Expedition Business

Expedition Business

Expedition Business shares the highs & lows of our inspirational South African Entrepreneurs’ and what they do to keep the flame of business adventure burning. We believe that every South African Entrepreneur has the power to change the world for good. We believe in the positive impact of South African Entrepreneurship on the environment, society, and on ourselves. We believe that it is possible to get more South African Entrepreneurs to their own mountain tops. More info: www.expeditionbusiness.co.za | yes@addventures.co.za Your host: Christél Rosslee-Venter Headline Sponsor: addVENTURES Business Club *More sponsorship packages are available.*


June 26, 2024 54 mins

Yoke van Dam is known as the Kintsugi Queen™ for her ability to join, repair, and transform teams into collaborative, committed, and cohesive units. As a qualified behavioral change coach with extensive experience, she has helped over 2,000 team members, providing 2,300+ hours of training and 350+ coaching hours.

Yoke's approach is based on the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which involves repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted o...

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Rayana Edwards is the founder of Sari for Change, an organization that collects old saris and empowers unemployed and uneducated South African women with the skills to open their own businesses in the fashion industry.

Through her efforts with Sari for Change, Rayana is making a significant impact on women's lives by providing them with opportunities for socio-economic transformation.

On the Award side, the list keeps on getting lo...

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April 19, 2024 58 mins

Sue Gajathar wants to change the world one meal at a time!!  And by the looks of it, she is making serious progress.  

Have you ever considered starting your own restaurant or frozen food brand?  Then you cannot miss out on this episode!

Three years ago Sue Gajathar embarked on a journey to try the global initiative Veganuary, which is a month dedicated to going vegan. It is at that point that my life changed.

Growing up in a small...

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Claudia Castellanos is the co-founder and CEO of Black Mamba Foods, a fair trade producer from Eswatini (Southern Africa) that manufactures and distributes specialty food products that are good for the planet and good for the rural communities they work with. 

The company's range includes chilli sauces, pestos, chutneys, and jams, all made with organically grown ingredients and no added nonsense. Through its partnership with the lo...

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Rael Levitt has been the Golden Boy of the Auctioneering industry in South Africa, but this all changed at the fateful Quin Rock Auction on 10 December 2011.  His entire legacy fell to pieces.

But this is not where the story ends.

A couple of marathons, two International Masters' Degrees, and just over a decade later Rael has managed to reinvent himself.  Bigger & better.  In fact, he has aced the reinvention so well, that dese...

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Tiffany Markman is a highly accomplished professional with nearly 20 years of experience as a freelance copywriter, writing skills trainer, and international speaker.

She is known for her wide-ranging expertise, diverse experience working with both local and global clients, and an excellent industry reputation.

Tiffany is passionate about teaching and empowering others, whether it's helping someone craft a brilliant email subject l...

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Franchising is alive and well and Anita du Toit, founder of Franchise Fundi is ready to help our South African entrepreneurs scale their business to heights previously unimaginable.

She has more than 26 years of franchise consulting experience across the telecommunications, automotive, restaurant, and retail industries. During her years in the industry, she has served on amongst others, the council of the Franchise Association of S...

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February 21, 2024 61 mins

"So it's creating a purposeful time for self and being selfish. Selfish being self first. Because if I'm not looking after myself, then there's nothing left for anybody else around me, my clients, my networks, the people, my community, the wife."

Tim Wagner is a former burnt-out executive now turned Breathwork Alchemist.

He now specialises in breaking business professionals and teams out of the stress cycle using breath to create t...

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Hamilton Wende is an author, journalist and TV producer.  He has worked all over the world, covering historical events and some 17 different wars and conflicts. He is the winner of a 2022 National Press Club's Journalist of the Year award and a 2023 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award.

He has worked for a number of international networks including BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera.  He is the author of 9 books.  House of War, Only the D...

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When it comes to inspiring entrepreneurs in South Africa, Heidi Muller, has taken this challenge to a whole new adventure.  An adventure race to be exact.  And she is not going to settle for runner-up!


As CEO of the Adventure Racing World Series (AR World Series), Heidi Muller has expanded this global series of Adventure Racing events by building relationships, sharing her knowledge and experience, mentoring race directors, and i...

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Fred Richardson is a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse and rich background. His journey began in the realm of IT, where he was deeply involved in startups during the mid-90s and the early part of the 2000s. With a career spanning over 30 years in the IT sector, Fred has demonstrated a keen ability for innovation and a flair for pioneering new ventures.

His entrepreneurial spirit eventually led him to the world of running, where ...

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November 30, 2023 55 mins

Expedition Business brings you the highs & lows of our inspiring South African Entrepreneurs and how they manage to keep the flame of business adventure burning. 

Ian Fuhr is the living definition of a serial entrepreneur in South Africa.

His working career is lined with a number of entrepreneurial start-up businesses, which include:

  • His retail chain Super Mart was sold to Edcon in 2003 and was rebranded to Jet Mart.
  • His re...
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"It's a mountain and we've got to climb it, or we go down the mountain and walk away and switch the lights off.  But this country's too beautiful and the people are too precious to walk away."

These are the inspiring words of Wayne Duvenage, at the helm of the OUTA challenge to slow down corruption in South Africa to manageable portions.  

Christél Rosslee-Venter had the privilege of talking to Wayne about the matters of his heart....

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South African Entrepreneurs come in many shapes and sizes, and you definitely do not have to sit behind a desk to run your business competition into the sea.

Brothers Mark & John Collins, co-founders of the most sought-after trail running event in South Africa, the Otter Run, have perfected the marriage between adrenaline and entrepreneurship and made it cooler than the Matric boy sitting at the back of the bus.

Expedition Busi...

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October 18, 2023 80 mins

Survivor SA's Shona Macdonald, is a dynamic South African Entrepreneur and the founder of Thursdays Lingerie & Swimwear who brings sexy underwear to Big Boobed women!   

With her extensive experience in the South African fashion industry and her appearance on popular shows like Survivor South Africa and Shark Tank, Shona has established herself as a resilient and adventurous entrepreneur. 

Her brand, Thursdays, mirrors her exub...

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In 2015, Simone launched Musgrave Gin, South Africa’s first craft gin.

The idea was first conceptualized while on a trendspotting trip to the UK, after noticing the craft trend shifting between categories with gin making the biggest impact.

Consumers are always looking for a story in their product. They want a drinking experience and ingredients with which they can both relate and be playful.

The rise in female entrepreneurs is a w...

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A South African Entrepreneur's Success Story despite Stage 4 Cancer!

When Regorapetse Serote found out she had cancer, she was devastated. 

And that was the good news.  She soon found out her Stage 3 cancer had spread to Stage 4 cancer and she was 3 months pregnant!! Most entrepreneurs pack up and go home after the slightest hump in the road.

Regorapetse started a business when she was at the top of the Everest of challenges!!  If...

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A South African Entrepreneur Success Story born from a passion for equality

Sebastian Daniels has more than ten years of experience in developing businesses in informal (township and rural) South African markets.

He is the CEO and founder of Ground Culture, a company that works to connect businesses from the informal market to the formal sector.


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Paul Smith is a serial entrepreneur and writer. He has founded several companies in various industries, from boat manufacturing to innovation consulting. He currently runs Civitas, a private network for high-growth businesses in South Africa. He has a BCom from Rhodes University and a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Pretoria.

We spoke to Paul about:

  • what inspires him to do what he does,
  • how Civitas di...
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