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I am a storyteller and I love getting inspiring people to share their stories with me. I focus on the positive and encourage my guests to share their journeys with me.

Watts Involved David Watts

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I am a storyteller and I love getting inspiring people to share their stories with me. I focus on the positive and encourage my guests to share their journeys with me.

    Episode 198 | Phakamisa Ndzamela | Author, financial journalist, scholar, and a bit of a Historian

    Episode 198 | Phakamisa Ndzamela | Author, financial journalist, scholar, and a bit of a Historian

    In this episode, I chat with Phakamisa about his latest book entitled Native Merchants The Building Of The Black Business Class In South Africa.  This is a fantastic book and has a look at history not many of us are aware of.


     


    Dispossession of fertile, mineral-rich land is correctly repeated as the root cause of the economic precarity of Black people in South Africa.
    Colonial wars are rightly foregrounded but in a way that frames black people as having existed outside of the organised enterprise.

    This book builds and adds dimension to the picture of black people’s economic participation, taking the narrative from pre-colonial mining and spanning the colonial and apartheid periods, detailing tactics of economic exclusion.


    http://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780624091592


     


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    • 39 min
    Episode 197 | Allen Ambor | Business man, entrepreneur, author, yoga instructor wit A Taste For Life

    Episode 197 | Allen Ambor | Business man, entrepreneur, author, yoga instructor wit A Taste For Life

    In this episode, I chat with Allen about his younger days and his roller coaster journey through life as he starts the restaurant chain we all know and love.


    So join  Allen Ambor on a rock ’n’ roll ride through the restaurant business and pioneering days of franchising in South Africa. Allen's exuberance for life and exacting management style shines through on every page of this memoir of a man who went from being a hippy waiter to opening the first Spur in 1967 and growing it into an empire that included more than 500 franchises under the Spur, Panarottis, John Dory’s and RocoMamas brands.


     


    And he now teaches Yoga how cool is that?


     


    https://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780624087236


     


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    • 41 min
    Episode 196 | Prof Wahbie Long | Author, Psychologist, Thinker

    Episode 196 | Prof Wahbie Long | Author, Psychologist, Thinker

    On this episode I chat with Wahbie about his latest book Nation On The Couch, this is a fascinating interview as we discuss the psychology of South Africa.


    About Wahbie:


    Wahbie Long, PhD, is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology at UCT. He is a Mandela Mellon Fellow of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, a member of the American Psychological Associations Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, and the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Award of the Society for the History of Psychology (Division 26 of the APA). Wahbies general research interests include history, theory and indigenization of psychology. His current work focuses on the field of African psychology, in which he attempts to replace cultural questions with an analysis of the interpersonal, institutional and structural violence that pervades life in South Africa.


    http://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9781990973307


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    • 44 min
    Episode 195 | Marc-Gregory | Visual Artist, ,Photographer, Storyteller

    Episode 195 | Marc-Gregory | Visual Artist, ,Photographer, Storyteller

    On this episode I chat with Marc about an incredible project and book that he has release called In Good Company.


     


    About Marc:


    I am a visual artist, storyteller and portrait photographer, working with brands and leaders  to create standout imagery.


    Our creative agency specialises in conceptualization, photography and digital art to  both local and international clients. 


    Look out for the  In Good Company book, a  celebration of South African culture and features 32 greats including Thuli Madonsela, Pearl Thusi,  Siba Mtongana, Vusi Thembekwayo, J'Something, and Maps Maponyane.


    When I’m not working I love to travel, and have photographed in the deep recesses of India, the favelas of South America, the peaks of Kilimanjaro and the Gorillas of Uganda. My photos have appeared on the cover of The Sunday Times Travel and Huffington Post.


     


    https://www.marc-gregory.com/InGoodCompany


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    • 35 min
    Episode 194 | Johan Fourie | Our Long Walk To Economic Freedom

    Episode 194 | Johan Fourie | Our Long Walk To Economic Freedom

    On this episode I chat with Johan about his latest book Our Long Walk To Economic Freedom.  It must be said that economics scare me and I have never really been able to grasp the various aspects of economics.  So when I came across Johan's I was a little hesitant to read it. Boy am I glad I did, Johan uses catchy chapter titles and explains things in an easily digestible manner.  Well worth a read.


    How did Einstein help create Eskom? Why can an Indonesian volcano explain the Great Trek? What do King Zwelithini and Charlemagne have in common?


    These are some of the questions Johan Fourie explores in this entertaining, accessible economic history spanning everything from the human migration out of Africa 100 000 years ago to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom is an engaging guide to complex debates about the roots and reasons for prosperity, the march of opportunity versus the crushing boot of exploitation, and why the builders of societies – rather than the burglars ­– ultimately win out.


    Johan Fourie is Professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University. He is a founding member of the African Economic History Network and president of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa. He has published award-winning peer-reviewed articles and is a regular columnist for local newspapers. His passion is to equip the next generation of African scholars with the skills to benefit from the data revolution. Find more of his work at johanfourie.com.  


    https://www.johanfourie.com/ourlongwalk/


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    • 39 min
    Episode 193 | Ralph Mathekga | The ANC‘s Last Decade

    Episode 193 | Ralph Mathekga | The ANC‘s Last Decade

    On this episode I talk with Ralph about his latest book The ANC's Last Decade. Ralph is an incredibly humble man with a keen political eye in his book he talks about the decline of the ANC and how it could potentially transform South Africa


    Ralph Mathekga is one of SA’s leading political analysts. He taught politics at the University of the Western Cape and worked as a senior policy analyst at National Treasury. He is often quoted by local and international media and comments regularly on TV and radio. Ralph is the author of the bestseller "When Zuma Goes" and holds a PhD in politics.


    https://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780624092032


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    • 40 min

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