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Relebogile Mabotja is a presenter on 702 every weekday morning. She has extensive experience in the media industry as an actress, singer, writer, composer, producer and TV and radio host. She started in TV on youth show CrazE in 2004 and has had roles in SA’s biggest soapie, Generations, and Rhythm City, as well as hosted Gospel Grooves and the first two seasons of Dance your Butt Off. She has also acted in feature films and theatre productions for local and international audiences. Her musical talents extend from composing the theme tunes to shows including Afro Café, to being the musical director on a number of TV shows including eTV’s I Love South Africa. She has won numerous awards for her work and was recently appointed the youngest boardmember ever of SAMRO, the South African Music Rights Organisation. Even broader than her talents is her interest in what’s happening around her, and Relebogile has been honing her craft on a talk radio platform since 2012 when she joined 702. She started in TV on youth show CrazE in 2004 and has had roles in SA’s biggest soapie, Generations, and Rhythm City, as well as hosted Gospel Grooves and the first two seasons of Dance Your Butt Off. She has also acted in feature films and theatre productions for local and international audiences. Her musical talents extend from composing the theme tunes to shows including Afro Café, to being the musical director on a number of TV shows including eTV’s I Love South Africa. She has won numerous awards for her work and was recently appointed the youngest board member ever of SAMRO, the South African Music Rights Organisation. Even broader than her talents is her interest in what’s happening around her, and Relebogile has been honing her craft on a talk radio platform since 2012 when she joined 702.
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Radio Host | Facilitator | MC
Singer. Voice Artist. MC. Radio DJ. Bunny Majaja holds down the mid-afternoon weekday slot on multi award-winning community radio station Hot91.9FM with an easy eloquence, her infectious laughter and her inescapably enigmatic charm. Between 2PM and 4PM, you can catch Joburg’s Best Old Skool and R&B along with Bunny’s naturally warm on-air presence, as she burrows her way into the hearts of anyone within earshot. Finding her footing in the entertainment industry with a Top 5 finish on Season 9 of South African Idols, Bunny has since begun to fill her repertoire with everything from international singing residencies, MC’ing for corporates, servicing local and international voice over clients, copy writing for direct and national clients at Hot 91.9FM, Classic FM and for renown media house United Stations, and even cracking an SA Radio Awards nomination for Best Daytime Show two years running (nominated alongside mentor and colleague Mark Pilgrim is a bit of a feather in the cap in this instance, for the 3 short years she’s been in radio). When Bunny Majaja is not in the studio or on stage, Bunny takes on freelance copywriting projects and writes short stories (children’s fiction).
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Radio Host | Economic | Facilitator | Host
ArabileG is a financial journalist with a career glowing from remarkable feats and interrogative work. The world of money, markets, finance and economics are where he has garnered a lot of his reputation as a leading commentator, reporter, anchor and writer. ArabileG is also a firm believer and advocate for financial literacy, leading the path in education small business owners, students and entrepreneurs alike, in getting the best out of the country’s economic standing. He studied a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Johannesburg and went on to pursue a career as a Financial & Business Journalist at CNBC Africa where he held positions such as Producer, Reporter & Junior Anchor. He has hosted numerous debates featuring African heads of states such as Paul Kagame (Rwanda President) and Jacob Zuma; national commissioners and prominent business personalities including Former Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni. ArabileG become eNCA’s Business Anchor and Reporter in late 2013, hosting many forums and interviews with the likes of fmr. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Sir Richard Branson & a plethora of JSE Top 40 company CEO’s. ArabileG has featured in leading magazines, and maintains special attention for his research outlooks, while being a Master of Ceremony, Motivational Speaker, blogger and economic researcher. ArabileG has MC’d for corporates such as SAICA, Liberty, Old Mutual, Nedbank, JLL and many others while hosting and moderating discussions with Transnet, the AFDB, the Land Bank, the PIC, Standard Bank etc. The journalist in ArabileG has remained as he continues to provide market commentary for Classic FM, Yfm, Kayafm, Metro fm and SAfm while hosting Bruce Whitfield’s “The Money Show” on 702 when required.
Radio Host | Economic | Facilitator | Host
Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve…
Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve even given him awards in recognition of his contribution to financial journalism on radio, print and television. Bruce has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year twice. He has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and he completed a course at New York’s framed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme. He has won numerous other accolades for print, radio and television in the Sanlam and Citadel awards over the past decade and has also been crowned ‘Best Financial Broadcaster’ in the MTN Radio Awards three years running. Bruce was also named ‘Best Money Writer’ in the 2012 Telkom Classic Business Journalist of the Year awards. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University when typewriters were still in use, the internet was in its infancy, cell phones were foreign concept and Google was a pipe-dream. He’s been practicing as a journalist for nearly two decades. One day, he hopes to turn it into a career. Bruce presents the multi-award winning Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk, hosts a brand new show on CNBC Africa and he writes for Finweek. He is a sought-after public speaker, MC and conference facilitator. Keynote Talks: <strong>Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers</strong> “Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers is a brand new talk about South Africa and why it is a great place for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. It incorporates individual case studies gleaned from financial journalist Bruce Whitfield’s two-decades of award-winning reporting on the political economy in one of the most complex societies on earth. Why has South Africa spawned so many globally competitive corporations? What do we learn from those that have thrived in the chaos of South Africa and how does that shape our future? Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers analyses why some not only survive but succeed despite considerable volatility and uncertainty. Bruce brings to life inspiring stories from some of SA’s most dynamic and diverse entrepreneurs. It creates a sober, yet uplifting perspective on the challenges facing SA right now and how some of it’s smartest citizens are navigating the complexity of the current business environment.” <strong>The Upside of Down</strong> The Upside of Down is a 45 minute talk that takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through 50 years of South African history to provide some context to today’s troubles. Nenegeddon was not the end. What felt cataclysmic at the time of Nhlanhla Nene’s firing in December 2015 is actually proving to be a catalyst for change – a slow and painful catalyst – but a catalyst nevertheless. South African’s have prospered despite the noise and the chaos over more than five decades. While many feel down in the dumps, we can survived considerably worse. All you have to do to verify that claim is ready history books. My talk saves you the trouble.
Azania Mosaka, who hails from Pimville in Soweto, studied for a BCom degree at Wits University before…
Azania Mosaka, who hails from Pimville in Soweto, studied for a BCom degree at Wits University before attending Vega School of Brand Communication. In addition to being a radio host, she is also a television presenter and MC with over a decade of broadcast experience. Her radio career started when she joined Metro FM as a producer for Glen Lewis’ show The Ride. She moved to 702 from Power FM where she hosted Power Lunch. Azania Mosaka has also presented a number of TV shows and performed a few stints as a judge on the third (2004) and fourth (2010) seasons of the reality competition Popstars. Viewers may also recognize her from the recent Cooking with Azania, on SABC3. Azania Mosaka also has a unique way of tackling burning issues such as university protests and has brought her own take to the ongoing discussions about higher education transformation. Her radio career started when she joined Metro FM as a producer for Glen Lewis’ show The Ride. She moved to 702 from Power FM where she hosted Power Lunch. She has also presented a number of TV shows and performed a few stints as a judge on the third (2004) and fourth (2010) seasons of the reality competition Popstars. Viewers may also recognize her from the recent Cooking with Azania, on SABC3. Outside of her media work, Azania owns and runs a Miss Salon London boutique grooming salon in Parkhurst. Some of the features on her show include the Masterclass feature, which in line with our stated intention of opening minds, is a class given by an expert in a particular field to enlighten listeners about topics such as mastering mathematics, unpacking The Bible, a closer look at world football governing body FIFA. Outside of her media work, Azania owns and runs a Miss Salon London boutique grooming salon in Parkhurst.
Entrepreneur | Doing better business, better
Juanita started her own highly regarded and successful, fully remote working, outsourced marketing business in 2013. The company has reported profitable growth every year since its inception with very low churn in staff and clients. She started her journey from employee to self-employed to employer without any managerial experience or business administration qualifications. Her early business decisions were guided by her intuition and in line with her principles: - Say yes to opportunities without making promises you can't keep. - Do what you know while adding to what you know. - Play well with others. - Measure results, not effort. Juanita earned the designations of Certified Director and Ethics Officer in 2017. Her consistent results and knack for simplified, practical solutions to complex business problems soon had other business leaders ask her for advice on issues including strategy, operational efficiency, human resources, product development, reputation management, future industry trends and more. In 2019 renowned business growth speaker Roger Harrop invited Juanita to become his sole associate after recognising that her intuitive style of running a business aligned perfectly with the methods he had been teaching in his series of keynotes and masterclasses. On stage and in the classroom Juanita combines her "old millenial" energy and point of view with the tried and tested fundamentals that underpin her success. Juanita is still very much involved in running her company and uses the lessons she learns from it to keep her advice and stories practical and fresh. She is also the author of a number of articles in highly respected publications, a regular guest on business podcasts and a former radio programme host. Juanita is ideal as either an opening keynote speaker at conferences and client events, or as a masterclass/workshop facilitator for anyone running - or involved in running - a business of any size in any sector. Speaker bookings and media/podcast guest invitations:
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Liezel van der Westhuizen
Global Speaker | MC | Brand Coach
Already a household name after an impressive stint on MNET Idols in 2008, Liezel van der Westhuizen is currently taking both the South African entertainment, and personal branding scenes, by storm - most conveniently as a <strong>Virtual Speaker</strong> too, whom you can book right now! She is a: <ul> <li>Skilful presenter with a lauded vocal dexterity, evident in her work as a voice-over artist. With over a decade of acting and meritorious presenting experience within film and television, the success of her body of work with top local and international production companies, is beyond reproach.</li> <li>Renowned international emcee and keynote speaker, who has been intrinsically tied to the success of hundreds of events around the world, through her aptitude in captivating any audience, and across industries.</li> </ul> The relaxed smile, smooth and professional working manner, and her impeccable style, has made her one of the most sought-after presenters and emcees in the country - the digital space included. Liezel kicked off her public speaking and Emcee career over a decade ago and has, to date, hosted more than 500 events across South Africa and internationally. She has won bronze and silver awards as a member of the Toastmaster’s Society, and is often invited to give motivational talks, covering topics such as: “Beat the Bully”, “Empowering Women”, “Finding Your Inner Strength” and “Personal Brand Personified”. Coupled with a drive for success, an enthusiastic willingness to pass on knowledge, and an incredible work ethic, it is no wonder the sky is not even the limit for this unique talent. <strong>If the brand fits…</strong> Liezel was once cattily nicknamed 'The Giraffe' by designer Craig Jacobs, within his Sunday Times society column in 2009. She, and her statuesque sister Monique, stole the spotlight in killer heels that had them towering over other attendees, at a Radisson Blu fashion event. Although the moniker was not meant entirely flatteringly at the time, this entrepreneurs ingenuity went on to incorporate the label into everything she does, including the eponymously titled <a href="https://www.thegiraffebrand.com/"><strong>The Giraffe Brand Academy</strong></a>, which she launched soon after. This initiative, which keeps to Liezel's unending personal drive to offer value to those around her, began as a means of assisting business folk all over the world, in building a powerful and authentic personal brand. The truth of Liezel's diligent and tech savvy work, is evident in: <ul> <li>The successful rise of hundreds of businesses around the world,</li> <li>The development of more visible entrepreneurs and thought-leaders online, and</li> <li>A wealth of opportunities seized and fulfilled.</li> </ul> The dynamic perspective Liezel chose to take, as opposed to wallowing in the flighty words of others, is a powerful testament to her experience in the personal branding niche. This is someone who can clearly assist organisations and individuals, alike, to turn negative publicity into something wonderfully positive. She wont even let something like Covid-19s socioeconomic effects stop you, and your plans for towering above the rest, since Liezel has now added <strong>Virtual Speaker</strong> to her repertoire. <strong>Powerhouse presenter</strong> As only the second woman in the world to present reality television singing competition <em>Idols</em>, Liezel became a familiar face on the popular competitive music show during Seasons Five and Six, as well as during her time as a presenter on SABC3’s daily breakfast show <em>Expresso</em>. Liezel has presented TV shows for channels SABC3, SuperSport, SABC Sport, MNET, DSTV and SABC 2, and lists her career highlights as <em>Idols</em>, <em>Expresso</em>, <em>The Lunchbox</em> and <em>Soundcheck</em>. She continues to impress with her daily fitness feature on KFM radio, and maintaining a beloved <em>Fitness Fridays</em> segment on CapeTalk (a radio station that is broadcast in Cape Town). For those seeking more streamlined fitness information daily, Liezel has become the trusted <strong>Virtual Gig Guide</strong> for the hottest daily workouts she seeks out (or tries by recommendation) and shortlists, on her social media platforms - this seasoned Speaker also cultivating a digital presence resonating to more than 100 000 people. With so much going for her, it’s hard to believe it has been just a few years since Liezel was “discovered” by Jacaranda FM, after the programme manager heard her working as a Makro announcer, following her TUKSFM apprenticeship. <strong>Global village</strong> <em>“I began my radio life at TuksFM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,”</em> Liezel explains. While working for this varsity radio station, she received a job offer from <strong>EMI Music</strong> South Africa to become their international Public Relations manager – a development that saw her being introduced to, and working with, an array of global music stars. An 18-month stint as an SABC3 continuity presenter, and presenter of the lunchtime show <em>Lunchbox,</em> led to even greater prospects for the towering talent; with the television singing competition <em>Idols</em> confirming her rise to the top. In 2010, Liezel launched <em>SoundCheck Live</em> on MNET, before starting her work on<em> Expresso</em>, and also found time to make her spirited on-screen debut in the films '<em>The Race-ist'</em> and '<em>Hollywood in my Huis</em>'. <strong>Beauty and brains</strong> With her professional style and ease in conversation, it will come as no surprise that Liezel has a spree of degrees in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and, since 2000, has been a member of Toastmaster’s International. She holds a BCom degree in Human Resources and Industrial Psychology, and both a BCom Honours and an MCom in Communication Management - making her one of the most qualified<strong> Virtual Speakers</strong> you can book right now. <strong>Grabbing life with both hands</strong> Liezel manages to find time to work as a voiceover artist, and has an impressive portfolio of television and radio voiceover work to showcase, that underpins her other exploits. It all comes back to a drive within her, that was ultimately inspired by her grandmother’s fight against Cancer. “<em>My gran being diagnosed with Cancer was a big life-changer. I even shaved off my long hair, and went bald for a year in support of her. I now keep my hair short in memory of her and as a reminder that life is short. Before my gran passed away, she told me to grab every opportunity in life and [to] enjoy every moment.”</em> <strong>Fitness feats for charity</strong> Liezel's commitment to bettering the lives of people, extends so far beyond her world, that she was even called on to tandem cycle with a visually-impaired triathlete, across the Himalayans. She raised funds for <strong>Operation Smile</strong> and <strong>OneSight</strong>, proceeded to break records, all while challenging her body and mind to the limits; And her sports and fitness endeavours, can always be linked to her enthusiasm for the world, and her giving nature. In 2012 and 2013, Liezel partnered with Canoeing SA’s high-performance coach, Greg van Heerden, to finish the toughest canoe marathon in the world – the Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon. She keeps a healthy fitness regime, training six times a week on the road (running and cycling) and in the pool, and was selected to take part in Nestle’s Triathlon team that went on to complete the gruelling Full <strong>Ironman Triathlon</strong> in 2010 (this involves a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run). The ocean – and its preservation – hold a special place in Liezel’s heart. She loves to swim, stand-up paddle board and surfski and is, impressively, a certified Nitrox Enriched Air scuba diver. Liezel recently gained her skipper’s license, after practising during a sailing fitcation in the Seychelles archipelago, which saw her entering and winning – on her return – the Mercedes Benz Ladies Race at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. She was a Top 8 finalist in the 2007 Shape/Sanex Cover girl competition, was voted number 56 in the FHM Hot 100 Sexiest Women in the World competition – and again in 2009 – and received a nomination in the Heat Hot 100 competition in both years. <strong>The sport-schooling solution</strong> Stylish and professional, Liezel made number four on designer Simon Rademon’s Best-Dressed Women’s list in SA in 2008, and was also nominated for an Olay SA Iconic Woman award that year too. She is passionate about the environment, is an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Glass Recycling South Africa, and gives back in a big way. <em>“I am involved with a charity in Cape Town called Velokaya – it’s a not-for-profit organisation based in Khayelithsha that employs a range of holistic, education-based cycling programmes. I believe sport and schooling go hand in hand. I am passionate about South Africa and educating our learners.”</em> Emphasising her creativity and skill with the digital world, Liezel is the first person in the country to have <strong>ridden a bicycle powered entirely by social media</strong> (a custom-fitted techno wonder bike) for the dedicated purpose of raising funds for Khayelitsha’s Velokhaya Life cycling academy. With the help of public “likes” and Pick n Pay, she was able to donate 20 bicycles to the academy – an organisation which, just like Liezel, believes sport is able to give our youth the skills they need for a happy and successful future. This humble, energetic and deep-thinking personality will undoubtedly continue to grab each opportunity that life presents, while changing lives and bringing joy on her daily journey. Over and above her multiple groundbreaking achievements, it is Liezel’s radiant personality and uncompromising determination to impact lives, which truly draws in audiences. A talented<strong> public speaker</strong>, Liezel remains passionate about helping people to reach their full potential. Her calling, therefore, involves travelling around South Africa – and safely flying internationally– so as to deliver motivational talks and keynote addresses on topics that her audiences describe as valuable and up to the minute. <em>A few of her most popular talks are listed, and elaborated on, below:</em> <strong>Employers – don’t be scared of your employees’ personal brand;</strong> In this keynote address, Liezel says astute managers will encourage staff as they set about developing their own personal brands, knowing these can serve to create a win-win for both the company they’re running and their most valued employees. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>employees with strong personal brands will create interest and draw customers</li> <li>there is a way in which an employees personal brand, and the permanent job they are doing, can co-exist; that the two can be highly beneficial to each other</li> <li>trust is essential, so embracing those tough conversations is vital.</li> </ul> <strong>Future-proof yourself with your personal brand;</strong> The pace of change we are party to right now, is unparalleled and mind-boggling. Artificial Intelligence is already being used to evaluate the suitability of candidates before and after they are interviewed, and is able to trawl the internet with a fine toothcomb, which helps the recruitment “bots” to narrow down to a shortlist, the most viable applicants for any given job or contract. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>create a CV that is comprehensive, clear and professional</li> <li>capitalise on the reach of your Facebook Business Page</li> <li>add reviews and network as much as you can on LinkedIn</li> <li>update bios and photos across all your profiles</li> <li>post articles and blogs that position you as a leader in your niche; or invest in the services of a skilled copywriter to help you</li> <li>self-promotion is key when it comes to your personal brand in cyberspace</li> </ul> <strong>Every pedal stroke counts;</strong> <em>“This ride [was] about more than ourselves,”</em> says Liezel.<em> “Cindy and I wanted to find a way to make a real difference, so it was a natural decision to support these two incredible charities that essentially give people their smiles and help others to see them,”</em> she enthuses. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>how these two athletes faced innumerable challenges – including strong winds, rain, sleet, sub-zero temperatures and every imaginable technical problem – but never gave in</li> <li>how such tenacity and endurance in sport, is testament to incredible character-building and wisdom, which Liezel now puts into use in her personal brand coaching.</li> </ul> <strong>Beat the bully;</strong> Taking a stance on bullying in the workplace, Liezel shares tips in this keynote address on how to spot the office tyrant from a mile away; and how to avoid becoming the target of their meanness. In essence, she helps victims find their voice again, to get the recognition they deserve. <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>recognise the school or office bully</li> <li>unleash your confidence and beat the bully</li> <li>get the recognition you deserve</li> <li>create an anti-bullying corporate culture.</li> </ul> <strong>Empower the nation, empower our women; and Find your inner strength.</strong> <em>“The glass ceiling imposed by the traditional workplace is not the only thing that holds women back. Often we hold ourselves back. An inferiority complex, family commitments and a fear of failure can be at the root of this self-inflicted stagnation.”</em> <strong>Key takeaways:</strong> <ul> <li>globally and locally, women are still in the minority in leadership positions</li> <li>while many challenges still face women in the workplace and society today, we still set out to change the world</li> <li>we need to speak out about gender-based violence and educational discrepancies</li> <li>we can work our way out of external and internal prejudices</li> <li>companies with more female senior managers have better financial performance</li> </ul>
Global Speaker | MC | Brand Coach
Stephen Grootes is an Award-winning journalist and political commentator, is the host of the Afternoon Drive…
Stephen Grootes is an Award-winning journalist and political commentator, is the host of the Afternoon Drive show and former host of the Midday Report. He is also a senior political journalist for Daily Maverick. Stephen Grootes is also a regular contributor to Daily Maverick, is very active on Twitter and has published a book, S.A. Politics Unspun which offers a roadmap to guide the reader through South Africa’s complex political landscape. Stephen has an insider’s understanding of South Africa’s political environment and has built personal relationships with all the major role players. The thorn in the side of many politicians, Stephen nonetheless manages to get answers to the big questions. His insights into our current political environment are fascinating as is his ability to offer a glimpse into where he believes South Africa is heading. Stephen Grootes has also appeared on TV, including Justice Factor. Stephen Grootes took over the Midday Report in September 2012 and the Afternoon Drive show in January 2018. Generally speaking, in the metaphorically challenged battle between the buffalo and the tsunami, the tsunami can run out of options pretty quickly. Over time, the buffalo will emerge, perhaps sodden, but victorious. And so it is inevitably happening that political power is ebbing away from South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, and the tides are moving dramatically towards Deputy President and new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa. However, Ramaphosa’s speech on Saturday was about much more than power in the ANC; it was a dramatic claim to national political power, to place him as the national leader to look to, and to put the ANC properly and firmly back in charge of the country.
Kieno Kammies has become synonymous with asking tough questions. His frank and direct approach on the…
Kieno Kammies has become synonymous with asking tough questions. His frank and direct approach on the CapeTalk weekday Breakfast Show from 6:00 – 9:00 has won him many fans. Kieno Kammies often invites opinions challenging his own. But it’s not all hard talk with this experienced journalist and radio personality. Kieno cares deeply about the community in which he lives and works. His compassion for those less fortunate or those who have been wronged is evident. His presence on the Breakfast Show has made big names a regular feature on CapeTalk. Kieno has interviewed CEOs, Ministers, industry leaders and trend-setters. Some of his interviews have resulted in changes in policy. A focus on MediClinic, for example, resulted in the group of hospitals changing the way they do triage. Book Kieno now through Conference Speakers Kieno Kammies His interview with a mother who couldn’t afford the tuition fees of Stellenbosch University for her daughter who achieved seven distinctions, resulted in listeners pledging enough funds for her first year. When he’s not on air, he runs a business consultancy that aims to improve EQ, or Emotional Quotient, in the workplace. “I’m a capitalist with a social conscience,” he says. “We should all be trying to make a difference in other people’s lives.” With his feet firmly planted on the ground and his wicked sense of humour, Kieno Kammies is the perfect MC to work with because of his particularly ‘un-diva-like’ personality!
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