When Gareth first met Ambassador Martin Schaefer at the Naumann-Stiftung’s 60th birthday celebration in late 2018, he was struck by how candid the Ambassador was on the links between German liberalism and South African democracy. And as a student of history, he also enjoyed the fact that the Ambassador brought up the fall of the Berlin wall and De Klerk’s comments related to his decision to ring in the changes. To continue on a similar note and in getting to know him more, Gareth picks the Ambassador’s brain on his life and work in his current role, and beyond.
Starting out as a teacher, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe followed his calling of making a difference in society by founding his own political party, the African Christian Democratic Party. On the road to the South African general elections, Gareth gets to know more about the leader and hears his take on the political landscape today.
After spending ten years in finance and being interested in tech, it became obvious to Marcus Swanepoel that he would start something with Bitcoin. Fast forward to today, and Marcus is leading the future of money at Luno – learning many lessons along the way. The CEO and co-founder of the leading global cryptocurrency company shares some of these lessons with Gareth, ahead of the 5th Blockchain Africa annual conference taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Devan Moonsamy has more than 15 years experience in the learning and development space, and is the CEO of the I Can Help Africa Foundation (ICHAF) Training Institute Pty (Ltd). He’s recently written an article that’s raised a few eyebrows, titled: “Racism and Sexism are ‘Offensive’… So What?”. Gareth breaks his article down in this conversation to find out straight from him what he exactly meant by it, especially in these times that we’re living in. Have we as society become too outraged? Are we being too emotional when it comes to some of the problems we face? Are we too fixated on emotion and not enough on overcoming issues? They discuss this and more here.
Gareth geeks out with a nuclear physicist and mechanical engineer. We’re not sure if he knows anything or not, but the three of them get into a discussion about heat transfer tubes, thermocouples, quarks, gluons and neutron skins. If you’re brave or curious, you’ll enjoy this. Dr Marilize Everts and Harshna Jivan have been recognised in the Women in Science Programme, a partnership by UNESCO and the L’Oreal Foundation, to honour laureates for their scientific achievements.
He’s been described as someone who has “eclectic woolly style and sneakers, rocks a moustache and furry ‘fro like no other Afrikaans boytjie we’ve ever seen”. But most importantly, Schalk Bezuidenhout is actually one of the brightest minds in comedy, with a wit and sense of humour to match. Gareth discovers more about the Gauteng native, as he describes how he navigates the industry he’s in. From dealing with threats on social media, to working with his hero… he’s taking it all in his stride as his star keeps rising higher and higher.
The communications, marketing, advertising and public relations landscape is ever-evolving, especially here in South Africa. Sitting at the helm of watching and making some of these changes that lead to evolution is Sandra Gordon. Sandra is deeply schooled in marketing, with experience in media, advertising, branding, communication, public relations and publishing (print and online), with many years of experience. In this conversation with Gareth, she sheds some light on this intriguing and challenging industry.
Broadcast journalist Onkgopotse JJ Tabane comes in guns blazing… proving, once again, that he is a person who isn’t shy to talk frankly (as his book suggests). He’s one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. In this conversation with Gareth, he kicks things off by giving his perspective on being fired from Power FM. Then, they discuss the wide South African political web, from Faith Muthambi, BOSASA, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to something both men have in common: being summoned by the ANC.
Leeanda Reddy is known and loved by South African viewers far and wide thanks to roles such as Detective Inspector Priyanka Naicker in ‘Isidingo’, to Vanashree Devan in eTV’s ‘Scandal’. And now, audiences get to experience a whole new side to her as Janet in the movie, ‘3 Days To Go’. She chats to Gareth about some of her acting roles and her view on what comes with the territory of being an artist in these times.
South Africa and France have a strong relationship that’s making great strides and impact. His Excellency Ambassador Christophe Farnaud is currently at the helm as the French Ambassador to South Africa. He shares his experiences of being in the position since January 2017, with Gareth. Hear it all from examples of great cooperation in the field of innovation, investment, the different parts of France, the French consulates to so much more.