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.

An Arena Holdings Production.

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

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From teen model to brand influencer

From her time as a Garnier ambassador to owning the the Miss Teen South Africa crown, Zizo Tshwete is running a fast race in the winner's lane.

But how does the talented marketing guru and radio presenter balance the difficulties of demanding roles in the work space and still make it back home as a wife and a mother? We chat to the superstar about her journey thus far and what has played a role in having power and control in the direction of her career.

Getting into gospel singing #hallelujah

One of South Africa's biggest genres is without a doubt gospel. While one might assume it's easy to enter the world of music and praise, singer and song writer Farlon Lyte has taken the reigns in building a career where she plays by her rules.

We speak to the young star about her journey in gospel and how she plans on continuing a career that breaks boundaries.

#Feesmustfall inspired this entrepreneur to start an innovative business

When Ditiro Rantloane noticed a number of key factors behind the fees must fall protest, he didn't just see a need for change, he chose to be part of it.

With his fresh approach to giving access to less fortunate students, Rantloane has started the e-llumin8 app as a means of allowing students to download only the chapters that they need. We learn more about what inspired this young mind and his long journey to achieving a feat that hope to change the way we educate.

Here is how you can use your voice as a tool to inform

Phumlani Kango has earned his right stripes as a go-to voice in sexual and mental health. Whether you have seen his work in collaboration with MTV Shuga and Health4Men amongst others Kango has become a reputable advocate for sexual awareness, especially in the LGBTQ+ community.

We speak to the young force about the ins and outs of his advocacy and the ever toxic space of social media.​

Getting to know the creative force behind South Africa’s go-to marketing company

Sylvester Chauke becomes one of the biggest names in brand consultancy. Noted as the creative mastermind behind Nando’s iconic humour, Chauke is also the CEO of go-to marketing group, DNA Brand Architects.

We sit down with the multi-award winning “enemy of the ordinary” about his journey and pick his brain about the marketing industry and where it is going.​

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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