Life by Design

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±37 min episodes every 1 week  | 
LIFE BY DESIGN shares stories of discovering purpose, whether through leaving a vocation to pursue one’s passion or whether discovering your purpose through pain or any other life event. The aim of the programme is to inspire listeners to tap into their full potential. It is a One on One in studio interview where the presenter talks to the guest who shares about their background and their life story/experience of discovering their passion.
The show features a surprise guest- through a telephonic or in studio interview – during the 3rd segment.
It is a 4 segment show – Introduction & welcome as well as sharing background information, Journey to discovering purpose/passion, Surprise guest feature to talk through the guests’ pursuit of purpose & impact thereof (this can be a parent, a friend, a mentee, an expert, etc) & Lessons learnt & to share plus parting shots and presenter wrap up that closes with a song.


Social Media handles are as follows:

Facebook: Living Life by Design
Twitter: @livinglifebydesign
Instagram: @livinglifebydesign
YouTube: Living Life by Design with Amanda Matshaka

Our hashtags: #LivingLifeByDesign #MondayMotivation ALWAYS TAG @ChannelAfricaRadio

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Fambisai Clarton Mangadza

In this episode we are joined in studio by Fambisai Clarton Mangadza, a native of Zimbabwe, who is a Philosophy Tutor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Fambisai worked as a teacher in Mashonaland West in his country after graduating from the University of Zimbabwe having obtained his BA Honours in Philosophy. He resigned in 2008 and moved to South Africa in pursuit of a better life and his dreams. Things were not so rosy in Johannesburg, where Fambisai resided as he found himself doing odd jobs working as a gardener, driver and shop assistant. He never gave up on his dream to pursue philosophy and is now a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. Fellow lecturer Keo Mbebe joins us on the line from PTA as a surprise guest.

Penny Koetle Lawyer and Life Coach

In this episode we are joined by Penny Koetle, a qualified attorney from South Africa. Penny is a senior specialist in the information privacy office at MTN. She is also the Managing Director at Bokamoso legal and regulatory consulting. Penny is a lawyer that wears many hats – she is a transformation Life Coach and is in the business of spreading love as the founder of Agape Love Movement – something that she says she was born to do. Penny is a spiritual and emotional healer as well as a transformation speaker. She’s here to tell us how being an attorney, a life coach and a love doctor come together as she lives her life of purpose. Our surprise guest is her best friend, Ntsiki Majola, who joins us on the line.

Tshanda Mbuyi

In this episode we are joined by Tshanda Mbuyi, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is a Built Environment Professional, holder of a Bachelor of Technology in Architecture and a Master Degree in Development Planning. Growing up in DRC, Tshanda dreamt of bringing about positive change in her country by helping improve infrastructure as she saw its poor conditions. She is currently practicing in an Architecture Firm in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tshanda has over a decade of experience, contributing to the successful conception and implementation of various construction projects for private and public clients. She is passionate about African cities, their spatial planning, drives their growth and development and most importantly, ,how they support or hinder their inhabitants' livelihoods. She hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the development of her continent, Africa and she tells us how a dream that began all those many years ago is being realised – “if you can dream it, you can actualise it”. Our surprise guest is her brother, Yves Mbuyi, who joins us on the line from DRC.

Vukani Khoza

In this episode we are joined by Vukani Khoza, a South African celebrity choreographer who didn’t allow poverty and painful upbringing stop him from pursuing his passion – he stopped at nothing. Armed with only Grade 11, Vukani headed to Johannesburg in search of a big break in choreography after dancing in the streets of Durban for money to support his family. He later discovered SA’s kwaito star Msawawa and went on to dance with well know musicians such as Zola 7 and branched out into music. Vukani uses dance to keep young people off the streets through his dance academy – African Child Productions. Later on the show we are joined by his father on the line from Kwazulu-Natal province – as our surprise guest.

Tropics group of companies founding partner Venecia Guinot.

In this episode we are joined by Vénicia Guinot, a native of Congo Brazzaville. Driven by her love for Africa, inspiration to change the African narrative to something more positive as well as a drive to make her late parents proud, Vénicia Guinot has created a name for herself in Africas’ media industry. She is determined to brand Africa as a top business and investment destination as well as unite Francophone and Anglophone Africa. Vénicia is a Founding Partner of the TROPICS GROUPS OF COMPANIES (Pty) Ltd.

SA, DRC & Cameroon women speak on the impact of women leaders in Africa.

In this episode, in celebration of women’s month in South Africa, we are looking at the roles of women leaders in the continent – we’re looking at the impact women leaders have made in Africa in the areas of governance and business. We talk about the strides women have made in government, with The Registar of Deeds in Johannesburg in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Makaziwe Ntuli, to help us understand how far African women have come in the area of business, we have Victorine Mbong Shu, a Cameroonian living in Johannesburg, South Africa.. She’s the publisher, Editor, & CEO of Profounder Intelligence Management Services & Owner of Profound Conference Centre to name a few. Also looking at the topic of women in business is Laetitia Vambili, a young entrepreneur who together with her husband Dany, own natural hair brand of products and a salon called Love ur locs. She was born in the DRC and came to South Africa with her parents at the tender age of 6, running away from the Congo war.

Internal Auditor turned youth coach– Mziwanele Mhlanti.

In this 5th episode of Life by Design, Amanda Matshaka talks to Mziwanele Mhlanti, a qualified Internal Auditor from KZN, South Africa. Mziwanele left his profession to pursue his passion of coaching Wits University students in leadership and life skills. He forsook the comfort that came with his job to invest in the future of the young generation. Mzi shares the challenges as well as fulfilment that comes with such a decision. In the programme, one of Mzi’s students joins in on the line as a surprise guest much to Mzi’s delight. She talks about the impact the leadership programme she’s part of has made in her life and that of others.

Global Speaker – Tshegofatso Ms President Modiga

In this 4th episode of Life by Design, Amanda Matshaka talks a 19-year-old Global Speaker from South Africa, Tshegofatso August Modiga-Powers – AKA Ms President. She is a young globe trotter making unprecedented moves, sitting amongst policy makers, giving implementable solutions that apply to different sectors of the world’s political economy. She aspires to be the President of the United Nations, African Union and the Republic of South Africa. She is working towards accumulating her undergraduate degree in Global Political Economy and Diplomacy in the United States of America on a Full Scholarship. Tshegofatso realised her passion at age 15 – she is someone who discovered her purpose early in life and mapped her life around achieving her goals with the help of her single mother and her mentor. In the programme, Tshegofatso’s mentor, businesswoman and influencer, Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa (Naspers CEO) joins us on the line as a surprise guest much to Ms President’s delight.

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