Good Things Guy

JACPOD  |  Podcast , ±22 min episodes every 1 week, 3 days  | 
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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27
MAY

South African movie makes list of World’s Top 10 on Netflix!

Hlubi Mboya sits down with Brent Lindeque to chat about her new movie, COVID-19 and what's next for the South African actress.
Human trafficking is an extremely tough subject to bring to life on film, but Hlubi Mboya does the role justice in "I Am All Girls", and the international community is in agreement that this proudly South African film is a must-see.

The film follows the story of how a special crimes investigator forms an unlikely bond with a serial killer to bring down a global child sex trafficking syndicate. Some parts are loosely based on a real South African story.

After premiering on 14 May 2021, the proudly South African movie moved up the ranks on "What's on Netflix" to the number 2 spot before settling in at number 9 for the past week.

Mboya sat down with the Brent Lindeque to chat about the film; COVID-19 and what's next for her.
11
MAY

50,000 bags of trash collected for his 50th birthday

It took just six months for Joburger Sean Williams and his team to collect and recycle over 50,000 bags of trash to celebrate his 50th birthday!
But the story behind Sean and his incredible clean-up initiative, started with Lovemore Robson, is also one of friendship, determination and good things. The environmentalists have become heroes in the north of Johannesburg as the team leading a clean-up revolution while saving our environment, one piece of trash at a time!

Together, the two environmentalists have started a clean-up business – Live Life Always (LLA) – that has employed over 20 Diepsloot residents who help keep the entire Fourways, Jukskei River and surrounds clean.
Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque talks to Sean about the project and how it all got started.
04
MAY

Quadruple amputee Shan Visser launches inspiring talk show

Shan Visser’s story is both heartbreaking and incredibly powerful. A mongoose bit the South African, and after having four limbs amputated and over 65 operations to save her life, the local survivor and warrior has just launched The Shan Show!

Shan has joined Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque today to chat about her journey and how she has remained so positive.
Watch the videos here
19
APR

The South African app that pays you to recycle

Imagined Earth is a revolutionary company which has introduced reverse vending machines into South Africa which effectively pay you to recycle!

The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day, 10 times the amount it did a century ago. Fortunately, there's a growing number of people and businesses who're starting to support the zero-waste movement, and this App is not only helping South Africa get there, but it’s paying us too.

Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque chats to Imagine Earth's Joshua Nuttall about what they're doing; about 'waste-preneurs' and about how you can get involved.
Check out their website
30
MAR

Thuli Madonsela sits down with the Good Things Guy

We’ve just marked a year of the lockdown in South Africa and what a year it's been. What we have been through - and are still going through is absolutely tragic. This thing can feel so overwhelming and incredibly traumatic. The last year has been filled with so much grief. We have lost loved ones, businesses, incomes, health and every ounce of what we used to call normal.

It’s been really tough but as I always say… in times of tragedy, always look for the helpers as they will always be there and they are the heroes we need to celebrate.

And my guest today is not only a hero but someone who many look up to. She helped draft the final constitution of South Africa in 1996. She was the Public Protector of South Africa for over 7 years, she was named one of TIME 100’s most influential people in the world and is now holding a chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University.

Advocate and Professor Thuli Madonsela has pushed for the last year to make sure that no one gets left behind, as the country works on a recovery plan post COVID. And the Prof has joined Brent Lindeque to chat about her social justice journey and what she is currently busy with.
Follow Thuli Madonsela on Twitter
24
MAR

Leroy Merlin - Creating Jobs in a Global Pandemic

If you have always had a love for DIY projects or you developed a love during the lockdown, you will agree that walking into a store dedicated to DIY projects is like being a kid in a candy store.

The pandemic inspired so many people to take up projects in their homes, from redecorating rooms and revamping the garden to repurposing rooms into offices, schools and gyms. We were told to stay home, and so we made our homes useful to our needs.

The need for DIY-related shopping was at an all-time high, so it was no surprise when we learned that a new store was opening for residents of Northern Johannesburg and its surrounds. Leroy Merlin's newest store will be hosting its grand opening in Fourways on 26 March, to the sheer delight of local DIYers!

Leroy Merlin Fourways is the 4th of its kind in Johannesburg. It specialises in construction, hardware, kitchen, bathroom, home decor and garden products, 65% of which are locally sourced.

The incredible new brand has opened up many employment options as well as a new awesome project to help a community centre in the area!

Cedric Sennepin - CEO of Leroy Merlin South Africa, joined Brent Lindeque to chat about the global brand.
09
MAR

Mindset & Optimism: How do we stay positive when life throws the unexpected?

Clive Vanderwagen-Julicher and Brent Lindeque chat about Mental Wellness and why our mindsets matter so much, especially right now!

Clive is trained in Transactional Analysis (TA) and is also a member of the South African Transactional Analysis Association. TA is like an operating system for how humans interact, and this is used powerfully in his training sessions.

“I draw on a broad range of industry experience – I've seen it all. I train using practical examples that are relevant to the company I'm working with for effective behaviour change. I teach people to consciously respond, rather than to react, to the situations they face, whether it be with customers or internal stakeholders,” he says.

Listen to the podcast here.
02
MAR

Food Selfies, Gordon Ramsey and doing good!

Christy Strever, has been crowned the “Food Selfie Queen” of South Africa, and we are absolutely in love!

Strever’s story is both interesting and unique and something that South Africa should all be celebrating. Her photos are absolutely incredible - and that’s not just our opinion, Gordon Ramsey thinks so too.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa’s first “food selfie queen” is making waves with her amazing creative pics and she joins Good Things Guy, Brent Lindeque, to talk about her incredible journey.
23
FEB

Purpose vs Profit: How has business changed in our 'new normal'?

For the past 50 years, the primary role of business in society has been to maximise shareholder return, a consequence of Milton Friedman's seminal article in the New York Times in 1970 in which he stated that "any other use of shareholders money was irresponsible".

Given the current state of the world, the pandemic, with climate change, global warming, depletion of our natural resources, over population, catastrophic pollution and growing inequality to name a few, it feels like the idea of business being a force for good, and playing a bigger role in society beyond financial maximisation, is the obvious thing to do.

Unfortunately, many business leaders don’t see it this way.

The world of business is about making money and “purpose” is often seen as getting in the way of making money. It’s perceived to be a “feel good” distraction that takes the eye off the ball, costs money, and erodes the carefully crafted and sought-after profit number. This number is the sole purpose many businesses exist, and it is the most significant factor that business leaders are judged on.

So, when business leaders see the word “purpose”, their immediate assumption is that it is going to cost them money, making their profit number that much more difficult to achieve.

Mike Middleton - Founder and CEO of Marty McFly - and Andrew Ross - CEO of Chaos Theory - have joined Brent Lindeque to chat about where business is going in our 'new normal'.
16
FEB

Driving Hope during COVID-19

#DriveHope was created from a desperate cry for help in a post on Facebook. When Karen Denny, Divisional Executive for Liberty’s Digital Marketing team, first read it, her heart sank. An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends couldn’t offer her the support she needed, she had lost her job because of the COVID-19 lockdown, and her Unemployment Insurance Fund payments were still outstanding.

Reading the post was an emotional rollercoaster – the sadness surrounding the woman’s situation, the outrage over her suffering and inability to find help, and finally knowing that the Liberty #DriveHope Squad could somehow assist.

“I remember when I first called her, she couldn’t stop crying. I told her – I promised her – that we were going to help,” said Denny.

The physical distance created by the national lockdown was a challenge, but she and Liberty’s #DriveHopeSquad, a team of internal colleagues – knew that at the very least, they could help the woman get medical attention, both physically and psychologically, and provide her with food to sustain her until she could get back on her feet.

This was just one of the hundreds of random acts of kindness that the squad has undertaken since the campaign began. Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque chats to Karen to find out more about the #DriveHope initiative.
29
DEC
2020

A look back: Some Good Things in 2020!

2020 has been filled with so much trauma. We've lost loved ones, businesses, incomes, health, faith in our leaders and every ounce of what we used to call normal. COVID-19 - caused by a virus with unprecedented deadliness and voracious contagion - brought the world to a standstill. As we struggle to process the pandemic's rising death toll and reel from its economic impact, we can't move or gather together freely. Our normalcy is gone. Coronavirus anxiety is everywhere. The future is uncertain, and the outlook feels bad.

It's been tough, I know! But I also know that there have been many moments this year that have stood out above the rest and need to be celebrated. So I put a call out on social media for you to send one good thing that happened to you this year and good grief, I have been left completely hopeful and inspired.

All the feels… have a listen here.
24
NOV
2020

Forget about Black Friday - Giving Tuesday is a WAY better global trend!

#GivingTuesdaySA is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesdaySA will take place on Dec 1, 2020 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

And Laura Parker joins Brent Lindeque to tell us why Giving Tuesday matters more now, than ever!

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