Sebenza: Behind the Hustle

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Sebenza: Behind the Hustle is a podcast that unravels the work that goes into the most inspiring careers and difficult journeys that aim to educate, inform and uplift young South Africans.

A Tiso Blackstar Group Production.

Keywords: youth, jobs, inspiration, South African job market, podcast, degrees, diplomas

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LISTEN: So your business has been cancelled? Here’s what to do

Cancel culture has come to define way we expect brands to best engage with us through social media or other platforms. But how does one avoid and deal with the backlash of marketing that offends a large amount of people.

We speak to marketing guru and podcast presenter, Livhuwanu “Lebo Lion” Nefolovhodwe about managing your brand effectively as well as Oldouz Mirzaie and Amelia Woudstra who are H&M’s Country Manager for South Africa and Press & Communications Manager respectively about their experience with cancel culture.

LISTEN: From learners to leaders: empowering students to make great changes in their communities

We chat with Sandile Dlamini, a young creative who is on a mission to change the education system in a good way.
Dlamini is part of the organisation, Help a Learner Become a Student. The event will be hosting a Leadership Imbizo that will assist the 32 high schools they have identified.
Dlamini shares how this organisation came to be and the importance of the work that they do to empower the youths of their community.

LISTEN: How to deal with depression while running your business

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, one in four South Africans battle with depression.

Of that number, those surveyed between the age of 24 and 44 were found to take up to 18 days of leave per annum. However, what happens when you are your own boss and need to keep not only your business afloat but your mental health as well.

We speak to presenter, producer and entertainer, Mon D about how he is dealing with his depression while paving his way in the entertainment industry.

LISTEN: Dealing with the difficulties of a drug addiction before it costs you your future

According to the South African Society of Psychologists if hundreds of thousands of South Africans will develop a serious substance addiction, one of those being drug abuse. According to the latter, 1 in 5 adults abuse mind altering drugs.

This stat affects many including young go-getters who use these for a multitude of reasons.
We speak to Addictions Counselor and currently works for rehabilitation centre, We Do Recover.

To understand the drug addiction we speak to Gogo* who is currently dealing with the difficulties of her unemployed son fighting drug abuse.

Gogo shares how her son's addiction developed and how it has affected her family since.

LISTEN: Fast fashion vs slow fashion, making sustainability a staple

Sustainable fashion, or slow fashion, helps make sure that every person involved in the process of creating a number of garments for a company not only gets paid fairly but is treated with dignity. With a growing interest in e-commerce it has become possible to up the quantity of products can produce, but does this mean we forget about the negative effects different industries can have on the environment or people.

We speak to Buffer Magazine creator, Erica Watum and founder of online shop The Collective Johan Mahumane about sustainable fashion in South Africa.​ Is it growing or is a fruitless pursuit?

LISTEN: How you can pave your own way as a foodpreneur

Starting your own business can be daunting, especially one based in the foods industry. We speak to foodpreneur, Thuto Mphahlele on how she made a success of her cake business.

Mphahlele left her studies in accounting to pursue studies a career as a cake maker. While she did not get the support she may have expected, Mphahlele takes us through the journey of leaving one future behind to pave the way for her own ambitions.

Behind the Hustle - The Jack of all trades

Rosie Motene holds a number of titles to her name. From actress, producer to founding Waka Talent Agency she is a formidable name in the South African entertainment industry.

Motene became a household name from her role in Generations. Since then, Motene has taken more roles behind the scenes and has even written her autobiography, ‘Reclaiming the Soil’.

We chat to Motene about the work that went into publishing her first book, her work in the industry and how she has since become one of the biggest voices dismantling toxicity in the entertainment industry.

Do you have an inspiring story to tell? Are you an entrepreneur making big moves? Do you know of a small business that needs more support? Share your stories with us via e-mail or reach out to us on social media @SebenzaLIVE on Twitter or Instagram.

Behind the Hustle - How this author proves that the pen is mightier than the sword

Get to know author and blogger, Siya Khumalo, who shares his experiences with his 2018 biography, You Have to be Gay to Know God. Khumalo details how his book was inspired by the social media delegitimisation of a corrective rape which urged him to pen a clap back that has become become his first best seller.

While he is working as a freelance content editor, Khumalo is also working on an organisation called the Phoenix Foundation which is his proactive approach at bringing about change in different communities. The Phoenix Foundation will be a direct approach that aims to fill a gap he recognised in the service delivery sector.

Kwazulu-Natal born Khumalo was crowned Mr Gay South Africa and Mr Gay Zambia in 2015 which became pivotal platforms for him to learn and contribute to the LGBTQI+ community. Khumalo also shares his commentary on social issues on Daily Maverick and

Behind the Hustle - JUST HAVE FUN: how to have a successful career in entertainment journalism

Emmanuel Tjiya hails from a small village in Limpopo where his passion for fashion was born. Although he journeyed into blogging through his site, Papiki Atelier, he soon used this as a trampoline that saw his as one of the most sought after voices in entertainment journalism.
Whether he writes online or print, Tjiya has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bonang Matheba and Jill Scott. We speak to him about what it takes to have a successful career in journalism and how his journey can inspire others.

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