The Alec Hogg Show

BIZNEWS  |  Series , ±38 min episodes total time 10 hr 20 min  | 
The Biznews founder and broadcasting veteran hosts this half hour audio biography with guests selected simply because they’re interesting, on the basis that if their stories were captured in book form, they'd likely be a best seller. The half hour podcast is intended to leave listeners better informed, uplifted...and inspired.

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The Alec Hogg show: Political disruptor Mmusi Maimane, back to activist roots - Macron-style. Ep 13

It's a year since Mmusi Maimane followed the lead of the late Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert and resigned from the Official Opposition to seek a political solution for SA outside of Parliament. History shows Slabbert made the right call, his contribution from outside the tent far more effective than it could possibly have been inside. So too, it seems, with Maimane. The mushrooming of this workaholic One South Africa movement suggests that he, too, is on the road to making a big difference. Drawing on the examples of France's En Marche, Poland's Solidarity and Zimbabwe's MDC, the Maimane-led movement is referencing successful templates. And as South Africa's Constitutional Court has demanding a re-writing of the Electoral Act, the timing is perfect. In episode 13, we hear the back story to South Africa's youthful politicial disruptor whose activism is rooted in deep religious roots.

Comeback Kid Adrian Gardiner - from bankruptcy to luxury hotel mogul. The Alec Hogg Show, Ep.14

The focus of this episode is one of South Africa's most successful entrepreneurs, Port Elizabeth's Adrian Gardiner. The inspirational story of this low profile family man exposes the ingredients needed by all successful entrepreneurs: curiosity, tenacity, humility, grit and, most of all, the self-belief to dust yourself off and start again. Gardiner lost everything in 1979 when an economic recession pushed his highly geared businesses into bankruptcy. But within a decade he was back on top of the local pond - and through his Mantis Group, making inroads on the continental and global stage. A fascinating story of a man who, at 77, despite being heavily invested in the Covid-19 affected hospitality sector, retains all the optimism of his youth.

The Alec Hogg Show: Third World Child GG Alcock: Common sense optimism about SA - Ep 15

In a world overpopulated with fakes, the authenticity of GG Alcock is a beacon of hope. Raised in a mud hut by committed South African Liberals, Alcock's story is inspirational, insightful and uplifting. For those who have read them, his excellent books Third World Child and Kasinomics expose a country few suburb-dwelling South Africans know exists. In this wide ranging discussion, Alcock shares how his roots in rural poverty created unique perspectives on issues that today baffle most of his fellow citizens. For instance, how the corruption-ridden ANC retains political power despite its well acknowledged failings; how massive but mostly unrecognised economic transformation has changed the landscape of former townships; and why he is optimistic at a time when pretty much every pundit sees the SA glass as half empty. For anyone seeking to understand the contemporary South African story, this is a must-listen. Alcock is simply superb.

The Alec Hogg Show: Brad Barritt - Leadership and life lessons from leader of Europe's top rugby team Ep 16

In this episode, we explore how lessons from the ultimate meritocracy - world class sport - can be applied elsewhere in our lives, including business. Brad Barritt was vice captain of his hometown rugby team, the Sharks, and just 21 when among the 2008 Currie Cup winning team. The day after that triumph he relocated to the UK for what was to become a 12-year-long love affair with trailblazing North London rugby club Saracens, playing a key part in helping rewrite the record books.
Barritt was one of numerous South Africans involved in what was to become Europe’s most successful club of the past decade, becoming only the second captain to lift three European Championships trophies. He also led Saracens to five English Premiership titles. Along the way, Barrett was selected for England and the British & Irish Lions, playing a key role in a number of famous victories, including wins over the All Blacks and the Springboks.
Barritt hung up his boots last year and five months ago relocated his young family to Cape Town where he now exercises rapidly developing entrepreneurial talents directing his already famous coffee company and a fast growing fintech...

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