The Good Things Guy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. Brent Lindeque believes there's good news all around us & the 100's of stories he receives every day are his proof. Brent spends his time hunting down & reporting on the best Good News stories from South Africa, and the world. In Good Things Guy, you'll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories!
A look back: Some Good Things in 2020!
2020 has been filled with so much trauma. We've lost loved ones, businesses, incomes, health, faith in our leaders and every ounce of what we used to call normal. COVID-19 - caused by a virus with unprecedented deadliness and voracious contagion - brought the world to a standstill. As we struggle to process the pandemic's rising death toll and reel from its economic impact, we can't move or gather together freely. Our normalcy is gone. Coronavirus anxiety is everywhere. The future is uncertain, and the outlook feels bad.
It's been tough, I know! But I also know that there have been many moments this year that have stood out above the rest and need to be celebrated. So I put a call out on social media for you to send one good thing that happened to you this year and good grief, I have been left completely hopeful and inspired.
All the feels… have a listen here.
Forget about Black Friday - Giving Tuesday is a WAY better global trend!
#GivingTuesdaySA is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesdaySA will take place on Dec 1, 2020 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
And Laura Parker joins Brent Lindeque to tell us why Giving Tuesday matters more now, than ever!
Mandy Wiener and the Whistle Blowers
Mandy Wiener is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors; she’s worked as a multi award-winning reporter with EWN; appeared on all sorts of radio stations and she’s been crowned as The CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year.
Mandy Wiener has also earned a reputation for her work exposing South Africa’s deepest darkest Underworld.
This incredible South African specialises in investigative reporting and legal matters, having extensively covered both the corruption trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the infamous Brett Kebble murder trial.
Mandy Wiener's new book, The Whistle Blowers, shines a light on the plight of this special class of justice-seeker, advocating for changes in legislation, organisational support and social attitudes in order to embolden more potential whistle blowers to find the courage to step up.
And she's joined the Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque (again) to figure out how all of this could possibly be a good thing.
Rozanne McKenzie on life, love and lockdown!
Johannesburg-based news anchor, presenter, MC, actress, voice over artist, wife and mom, Rozanne McKenzie recently started a media company called Rozanne McKenzie Media and is currently producing her first TV show about good things!
The entire show is based around the Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels, which is featured on Breakfast with Martin Bester every Wednesday morning.
"Omgee-engele is a revisit of some of the incredible stories that listeners have heard on Good Morning Angels over the past few years. Presented by Martin and Dianne Broderick, the TV show goes back to the beneficiaries to see how it’s going with them now and how their involvement with Good Morning Angels has changed their lives.
Rozanne joins Brent Lindeque to chat about the show; about being a mom and fighting for body positivity online.
Meet Jo Black - a South African hipster with the biggest heart!
Meet Jo Black… a South African Afrikaans hipster who sings; who stands up at schools to talk about beating bullying and who's found a love for aquariums during lockdown. Oh, he also started a show with Danny Painter! Jo Black has grown to become a household name as far as South Africa is concerned. With his level of impact and influence on many lives in the country, the motivational speaker-cum-singer keeps waxing strong and setting records because of the great things that he's doing.
Listen to his interview with Brent Lindeque here:
Catherine Constantinides opens up about the night she thought was going to die
Catherine Constantinides* is a prominent South African thought leader and environmentalist - focused on climate change, food & water security and waste management. She's a social entrepreneur, social justice activist and human rights defender. The inspirational South African joins Brent Lindeque to talk about her near death experience with COVID-19; fighting climate change and freeing the refugees in the Western Sahara.
*Constantinides established her first business, SA Fusion, a social enterprise, when she was 16. She was involved in the introduction of the Miss Earth concept to South Africa and was crowned the first Miss Earth South Africa in 2003. She currently serves as director of Miss Earth South Africa. Constantinides is the co-founder of Generation Earth, a youth-led environmental organisation. During 2013 Constantinides was the youngest of a group of 20 emerging Africans named as an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow. Constantinides has written for the Huffington Post on climate change politics and the situation in the Western Sahara. She is an outspoken critic of the actions of the Moroccan government in the Western Sahara, describing the territory as the "last remaining colony in Africa". She has spoken of the Western Sahara as an "African state in exile, a cause and people forgotten”. In May 2016 Constantinides was chosen as one of the Mandela Washington Fellows as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative; an initiative of the United States Department of State.