Welcome to TopCo Business Unusual

Ever wondered what’s different about successful people? Business, policy and society are interwoven… and the future always allows us to see things differently. What sort of life do we really want? A disrupter is always looking at things from a different perspective. Let’s take a journey away from short termism and start looking at a better future. Meet the interesting people changing Africa – and the way we work, think and live.

5 principles of success from a car retailer to tech entrepreneurs

In this week’s Business Unusual Podcast, Topco Media CEO, Ralf Fletcher, sits down to chat to Essa Suleman, Director of Woodford. Essa places “customer excellence” at the heart of what he does. This differs from customer service in that he shifts focus away from simply providing customers with service, rather focusing on providing them with the excellence he believes all customers deserve. Having worked at Woodford for over ten years, Essa has a wealth of knowledge in the field of car rentals.

Luc-Olivier Marquet – Social Change & Importance of Interpersonal Relationships

In this week’s Business Unusual podcast, Topco Media CEO, Ralf Fletcher is joined by Unilver SA Executive Vice President, Luc-Olivier Marquet. Born in France, Luco has worked in some of the most sought-after destinations in the world, from Mexico to Miami. He joined Unilever in August 2013 as Vice President for Unilever West Africa and Vice Chairman for the Board of Unilever Ghana Limited. Having worked all over the world, Luco brings with him knowledge not only in the realm of the workplace, but also on an interpersonal level. Ralf and Luco discuss the challenges we are facing as a society during this global pandemic, the current social justice movements that we are seeing and how, when it comes down to it, the time for change is now − we are facing a sense of urgency and have no more time to waste.

Aisha Pandor talks Sweepsouth, transformation and the power of women

In this week’s Top Women podcast, Topco Media CEO, Ralf Fletcher is in conversation with local powerhouse Aisha Pandor, co-founder of SweepSouth. Aisha is the daughter of Naledi Pandor (South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation) and brings with her a wealth of knowledge both inside and outside the workplace. With a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town and an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking verve, Aisha is an inspiration to all South Africans.

The lighter side of life: a chat with Nik Rabinowitz

In this week’s Business Unusual podcast, Topco CEO, Ralf Fletcher sits down with Nik Rabinowitz. As a giant in the South African comedy scene, Nik has seen it all. With an uncanny ability to leave his audience in stitches, he knows exactly what to say and when to say it. That being said, comedy aside, Nik also has a very well-rounded view on society and the world at large. He brings with him knowledge about how life has changed since COVID-19 and whilst he acknowledges the realness of the consequences we’re currently facing; he also looks to the lighter side of things – perhaps something that many of us forget to do. Nik and Ralf discuss the way that life as we know it has transformed in recent months, as well as the opportunities we are now afforded with regards to self-exploration and growth. 

Transformation, Mars, African Space Agency and Life with Adriana Marais

In this week’s Top Women podcast, Topco CEO, Ralf Fletcher sits down to talk with Adriana Marais − theoretical physicist, technologist and aspiring extra-terrestrial. Adriana’s goals are big: to understand our world and beyond. Adriana is the founder of Proudly Human, which pioneers new frontiers in research and technology for a resilient future on Earth and Mars. Having recently visited the Antarctic interior and the Oman desert on location scouts for Proudly Human’s Off-World Project, she is used to extremes. Adriana and Ralf discuss a wide range of topics, from what it means to truly think globally, to the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of what we have right now.

Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist, Efficient Group – Opportunities for Africa


In this week’s Business Unusual podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media is in conversation with Dawie Roodt − one of South Africa’s most respected, expert economists. Dawie dives into the nature of economics and the way it is often only perceived as revolving around money. He discusses the human element of economics as well as the way we can expect the economy to be moving in the near future.


Leila Fourie, CEO, JSE – Opportunities for Africa


This week on the Top Women podcast, Topco CEO, Ralf Fletcher is in conversation with Leila Fourie, who has held the position of CEO at the JSE since October 2019.
With a career that spans more than 25 years, Leila has worked in the capital markets, payment systems, consulting, investment banking and retail banking.


Trending with Dion Chang

This week on Topco Business Unusual podcast, we converse with trend strategist, Dion Chang – innovator, creative thinker and walking ideas bank. His company Flux Trends specialises in understanding the consumer mindset and identifying unexpected business opportunities.


Talkin success with Paddy Upton

In this week’s Business Unusual Podcast, Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco is in conversation with legendary cricket coach, Paddy Upton. With four degrees under his belt, positions as head coach in international T20 cricket, mental coach to professional athletes, business coach and university professor, Paddy truly encompasses the notion of an all-rounder.


Brett Archibald – Lost at Sea

Having fallen overboard unconscious off a surf charter boat in the middle of a stormy night, being stung by Portuguese man of war and jellyfish, eaten by small fish, attacked by seagulls, hit by a shark plus surviving the ordeal of swimming for 28.5 hours alone in the Mentawai Straits in the Indian Ocean, entrepreneur and successful businessman Brett Archibald is now a sought-after corporate speaker.


Dineo Molefe, MD at T-Systems South Africa

One of the most challenging things in life is to balance work and family and having the determination to ‘make it’ in a world where leaders are not born but made. Dineo Molefe, MD at T-Systems South Africa can testify that it takes sheer determination and the will to educate oneself without the privilege of financial support

Brett Loubser, CEO, Tencent Africa Services – Why tech is key to accelerating economic growth

Brett Loubser is the CEO of Tencent Africa Services, and is responsible for the operations of JOOX – a popular music-streaming app – in Africa. He has been working in the mobile industry since 1997, and has worked for a number of mobile companies including Nokia, MTN and Samsung electronics.

Clem Sunter podcast – Ralf Fletcher, CEO TOPCO Media

Flags of the future to watch

In our most recent Topco Business Unusual Podcast guest Clem Sunter, Topco CEO Ralf Fletcher discusses: What the future might hold.

Clem Sunter Joined Anglo America in 1966 in London, through its gold division, then moved to its Zambia division and later moved with them to South Africa in 1973.

Muhammadh S Amod podcast – Ralf Fletcher, CEO TOPCO Media

In this episode, Topco Media CEO Ralf Fletcher spoke to winner of the Fast Growth Company Award at the 2019 National Business Awards, Boon Africa’s CEO Muhammadh S Amod in a Business Unusual podcast 

Principles for leading africa’s most established Multinational and staying relevant in Africa

Driving a digital and productive economy is dependent on addressing our skills shortage, today I’m joined by Iain Williamson the acting CEO of Old Mutual Group. who exudes a quiet and considered confidence, a measured and honest approach to challenges, not one to shy away from any hard conversations and happy to get stuck in and engage. 

How to successfully navigate digital transformation to survive the greatest crisis in modern history.

Our lives have been turned upside down. We all have so many questions and not enough answers… what will we look back and say we should have done, could have done? We take a leap into the future of a digital world of business with two best-selling authors and gurus of digital transformation – Salim Ismail and Tony Saldanha.

MBS 228 – Ralf Fletcher, CEO TOPCO Media

In this episode, Matt chats to Ralf Fletcher. Ralf is the CEO of TOPCO Media and Africa Tech Week where Matt and Ralf connected. 

Topco Masterclass

Masterclass 4 Episode series: CYBERTEC & Topco Media

Masterclass Episode.01: Top 5 Data Trends for Africas

Key insights you will learn:

• Being aware of common security threats

• Protecting against data leaks

• Giving secure test data to developers

• Handling database security

• Automated database security audits

Masterclass Episode 2: Simplify and Topco Media

Join us for an indepth discussion with Carolyn McKechnie, a certified Information Privacy Professional and admitted attorney, Marc Privett, General Manager of Simplify, Henneri Crous, Head of Sales for Simplify and Topco Media CEO, Ralf Fletcher as they discuss the practical tools to gear your business for POPIA compliance.

Key insights you will learn:

• Get an overview of the POPIA act and how it will impact your business

• Understand why compliance is not only mandatory, but essential for corporate governance

• Understand how the POPIA Act will affect recruitment

• Get practical steps on how to gear your recruitment processes for POPIA compliance

Masterclass Episode 1: Simplify and Topco Media

Join Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, Marc Privett and Henneri Crous, General Manager and Head of Sales for Simplify respectively. As they deep dive into the conundrum of hiring during the lockdown and its impact on the future of work. How do we engage within a new digital environment. Simplify is a subsidiary of Media24 Group.

Key insights you will learn:

• Gain insights into the impact of hiring during the lockdown

• How you can use this time to improve your hiring processes, your employer brand and ensure hiring compliance

• How to effectively engage with candidates in a new digital environment

• The long term impact of the future of work and the working environment

• What forward thinking companies are doing to tackle the hiring challenges head-on and using the disruption to their advantage

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