy called Just Learn Forex.

The Southern Africa Structured Trade Seminar which will be held from the 26th to the 29th of June in Livingstone (Zambia).

Dale Beaumont, best known as an Award-Winning Technology Entrepreneur, International Speaker and the Author of 16 Best-Selling Books.

The South African Breweries (SAB) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) Africa have committed to several ambitious Sustainability Goals to be achieved by 2025 in the areas of Water Stewardship, Smart Agriculture, Climate Action, Circular Packaging and Entrepreneurship. We find out more from Phumzile Chifunyise, Enterprise Development Specialist: Africa Zone for SAB…

We speak to Terry Wyer from the USAID'S Southern Africa Trade +Investment Hub about the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announcing a $10 million US Dollars subordinated loan to I&M Bank in Rwanda.

The World Economic Forum predicts that creativity will be one of the top skills valued in 2020 and that creative industries are on the rise. We speak to Professor Elaine Rumboll, founder of the Creative Leadership consultancy and founder and convenor of the Business Acumen for Artists (BAA) course at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

And we also focus on the Africa Shared Value summit which took place earlier this month at the Maslow conference centre, in South Africa’s biggest business hub, Johannesburg.

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