Face to Face with Success
Now in its fourth series, Face to Face with Success is fast becoming the go-to resource for bite sized inspiration! Click at the bottom of the page to access our growing archive.
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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
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 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.
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
Yolisa Phahle is the person behind M-Net’s strategy to showcase local content since 2015.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 speaks to the founder of children’s clothing brand, Keedo.
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
This local economist believes the best education is attained through travel.
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
A wonderful insight into making the leap from the safety of employment to the uncertain waters of entrepreneurship.
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
How an energetic and purposeful ex-lawyer has achieved a seemingly insurmountable task at Telkom.
Vanessa Lynch, DNA Crusader
A one-time corporate lawyer, turned DNA crusader shares her views on a different kind of success.
To this African immigrant, impossible is nothing. And dreams are the fuel that drive him on.
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
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's dignity, and grace under pressure has earned her huge respect during her time at Public Protector.
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
Meet the co-founder of a true South African Cinderella story, described as "a posterboy for the SA tech revolution"
Maria Ramos, businesswoman
The CEO of Barclays Africa describes herself as resilient and competitive, but what drives her to succeed?
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
“You can’t walk before your crawl… you’ve got to get people to trust your product”
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
Find out what it takes to be a top entrepreneur, just like Nic Haralambous!
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
He keeps people from all over the world coming back to the Cape!
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
Prof Jonathan Jansen's thoughts on success and his career.
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
“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
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
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!
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 always wanted to be a doctor, now he's a leading light in medical research and academia.
Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice Chancellor - UCT
On social media, she goes by the moniker, the Fab academic. And fabulous she is!
Maria McCloy, fashion designer
The name Maria McCloy is synonymous with Joburg’s creative and arty set...
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 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
More than a decade ago, Ntsiki Biyela became South Africa’s first black female master wine maker.
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
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
Charlotte Kilbane finds out how Elana Meyer’s work in the running community isn’t just about winning for herself
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
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
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
Impossible is nothing for Mike Abel. Charlotte Kilbane tries to peel back the laters to find the recipe for his immense success..