Paul Harris

Full Interview


00:13 to 01:35 - “Innovation”

01:36 to 03:35 - “attack the niche”

03:36 to 04:54 - “Start small and be obsessed”

04:54 to 06:11 - “Never about the money”

06:12 to 10:35 - “on education”

10:36 to 12:13 - “the future of SA"

12:14 to 14:20 - “make mistakes; take the pain”

14:21 to 16:22 - “what makes an entrepreneur”

16:23 to 18:06 - “Traditional Values. Innovative solutions”

18:07 to end - “Humility”

Paul Harris is the co-founder of FirstRand Group, a multi-billion dollar financial services company.  They started over three decades ago with seed capital of R10 000 (ten thousand SA Rand).  In this video he shares his ideas on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and the lessons he has learned over decades of building a monster business.

Alan Knott-Craig

Full Interview


00:00 to 04:09 - "On money"

04:09 to 05:25 - "Taking over the world"

05:25 to 05:55 - "Bouncing back" 

05:55 to 07:30 - "Attracting the right people"

07:30 to 11:00 - "Finding your own path"

11:00 to 12:00 - "Marrying young"

12:00 - 13:45 - "Work life balance?"

13:45 - 17:57 - "Government and business

Alan Knott-Craig started his first business in his mid twenties and became a dollar millionaire by the time he was 30. He is the founder of wireless internet service provider Herotel as well as Project Isizwe which provides free Wifi in public areas, allowing internet access to those who need it most. In this interview Alan offers us insight into the mind of one of Africa's most promising young leaders. 

All imagery by Sheldon Evans Photography

Tokyo Sexwale

Full Interview

Mr Sexwale is a South African businessman, philanthropist, former anti-apartheid activist and former SA Minister of Housing.

Mr Sexwale founded Mvelaphanda Group in 1998. Mvelaphanda ultimately grew into a multibillion rand JSE-listed Company. In this interview Mr Sexwale offers a master class on life and leadership.


00:00 to 02:04 - "The University of life"

02:04 to 12:13 - "Fundamental values of leadership"

12:13 to 20:58 - "The fear factor" 

20:58 to 24:49 - "People buy into success"

24:49 to 30:17 - "Winners solve problems"

30:17 to 35:40 - "On Black Economic Empowerment"

35:40 - 54:18 - "The world's first Trillionaire will be black?"
We put the statement to Mr Sexwale that the world's first trillionaire will be black, he offered us advice that lead us to tweak our statement. Mr Sexwale also spoke on the African opportunity and how Africans can ensure that they are included

President Motlanthe

Full Interview

Former President Motlanthe served as President of South Africa in 2008 to 2009. Mr Motlanthe also served as Deputy President of South Africa from 2009 to 2014. In this interview the former President speaks candidly on very important topics.


00:00 to 03:05 - "The essence of leadership"

03:05 to 10:23 - "Let people choose their leaders"

10:23 to 14:20 - "The responsibility of SA's leadership"

14:20 to 22:00 - "Government, business and labour"

22:00 to 24:02 - "On BEE in mining"

24:02 to 28:32 - ""Outlook on African Economy"

28:32 to 34:00 - "SA falling behind"

Justin Drennan

Full interview

Justin Drennan is the co-founder of one of South Africa’s early online retail platforms Today Justin runs Parcel Ninja, a fulfilment company that warehouses, picks and packs the products of some of Africa’s leading online retailers. Parcel Ninja raised $2 million last year from a European investment company. In this piece Justin shares some of his biggest business and life lessons; this is a look into the mind of a young titan in the making.

00:00 to 03:32 - “Hard work=Hardwork, not money”
03:33 to 05:56 - “Be Foolish”
05:57 to 09:04 - “Failure in Brazil”
09:05 to 09:41 -  “Going Back to Brazil”
09:42 to 12:27 -  “success attracts success”
12:28 to 16:58 - "Ubuntu in business”