Good Things Guy

JACPOD  |  Podcast , ±23 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  | 
The Good Things Guy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. Brent Lindeque believes there's good news all around us & the 100's of stories he receives every day are his proof. Brent spends his time hunting down & reporting on the best Good News stories from South Africa, and the world. In Good Things Guy, you'll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories!

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Richard Wright - on overcoming the odds

He is a three time, stage four brain cancer survivor who overcame all the odds of beating cancer whilst at the same time competing in some of the world’s toughest endurance events, including six Ironman triathlons in that time. He is an expert on the power of the brain, change management, authenticity, and understanding how to overcome literally anything. He is an incredibly inspirational South African who is unbelievably passionate about our country, and a voice that we need to hear right now. His name is Richard Wright, someone who I have followed for years & he’s finally on the Good Things Guy Jacpod!

Good Things Guy breaks format as our tears for SA continue

This episode of Good Things Guy is not Brent Lindeque's usual format. He continues to highlight crimes against South Africa's women and children, following one of our darkest weeks. The TEARS Foundation's founder Mara Glennie joins Brent in studio to talk about the crisis, and how TEARS is helping those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. It's an important listen.
TEARS Foundation

South African women stand up - and speak up

Parts of South Africa are on fire, women are being raped, violently beaten and murdered & numerous children have been kidnapped. But that was just Monday this week. When you think about what is going on in SA, it is easy to get lost in negativity, and the anger. But this is what we need to do feel to figure out how we fix it, together! Danny Painter and Philicity Reeken - two powerhouse women from Jacaranda FM - have joined me in studio to start the conversation, and understand the current state of the nation. It's not my usual Good Things Guy episode, but it's perhaps my most important.

How Alison Botha’s horrific ordeal created an incredible initiative that's saved lives

On an evening in December 1994, an extraordinary event took place in Alison’s ordinary life. She was abducted by two men and taken to the outskirts of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, where they raped and brutally assaulted her. She was stabbed in the abdomen more than 30 times and her throat was slit from side to side. The men left her for dead in the bushes. But somehow she lived. Somehow she was able to find her way back to the road where she collapsed. A car finally stopped and found the near-dead Alison. Despite the odds, she lived.
Woman INpowered really started when Alison Botha got up and decided to live in December 1994, but the idea was born in 2000 when Mark Grobbler wrote his thesis.
It became a full time concern in 2012. WIP as its known is an extremely simple, easy to learn yet devastatingly effective self INpowerment system that has been designed specifically for Women (and now men too) to give them the ability to make a choice in a threatening situation. Mark joins Brent Lindeque in a candid discussion about Alison, the WIP program and how it saved a Miss South Africa’s life. Listen to the JacPod episode here.

Plastic waste in SA… how bad is it?

At GREEN HOME, sustainability is their passion, their vision and their daily work. They exist to supply South Africa with a great range of environmentally friendly food packaging in the best way they can. They are here to change some trends, rewrite some rules and usher in a big-picture-thinking way of serving food on the go. And Guy Cronje has joined Brent Lindeque to chat about why biodegradable packaging is so important in South Africa (and around the globe).

GirlCode - Empowering SA women and girls through technology!

GirlCode strives to alleviate South Africa’s high unemployment rate through targeted technology skills and capacitation initiatives, including a GirlCoder Club, workshops and a Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) accelerator. They facilitate collaboration between women from divergent backgrounds in creating innovative and sustainable solutions. They believe that the more women who get involved with technology, design, development and leadership, the more successful and diverse companies and their products will be in the future! The team from GirlCode join the Good Things Guy to chat about the amazing work they're doing.

Kirsten Landman's incredible story and latest grueling challenge

Kirsten Landman is a professional offroad and hard enduro rider from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She's been riding since the age of 8 and turned professional at the age of 22. What started as just fun with her family, has now turned into Kirsten making history and a name for herself worldwide in the hard enduro racing scene! Competing in major international events, the talented rider has become the first female to finish races such as Redbull Romaniacs, Redbull Sea to Sky, Redbull Megawatt 111, Redbull Braveman & the Roof of Africa. Since then, Kirsten has achieved her South African Springbok colours while competing at the top level of her sport all over the world and, most times, being the only woman to do so. And now South Africa's top female enduro racer is taking on the ultimate endurance challenge... The Dakar! Listen to her incredible story here on the Good Things Guy Jacpod!
Kirsten's Website

Alfred Adriaan… the most motivational comedian in SA (from Hankey)

Alfred Adriaan is a well rounded, hilariously funny and relatable comedian and his comedy is deeply rooted in everyday life. He's been nominated for 5 South African Comics Choice awards in only 4 years. He has also performed to international audiences in New York City at the Broadway Comedy club as well as the New York Comedy club in Manhattan and was invited to perform at the prestigious Sydney and Perth Comedy festivals in Australia.
He is also known for acting in the KykNet movie Hospitaal op Horrings and for his work in TV and online adverts for Nokia, Savanna and Come Dine With Me for the BBC. He has performed on major Stand-up shows such as Mass Hysteria, Aweh Mzansi (as aired on MNET) and Blacks Only where he performed alongside celebrated South African acts such John Vlismas, Marc Lottering, Joey Rasdien, David Kau and many more. And he joins Brent Lindeque on the Good Things Guy today…

World First: Life-saving blood to be delivered by drones in SA

The South African National Blood Service and Western Cape Blood Service recently came together to showcase how they intend to save more lives using drone technology. That’s right… blood will be delivered by drones in South Africa! Jonathan Louw, CEO of the South African National Blood Service, joined Brent Lindeque in studio to chat about blood in SA as well as this new incredible technology.

Wheelchair to Walking: I started walking because I was frustrated

In 2005, Shaun Hide was knocked down on the highway after experiencing trouble with his vehicle. He was dragged for approximately 900 meters and spent 3 months in hospital. Shaun's led a relatively normal life since then and achieved so much with a 'broken' body, even learning to walk on his own. But a few months ago things started going horribly wrong and Shaun began losing feeling in his legs and is now confined to a wheelchair. The remarkable Shaun joined Brent Lindeque in studio to chat about his 14 year journey.

SA Start-ups: Get your hands on R2-million!

AlphaCode Incubate is inviting start-ups with game-changing business ideas in financial services to become part of AlphaCode. Eight businesses will each qualify for a R2 million package. It’s like a real life Shark Tank for small businesses, with BIG ideas! Andile Maseko joins Brent Lindeque to chat about last year’s competition and how the businesses have grown in the past few months (adding jobs to our economy as well as new innovative ideas to the business space). 2019 applications were meant to close on the 18 June but AlphaCode decided to move this to the 24 June after appearing on the show.
The packages consist of:
- R1 million in grant funding
- A R500 000 12-month customised financial services programme with access to experienced mentors, RMI capital and an extensive network of thought leaders
- R250 000 worth of comprehensive business support services
- R250 000 worth of premium office space at AlphaCode’s exclusive Sandton co-working space and the opportunity to immerse in an unrivaled community of experts, potential clients and like-minded entrepreneurs.
Ntandoyenkosi Shezi is the co-founder of iSpani Group which provides sales channels for insurance distribution in informal markets and collects data for financial inclusion and is currently part of the programme. He explains that Incubate has accelerated his exposure in financial services and to the RMI companies.
Apply here

Inspirational Instagram

James de Villiers, a journalist at Business Insider has created an Instagram video series where he shoots 1 minute videos with inspirational South Africans. James joined Brent Lindeque in studio today to discuss his series and also what inspires him about South Africa!

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