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Changemakers

Changemakers

By Smart is Cool
A podcast exploring how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode I talk to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society. Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals, we talk mindsets, books, advice, and tools they use to keep them motivated. All the key ingredients you need for a happy and fulfilling life.
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Episode title: Nomathemba Magagula| On being a socially conscious engineer and building an Africa for Africans
What is it about? Africa has been labelled as the least developed continent in the world. According to the World Bank in 2020 40% of Africa’s population lived with under 1.90 US$, approximately R30 per day. On this episode Nomathemba, the author of A Nguni Scribe and the director of Engineers without Borders youth portfolio talks about the opportunities that await Africa and how she is currently contributing to building an Africa that will benefit Africans. We also touch on Self-love and who God is for her. Check out this article by Nomathemba on Black lives – https://ewbsa.org/black-lives-matter-teawithnoma/ Link to Nomathemba’s book- A Nguni Scribe - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086ZQN6TH/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
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December 10, 2021
Tshego Modise| On embracing intuition and the role faith has in shaping her successful career
What is it about? Spirituality, defined here as being concerned with more than just the physical things, is something we don’t talk much about when it comes to having a successful career. On this episode you will hear about Tshego Modise’s journey from growing up in a farm in Bloemfontein to being at the helm of a boutique investment management company managing billions of Rands today. Tshego now the CEO of Aeon Investment Management talks about her faith in God and how this has been fundamental to her achieving what she has today. We also speak briefly about what a CEO is expected to do, where she plans to take the business in the near future, and a bit on the how she intends to do this without telling too many company secrets. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
58:18
December 03, 2021
Mpendulo Ndlovu on: Why he works & a legacy he wants to leave behind
What is it about? Most of us are changing careers due to financial pressures, some to live up to expected social media standards, while others are craving for more fulfilling careers. On this bonus episode, the second part of our chat with Mpendulo we talk about what matters most to him, why does he work except for survival purposes. We also talk about his sources of knowledge and guidance. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
23:23
November 30, 2021
Mpendulo Ndlovu| How to get a promotion at work, leading teams and designing sustainable solutions
What is it about? Have you ever wondered how people manage to ascend to senior positions in what seems to be short career period? Mpedulo is a Principal software engineer at Luno, one of the biggest FinTech companies in South Africa today. In this episode you will learn about Mpendulo’s journey from failing software engineering in varsity to becoming a master on the subject. Through his story you will get ideas on how to work towards a promotion at work, you will also get practical tips on how to capacitate others to gain yourself extra time so you can focus on more strategic business problems. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
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November 26, 2021
Episode title: Noma | How to advance your career
What is it about? Do you feel stuck in your career, how do you know if it’s the time to move on, and how do you make a career move? According to Noma, now executive at one of the top banks in Africa, when you feel you are not feeling challenged, or when your experience hinders new thinking that’s when you know it’s time to move on. On this episode Noma delves deeper into her own experience of confronting comfortability and a plateauing career. We talk about strategies she used to carve herself an ascending career path. You will get actionable advice on how to build a personal brand, and how to use it to create a career progression plan. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
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November 24, 2021
Noma| The power of influence, embracing ambiguity and discomfort to find a fulfilling career
What is it about? Many of us find it a great challenge to choose a career. On this episode Noma takes us through her journey from wannabe architect to studying a degree she never intended to due to limited financial resources. Noma has built a successful career and is now a top executive at one of the biggest banks in Africa. Listening to Noma speak you will find out how to work with teams especially when you feel out of your depth, and find out how keeping a mindset that embraces ambiguity and discomfort is key for personal and career development. The second part of the conversation with Noma will be published Tuesday, 23 November 2021. Stay tuned! About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
37:19
November 19, 2021
Baphile Duba| Renewing your mind, and why wellness and purpose are intertwined
What is it about? The importance of reading is well known, and its boundless benefits are widely accepted. Quotes like “a reading nation is a winning nation” are often stated, yet our country’s literacy rates leave much to be desired. On this episode, Baphile Duba the founder of Mind-Newtrition tells us how they are being part of this solution to our nation’s reading problem. He explains how Mind-Newtrition is using reading as a tool to widen one’s perspective, sharpen problem-solving skills, improve self-confidence and public speaking skills. We also discuss his life philosophy and he explains why wellness or having peace and living your purpose are intertwined. Get in touch with Mind-Newtrition: https://mind-newtrition.org/ https://www.facebook.com/MINDNEWTRITION/ https://twitter.com/mindnewtrition?lang=en https://www.instagram.com/mindnewtrition/?hl=en About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
38:44
November 12, 2021
Simon Bekezulu| What is artificial intelligence (AI), cons and pros of AI? Can we prevent job losses?
What is it about? The conversation with Simon continues, we delve deeper into artificial intelligence, what is means, its current applications and how the future may look for South Africans including the taxi drivers. We talk threats and opportunities that come with embracing AI and briefly touch on one of the primary disadvantages that comes with AI implementation, reduction in the work force and briefly discuss possible solutions to this problem. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
33:15
November 02, 2021
Simon Bekezulu| On how he found his passion and turned it into a fulfilling career
What is it about? On this episode I have a frank conversation with data scientist Simon Baba Bekezulu about his upbringing, schooling and how he carved a successful and still progressing career in the artificial intelligence space.  Simon takes us through his journey from goat and cattle herding as a young boy in rural Eastern Cape to working for corporate giants including Standard Bank and Discovery. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes. 
24:40
November 02, 2021
Kevin Mthombeni| The Share A Box story- improving access to sexual reproductive health products and information
What is it about? On this episode we spoke to Kevin Nkosinathi Mthombeni, the founder and chairperson of Share A Box, a non-profit organisation. Share A Box’s mission is to improve access to sexual and reproductive health products and information. Kevin speaks about how the idea came about and why he chose to get involved in a programme that many regarded as a women or female issue. We spoke about how the initiatives reach the communities in need, how Share A Box is currently being funded and briefly on how they are expanding to involve more boys and young men, tackle the scourge of gender based violence and mental health issues. Get in touch with Share A Box here: https://www.facebook.com/ShareABox/ 078 579 2446 About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
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October 24, 2021
Diketso Setho| Self-taught computer programmer on how to find ones’ passion and creating viable business solutions
What is it about? On this episode we spoke to Diketso Setho, a self-taught computer programmer who has no higher education training. During our discussion he spoke about what it means to be self-motivated and committing to a cause regardless of the odds against oneself. In 2020 when the Covid 19 pandemic broke, Diketso started an online shopping mall, GH mall to support mainly township based small business owners. His business received a lot of media coverage, he shared how this experience has impacted him and his business thus far. Diketso further shares his opinions on growing a business, relationships with mentors and being content with slow steady growth. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
19:49
October 17, 2021
Dr Shakira Choonara | What is leadership, active citizenry and lessons from struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada
What is it about? On this episode we talk to Dr Shakira Choonara about the true essence of leadership. What this word that most us like throwing around means to her. She reflects on her tenure as part of the African Union Youth Council, challenges encountered and lessons learned. We talk about how her mentors and role models including her father and struggle icon, Ahmed Kathrada shaped her perspectives.  Shakira shares her opinions about the current the state of South African politics and interesting ideas about what we can ALL do in our own circles to effect change. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves. The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes.
35:41
October 09, 2021
Motlatso | Success and a happy life are not always calculated
What is it about? Soon to be a Doctor of philosophy in Population Studies and Demography,  Motlatšo takes us through her early years as a student at one of the prestigious universities in Africa.  She speaks on her challenges and how keeping an open mind can be a way to finding ones passion. About Smart is cool and the Changemakers podcast Smart is Cool was established to promote smart choices and celebrate each other’s success. We share inspirational content, evidence and practical tools pertinent to improving one’s productivity, finances, health and overall wellness and happiness. We hope to inspire and contribute in people's journeys to becoming the best version of themselves.  The Changemakers podcast explores how to live a successful and happy life. On every episode Katlego talks to great thinkers and doers from different walks of life who are at the forefront of positively impacting society.  Our conversations focus on their specific journeys to achieving their goals. New episodes are released every Friday. Follow this show to get notified about new episodes. 
26:13
October 01, 2021