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.
* 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
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
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.
Our Game Changer this week is Reginald Matek. At the age of nineteen 19, Reginald founded Molotsi Productions, a Multi-Media Production & Communications in 2004. City of Ekurhuleni recently launched the emerging entrepreneur’s boot camp competition in Johannesburg South Africa. We had a chat with the member of the mayoral committee for Human Settlement Cllr, at the Ekurhuleni City, Lesiba Mpya. Standard Bank has launched a crowd funding initiative Feenix, which is set to benefit underprivileged students in South Africa. The Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Feenix Trust and Head of the Standard Bank Incubator, Jayshree Naidoo. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) rolled out its Bizniz in a Box initiative in 2015 as part of the company's Youth Empowerment Programme. Tsholofelo Mqhayi the head of enterprise and community development at CCBSA iLearn has partnered with Air Traffic & Navigation Services for a year, to ensure learners obtain necessary scarce skills training through vocational programmes and help secure a job in the field. The 4th annual Green Youth Indaba 2017 got underway this week at the Sci –Bono Discovery Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa. We spoke Chief Executive Officer of Green Youth Network, Sanele Zulu. This week Global innovation accelerators, Startupbootcamp , hosted a FastTrack in Kampala, Uganda, as part of its global tour to find the next big start-up phenomenon. We had a chat with Philip Kiracofe the Managing Director at Startupbootcamp Cape Town.
SMEs wishing to expand their operations into African countries beyond their borders need to have a clear understanding of what they are trying to achieve. Mark Paper, the Chief Operating Officer at Business Partners International unpacks more on the subject. EWaste Africa is leading a wave of young entrepreneurs championing environmental sustainability and job creation. Pravashen Naidoo, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of EWaste Africa. We spoke to Tshegofatso Phetoe, the Principal of a Business Analysis and Project Management firm called Thought Mobility. We also spoke to Nathan Murphy the founder of Jobhack, a free online entrepreneurship challenge to empower young people everywhere with the skills to create their own job. The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy returned for its third South African edition, creating a platform for social entrepreneurs across the country to learn and engage with like-minded business people. Gavin Weale from the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy tells us more. Njinjicom is an information communication technology company based in Diepkloof, Soweto, supplying access points for internet to the end user. Spoke to managing director Brian Magwaza We spoke to Israel Deputy Ambassador Miss Ayellet Black, about the Start-up Tel Aviv South Africa innovation contest. The competition gives new South African start-ups the opportunity to visit Israel to experience the Start-up Nation.
SMEs wishing to expand their operations into African countries beyond their borders need to have a clear understanding of what they are trying to achieve. Mark Paper, the Chief Operating Officer at Business Partners International unpacks more on the subject. EWaste Africa is leading a wave of young entrepreneurs championing environmental sustainability and job creation. Pravashen Naidoo, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of EWaste Africa. We spoke to Tshegofatso Phetoe, the Principal of a Business Analysis and Project Management firm called Thought Mobility. We also spoke to Nathan Murphy the founder of Jobhack, a free online entrepreneurship challenge to empower young people everywhere with the skills to create their own job. The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy returned for its third South African edition, creating a platform for social entrepreneurs across the country to learn and engage with like-minded business people. Gavin Weale from the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy tells us more. Njinjicom is an information communication technology company based in Diepkloof, Soweto, supplying access points for internet to the end user. Spoke to managing director Brian Magwaza We spoke to Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, about the Start-up Tel Aviv South Africa innovation contest. The competition gives new South African start-ups the opportunity to visit Israel to experience the Start-up Nation.
Standard & Poors (S&P) Global downgraded South Africa to junk status earlier this year and just last week the ratings agency re-affirmed the country credit rating at BB+ with a negative outlook - or junk status. S&P Global cited tensions within the governing party and slow economic growth. To find out more, we spoke to Charles Meyerowitz, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lamna. Starting a business is exciting and we all have the tendency to just jump right into it without checking all the boxes. To unpack more on the subject we spoke to Sharon Tshabalala the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Support Services To celebrate youth month, the Imvelisi rolled out an exciting project in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project is a boot camp to support and guide aspiring young entrepreneurs. We spoke to the Chief Executive Officer of the Imvelisi, Dhesigen Naidoo and the research manager behind the programme, Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze. Youth Month in South Africa sees students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a visiting student group from Belgium and fledgling entrepreneurs from the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development also at the UCT competing in a Pitch Off competition. The event is hosted by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages .We spoke to Stuart Hendry the Director of The UCT Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE). The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Graduate School of Business launched a report titled - Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change. We spoke to Cynthia Schweer Rayner a Senior Researcher at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a specialized unit at UCT’s Graduate School of Business Fanice Mangoja Nyatigo is a Kenyan student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about health and medicine, and plans to use her bioengineering degree from Berkeley to contribute to the improvement of healthcare in Kenya. She is also a scholar of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Outside class, Fanice is a big lover of adventure and travelling. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane spoke to Fanice ,about her passion for health and medicine… Our Game Changer this week is Natalie Manima the Founder of Bespoke Binny .As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based in London, Natalie has recognised the importance of one’s home environment, in coping with issues such as anxiety and low mood levels for many years. She then launched the Bespoke Binny, a British based business offering a range of handmade home ware and gifts items made from West African fabric.
Ø Two friends have launched a range of dolls to encourage girls to embrace their natural hair - despite being told that black dolls were ugly and would never sell. Caroline Hlahla, from London and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu, from South Africa, wanted to address the hair issue among young girls after noticing a lack of black dolls with 'kinky Afro hair' in toy shops. Together they launched the Sibahle Collection - from the Zulu word meaning we are beautiful, to represent children of African and Caribbean heritage. We spoke to the Co-founder of the Sibahle Collection Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu. Ø The 2017 Applications for the MTN Solution Space Venture Incubation Program are now open. Twice a year, the programme selects 10 early stage start-ups to participate in a 12 week mentor-led programme which takes place from the 1 September to the 30 November in Cape Town South Africa. We spoke to Tshepo Ngwenyama, a recent graduate at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and an entrepreneur . Ø I AM Emerge creative agency has launched an informal business development platform in a form of an App in the Alexandra Township, South Africa. The mobile app Vuleka Initiative is a grassroots economic development initiative focused on growing townships based businesses both formal and informal. To find out more about this, we spoke to Oscar Monama, the Co-founder and the Strategy Director and Brian Makwaiba also Co-founder and Operations Director of I AM Emerge Agency. Ø Rudzani Mulaudzi is a 29 year old with a degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town. He has years’ experience as a software developer, project manager and management consultant. Johannesburg-based entrepreneur is focusing all his time and effort on making a difference by uplifting and developing communities through social businesses aimed at making an impact rather than purely profit. We had a chat with Rudzani Ø Access to advice and mentorship from experienced people is key to helping small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) build successful and sustainable businesses. A lack of contact with established entrepreneurs is a major threat to the success and growth of new entrepreneurs, particularly youth and women entrepreneurs. The 2016/2017 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor recommends building support structures that enable entrepreneurs to access advice and mentorship. We spoke to Zizipho Nyanga, CEO of the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund. Ø Our Game Changer this week is Emmanuel Bonoko a social entrepreneur who is empowering the youth in South Africa through a potent mix of education and inspiration. In 2012, when he was just 21, he founded the Ebonoko Foundation with the aim of serving others and fostering leadership, youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. One of their main initiatives is a book drive that's seen over 12 000 books collected over the years and donated to under-resourced schools, charities, libraries, prisons and community centres. He tells us more about his journey Emmanuel Bonoko .
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the world’s foremost study of entrepreneurship, has released its 2016-2017 South Africa report, detailing the state of entrepreneurship in the country. According to the report, fewer South Africans are keen to start their own businesses this year compared to last year. We spoke to Mike Herrington the Executive Director of GEM and co-author of the South Africa report… Startupbootcamp (SBC) will be launching its new accelerator programme in Cape Town. South Africa. Startups from around the world are invited to apply now to be part of the intense three-month programme. To get further details on this, we spoke to Paul Nel who is part of the managing team for Startupbootcamp and has been leading the open innovation trend in SA for a number years to bridge the divide between corporates and startups The Contractors and suppliers who completed the eight months Eskom contractor academy course, graduated earlier this month at the Eskom Academy of learning and it also launched the 2017 Business Investment Competition last week in Johannesburg, Soweto. Both initiatives are aimed in providing a platform for small and medium enterprises to cross the next major hurdle in business development. Channel Africa’s Sihle Zuma attended both ceremonies and filed a report. Junior Chamber International South Africa has launched the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards. The awards will recognise young people who have excelled in their chosen fields and created positive change in South Africa. We spoke to Sandra Makoni, the Local President of Junior Chamber International Sandton. The Baobab Summit provided an opportunity for university level MasterCard Foundation Scholars to strengthen their leadership skills and share their ideas and enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship. We speak to Gervase Adams who the won in 2016 for his Komaale Initiative Nokwazi Mzobe, is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Matoyana Business Solutions, a boutique business consulting company located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is targeted at start-ups, small and medium enterprises across Africa. Before starting her own consultancy agency, Matoyana, she gained a wide-range of experience in markets across the Middle East and Africa in areas of logistics, market planning and finance. Recently, Mzobe launched her first book titled - The Small Business Handbook. we spoke to her about her book and her entrepreneurial journey. Nigerian startups and entrepreneurs in Fintech with innovative and digital solutions that can revolutionalize commercial transactions and ease the operations of SME in Nigeria can now apply for the 2017 Fintech start-up challenge. The aim is to identify, evaluate and support innovative ideas relevant to Enterprise, Governance and Social Development in Nigeria. We spoke to Charles Aborishade the Fintech StartUp Challenge Coordinator in Nigeria .
• The 8th G(irls)20 Summit is taking place in in Germany next month. The G(irls)20 Summit places girls and women at the heart of the economic decision making process by advancing the idea that increasing female labour force participation will generate growth, stabilize communities and countries, and lead to social innovation. To find out more about the summit, we speak to Lungelwa Goje one of the 2017 G(irls)20 Summit delegates representing South Africa. • The women's entrepreneur competition, Fairlady Women of the Future 2017 has opened for entries. The competition, sponsored by Fairlady magazine, in partnership with Santam, seeks businesswomen making waves in the South African small business landscape. We speak to Roxanne Cloete the Brand manager and Project Manager for Fairlady Magazine • We look at the difference between an entrepreneur and franchise and we speak to Richard Mukheibir the Managing Director of Cash Converters in South Africa. • Wits University in South Africa, in conjunction with MIT Sloan School of Management, has opened applications for teams interested in participating in the MIT Global Start-up Labs Programme. We peak to Barry Myburgh the Local Support Coordinator for the MIT Global Start-up Labs Programme and also the Manager of the Design & Validation Centre at the JCSE. • Our Game Changer this week is Ghana-Born Adwoa Hagan-Mensah. Since showcasing her talents on BBC2’s The Restaurant with Raymond Blanc in 2012, Adowa has been on a mission to let the world know about the immense potential of West African cuisine in the fine dining space. • The leaders who dare to dream foundation in partnership with the Gauteng enterprise propeller and brand South Africa launched the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit this week in South Africa.The summit is a platform to commemorate Africa Month through engagements with established leaders, young African leaders and government under the theme ‘Youth Collaboration towards a shared prosperous Africa’We speak to award winning philanthropist and world dance champion Paul Modjadji. He now joins us on the to tell us more about the newly launched summit. • This week is International Coaching Week [ICW] . It is an annual weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession. We speak t0 Cindy Muthukarapan is an internationally recognized Executive and Leadership Coach, Trainer, Assessor and Mentor Coach. She is credentialed by the International Coach Federation as a Master Certified Coach.
The African experience of growing, maintaining and developing a strong cultural and creative economy will be a main focal point at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) conference taking place this month. The conference coincides with Africa Day celebrations on the 25th of May. We spoke to Amy Shelver the South African Cultural Observatory’s Marketing & Communications Manager. And Businesses and entrepreneurs seeking funding have been invited to attend the 2017 Western Cape Funding Fair which is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa. The fair is being hosted by the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with Deloitte. For more on the subject, we talk to Marius Alberts the leader for Deloitte in South Africa, Western Cape. The increasing global emphasis on investment opportunities in Africa’s rapidly growing economies for multinationals and SMEs alike. Think room Consulting’s report, titled An SME Landscape Study: The Conduciveness of Starting and Conducting Business in Africa, reveals a unique ranking of twelve African countries based on their conduciveness for SMEs to start and conduct business. To discuss the report, we talk to Catherine Young the Leadership Member at Think room Consulting Proudly South African was established in 2001, born out of the 1998 Presidential Job Summit which was convened by the late former President Nelson Mandela. It was formed from the international research that was based on the Australian buy local campaign. The same concept was bought here in South Africa. We speak to Nissan’s spokesperson Nabiel Conybeare (Director of Human Resources at Nissan SA) about Nissan’s role on the buy local movement in South Africa… We also look at how the ICT sector has helped in shaping entrepreneurship on the African continent. The Rise of Entrepreneurship in Africa has become more prevalent over the years due to evolving technology. We talk to Hadley Harris the Managing Director of the Futuretell Group appreciates technology and connectivity platforms that are transforming the development landscape in Africa by becoming a trend-setter in the ICT landscape. And our game changer for this week is Grace Ihejiamaizu, one of the delegates who attended the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban, South Africa. She is an educator, social entrepreneur, global shaper and a Global Citizenship Education (GCED) advocate passionately committed to creating value and making a difference. We began by asking her about her participation at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.
This week on change your game we look at South Africa’s current economic outlook - following two ratings agencies recently downgrading the country to ‘junk status’ and a third potentially pending - local businesses and their cash flows being squeezed now more than ever. For more on the subject we talk to Thomas Pays, the CEO and co-founder of i-Pay, an online payment gateway for both buyers and merchants that allows instant EFT payments. We also look at the entrepreneurial journey of Bulelani Balabala. He is a Creative Director of Intercessor Army Franchise brands an award winning brand agency and the founder of Township Entrepreneurs Alliance, a professional speaker and he is featured on multiple media platform where he gives his thought on leadership. We turn our attention to the Western Cape Business Opportunities’ Forum (WECBOF). It is a promotions agency for business, and mainly SMMEs in the Western Cape province of South Africa. For the past 21 years WECBOF, which is member-based, has been effectively working as a service association providing business people with relevant information, training, business opportunities, and representation on appropriate investment, public sector, and related platforms. To find out more we speak to Colin Daries, the Chairperson of the Western Cape Business Opportunities’ Forum – WECBOF Lastly, we look at the ideas world cup that was recently held in South Africa, Cape Town. The five hour brainstorming session focused on water security in the city, aiming to harness enough innovation and creativity to come up with the 10 000 ways to tackle Cape Town’s social and economic problems. We talk to the project manager of the Ideas World Cup, Shelley Fintech to tell us more about the meeting and the ideas that the group came up regarding water security for the city.