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162 Episodes
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BCM's Phillips scoops top prize in Youth in Waste Summit

In this episode, Daron Mann chats to Jodie Phillips, winner in this year's Youth in Waste Summit where young entrepreneurs pitched and presented their businesses. Phillips is the co-founder of Waste Takers Smart App , which seeks to makes life easy for waste collectors to recycle waste.
29 Nov 10 min

Grandads Army growing younger as finish line beckons

In this episode, Daron Mann speaks with Grandads Army rider Rodney Offord as they pedal 1,500 kilometers to Mapungubwe in order to raise money for the Eyabantwana Trust, which provides training and supplies for the paediatric surgical unit at the Frere and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals.
28 Nov 8 min

Even good strategies fail if they are not well executed

In this episode, Ted Keenan chats to Ian Rusell , non-executive director of RB Africa, which specialises in a host of business support programmes. RBA works with corporate businesses in mining, auto, manufacturing,construction, transport and fisheries as well as national and government departments, including home affairs, trade & industry and…
23 Nov 15 min

 Johann Evertse:  "Many firsts in SA's automotive industry."

Johann Evertse is the retired executive director human resources and a member of the board of directors, Mercedes-Benz SA, a position he held for many years. He has served in several public organisations  including universities, business chambers and professional organisations, as well as a few others in the field of…
17 Nov 9 min

Ensuring real homes in vibrant complexes

In this episode, Ted Keenan chats to Own Haven MD Andrew Wiseman, who under the guidance of the Own Haven board, is responsible for the strategic direction, expansion and management of the company. Own Haven was established as an NPO in 2002 with the aim of providing sought-after and well-managed…
10 Nov 12 min

How to beat a property scamster

East London property mogul Xoliswa Tini has bad news for those who take estate agents at face value — among even the reputable ones are some crooks. Ted Keenan's Dispatch Live talks to Tini about the fraud challenges facing first time home buyers
7 Nov 14 min

A passion for empowering people

Ted Keenan speaks to Thembi Chagonda, a business partner and shareholder in EL consultants Global Business Solutions (GBS), who is living her professional dream. GBS is a leading labour law, human resources and industrial relations consultancy offering a diverse range of services aimed at empowering businesses to achieve their objectives.
3 Nov 8 min

Nothing is impossible

Taryn Woodbridge is the CFO at Mercedes-Benz SA, as well as executive director of finance and controlling.She joined the East London car manufacturer in 2004. She chats to Ted Keenan in this episode about her leadership skills.
3 Nov 9 min

Look for the positives, celebrate the small wins

In this episode, Ted Keenan speaks to Claire Sutherland, COO of Dynamic Brands. Dynamic Brands is an innovative beverage maker that supplies retailers nationally withdairy blend Fusion, as well as brands like Mr Orange, Rascals and Slimsy.
3 Nov 7 min

Taking the hot seat at Border Athletics, Pongoma

After holding the position on an acting basis in the past, Sicelo Pongoma has taken on full-time responsibilities as Border Athletics President. Charged with raising the federation's profile, he claims that winning back the clubs' trust has been one of their greatest successes this year. Born in Stutterheim, Pongoma was…
26 Oct 7 min

Never give up on a goal

Ted Keenan speaks with Geraldine Viviers in this episode, and she claims that creating five restaurant ventures in three years, starting in 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, was her biggest accomplishment. Her achievements are even more impressive given that she was involved in a near-fatal car accident…
26 Oct 7 min

The golden touch with new ventures

Natasha Hogg, who had a remarkable talent for creating profitable restaurants from the ground up, selling them, and moving on to the next project, is interviewed by Ted Keenan in this episode. She appears to have anchored in Lavender Blue in East London with her spouse, James, though they are…
26 Oct 8 min

Changing the world one person at a time

In this episode, Ted Keenan chats to Melanie Van Vreden, co-owner and MD of recruitment company Abantu Staffing Solutions, with offices in East London and Gqeberha. In 2011 she won the Business Women’s Association regional award for the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. "We have come a long way since…
26 Oct 8 min

The ocean is angry with us - Nick Pike

Is our ocean furious? The prolonged downpour, totalling 117mm of precipitation, cast doubt on predictions of a dry, hot El Niño summer. In this episode, Daron Mann and Nick Pike talk about how our climate is changing.
20 Oct 9 min

Saw the gap: truly a one-stop mortgage solution

For most people, especially first-time buyers, buying a home is fraught with decisions that they normally do not make and getting a bond is at the top of that list. Jocelyn Carr, a partner and founder of Mortgage Master, which has offices in East London and Gqeberha, says her company…
20 Oct 6 min

Embracing change with a vibrant young team

Leigh Oberem, East London franchise holder of Tyson Properties, said the company’s success was based on solid business strategy, innovative marketing and partnering with the right people. Tyson Properties was established in August 2005 by seasoned real estate expert Chris Tyson and businessman Gavin Cunningham with six agents in Morningside,…
20 Oct 7 min

Midwifing the journey from jobless to entrepreneur

Yamkela Nkomo, the founder and managing director of Yam Business Solutions, opened her company in 2017, prompted by the huge number of graduates who were jobless, with little chance of finding a decent job in the formal sector.
20 Oct 6 min

Manganese : Transnet using legal loophole - lawyer

The arrival of the manganese rush in East London has sparked fears of hazardous dust pollution and run-off into the environment. The state corporation is allegedly abusing a loophole in the SA Air Quality Act to avoid having to apply for an atmospheric emission licence (AEL) in order to conduct…
12 Oct 13 min
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