Change Your Game.

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±56 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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• Sisters Jennifer Da Mata and Roxanne Goncalves of Strata-g Labour Solutions are making a mark in the corporate world. We spoke to one of the founders of Strata-g Labour Solutions Jennifer Da Mata and Roxanne Goncalve • South Africa has the most developed telecommunications industry on the continent ,there are more Sim cards than people. To find out more about the subject, we spoke to Sam Manclark, the Jozihub Manager • Earlier this year, African members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community launched the Durban Agreement on Open Africa to champion an open and border-free Africa. We spoke to Lisa Mavundla the Community Manager for OPEN Africa based in Maboneng, Johannesburg and she is also a member of the Global Shapers community. • The Women's Youthpreneur Academy events are aimed at female, youth entrepreneurs that attract more than 100 delegates. Sibabalwe Sesmani the Founder and Managing Director of Unorthodox PR and Media Group, told us more. • Our Game Changer this week is Bisola Edun. She is a leading name in Nigerian fashion with her label becoming the first Nigerian fashion company to be floated on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. She shared more about her journey. • Securing funding for a business is tough, but running a business is a whole different ball game. This According to The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South Africa report (GEM), which states that 67% of South African SME’s had to close last year, due to a lack of profitability or because they had issues with accessing funding. Charles Meyerowitz the Chief Executive Officer of alternative asset-backed lender, Lamna • Brand South Africa and Owami Women will host the annual Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards on Thursday in Johannesburg. We spoke to Bridget Nkuna, founder of Owami Women . • Njomstyle Accessories manufactures custom-made male accessories. For more on the brand, we spoke to Philani “Njoms” Mhlongo the Owner and creative designer at Njomstyle Access
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• Standard bank this week launched a phase of a disruptive engagement model for accountants and entrepreneurs. We spoke to Warren Bond, the co-founder of Purple • Since its inception three years ago, South Africa's sanitary pads company, MIMI Women has been committed to helping girls and women in some of South Africa’s poorest areas to empower themselves. To find out more about the organisation and its work , we spoke to Ramona Kasavan the Chief Executive Officer of MIMI Women. • Tebogo Nefale is a Real Estate Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Property Investing Coach and Mentor. He runs programmes that assist young people on how to invest or buy properties from younger age. He joined us in studio and told us more about his entrepreneurial journey. • Applications for the She Leads Africa’s Dark and Lovely X SLA Beauty Accelerator are officially closed. With thousands of applicants, from four African countries, the programme will only select five entrepreneurs to take part in the programme. For more information , we spoke to the head of Community and Digital Business Development at She Leads Africa, Caitlin Craig. • Itumeleng (Tumi) Phake, founder of Zenzele Fitness Group, won the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year® category, at the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS. He spoke to us about his journey. • The 2017 National Tourism Careers Expo will get underway later this month, in the Free State province under the theme tourism alive with opportunities. For more on the expo, we spoke to Bulelwa Seti, Chief Director of the Tourism Sector Development at the National Department of Tourism. • Last week the winners for 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year competition were announced at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. We spoke to Nomfundo Mcoyi the Founder of Icebolethu Group, who won the 2017 Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year category.
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• To elevate businesses in Soweto, Lucky and his team host mid-week - groove tours which move around all ten outlets on a rotational weekly basis. Lucky Mazibuko • The 37th annual Businesswoman of the Year Awards are taking place on Thursday at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. We spoke to Matshepo Msibi one of the organisers for the37th annual Businesswoman of the Year Awards • Business Unity South Africa –BUSA, has welcomed the launch of the South African Breweries -SAB’s entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create ten thousand jobs by 2021. Tanya Cohen the Chief Executive Officer of Business Unity South Africa • Yelang Prue Jinka, is a communications specialist on a mission to share business narratives that are putting the continent on an equal global footing. She travels across the continent seeking out CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs, who, through their personal and professional choices, confront challenges, embrace opportunities and on a whole epitomise success. She shared more of her journey • Arnoux Maré is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Solutions Group, which owns the subsidiary companies Innovative Staffing Solutions, Innovative Accounting Solutions, Innovative BEE Solutions and Innovative Guarding Solutions. He gave us more information about the company • We also spoke to Koffi Assouan, who manages a portfolio of Youth Learning projects focussing on enterprise development, youth employment, and social and financial education. • At inception, Johanna Mukoki’s company only had three employees and one office in Pretoria. Currently her company employs over 700 staff in South Africa. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane spoke to Johanna Mukoki and began by asking her to share her entrepreneurial journey… • South African Breweries recently launched the country’s first rural and grass roots to big business entrepreneurship campaign, committed to creating 10 000 jobs in Sout
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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) together with the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs and Total South Africa, honoured women entrepreneurs in the sector through the prestigious DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards Programme last week. We spoke to the overall winner of the awards and the founder of the Selame Poultry, Kedidimetse Rossy Rakgaole . -The National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa is preparing for the first ever National Funeral Indaba which will take place from the 19th to the 21st of September 2017 at the Olive Convention Center in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Muzi Hlengwa the President of the National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa shared more - The project started in 2007 by Lihle’s grandmother where they operated in a one hectare land and now expanded the land to eight hectares in Malelane. Lihle Prayer Khumalo sahred more - Matchbox app is a free and innovative new app that is revolutionizing the freight industry connecting shippers and transporters directly in time. We got more from Anton Potgieter the Founder of Matchbox - The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF) launched its Artisan Programme at the Diepsloot Combined School in Gauteng, South Africa. From a shortlist of 47, two learners will be selected to train as artisans on full bursaries in 2018. Chantelle Oosthuizen the Strategic Communications and Projects Executive of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation … - Siphethe Dumeko, Chief Financial Officer at Business Partners Limited spoke about the South Africa’s state of economy and the impact it has on SME’s.
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• We spoke to Sue Moodley one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs who has been making headlines in the business industry. Sue is the owner of a multi-million company Pluminco Trade. It is a 100 percent black owned housing and infrastructure development company. • We touched on the new research conducted by Livingfacts and commissioned by Sage Foundation, entitled ‘The Hidden Factors: South African Women in Business’ with the the Programme Manager for Africa at the Sage Foundation, Joanne van der Walt • Lerato Mdluli shared more on the Fifteen young African entrepreneurs who have emerged as finalists from a field of more than 800 applicants for the seventh annual Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for her youngest entrepreneurs. • We also talk to Mike Anderson the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of National Small Business Chamber hosting their My Business Expo and Business StartUp Show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa. • Our Game Changer this week is Monalisa Zwambila who owns and manages what is probably South Africa’s largest independent, black-woman-owned advertising agency, RIVERBED. She told us more about her entrepreneurial journey. • Keratile Mashike is becoming a master at repurposing old tyres and turning them into stylish furniture. The entrepreneur makes tables and chairs which can be used for both the indoors and outdoors. Keratile told us more about he business venture. • Lastly, a non- profit organisation that focuses on developing historically disadvantaged communities, has launched Buzz 4 Eve a Female Entrepreneurship Propramme in some of South Africa’s townships. Mmabatho Makotanyane who is the Communications Manager for Rhiza Babuyile shared more details
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• This week on the show, we spoke to Lynette Hundermark one of the co-founders of Useful And Beautiful a South African based company.The company is a specialized boutique that focuses on delivering rich and engaging mobile experiences across a variety of sectors in the country. • Purple Page Services provides communities with cleaning services that exceeds expectations. Josephine Morake the Chief Executive Officer of Purple Page Services. • Sthe Shabangu, Public Relations Lead for Samsung Electronics Africa spoke about Cultivating Entrepreneurship in Africa. • We also profiled one of the Top Fifty South African women in technology named by SME South Africa, Ndoni Mcunu the co-founder of a non-profit organisation Black Women in Science (BWIS). • The Women Empowerment in Africa study, commissioned by the Southern Africa Trust. • And the Connecting Africa community and leading series of African technology, media and telecommunications events has officially launched the largest online event dedicated to tracking disruptive technologies across Africa. • We speak to Amy Turner the Producer of the Connecting Africa Digital Week and editor of ConnectingAfrica.com on Connecting Africa Digital Week interview.
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• The 2017 Annual South African innovation summit will get underway early next month in Cape Town. We spoke to the Chairperson of the South African Innovation Summit, Audrey Verhaughe. • Arese Ugwu the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking The Smart Money Woman, the financial-chick novel told us more about her life and her offering on smart money. • The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host its annual Pathways to Funding Do-Ference next month bringing together entrepreneurs, startups, finance and legal experts. • Emoji Mzanzu is a South African based company that manufactures and sells high quality emoji products, helping people to show and express their emotions and bring happiness into people's homes and lives. We spoke to Sasha-Lee Basson the Chief Executive Officer of at Emoji Mzanzi • Next month the Fak’ugesi i African Digital Innovation Festival returns to Johannesburg, South Africa and for ten day. We found out more from Tegan Bristow the Director of the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival and Senior Lecturer at Wits Digital Arts….
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• The African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ASENTI) will be taking place later this year at the United States International University-Africa in Kampala, Uganda. Calvin Jodisi the President and Chief Executive Officer of the African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ASENTI). • South African entrepreneurs want more business development support, while entrepreneurship is declining as a career option among young people, according to the results of the latest Seed Academy startup survey. For more on the results of the survey, we spoke to Donna Rachelson the Group Chief Executive Officer of Seed Engine which includes Seed Academy and the WDB Seed Fund. • The month of August is Women’s Month in South Africa and to celebrate women, the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) will be hosting its annual Woman of Substance awards under the theme - Africa in the Rise of Localisation. For more we spoke to Pumla Molope who is a Board Member at the African Woman Charted Accountants (AWCA)…. • Fostering Female entrepreneurship report reveals that more than 50% of women believe corporate jobs are a safer option. And, only 20% of those who don’t own a business felt they have the necessary network to support their family responsibilities. Managing Director at Livingfacts, Marylou Kneale shared more. • The 9th Small Business Expo will kick off later this month, at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The two day event will stage a Creative Business Cup and a global challenge for entrepreneurs working in the creative fields. We spoke to by Rick Ed, the co-founder of Creative Mzansi and one of the partners bringing Creative Business Cup to Johannesburg… • Our Game Changer this week is Muzi Shinga, who owns three pizza franchises in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Whilst still in school, Shinga ran a successful poultry farm business on a small scale and even purchased his first van to assist with deliveries. • Despite the International Monetary Fund (IMF) releasing a slightly improved growth forecast for South Africa, many analysts still predict tough times ahead for consumers and SME’s. Charles Meyerowitz, co-founder and CEO of specialty asset backed financier Lamna, shares more. • Yamkela Kiviet is a young well-established businessman who has been involved in many community projects to empower many young people. Yamkela joined us in studio to talk about his life and his entrepreneurial journey.
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 The Miss Teen Social Entrepreneur organised by Mrs Africa 2016 finalist, Tarryn Ogle, focuses on empowering teenage girls through developing their social entrepreneurial skills and awareness of social responsibility. We spoke to Kayla Wright, one of the 2017 Miss Teen Social Entrepreneur finalists.  Autonomy Design and 3RD Strand in association with LearningSims produced and formatted an entrepreneurial television programme, Pimp My Bizz. We spoke to by Creative Strategist, Businesswoman, Social Entrepreneur, and Autonomy’s Managing Director, Ingrid Bell.  The Next-Gen Leadership Conference is a dynamic youth conference designed to create a platform for interaction amongst South Africa’s youth. To find out more about the conference, we spoke to Thato Mashishi a Candidate Attorney at Fasken Martineau a leading international business and litigation firm.  Israel is considered the world’s second largest hub of entrepreneurship after the USA. Israel has been branded the startup nation. For more we spoke to Anya Eldan the Vice President of the Start-Up Division at the Israel Innovation Authority  MPower Digital Health launched an online diabetes management service, Empower Diabetes, on the Apple App Store earlier this month.  The School Enterprise Challenge is an annual competition available to any school in any country worldwide. Scelo Mbonambi the Coordinator for the School Enterprise Challenge told us more.  Now in its 8th year, the 2017 SME Toolkit BUSINESS/PARTNERS Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs provides the opportunity for young and ambitious individuals.We spoke to the spokesperson of the 2017 SME Toolkit BUSINESS/PARTNERS Business Plan Competition, Rene Hicks.
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* Last week the Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle supported by the South African Maritime Safety Authority, launched the Eastern Cape Provincial Maritime Youth Development Programme. We speak to Sonwabo Mbananga, Spokesoerson for the Eastern Cape Provincial * The African Entrepreneurs Council (AEC) hosted the Young Entrepreneurs Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bongi Nxumalo the Manager at African Entrepreneurs Council shared more * Leshego Holdings is a financial inclusion company that offers broad-based financial solutions that improve the lives of Africans and empower entrepreneurs in Africa. For more we speak to Chris Low, Group Managing Director of Letshego Holdings. *Our Game Changer this week is Thuli Sibeko who is a well-established business woman. She is the Co-founder of Anglo African Events and she established other companies successful so. She went to start a foundation that empower young ladies through education and IT opportunities. She told us more. * The 8th 2017 SME Toolkit Business /Partners Business Plan Competition for aspiring young entrepreneurs are open for entries. We spoke to Rene Hicks, spokesperson for the competition * The third Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) conference and exhibition event will take place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa in October this year. We spoke to Irene Ochem the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the AWIEF * Kytabu – which comes from ‘kitabu’, the Swahili word for ‘book’ – is an innovative textbook content-leasing app for students. Kenyan tech entrepreneur Tonee Ndungu, the founder of Kytabu tells us more * A partnership between micro-jobbing platform, Money for Jam (M4JAM), and youth leadership programme, Columba Leadership, has been shortlisted for the Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty. We spoke to was Rob Taylor, Chairman of Columba Leadership. * Science graduate Sylvia Browne is partnering with a top west end London restaurateur Suzanne Tiega; Restaurant manager at Nando's to launch a new African supper club, My African Hob. Sylvia Browne told us more
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 Last month Uganda’s BarefootLaw, the first online legal service in East Africa, was named as one the three winners of the King Baudouin African Development Prize. We spoke to him from Uganda , Gerald Abila the Executive Director and founder of BarefootLaw  Khayalethu Cokoto is the co-founder and managing director of X Sparks, an information and communications technology business, specialising in graphic design software development and licensing. Khayalethu spoke to us about her entrepreneurial journey  Our Game Changer this week is Khethi Ngwenya a South African entrepreneur and businessman. He spoke to us Khethi Ngwenya  Afribiz Invest’s Executive Chairman, Collen Mashawana has addressed SA’s current recession by stating that socially positive investment is the key to the country’s economy. We spoke to Mashawana ,the Executive Chairman of Afribiz Invest  Girls living in Uganda face a number of challenges that can impact their well-being, development and future. Frances Aanyu, Agatha Akello and Lisa Anenocan are working to reduce rates of teenage pregnancy in Uganda by breaking the silence on menstruation and empowering the girl child. From Uganda, we spoke to Lisa Anenocan one of the founders of the organisation…  According to Jannie Rossouw, Head of Sanlam’s Business Market, the lack of formal education for entrepreneurship is evident in the failure rate of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and in the extent to which South Africans often abandon their entrepreneurial dreams.  The 4th Annual Woman-of-Worth (WOW) Network will be taking place next month at the University Of Pretoria, South Africa. We spoke to Kamogelo Lesabe the Chairperson of the Young Corporate Leaders at the University of Pretoria…  International Guest Speaker Robert Kiyosaki, Author of Rich Dad Poor Dad was recently in South Africa for the National Achievers Congress that was held earlier this month at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria. Channel Africa’s Nosihle Zuma spoke to Kiyosaki and began by asking about his love for South Africa…  The 14 annual standard Bank Top Women Awards Entries are officially closed. For a decade and a half, South Africa’s premier gender parity platform has awarded accomplished women leaders and visionaries across a host of disciplines. Jayshree Naidoo, Head of Incubator at Standard Bank shared more
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 K-Squared Advanced Natural Hair Design Studio opened its doors in 2014. The founder Kekeletso Khena and her team use state of the art hair and scalp diagnostic technology and nature derived treatment applications rarely seen in the African hair care industry. We spoke to her about her journey.  Education technology company Mwabu has made an investment in the South African market, through the establishment of its local hub in Rosebank.  AEC Konsult is a strategy consulting company that assist entrepreneurs & corporations define, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate overall business management. We spoke to Fay Shao the Founder of the African Entrepreneurship Compass Konsult  Xolile Xaba grew up in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. His entrepreneurial journey began in the year 2010. He has become one of the select few to be invited to attend the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogota, Colombia. He spoke to us about his journey…  Nedbank's Eyethu Community Trust announced its support of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies Scholarship Program at a ceremony held at the Nedbank Group headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. Channel Africa’s Nosihle Zuma reports  A South African startup is simplifying the process to establish and verify the identities of clients. ThisIsMe, which has innovation that’s giving a heartbeat to your identity, is making it easy and affordable for corporates and clients to comply with the country’s Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act 2017. Spoke to Mark Chirnside the Chief Executive Officer of ThisIsMe  Citizen Entrepreneurs is an organisation that gathers the French entrepreneurial ecosystem in its entirety. The Association focuses on fostering the entrepreneurship culture in France and in the world. Channel Africa’s Nastassia Arendse caught up with Jean Louis Gregoire, President of the G20 YEA in France and managing Director of Citizen Entrepreneurs.

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