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!
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:
Surviving COVID-19: 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.
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.
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.
Mark Sham on angry government rants and why happiness matters!
Mark Sham is a passionate entrepreneur who speaks to audiences around the globe about a variety of topics. He's also the founder and CEO of Suits & Sneakers. Mark believes that the internet has fundamentally changed the world and as a result, we can now learn about almost anything, at any time, in any location, and at virtually no cost. This form of learning is called informal education and Mark is passionate about showing the masses how to use this alternative way of learning to hack the value creation system.
Before founding Suits & Sneakers in 2015, Mark was a prolific entrepreneur who founded a host of businesses but ultimately, he realised that he wasn’t cut out for most of them and worked toward building Suits & Sneakers. Brent Lindeque sits down with him to chat about his journey, his big government rant which went viral and why happiness is so important.
A Karoo cowboy, a rock star and a guitar-shaped braai grid
In 2018 Bert Lintvelt, a Klein Karoo cowboy from Ladismith, forged rocker Willim Welsyn a unique birthday gift: a guitar-shaped braai grid. After boasting on social media with his Braaikaaster all of Willim’s fans wanted one. Without consulting Bert, Willim and his sister Zazzie B van Rooyen took 10 orders.
Fed-up with working behind his computer screen, Bert accepted the challenge, stepped-up to the anvil and moved into the garage. After sleepless nights he poured his blood, sweat and tears into sculpting those first 10 mild steel Blitzkriek Braaikaasters. And so it began. Willim joins Brent in the latest Good Things Guy podcast to talk about the story behind this incredible braai grid - and his lofty dreams for the team.
We, the People, can turn it around - & Brent’s inspired
Hugh Masekela’s Thuma Mina (Send Me) – the People’s Version was released on Friday in honour of Heritage month. Thuma Mina is a call to the people of South Africa to stand up collectively for change.
In the song, Hugh Masekela pens the lyrics “I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around”, which rings true to the very first words in South Africa’s Constitution, “We, the People”.
The people of South Africa are facing tremendous challenges in the face of COVID-19, such as severe poverty, a compromised economy, lack of access to healthcare and education, corruption and gender-based violence. Together, with a little help from some friends, Constitution Hill in partnership with the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, have joined forces to produce a collaborative re-working: The People's Version – of the late, great Masekela’s anthemic Thuma Mina. The People’s Version strives to mobilise the citizens of South Africa into action, in support and empowerment of one another.
“It is not the size of the problems we must take into account, but rather our will, the people’s will, to create and manifest solutions, and our preparedness to scale those solutions across our diverse South African communities,” says Dawn Robertson, CEO of Constitution Hill.
Dawn and Mabusha Masekela - of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, join Brent to talk about the song; about South Africa and about ConHill.
Nathan Ro on lockdown creativity, cocktails & being proudly South African
Nathan Ro bounced onto the music scene as a contestant on Project Fame. His laid back, acoustic beach boy style won him many fans on the show in which he placed second. Ro then formed the mischievous, electro-rock band Lonehill Estate which toured Europe and the US with hit singles such as Daans, Technoband and Look Good. In a drastic turn
of genre, Nathan Ro teamed up with Graeme Watkins and Loyiso Bala to form the swinging super-group Swing City. Ro's most recent release was a colab with The Kiffness called Wiggle A Bit which blew up in February this year. Now, Nathan Ro has released a new solo album entitled African Grey which takes him all the way back to his "beachsand and cocktails" style that started it all. The album is a collection of songs about South African cities with 60's influences being poured over a fun splash of acoustic folk. He joins Brent on today's Good Things Guy podcast.
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