Purpose-Lived 

Podcast Series

PURPOSE-LIVED at TSIBA has always underpinned an approach to education as a catalyst for the best of what humans can be.  When we dream and live to purpose we create a better world.

The TSIBA Purpose-Lived conversation series explores diverse perspectives on this theme from remarkable humans. Each conversation is a discovery of a personal journey, providing a collection of profound perspectives from those who have been kind enough to share. 

Francois Pienaar

Francois on rugby, wheeling and dealing, giants, MADness, taking people’s breath away and dreaming (BIG) to purpose in our Purpose-Lived podcast conversation.

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Marlene le Roux

Marlene pays tribute to the people on whose shoulders she stands, her mother, grandmother, teachers of all kinds, and the community of Wellington in the Western Cape. She shares perspectives on healing and survival, discomfort to purpose and the value of kindness and opening doors.

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Rob Hersov

The ‘Spirit Chief’, Rob Hersov speaks his mind on speaking truth to power, finding the courage to do so, the okayness of fragility, real friends and loved ones, and finding purpose in saving South Africa.

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Monika Jiang

This conversation inspires humanity to make business more beautiful, to bring nature into the heart of business, and to reflect that the notion of humans at the centre of the universe may just not be the best way forward. Monica’s profound reflections on what really matters, and starting with the small things might just make you pause - in a beautiful way, to a more beautiful purpose.

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Ruth Stoffberg

In just “1 minute with Ruth” you feel a passion for hard work to personal independence and a strong sense of community contributing to others dreams. Ruth also speaks to intentional interactions to leaving a mark on others and using investment language to measure humanness. Ruth’s wisdom, realism, clarity on life and understanding of who she is, is captivating.

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Dr Janine Haendel

A ‘naive optimist’, Dr Janine Haendel speaks about glasses half hull, loving Mondays, loving challenges and doing so through a life committed to humanitarian care and the importance of finding people’s unique strengths to sustainable empowerment.

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Dr. Shirley Zinn

From the Cape Flats to Harvard and more, Shirley’s journey from impossible to possible teaches and inspires to the greatness that lives within us. This conversation provides a remarkable map to dance to a unique and remarkable life.

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Dr. Rudi Kimmie

From a mining-town childhood before decades spent in the education of young people, Rudi has learned that actually, unlocking the potential of the real diamonds in the world- people - is the answer. To get there, and to do great things we need to be a little bit crazy, unclutter our minds when we can and ask how we make every day count when all we have is 86400 seconds in each one. Living consciously and mindfully permeates through this beautiful purpose-lived conversation.

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Adri Marais

With a clear lens of seeing the world for what it is, Adri brings us down to earth in the deepest, most conscious value-driven way. “Living towards purpose, with purpose, and then to live on purpose” is a beautiful way of living your best self. Beneath Adri’s straight, strong words, underlies a fun-loving and playful, yet powerful woman!

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Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

In this Graduation address to the TSIBA Class of 2022, Dr Sooliman inspires listeners of this Podcast deeply to the true meaning of spirituality - through working to reverse desperate poverty, serving all people, all races, all religions, all colours, classes and cultures, and doing so unconditionally, with nothing expected in return.

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Simon Susman

Humbly calling himself a retired shopkeeper, Simon Susman has been a leading figure in retail and business in South Africa and abroad for decades. Until recently at the helm of Woolworths, Simon speaks to purpose in finding truth and always seeking excellence, even in failure.

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Professor Mills Soko

This Professor Mills Soko facilitated conversation with Simon Susman explores the professional and personal challenges and meaning of business leadership with profound insights from decades of experience, and through both failures and triumphs.

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Leigh Meinert

With a deep sense of self and commitment to conscious living Leigh provides us with an alternative take-on Purpose. Born ‘backwards and wise way beyond her years’, Leigh shares reflections on HOW we show up every day - by looking out for our neighbour and attending to the injustices and sadness. As a teacher of ‘the soul of education’ Leigh encourages us to look at our pain, listen to our gut and to engage with our shadows.

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Matsi Modise

With a deep sense of empathy and purpose, Matsi speaks to ‘swopping glamorous Sandton employment’ for entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship activism, embracing curiosity, the unknown, never settling, leading with heart, how words land, and constantly asking “how can we do more” . Maktub, it is written.

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Melanie Daniels

“I am the author of my life” shares Melanie in this conversation as she speaks to the chapters of deep humility, honesty to self, losing everything, rebuilding with the responsibility of motherhood, Madiba’s inspiration to service to the community, and doing so with God’s plan to hope, purpose and expanding our limits.

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Ethel Mkonto

Ethel Mkonto is a proud TSIBA Alumni and currently, works as Recrutiment Lead at TSIBA Business School. During her time at TSIBA she was recognised as a leader and role model amongst her peers.

 Her dream is to become a social entrepreneur to better people's lives by providing them access to education and information. To empower underprivileged communities to find their purpose and let them know that their circumstances don't define their future.

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Trueman Goba

Trueman Goba movingly credits his parents as his role models of what it means to live a successful life within a community. “Despite poverty, we had the values” which spurred Trueman to pursue his purpose in spite of adversity. He embarked on a pioneering life and successful career - from being the first black person to complete civil engineering at University of Natal in 1979 to various leadership roles and awards in industry.

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