Business Unusual Podcast

TOPCO MEDIA  |  Podcast , ±56 min episodes every 1 week, 2 days  | 
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

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NOV’s Marc Privett focus on being people-purposed

How can you be sure you are hiring for fit in 2021 & beyond? Listen to’s Marc Privett focus on being people-purposed

Marc Privett is the General Manager of Careers24 and at Media24 (Pty) Ltd., South Africa's leading jobs destination. He has extensive marketing, product and operational management experience with leading online organisations both locally and abroad. He has worked with FTSE100 companies and start-ups alike within the online classifieds, gaming and search spaces, with a focus on maximising revenue and market share.

This year, Marc will be in attendance at the Future of HR Summit and Awards, happening 23-24 November. has been a strategic partner of this event for the past few years, and this year the company will be taking on the position of the coveted Gold Sponsor.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Marc as they discuss his evolution in the industry and top tips on building good cultures in organisations. Marc goes in depth on themes such as the need for mobility and flexibility as a result of the pandemic, recruitment challenges and solutions, and keeping abreast of digital trends.

Marc Privett has held various business leadership roles within online businesses, with a focus on revenue and market share growth. He possesses over 21 years local and international general business management, product management, digital marketing and business operational management experience with a focus on maximising revenue and market share. Marc also oversaw the development of, a cloud-based recruitment process management solution aimed at the South African market. has gained a leadership position in its market and proudly supports some of South Africa's most well known companies.

“Transformation Informs Sustainable Success!” — Mfundo Nkuhlu, COO at the Nedbank Group

Mfundo Clement Nkuhlu, Chief Operating Officer at the Nedbank Group, has served within the financial services company for more than 16 years. Mfundo holds a BA (Hons), Strategic Management in Banking (Insead), and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, in the USA. Mfundo believes that banks need to navigate through dramatic changes in innovation and regulation, and that in working with others it is his responsibility to be able to anticipate and assess impact on his people, the work environment, the business operating model, the culture and diversity, and solutions to the market.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Mfundo Nkuhlu to discuss value creation, being able to adapt, and how strategies are changing due to digital disruption. Mfundo goes in-depth on Smart Work, monitoring progress, successful execution of Transformation strategies, and culture alignment.

Get Customer Obsessed! Co-Founder of LIFT SA, Jonathan Ayache talks ‘risky business’ this week

Jonathan Ayache is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of LIFT, South Africa’s newest and most innovative airline, operated by Global Aviation Operations (Pty), which launched on December 10, 2020. Together with co-founder Gidon Novick, Jonathan has shown dedication to creating an airline that is customer-obsessed; one that’s super-efficient, leverages off record low input costs and is both agile and flexible.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Jonathan Ayache to chat about how to handle hyper-growth and ‘the unexpected’. Jonathan provides amazing insight on taking risky leaps in your career, fostering an ‘Ownership Mindset’ in your team members, and understanding your customers’ unique pain points.

“LIVE a legacy, don’t just LEAVE one!” - Johan Minnie, Group Executive - Liberty Group

Johan Minnie is currently the Group Executive: Customer and Adviser Experience, at Liberty Group SA. He began his journey with the company in 1997, and has extensive knowledge of business strategy, execution, marketing and sales management. Prior to joining Liberty SA, he worked within Law, taking on mergers and acquisitions. However, he soon learnt that he felt more passionate about the ‘people’ rather than the hefty amounts of ‘paperwork’. For Johan, it’s all about building trust and meaningful relationships with people to ensure the best outcome, and overall customer experience.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Johan Minnie to discuss ‘Life 2.0’ and Succession Planning. From the importance of understanding the human condition to Trustworthy Selling - Johan shares major insight on Sales, driving an Engagement Platform, and essential personal finance principles.

“It’s not about you, it’s about the people!”- Michael Jordaan, Investment Professional at Montegray Capital Pty Ltd.

CEO of multiple businesses, Michael Jordaan is recognised as a pioneer of business leadership, technology and all-round innovation. Celebrated for his massive contributions to First National Bank (FNB), where he took on the role of CEO for many years, he is now known as the Investment Professional behind Montegray Capital Pty Ltd. – providing growth capital, strategic advice and access to networks. Since stepping down from his position as CEO of FNB, Michael has successfully invested in more than 25 ventures such as Rain, Bank Zero, and NMRQL. Michael is a dedicated reader and enjoys discussing ideas and strategies with field experts. He also believes that data growth will give birth to new business industries, bringing about new business opportunities for South Africa.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Michael Jordaan to discuss a plethora of topics relating to the Financial Sector. From creating entrepreneurial opportunities and freedom, to advocating for financial intelligence in schools - Michael shares critical experiences that are bound to inspire young entrepreneurs across South Africa.

“We need to adopt a global mindset” - Nyimpini Mabunda, CEO of General Electric Southern Africa

Nyimpini Mabunda, CEO of General Electric (GE) Southern Africa, has a fascinating background, having matriculated at just 15 and obtained his first degree at 18. Nyimpini is a continual learner and is passionate about skills development and job creation. In 2020, he became the President for Southern Africa Markets at GE, with expertise in strategy, marketing, sales, digital transformation, data analytics, business turnaround, private equity, stakeholder management, and market development.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Nyimpini Mabunda to discuss growth and challenges, as Mabunda believes that people simply need the correct guidance and confidence to achieve their business goals.He goes in depth on topics relating to investment potential, the intersection between Transformation and Technology, power sources and the economy, and how to be a collaborative leader.

Louis Buys, Founder and CEO of The Delta

Louis Buys, Founder and CEO of The Delta, unpacks the truth about starting a business & shares his secrets to finding good talent

Louis Buys, Founder and CEO of The Delta, is a young entrepreneur with flair and deep love for puzzling together all the pieces that go into getting startups off the ground. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Louis went on to study at the University of Cape Town, completing a BSc in Mechatronic Engineering and BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. Today, Louis possesses key experience and insight into securing business investments and implementing successful business strategies.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Louis Buys to discuss “the methodologies behind The Delta”, the many misconceptions society has about being an entrepreneur, and driving talent density. Louis goes in depth on topics such as dealing with uncertainty as a business owner, growth and diversification, “the capital frenzy”, and how to maximise the value of a venture.

Louis Buys is an experienced tech entrepreneur, leader and speaker. He has co-founded and built multiple businesses that have secured investment from venture capital, banks, and listed companies. Louis is the Founder and CEO of The Delta, a global venture builder with a portfolio of over 25 operational ventures founded since 2018. The Delta launches over 10 new ventures internally or in partnership with leading corporates, high net worths per quarter. He likes to share his knowledge as a speaker, writer and mentor. Louis also consults to businesses on strategy and trends relating to startups, and new ventures.

Taking on the “African Agenda” - Thomas George

Taking on the “African Agenda” - Thomas George, Managing Director & Geography Head: Africa at Wipro Limited, talks agility, alignment and new transformation strategies

Thomas George, Managing Director & Geography Head: Africa at Wipro Limited, is a seasoned professional in the IT and ICT space. Understanding much of Wipro’s digital transformation processes, today, Thomas’s journey with the organisation has seen many structural changes and beneficial experiences. Wipro has seen massive transformation over the past year, with a major focus on making the organisation as agile as possible. Thus, Thomas has key insight into business growth, customer acquisitions, customer satisfaction, and streamlined service delivery procedures.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, engages in conversation with Thomas George to discuss “the new scheme of things” in the IT and ICT sector. Thomas goes in depth on topics such as customer-based business models, the simplification of internal processes, value chain enhancement and understanding the “African way” of going about business.

How an international model just banked R58 m for his Crypto startup - Sean Sanders, CEO of Revix

Sean Sanders is the young mastermind behind Revix - a platform that enables everyday people to grow their wealth by investing in emerging themes, sectors and asset classes in an automated and effortless way. Sean and his business partner Louis Buys launched Revix in 2018, and today the business has offices in both Cape Town and the London - and will soon be adding Frankfurt, Germany, to their list. Just recently, Sean and his team also secured R58.5m in offshore capital funding - the crypto enthusiast has definitely come a long way from selling skateboard stickers as a teen entrepreneur back in the day.

In the latest Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media engages in conversation with Sean Sanders to discuss the inspiration behind all his profitable endeavors, and how ‘the world of crypto’ has opened doors to opportunities he could never have imagined. Sean goes into detail on topics such as investment diversification, being comfortable with taking risks, and the pain involved in achieving scalability.

Tech shakes up the property industry! Scott Picken of Wealth Migrate fills us in

Scott Picken is a South African-born real estate investor and serial fintech entrepreneur, who is popularly known for his amazing business acumen. As the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at Wealth Migrate (launched in 2010) - the remarkable fintech company that offers real estate investments on its online marketplace through crowdfunding - Scott has authored Property Going Global (2014) and has expert knowledge in acquiring and maintaining wealth.

In this week’s Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media engages in conversation with Scott Picken to discuss the challenges surrounding crowdfunding, regulation practices and compliance, and the property landscape. Together, Ralf and Scott unpack themes surrounding foreign investment in SA, the ‘global citizen’, and raising local capital. Scott touches on collaboration and partnerships, the ‘Step Growth Formula’, and how fintech is currently booming in Africa.

Be a champion - build optimism in the country! Ashraf Garda, SAfm Radio host

Be a champion - build optimism in the country! Ashraf Garda, SAfm Radio host, talks pushing the envelope for greater success

Ashraf Garda, known for his popular show on SAfm Radio, is a seasoned Programme Director and MC, who is highly-skilled in conference facilitation and moderation. Ashraf is the chief driver behind the project titled Champion South Africa - a nation building movement with the vision to move South Africa from a mid-table nation to a champion nation. Ashraf promotes excellence with his keynote talk titled ‘Champion People Build Champion Nations’ – a project that is great for team building, kickstart events, and organisations that need assistance in adopting a champion mindset

In this week’s Business Unusual Podcast, Fiona Wakelin, Group Editor at Topco Media, chats with Ashraf Garda on themes surrounding success, building champions, and the media’s impact on society. Ashraf talks passionately about surviving the Covid-19 pandemic, partnering with strategic partners, and how South Africa has the potential to grow into a winning nation.

Ashraf Garda is a multiple award winning broadcaster with many years of media experience under his belt. He is a former host of SAfm Radio, which was awarded ‘Best Weekend Show’ at the MTN Radio Awards. Ashraf was also voted ‘Best News and Actuality Presenter’ at the MTN radio Awards, and he is a recipient of the Turquoise Harmony Institute Media Award (Turkey). To complete his cycle of versatility, he has been invited to be an analyst on international channels, such as CNN, AL Jazeera, and CBC TV: Canada.

#ChampionSouthAfrica identifies and elevates champions and facilitates networking opportunities to uplift and create more champions across the nation. This project, along with its podcast, is a movement which celebrates the champion mindset as a crucial tool for fostering winning citizens and a winning nation.

‘We are human after all’ - Prof Shirley Zinn discusses growth, generosity & how to live a purposeful life

Born and raised in the Cape Flats area, Professor Shirley faced many challenges, but defied all odds, obtaining an M.Ed from the University of the Western Cape, and eventually completing a PhD at Harvard University. She successfully transitioned into the HR space, working as the Group Executive for HR at Nedbank and HR Director at Standard Bank South Africa. In 2008, Shirely was awarded ‘Top Business Women of the Year’ at the annual Top Women Awards. Today, she is a Consultant, running her own business, and is the published Author of Swimming Up Stream (2015) – a must read which truly inspires human endeavour. Shirely is incredibly passionate about leadership, equality and empowerment - a passion which informs her strong work ethic.

In this week’s Business Unusual podcast, Karla Fletcher, Head of Marketing at Topco Media, engages in conversation with Prof Shirley Zinn for an incredibly motivational talk on ‘purpose-driven, value-based leadership’, and making a lasting, positive impact on society - and Africa at large. Shirley addresses new leadership paradigms, the growing importance of developing ‘soft skills’, practicing gratitude in all spheres of life, and committing to constant self-improvement.

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