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Face to Face with Success

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Meet Gavin Keller: The principal who has reimagined the classroom

Meet Gavin Keller: The principal who has reimagined the classroom

In 2015, Sun Valley Primary made headlines for ditching homework. Now, meet the man at the helm of the school where kids are taught to think and how to fail.

Meet Marlene le Roux, the transformation stalwart who helms Artscape Theatre

Meet Marlene le Roux, the transformation stalwart who helms Artscape Theatre

From an upbringing in a time marked as our most tumultuous, Marlene has come through the trenches to rise above – and then pay it forward.

Meet Luke Dale-Roberts: Master of culinary invention

Meet Luke Dale-Roberts: Master of culinary invention

Meet The Test Kitchen's Luke Dale-Roberts, the man who is setting South Africa’s taste buds alight with high-end dining experiences that blow foodies out of the water.

#FTFWS with Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

#FTFWS with Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

Meet Brian Chesky: The sharing-economy hero

Meet Brian Chesky: The sharing-economy hero

Meet Brian Chesky: The sharing-economy hero

A simple idea borne in late 2007 out of three broke guys’ need to make rent started a global revolution in the travel industry, and introduced the world to a new economy.

Face to Face with Success: Meet Yolisa Phahle

Face to Face with Success: Meet Yolisa Phahle

Yolisa Phahle is the person behind M-Net’s strategy to showcase local content since 2015.

Meet M-Net Channels Head Yolisa Phahle

Meet M-Net Channels Head Yolisa Phahle

Hear from the person instrumental in driving M-Net’s strategy to showcase local content since 2015.

Meet Shirley Zinn: The expert putting "human" back in HR

Meet Shirley Zinn: The expert putting "human" back in HR

With a high profile career in the corporate world and a PhD from Harvard, Shirley Zinn is living proof that grit, resilience and hard work do pay off.

Meet Romeo Kumalo, the adventurous venture capitalist

Meet Romeo Kumalo, the adventurous venture capitalist

Romeo Kumalo chats to Nikiwe Bikitsha about the importance of rekindling the spirit of entrepreneurship for future generations.

Meet Mark Solms - the wine farmer devoted to social transformation

Meet Mark Solms - the wine farmer devoted to social transformation

When Mark Solms returned to his family-owned wine farm in Franschhoek in 2002, he began to tackle one of the most contentious issues in South Africa - land reform.

Meet Dorcas Dlamini, hospitality’s youngest director

Meet Dorcas Dlamini, hospitality’s youngest director

From a gentle nudge into a junior position to an appointment as a director of the Protea Group aged 30 – meet Dorcas Dlamini.

Meet Dorcas Dlamini, dynamo of the hospitality industry

Meet Dorcas Dlamini, dynamo of the hospitality industry

From a very junior position at Protea Hotels as a teenager, to her appointment as Sales Director in 2014, aged just 30, Dorcas Dlamini has blazed her way to the top.

Meet Nelia Annandale, South African retail queen

Meet Nelia Annandale, South African retail queen

It took a life-threatening accident to push Keedo founder Nelia Annandale to finally take the leap and start her own business.

Face to face with Success:Meet Nelia Annandale, the retail queen behind Keedo

Face to face with Success:Meet Nelia Annandale, the retail queen behind Keedo

Face to Face with Success speaks to the founder of children’s clothing brand, Keedo.

Meet John Kani, a legend of South African theatre

Meet John Kani, a legend of South African theatre

A legend of South African theatre, a voice of honour and reason. Find out how John Kani forged a path to success, even when everything was against him.

Meet powerhouse economist Thabi Leoka

Meet powerhouse economist Thabi Leoka

This local economist believes the best education is attained through travel.

Meet Ipeleng Mkhari, self-made millionaire

Meet Ipeleng Mkhari, self-made millionaire

Nikiwe Bikitsha talks failure and flight with bold, brave and brilliant Ipeleng Mkhari.

Meet Katlego Maphai, entrepreneur on a mission

Meet Katlego Maphai, entrepreneur on a mission

A wonderful insight into making the leap from the safety of employment to the uncertain waters of entrepreneurship.

Meet food adventurer Dean Kowarski

Meet food adventurer Dean Kowarski

After his initial success in finance, Dean Kowarski has been able to pursue his passion: changing people’s lives through nutrition.

Meet telco tiger Sipho Maseko

Meet telco tiger Sipho Maseko

How an energetic and purposeful ex-lawyer has achieved a seemingly insurmountable task at Telkom.

Vanessa Lynch, DNA Crusader

Vanessa Lynch, DNA Crusader

A one-time corporate lawyer, turned DNA crusader shares her views on a different kind of success.

Godfrey Madanhire

Godfrey Madanhire

To this African immigrant, impossible is nothing. And dreams are the fuel that drive him on.

Vusi Mahlasela, "the voice of South Africa"

Vusi Mahlasela, "the voice of South Africa"

How a passion for music moved a young boy to build his first guitar and still moves this seasoned artist today.

Ina Paarman, gastronomic missionary

Ina Paarman, gastronomic missionary

Meet the the woman who became a household name in South Africa, through her passion for good food, and great cooking.

Thuli Madonsela, Fearless moral compass

Thuli Madonsela, Fearless moral compass

Thuli Madonsela's dignity, and grace under pressure has earned her huge respect during her time at Public Protector.

Meet Rachel Irvine, accidental cheesemaker

Meet Rachel Irvine, accidental cheesemaker

This former journalist realized she was the worst paid link in the media value chain, and decided to do something about it.

Mark Forrester, tech entrepreneur

Mark Forrester, tech entrepreneur

Meet the co-founder of a true South African Cinderella story, described as "a posterboy for the SA tech revolution"

Maria Ramos, businesswoman

Maria Ramos, businesswoman

The CEO of Barclays Africa describes herself as resilient and competitive, but what drives her to succeed?

Face to Face with Success: Arnold Goldstone

Face to Face with Success: Arnold Goldstone

Here's the secret to success: LOTS of hard work!

Arnold Goldstone, Deputy Executive Chair of Invicta Holdings

Arnold Goldstone, Deputy Executive Chair of Invicta Holdings

This business exec might be the only person to have enrolled simultaneously for medicine and engineering at University.

Face to Face With Success Akin Omotoso

Face to Face With Success Akin Omotoso

“You can’t walk before your crawl… you’ve got to get people to trust your product”

Akin Omotoso, filmmaker and entrepreneur

Akin Omotoso, filmmaker and entrepreneur

Nigerian born, but a household name and face in South Africa... Akin is a creative, and a believer in the power of stories.

Face To Face with Success: Nic Haralambous

Face To Face with Success: Nic Haralambous

Find out what it takes to be a top entrepreneur, just like Nic Haralambous!

Nic Haralambous, serial entrepreneur

Nic Haralambous, serial entrepreneur

If there’s one thing he has learnt, it’s that failure is never easy when you’re forging new territory and that his self doubt never goes away.

Face To Face With Success - Enver Duminy

Face To Face With Success - Enver Duminy

He keeps people from all over the world coming back to the Cape!

Enver Duminy, CEO Cape Town Tourism

Enver Duminy, CEO Cape Town Tourism

Enver's journey has been full of twists and turns. In this podcast hear how he's redefining what it means to be successful

Face To Face with Success: Jonathan Jansen

Face To Face with Success: Jonathan Jansen

Prof Jonathan Jansen's thoughts on success and his career.

Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor of UFS

Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor of UFS

He’s carved a niche in public life as a very vocal commentator, earning him the admiration of some and the wrath of others.

Face to Face With Success - Rapelang Rabana

Face to Face With Success - Rapelang Rabana

“The key is not to be like me, the key is to be like you. And the more like you you are, the more differentiated you will be, and therefore the easier for you to succeed.”

Rapelang Rabana, tech entrepreneur

Rapelang Rabana, tech entrepreneur

Meet this serial entrepreneur who walks to the rhythm of her own drum, with a unique view of what it means to be successful.

Tertius Nyawose, Attorney

Tertius Nyawose, Attorney

The amazing story of a young man with a dream. A modern-day lesson in how to succeed despite the odds being stacked against you!

From Matric Failure to Top Lawyer

From Matric Failure to Top Lawyer

#FTFWS: How Tertius Nyawose turned his life around.

Face to Face with Success: Dr Bongani Mayosi

Face to Face with Success: Dr Bongani Mayosi

Becoming a doctor is tough enough - find out how you become the head of a world class medical school!

Bongani Mayosi, Head of UCT School of Medicine

Bongani Mayosi, Head of UCT School of Medicine

Bongani Mayosi always wanted to be a doctor, now he's a leading light in medical research and academia.

mamokgethi

mamokgethi

On social media, she goes by the moniker, the Fab academic. And fabulous she is!

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice Chancellor - UCT

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice Chancellor - UCT

On social media, she goes by the moniker, the Fab academic. And fabulous she is!

FTF Maria

FTF Maria

The name Maria McCloy is synonymous with Joburg’s creative and arty set...

Maria McCloy, fashion designer

Maria McCloy, fashion designer

The name Maria McCloy is synonymous with Joburg’s creative and arty set...

Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KZN health MEC

Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KZN health MEC

He’s in charge of health care in the country’s second largest province - but what keeps him driven to succeed?

Allen Ambor, the father of Spur

Allen Ambor, the father of Spur

Allen Ambor is the man who gave birth to one of the most quintessentially South African brands ever initiated. He shares his story

Ntsiki Biyela, a dreamer making her mark in the local wine industry

Ntsiki Biyela, a dreamer making her mark in the local wine industry

More than a decade ago, Ntsiki Biyela became South Africa’s first black female master wine maker.

Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Facebook Africa

Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Facebook Africa

Her name was synonymous with SA’s largest ad agency. In fact, she is considered a pioneer in the sector dominated by white men.

Natasha Sideros, Restauranteur

Natasha Sideros, Restauranteur

It’s not your typical Greek corner cafe, but Tasha's restaurants have become ubiqitous to most high-end locations in the country.

Elana Meyer, running icon

Elana Meyer, running icon

Charlotte Kilbane finds out how Elana Meyer’s work in the running community isn’t just about winning for herself

Musa Ngqungwana, opera singer

Musa Ngqungwana, opera singer

From the streets of a poor Eastern Cape township to the opera stages of the US. We chart the remarkable rise of Musa Ngqungwana.

Gerlinde and Mukesh Vassen, Art of Living teachers

Gerlinde and Mukesh Vassen, Art of Living teachers

We tend to have a very narrow view of success. But for Gerlinde and Mukesh Vassen, success is so much more!

Thula Sindi, fashion designer

Thula Sindi, fashion designer

At just 32, Thula Sindi has his eyes set firmly on building a retail fashion empire that spans the Cape to Cairo.

Mike Abel, Adman

Mike Abel, Adman

Impossible is nothing for Mike Abel. Charlotte Kilbane tries to peel back the laters to find the recipe for his immense success..

Andile Dyalvane, ceramic artist

Andile Dyalvane, ceramic artist

Fusing a deep held love of traditional Xhosa design, with a clean, contemporary eye, Andile Dyalvane has created something quintessentially South African.