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Alumni and friends of the University of Pretoria (UP) share their stories and leadership lessons on this podcast by the leading contact university in Africa. Prominent UP alumni from across disciplines – from business and law to medicine and the arts – share details about where their journey has taken them after their time at Tuks, and what they’ve learned along the way. LeadUP is a project of the Alumni Relations Office of the University of Pretoria. You can find out more about us or get in ...
 
This is a weekly show where common sense people can get a common sense take on what's happening in the world around them. The host, Casey Thomas, an everyday blue collar worker will speak about real life problems. Are you on the side of the propagandist media or the side of reality. Where will you stand?
 
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Carmen Reddy started her journalism career at TuksFM while studying at the University of Pretoria, and has since worked for the likes of 5FM, Primedia, eNCA, and Newzroom Afrika. She is currently a media consultant. On this episode she speaks to us about: Starting out on campus radio. Taking risks and proving herself in commercial radio. How her id…
 
Dr Anton Meyberg is a specialist physician and pulmonologist, working in clinical medicine as an ICU physician and intensivist at Linksfield Clinic in Johannesburg. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic he faced the disease in wards – and educated the public about it through podcasting and more. On this episode he speaks to us about: Studying in Afrikaa…
 
WeBuyCars was founded by two brothers and quickly became one of the biggest car-buying companies in South Africa. Faan van der Walt, one of the co-founders, has learned a lot about success on this journey of growing and evolving a business. On this episode he speaks to us about: How his childhood fascination with cars turned into a long-term career…
 
Known as ‘Mr Deadline’, Dr Perekeme Mutu moved to South Africa from Nigeria to pursue his studies, and worked multiple jobs – including as a security guard and a car washer – to fund his academic career. His perseverance paid off handsomely when he completed two degrees at the same time, including his Doctor of Philosophy (Law) from UP. He is curre…
 
Yolana Du Plessis-Martin, who is now an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting in New York, was a promising young swimmer at the University of Pretoria’s TuksSport High School and its first Head Girl in 2006. When an injury dashed her Olympic dreams, she had to rethink her ideas of the future. A move abroad later, she graduated cum laude from Vi…
 
We kick off the second season of the podcast, which speaks to University of Pretoria (UP) alumni about their experiences of success, with Nozipho Tshabalala, CEO of The Conversation Strategist. Tshabalala works with big brands globally to help shape their strategies and work. She has been an award-winning journalist and has worked with CNBC Africa …
 
We all know that Russia has invaded Ukraine nut what aren't they telling us? were they public abut the US funded biolabs? what about the deals Biden and hunter made in Ukraine over the years? there's a lot invested there and unsurprisingly there's an investigation that wanted the 3 years of flight logs that dealt with Bidens in Ukraine but its been…
 
This week there's some pretty serious news floating around that hasn't been picked up on much. Obama, Biden, and Clinton were spying on trump before his presidency but what about after? will there be anything to the Duram investigation? can my kids be friends with white people? or how about the anti white campaign called "dear white parents" there …
 
CNN analyst calls for violence against the freedom trucker convoy, kids celebrate the end of a school mask mandate while another school locks a kid in a room for not wearing one in an optional use state, Project Veritas says FBI is investigating inflated covid numbers, a woman finds a naked man in her car, Gov mills calls for spending a whole lot m…
 
Today the recent developments that have been brought to my attention, is the war on drugs over? Former vice president Biden admin spending 30 mill. on safe smoke kits for avid drug users, Maines budget plan to spend 1.8 billion on roads and the likes of 235 bridges the school bus fleet in auburn Maine pulled from duty. the person doing the state in…
 
snowflakes still hate Joe Rogan, ESPN is into world politics now, the death of the legacy media is closer than ever, California substitute teacher screams at child for thin blue line mask and calls him racist, violence is being waged on peaceful protesters while GoFundMe is stealing their money donated by supporters, jackass is back, tok-tok could …
 
welcome to where will you stand in this EP we touch on many topics, RECAP from my terrible audio last instalment. the preg man emoji, a man gets attacked in an elevator by old karens for not wearing a mask, forever chemicals found in Maines soils everywhere, we discover that the world is just a playground for the richest of the rich their own place…
 
Hello, and welcome back have a better listen as I've gotten myself a professional quality mic! this episode starts with a recap of a portion of a historical document followed by a highly opinionated Washington post writers take on the Canadian truckers freedom movement. unstabbed teens are refused entry into their school and site an unjust treatmen…
 
Professor Tawana Kupe is not only Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, but a big fan of the LeadUP Podcast! In this special episode to wrap up this first season of the podcast, Prof Kupe reflects on some of the highlights of our previous interviews with UP alumni, and shares his own experiences of leadership. On this episode…
 
Deepa Sita is the Chief Financial Officer at Tiger Brands, after holding similar roles at the likes of Mondelēz and Makro. She grew up working in a family business that she then took over after her father’s death. She is a qualified chartered accountant and holds an MBA (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Scie…
 
Andries Levi Pretorius is a serial entrepreneur, from selling candy floss as a student to innovating in the real estate industry. He completed his BCom Honours in Finance & Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria while running a leading confectionery business called Willmor Candy Co. He later co-founded an extraordinary property investment g…
 
Dr Coceka Mfundisi is the first woman to receive a Master of Medicine in Neurosurgery degree from the University of Pretoria. She now practices as a specialist neurosurgeon at Busamed Modderfontein private hospital and has interests in neurotrauma, neuro-oncology and spinal surgery. Her notable achievements include being a member of the Golden Lion…
 
Dion Shango started with global professional services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers soon after graduating with a BCom Financial Accounting from the University of Pretoria over two decades ago, and became PwC's Africa CEO in 2019. On this episode he speaks about: How his community of colleagues and women-led family have shaped his success Creating a s…
 
Leandri van der Wat is a Product Development Engineer at L’Oreal International in Paris. She holds a Master’s in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pretoria. In 2013, she finished second in the TV show Masterchef South Africa, and she is the co-author, with her sister, of the cookbook Two’. On this episode she speaks about: How she has gro…
 
Dr Kresen Pillay is a graduate of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, the second oldest veterinary faculty in Africa and the only one of its kind in South Africa. He recently moved to Australia to pioneer a new department as the Manager of Veterinary Services at the Sydney Zoo. Among the many other highlights of his career s…
 
Reverend Charlotte Sibanyoni is the first black woman to be ordained by the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (NG Kerk). She is currently a PhD scholar and lecturer in Hebrew at the University of Pretoria (UP), where she obtained her Masters of Divinity and undergraduate degrees. She is actively involved in the Pretoria community and runs the s…
 
Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida, obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria. She has used her reign to bring awareness to mental health issues, has launched her #MindfulMondays mental health online programme and addressed the United Nations on the subject. Musida has also p…
 
As a Tuks student he moonlighted to pay his bills, and now his team has won a technical Oscar for creating new technology that gets used in making many of our favourite movies and shows. Nicol Verheem is an entrepreneur and innovator who completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering degree at the University of Pretoria, and went o…
 
She became a minister during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has had a passion for social justice since childhood. On this second episode of the LeadUP Podcast, we speak to the Honourable Yvonne Dausab, Minister of Justice of Namibia, who holds a Master of Laws degree, specialising in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, from UP. Dausab is the fo…
 
On our very first episode of the LeadUP Podcast, we speak to a University of Pretoria alumna who is a trailblazer in her field. Taelo Mojapelo has been the CEO of BP Southern Africa since June 2020, making her only the second African woman in the country’s oil and gas industry to head a multinational company. Mojapelo did her MBA at UP’s Gordon Ins…
 
Alumni and friends of the University of Pretoria share their stories and leadership lessons on this podcast developed by the leading contact university in Africa. Keep your eyes and ears open for this brand new podcast launching on 2 August, with new episodes every second Monday. You’ll hear how leaders from the worlds of the arts, business, sport,…
 
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