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The Tefo Mohapi Show brings you conversations with interesting people from across the world who have famously or infamously made an impact on the world. Expect unique and interesting insights into some of the people that make our world tick. We will together explore the views of my guests regarding the state of the world currently, the impact of digital technology on culture and how the world works, and what they think needs to be done to make our world better, or at minimum, how we can all get along better and do better.

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The Tefo Mohapi Show brings you conversations with interesting people from across the world who have famously or infamously made an impact on the world. Expect unique and interesting insights into some of the people that make our world tick. We will together explore the views of my guests regarding the state of the world currently, the impact of digital technology on culture and how the world works, and what they think needs to be done to make our world better, or at minimum, how we can all get along better and do better.

    Terry Virts on life space

    Terry Virts on life space

    In recent decades the topic of humans living in space has slowly become a possibility. With the advent of the International Space Station and various countries looking to explore Mars, other organizations talking about commercial space travel, it is an exciting time to be alive.

    However, for many of us visiting space in our life might be a longshot given the costs that are associated with it. However, it doesn't hurt to sometimes wonder and explore what living in space would be like.

    Things like: given that there is no gravity, how does one move around and do simple tasks like eating that we don’t even think twice about while on Earth. Also, what do you see once you leave the Earth’s atmosphere?

    That's why for this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show we are joined by Terry Virts, a retired NASA astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.

    Terry not only spent hundreds of days in space aboard the International Space Station doing spacewalks among many other activities, but he is also arguably one of the most prolific photographers of space. So much so that he has an amazing IMAX documentary on space.

    Terry continues to do some work that is important for the human species including a project he is involved in Africa. He shares more about that in this episode as well.

    • 30 min
    Oby Ezekwesili on corruption and politics

    Oby Ezekwesili on corruption and politics

    Corruption, despite it being one of the frequently occurring topics discussed across the continent, is not unique to Africa. Also, it did not originate in Africa. However, its effects, especially when it comes to the misuse of public funds, is more pronounced on the continent given how it robs citizens from having functional infrastructure and public services.

    Given corruption's negative effects on public service delivery, is it something we can completely stop?

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, I have an in-depth discussion with Oby Ezekwesili on to help us understand the origins of corruption in Africa, the incentives that exist to help it spread, and some ways we can curb it. Mama Ezekwesili also shares some thoughts on how we can fix politics.

    • 42 min
    Kamal Moukheiber talks about building an African cigar brand

    Kamal Moukheiber talks about building an African cigar brand

    Africa produces a lot of tobacco annually. Across the continent, you will find tobacco farms that produce and mostly export their leaves outside the continent to cigarette and cigar makers across the world. More interestingly, one of the finest tobacco leaves grown in Cameroon is responsible for making (a wrapper) some of the world's finest cigars, yet, Africa for a long time never had a cigar brand or maker.

    Kamal Moukheiber, the founder of Mozambique based Bongani Cigars, also realized this and started researching and building an African cigar brand. Not only an African cigar brand but one that is made in Mozambique.

    Kamal shares some insights into what it takes to go from farming tobacco to having a cigar. As well as the patience, tenacity, and skill required to start a cigar brand.

    • 39 min
    Isaac Mophatlane talks about government accountability, the ICT sector, and tech startups

    Isaac Mophatlane talks about government accountability, the ICT sector, and tech startups

    At 47 years old, Isaac Mophatlane is easily a veteran in South Africa's ICT sector and the broader ICT sector across Africa. It is not because of his age but rather his experience in the industry that qualifies him as such.

    From starting, together with his late twin brother Benjamin Mophatlane, as consumer and small business software salespeople at a retail software store in the mid-to-late 1990s in Pretoria, right up to selling a company he co-founded with his brother, BCX (formerly Business Connexion), for approximately $200 million to Telkom, he been in the trenches.

    In this episode, Isaac shares how his journey is continuing as an investor into ICT companies, his thoughts on governance in South Africa, and more.

    • 51 min
    Thebe Ikalafeng discusses personal branding, narratives, and Africa as a brand

    Thebe Ikalafeng discusses personal branding, narratives, and Africa as a brand

    By default, when one thinks of Thebe Ikalafeng thoughts of his passion for Africa, marketing, and being an experienced and professional brand strategist come to mind. This is not only by default, but it is also by design.

    In this episode Thebe joins Tefo to unpack what personal branding is about, especially explaining that it doesn't necessarily mean not being yourself. He further explores how we can continue to tell our stories as Africans.

    Thebe also explores the topic of marketing Africa as one brand.

    • 28 min
    Alexandre Lazarow on how to build a startup to survive tough times

    Alexandre Lazarow on how to build a startup to survive tough times

    Even before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic happened, the world was already experiencing an economic slowdown. In South Africa for example, many big corporations were already laying off thousands of their staff.

    Interestingly, technology companies, although some were experiencing some downturn in fortunes, weren't exactly the worst affected. But, how does one ensure that their startup can survive tough times?

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show Alexandre Lazarow, a Venture Capitalist, Adjunct Professor, and Author argues that startups should focus more on becoming camels (to survive tough times) rather than unicorns. Alex also shares other thoughts on how tech startups should handle other functions such as recruitment, raising money, and more.

    • 39 min

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