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Ayanda was born in Durban in a township called KwaMashu. She grew up with her mother, grandparents, brothers and lots of cousins. She is the 2nd generation of the famous Nokwe family. Ayanda’s career started when she was 12 years old. Her talent and dedication landed her international roles.
She did the voice over of young Simba in “The Lion King” (Zulu version); sung jingles for Fredd Woods; acted in the “Sarafina” movie as Sarafina’s young sister; sang and toured with Mango Groove to Portugal and Cape Town with her mom who has been backing vocalists for the band all her life; toured with Tu Nokwe and her band to Wales, Uganda and South Africa as a backing vocalist and dancer. Ayanda was also feautured in a compilation album called “Rights Africa” as new talent- she recorded 2 tracks written by John Layden from Mango Groove. Her greatest breakthrough as a young developing artist was when she recorded with other respected artists and musicians the theme song of e-T.V.
If you want to find Ayanda, you will most definitely find her engaged in Social responsible programs and community voluntary work which she does with other students from an arts school called “Amajika Youth and Children Arts”. Amajika is a school that was founded by Ayanda’s family in the hope to target youth who have been disturbed during the uprisings of June 16, 1976. The aim of this arts school is to support young children and youth to break free in a positive way and use their talents productively and responsibly. Ayanda grew up in this school, starting of as a student, to choreographer, to co-ordinator and now training as Artistic director and Human Resources manager. Amajika taught Ayanda to ground herself spiritually and take each day as it comes as a new, much positive beginning. She toured with Amajika to Italy and U.S.A to represent the Zulu Culture through dance, music and poetry.
Ayanda recently shook South African fans and media as a controversial, intelligent and fascinating contestant in the program “IDOLS” and made it to the top 6 out of over 8000 applications.
Ayanda believes that assertiveness, seeking knowledge and wisdom from family and advisors is what made her who she is. “Being assertive doesn’t mean being arrogant. You
Must know who you are and what you are for. That makes you an assertive person.
When tings get hectic and chaotic, go in and calm down. But the ultimate is to STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF!”
Each of us will confront our own personal Everest, it might not be 8 850m of snow but it will tax us like never before. It will test our very being and question everything we have ever known. How we react will ultimately determine our future. We can succumb and let our fears get the better of us, or we can rise to the challenge and become the people we are destined to be.
At 25 years of age, motivational speaker and mountaineer Alex Harris, became the youngest person ever to lead an expedition to Mount Everest. Later in his climbing career, he became the first South African to climb on all seven continents when he led an expedition to climb Antarctica’s highest mountain. Alex uses his 13 years of experience as a mountaineer and expedition leader to give us insight into how we can overcome our personal challenges.
Does your vision challenge you? Do you lie awake at night wondering whether you’ll ever be able to pull it off? Are you prepared to work with others towards a common goal? Alex confronts these challenging questions head on in his motivational talks and workshops, designed to assist you to realise your greatest potential.
We all find ourselves in a hole so dark and deep that we haven’t got a clue how to get out. But it’s how we act in these troughs that determines how high our peaks can be.
Anthony Morris is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and corporate coach to top South African companies. He has an expanding international client base, which he has developed though his more than ten years of working in over 600 companies. Anthony has the systems, ideas and experience that change organisations. He focuses on the How instead of the What and presents practical, workable strategies and solutions that bring immediate bottom-line changes to companies.
Anthony heads a consortium of top international business coaches who work on the Master Mind programme, delivering powerful customised workshops on transformation, globalisation, motivation and change. The programme is currently in its 5th year. Anthony is available for conferences, sales rallies, product launches, client appreciation functions and as a Master of Ceremonies. His topics Include Motivation, Sizzling sales ideas, Innovative leadership, Personal promotion, Time and activity management, Prospecting techniques and Customer service.
Anthony addressed the 1999 Million-Dollar Round Table – the world’s top financial services conference in New Orleans, USA and his recent presentation at the UK Institute of Sales and Marketing Management drew tremendous acclaim. His client list includes Liberty Life, Sanlam, Coca-Cola, Sun International, Nashua, Ernst & Young, Nampak, Southern Life and Nedbank.
BASETSANA JULIA KHUMALO nee MAKGALEMELE
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOLLOWED WHEN SHE WAS CROWNED MISS SOUTH AFRICA IN 1994 AND IN THE SAME YEAR ALSO BECAME THE FIRST RUNNER UP IN THE MISS WORLD PAGEANT.
THE YEAR 1994 STILL PROVED TO BE REMARKABLE FOR “BASSIE”. SHE RECEIVED AN HONORARY SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA-DR NELSON MANDELA TO PURSUE HER STUDIES OVERSEAS AND DURING HER REIGN AS MISS S.A, SHE WAS APPROACHED BY WELL KNOWN MAGAZINE PROGRAMME, TOP BILLING TO BE ONE OF THEIR FEMALE ANCHOR PRESENTER, THE SHOW FOCUSES ON FASHION, TRAVEL, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, MOVIES AND MUSIC.
DURING THE SAME YEAR SHE WAS APPOINTED AS BEAUTY EDITOR OF DRUM MAGAZINE.
BASSIE STARTED HER OWN TELEVISION PRODUCTION COMPANY, TSWELOPELE PRODUCTIONS TOGETHER WITH A PARTNER, PATIENCE STEVENS WHICH HAS MERGED WITH UNION ALLIANCE MEDIA AND LISTED UNDER REDEVELOPMENT ON THE JOHANNESBURG STOCK EXCHANGE, MAKING HER ONE OF THE YOUNGEST BLACK WOMAN DIRECTORS TO BE PART OF THE MAINSTREAM OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY.
IN 1996 SHE STARTED ON A HIGH NOTE WHEN SHE WAS INVITED TO HOST THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW SABC (SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION) WITH SOME INTERNATIONAL STARS (INCL. BLAIR UNDERWOOD OF L.A LAW AND MALCOLM JAMAL WARNER OF THE COSBY SHOW FAME), SHE ALSO HOSTED THE ” KORA ALL AFRICA” MUSIC AWARDS ( THE EQUIVALENT OF THE GRAMMY’S IN AMERICA), WHICH WAS BROADCAST LIVE TO OVER HALF A BILLION PEOPLE ACROSS AFRICA AND EUROPE, FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS.
SHE HAS HAD THE HONOUR AS WELL TO PRESENT THE BIGGEST AWARDS IN THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY “THE LOERIES”, FOR TWO YEARS IN SUCCESSION.
SHE HAS SINCE BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD BY SHOPRITE/CHECKERS/SABC 3 IN THE CATEGORY MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION.
BASETSANA WENT ON TO LAUNCH HER OWN CLOTHING RANGE UNDER THE LABEL “STATURE LADIESWEAR BY BASSIE”, WHICH IS DISTRIBUTED BY ACKERMANS DEPARTMENT STORES ACROSS 240 OUTLETS THROUGHOUT SUB SAHARAN AFRICA.THIS PROVED TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS.
IN HER TELEVISION CAREER SHE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW THE LIKES OF NELSON MANDELA,MICHAEL JACKSON, GLORIA ESTEFAN, ELIZABETH HURLEY,THE BEE GEES, THE BACKSTREET BOYS, BOYZONE, STING, SAMUEL L JACKSON, SOL KERZNER, NAOMI CAMPBELL,RICHARD BRANSON AMONGST OTHERS.
HER HOBBIES INCLUDE TRAVEL AND GOLF. SHE IS ALSO A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.
Bruce Fordyce’s has been a super achiever since his early school days, where he excelled on the sports field and was popular amongst his peers. He has held and continues to hold key positions in top sports organisations around the country. Bruce was part of the Johannesburg Olympic Bidding Committee, is a partner in De Vries Fordyce International, CEO of the South African Sports Trust and a powerful voice for many South African charities.
He is author of the best selling book Comrades; How to Run the Comrades and Bruce Fordyce – The Athlete. Bruce was a columnist for The Rand Daily Mail, The Star and currently for The Sunday Independent. He is considered the world’s greatest ultra-marathon runner. Bruce won the Comrades nine times, during breaking several Comrades records. He is also the world record-holder for 50 miles, which he set in 1983 during the London-Brighton marathon. He holds the U.S. 50 mile All Comers record.
Bruce has attained full South African Colours for Road Running and has won numerous awards for his running and book writing.
He is a highly sought after motivational speaker and product endorser.
As a speaker Chris Moerdyk addresses corporate clients on Customer Care; Communication in Business; Public Relations, Media Liaison and other consumer related subjects. He has consulted on all aspects of marketing, PR and advertising. Chris started out as a newspaper journalist and today is the National Marketing Editor of Independent Newspapers Ltd. He edits the media and marketing pages for the Saturday Star, Pretoria News and the Cape Argus. Chris is Business Strategy Editor and columnist for the Sunday Independent, the Star Tonight and Media Columnist for advantage Magazine. He presents a weekly advertising show on Radio 702 with Jenny Crwys-Williams and the People of Note show for Classic FM.
For 5 years Chris was General Manager of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning for BMW South Africa. Chris has received numerous awards for consumer Journalism and a South African Consumer Council Journalism Award. His debut television series, The Power of Persuasion ran for 13 weeks on SABC 1 and the new series ran on SABC 3. Chris has broadcast the weekly “Advertising Spot” on Radio 5.
DR. DAVID MOLAPO
Dr David Molapo is a foremost Management Consultant, Educationalist and renowned Motivational Speaker. His combination of humour, incredible stage presence and personal life experiences give him the unique ability to mesmerise any audience and infuse them with his message of hope. Through his public appearances, stints in the media and books, David is able to effectively motivate, inspire and guide over a million people in South Africa each year, providing them with the confidence and tools to change their lives and those of the people around them. At the age of thirteen, David was imprisoned for political activities and that was where he started the amazing process of changing his life that led him to be the successful businessman, leader, husband and father he is today. David believes that “We are no longer prisoners of our past, but we are pioneers of our future”
In addition to being one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country, David holds two of South Africa’s most prestigious awards, the Young Achiever of the Year – South Africa Award and Four Outstanding South African’s Awards (FOYSA). In August 1994 he was a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World, and he has been listed in the Who’s Who in South Africa from 1995 to date. In July l999, David was awarded the prestigious PMR Silver Arrow Award for Best in Motivational, Incentive & Business Consulting. He is a Non-Executive Director of Dimension Data SA, Chairman of Katanga Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Excellerate – a JSE listed company, Founder and President of I CAN Foundation and Chairman of the SAA Transformation Commission. David is Chairman of Promise Keepers SA – a Ministry to men, encouraging them to become men of integrity.
David speaks on many subjects, including, Quality Management, Communication, Entrepreneurial Skills, Team Building, Leadership, Affirmative Action and Accepting Change.
He is the author of the books “Selected Evaluation Instrument Adopted for Higher Education Administration”, “Growing Up Spiritually”, “The 10 Exciting Keys to Success” and “If You Are Not Growing, You Are Dying”. Invite David to change your life….
DR. JOHN TIBANE
Dr. John Tibane is a leadership consultant, health consultant and professional speaker and trainer. His seven years of medical study gave him knowledge about life and science, his seven years of medical practice gave him understanding of people and his studies in business management and consulting gave him wisdom. He uses all three qualities during his motivational and leadership presentations.
John Tibane holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery as well as a diploma in business management and executive development. His mission in life is to identify, inspire and increase leadership excellence in people through meaningful relationships, education and training. His core message is that we are all bestowed with the potential to become the people we were born to become and to be leaders in our purpose.
His areas of specialisation in speaking and training are Motivation, Success and Leadership. Some of the presentation titles you will find at John Tibane’s workshops include True Dreams Do Come True, Just Do It, Because You Can, The Power Of Self Motivation, Developing The Leader Within You, Millennium Leadership Excellence, Swimming With The Sharks In the New South Africa, Transforming Followers Into Leaders and From Chief Executive Officer to Catalyst Empowering Others.
As a popular speaker Harald Pakendorf is one of South Africa’s leading commentators on current events. He is a favourite for conferences and seminars at which his range of topics include Mbeki’s South Africa, Socio / Political Overview, South Africa Today and Behind the Front Page.
As a political insider Harald’s insight and predictions on global, national and local issues are all the more valuable as he analyses the future with a thought-provoking and entertaining approach. His finger is on the pulse of public opinion and political development across the country and around the world.
Harald has spent more than 30 years in journalism as a political reporter. He is a talented and informative speaker whose rare gift is for taking volatile and weighty subjects and bringing them to life in any audience.
Whether you want to enhance the presentation skills of your staff of your frontline staff, increase the success rate of your sales team or just turbo-charge your people power, Justin Cohen can help you do it!
Author of the book “Invest Your Self”, Justin has an honours degree in psychology and is also an actor, writer and director in television and theatre. His motivational performances, workshops, tailor made corporate theatre productions and videos use loads of drama and humour to provide “the ultimate in staff-enhancement”.
“I feel more positive about work; really added value. Thank you for that inspiration again!” – Edgars Red Square.
“Definitely one of the most entertaining and educational presentations I’ve ever seen… the audience were hanging on to every word.” – Suzanne Burgess, Director, Admail.
“Ever since Justin did his presentation I’ve been quoting his stuff non-stop. It’s not just a once off session that revs you up for five minutes; it’s got real lasting substance” – Darnell Joubert, Retail Director, Platinum Holdings.
“I particularly enjoyed the presentation: it was both entertaining and the message poignant. The audience reaction, I believe, demonstrates my observations.” – Edwin Letty, CEO, PPS.
“Your message will be remembered long after the presentation. I will highly recommend this programme to my work associates.” – Iona Minton, Director, Financial Fitness.
As an astronomer and motivational speaker, David Block has addressed audiences around the world, encouraging them to “always look up, and never give up.” At the age of 19 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London and has been featured on BBC television. He is professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand and holds a Master’s degree in Relativistic Astrophysics and a PhD in Astronomy.
His audio-visual presentation The Power of Vision can be tailor-made for any conference or company. It is a visual and intellectual feast that takes analogies from the cosmos such as How to Thrive on Chaos, Light is Never Intimidated and Stars are Stars Whether Big or Small, applying these themes to everyday life.
Professor Block is author of Starwatch and Our Universe: Accident or Design? He has a regular slot on Radio 702 Cape Talk and has been a guest on radio and television nationally and internationally. His research has been published in many science journals.
[He] combines principles of astronomy with principles of management…. each one of us is born to shine like the single humble star which can still stand out within a galaxy of hundreds of millions of stars…many of us go through life looking down at the ground rather than looking up and following the example of the stars. Clem Sunter of David Block
Rob was born and raised in Natal and studied Agriculture at University in Pietermaritzburg. After University he worked in Botswana as a photographic safari guide, and assisted with wildlife documentaries in the Okavango Delta.
After 3 years in Botswana, Rob was a member of the Afrika Odyssey Expedition led by Kingsley Holgate, traversing Africa from Cape Town to Cairo in 1993. Rob was the official photographer on this expedition. After this remarkable trip along the waterways of Africa, he travelled and backpacked extensively abroad for 4 years.
Rob grew up speaking English and Zulu and served with Zulu troops during his National Service. Always interested in Zulu history, he joined David and Nicky Rattray at Fugitives’ Drift in April 2001. Having understudied David Rattray, his mentor and great friend, for 6 years, Rob is now the principal lecturer at Fugitives’ Drift. Reconciliation forms a central theme in these lectures, along with many important lessons that can be leant from the dramas of the Zulu War (1879).
Rob has lectured extensively in the UK and South Africa. He strives to present accounts in a balanced fashion with great passion and enthusiasm. His flagship lectures concern Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, but presentations are often expanded to include lessons on discipline, leadership, passion, humanity, uses of resources amongst others.
Rob is a keen photographer and was intimately involved in the photography and field research required in producing David Rattray’s marvellous book “A Soldier-Artist in Zululand”.
Confident with people, he loves the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imaginations, and transporting them via the power of a story well told.
Rob lives with Karen at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge.
DARE TO WIN : MOTIVATIONAL TALK
If you haven’t heard “Discover Your Magic”, you HAVE to book “Dare To Win”.
Become a winner in today’s competitive corporate environment, coupled with topics such as Desire, Honesty, Vision, Sacrifice, Action and Discipline, and you have a WINNING FORMULA.
Personal experience and practical life skills are conveyed in his unique, energetic and inspiring style. As one of the most sought after speakers and entertainers on the international circuit, this global adventurer became a winner in his own right.
Having just been booked in England and Germany, he is back with rave reviews.
AIDS AWARENESS SHOW/TALK
Extensive work in the corporate environment has resulted in many companies approaching Wolfgang to develop an AIDS AWARENESS presentation. In a light hearted, informative and tasteful manner this unique talk bridges the gap between all barriers.
Learn while you laugh is the best medicine, and coupled with many visual illusions will put your next safety meeting/conference or your staff, light years ahead of others in their educational field.
IN MEMORY OF BUSI MHLONGO
Singer, dancer and composer Busi Mhlongo’s traditional upbringing in KwaZulu Natal forms the foundation for her diverse music style whose basis is strongly Zulu and incorporates elements of mbaqanga, maskanda, marabi, jazz, funk, Rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African rhythms.
The message that comes across in Busi’s music concerns the need to empower and unite people from different cultural outlooks. She sings in Zulu and English with an accompanying stage performance of international standard and appeal.
Urban Zulu, Busi’s debut album, was released by Melt 2000 and produced by Will Mowatt. Busi fuses her unique singing style on the album with the groove-oriented maskanda and by so doing, introduces a new slant on Zulu music.
Busi worked on Urban Zulu with musicians from Kwazulu Natal and because of her high status within Zulu culture, she was allowed to make use the King’s singers.
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