Topco Media Business Unusual Podcast

Business Unusual Podcast

As South Africa’s leader in business research, networking and conferencing, Topco Media has helped over 2 500 organisations connect and find value from our events. Over the last 21 years, we have worked with private and public departments and sectors such Microsoft, McDonalds, Mercedes-Benz and Coca Cola and government organisations such as the GCIS, DTI, DIRCO and DEA. The 10 000 organisations we conduct research each year, trust us to use quantitative and qualitative data to objectively grant external accreditation to the best-managed and best-performing companies in South Africa; to its BEE and gender parity leaders; to implementers of national development and to HR/tech innovators. Have a conversation with us today, about what partnership with Topco Media will do for you. Ralf Fletcher | CEO
Monthly English South Africa Business · Business
88 Episodes
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Beyond business as usual: How to lead on the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Achieng Ojwang is the Executive Director of Global Compact Network South Africa, a position she has held since April 2018. During this time, Dr Ojwang has re-established the Network as a formidable independent organisation and continues to raise the visibility of the UN Global Compact brand in South Africa.
7 Mar 57 min

A banker's tale of the just transition

Explore the depths of leadership, decision-making, and growth in the latest Business Unusual Podcast with Nedbank Chairperson Daniel Mminele. The conversation unravels the journey of a seasoned banker and we discover valuable insights on maintaining calm in turbulent times, the impact of big decisions, and the keys to fostering economic…
23 Nov 2023 51 min

The big comeback: How Brett van Aswegen saved Wonga

In this Business Unusual Podcast, Wonga CEO, Brett van Aswegen, shares the fascinating story of how they turned the business around in South Africa, going from payday lenders to short term lenders, repairing a damaged reputation, abandoning a ‘churn and burn’ strategy and pivoting to a digital marketing approach.
16 Nov 2023 1 hr 03 min

From the field to the office: Becoming the best place for people to grow

In the latest Business Unusual Podcast, Ralf Fletcher is joined by executive business coaches from Mentally Fit South Africa: Luc van der Hofstadt and Olympic gold medalist James Thompson. The trio delve into the intersection of sports, coaching and business, drawing parallels between high-performance athletes and corporate success.
2 Nov 2023 1 hr 17 min

Why you have to be a number's person to be an entrepreneur

In the latest Business Unusual Podcast, Topco Media’s CEO, Ralf Fletcher, chats to Ciko about his journey from entrepreneurship to corporate leadership. They reflect on the importance of sales, leading with humanity, understanding what motivates individuals and Ciko emphasises the importance of adapting to working with people on their terms,…
26 Oct 2023 51 min

Don’t wait for the ship: From executive to founder

In the latest Business Unusual Podcast, Ralf Fletcher chats to Greig, the founder and CEO of PURA Beverages. Having gone from a trailblazing executive to the founder of a disruptive startup, Greig has gathered the kind of expertise and intuition that have made his entrepreneurial journey such a powerful insight…
21 Sep 2023 56 min

How I made R3 800 000 in 1 minute

Ola Oyetayo, Founder and CEO of Verto is in conversation with Topco Media's CEO, Ralf Fletcher, for the latest edition of the Business Unusual podcast
13 Sep 2023 1 hr 02 min

What makes a CEO? Meet the man finding the X Factor

For the latest Business Unusual Podcast Topco Media's CEO is in conversation with KC Rottok Chesaina, the author of The CEO X-Factor: Secrets for Success from South Africa’s Top Money Makers
29 Jun 2023 51 min

Meet Jessica Spira: Virgin Active South Africa's MD

After 21 years in various roles at Rand Merchant Bank, Jessica Spira joined Virgin Active South Africa as the new Managing Director in 2022. Having been involved in huge transactions, such as the reverse listing of Mediclinic, Jessica Spira knows all about building trust and strengthening relationships. In the latest…
25 May 2023 1 hr 03 min

Oh, the places you could go: Meet MSC Cruises SA's MD, Ross Volk

In this Business Unusual Podcast, Ross is in conversation with Topco Media’s Group Editor, Fiona Wakelin. Here Ross takes us through how MSC Cruises SA survived the pandemic, how they’re thinking about and integrating all aspects of ESG into their operations, how they’re navigating the tourism market in the region…
9 Mar 2023 40 min

What are cryptocurrencies? Meet Luno's Christo de Wit

What are cryptocurrencies? What is blockchain technology? Is regulation a bad thing? What is it going to take to get the masses to adopt crypto assets as stores of value? And what do Rassie Erasmus and Siya Kolisi have to do with it?
17 Nov 2022 53 min
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