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Aidan Bennetts  - Cape Town Speaker Aidan Bennetts - Top Billing Presenter, Interior Designer, Top Model and Popular MC
Aidan Bennett's weekly appearances on Top Billing as a presenter, since 2006, as well as the plethora of radio and print exposure for his product design and interior designs over the last few years, has ensured that Aidan is a household name in South Africa. Furthermore, in his personal career, and amplifying his visibility, Aidan has also appeared in numerous international modelling campaigns over the last few years for mainstream brands such as Swatch, Levis, Honda, and Audi. Aidan is a popular choice as MC for coporate events.
Janie du Plessis - Cape Town Speaker Janie du Plessis – Former Television Personality and Model • Breast Cancer Survivor
Gorgeous, entertaining and hugely inspiring, it’s not surprising that Janie du Plessis was one of South Africa's youngest ever TV presenter. Her personal charm and enduring good looks make her a popular South African celebrity who, today, is much in demand for guest appearances, magazine covers, advertising promotions, TV shows, public speaking tours and more. Each 'performance' is unique and she seldom speaks from notes. ("My audience usually guides me into the direction the speech needs to go.") She prefers to tap into her audience, quickly getting them on board through infectious humour and a very genuine concern. Janie encourages her audiences to want to pick themselves up… dust themselves off… and make a new start.
Riaan Manser - Cape Town Speaker Riaan Manser – Extreme Adventurer, Dynamic Speaker and Best-Selling Author
In a World First, top adventurer Riaan Manser and his girlfriend of 14 years, Vasti Geldenhuys, went on a 10 700 km ocean rowing adventure! Alone and unaided, the duo set off from Agadir, Morocco, enduring a 105 day crossing of the Atlantic in a 7 meter rowing boat, landing in Miami, USA on 7 May 2014. In another world first, almost incredibly, Riaan Manser was the first person to cycle around the perimeter of the continent of Africa. It took him two years, two months and fifteen days. He rode 36 500 kilometres through 34 different countries. In 2009 Riaan again set another world first when he became the first person to circumnavigate the world’s fourth largest island of Madagascar by kayak; another expedition achieved alone and unaided. In 2011 Riaan completed his “Iceland Inspiration” journey. This expedition saw Riaan partnered by Dan Skinstad, who has mild cerebral palsy.
Barry Blomkamp - Cape Town Speaker Barry Blomkamp – “Turbo Talk: You don’t need Sight to have Vision!”
After a meteoric rise up the entrepreneurial ladder and well-set to do extremely well for himself, a silly mistake resulted in a motor car crash which almost cost Barry Blomkamp his life. Suddenly totally blind, contemplating amputation of both his legs, physically and mentally broken, forced to stay months in hospital, his young family in ruins, his expanding business down the tubes, reliving the mistake every day, emotional despair, feeling trapped in a disabled body with no way out - then, the light... he extracted an extremely important lesson from the tragic mess he had found himself in. With fifteen years of public speaking experience, and virtually every conference he speaks at evaluating him as "Best Speaker", Barry Blomkamp is a top Inspirational Speaker.
Chris Bertish - Cape Town Speaker Chris Bertish – Monster Wave Rider and Championship-Winning Surfer
Chris Bertish has won the Maverick's Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport, and has a string of other notable world firsts under his belt. He has just recently returned from competing in the Stand Up Paddle World Championships in Peru for a second time, where he again made a top 10 finish. Next year he aims to be the first person to paddle an SUP across the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way Chris has mastered the gift of talking an amazingly inspirational story, and so has become a global Motivational Keynote speaker who travels the world inspiring audiences to believe, that they too, can achieve great things, with the right self-belief, attitude and focus. It’s just a matter of choice.
Liezel Van der Westhuizen - Cape Town Speaker Liezel van der Westhuizen - Top Television and Radio Personality • Sought-After Master of Ceremonies
She may be have been the new face for Season 5 of MNET Idols and only the second woman in the world to present Idols, but Liezel van der Westhuizen has only been working in the home-grown entertainment industry for just over 4 years, starting out on TV as an SABC 3 continuity presenter as well as the presenter of SABC 3’s live lunchtime talk show – Lunchbox. Liezel now presents SABC 3’s new daily breakfast show –EXPRESSO and The Sunday Sundowner on 94.5KFM- live from Cape Town. Liezel is a sought-after Master of Ceremonies who wins over any audience easily with her friendly yet professional approach.
Lewis Pugh - Cape Town Speaker Lewis Pugh - "Ocean Advocate and Pioneer Swimmer"
Lewis Pugh is one of the world’s leading inspirational and leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible”. He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. In a career spanning 27 years the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible” – choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate. Most of all, he talks about having a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our oceans. Lewis has received numerous awards. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2013, the United Nations appointed him “Patron of the Oceans”. In the same year, he was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. His book “Achieving the Impossible” is an international bestseller.
Paddy Upton - Cape Town Speaker Paddy Upton – Mental Conditioning Coach for India, World Cup Cricket Champions 2011 & The SA Proteas 2012
Paddy Upton is an Executive Coach and Sport Scientist who partnered Gary Kirsten in leading the Indian National cricket team in 2010 to the No 1 ranked test team in the world for their first time ever, and to win the 2011 ICC World Cup. Following this, they joined the South African (Proteas) team, and within 15 months, coached them become the first team to ever be ranked No 1 in the world in all three formats of the game.
Wolfgang Riebe - Cape Town Speaker Wolfgang Riebe - Speaker, Hilarious Illusionist and Motivator!
Share in Wolfgang's personal life experience through wisdom gained from walking the path. He offers no 'quick-fix ra ra' sessions, but instead he shares practical, sustainable and useable life skills which WILL change your life forever. Under the banner of 'Discover Your Magic' he offers various topics, from Leadership & Management, Thinking out of the Box, Change Management, Passion, Power-charging your Memory to Customer Service. He will reframe your present thinking in order to positively influence every aspect of your life!
Braam Malherbe - Cape Town Speaker Braam Malherbe - Extreme Athlete, Global Adventurer, Top Speaker and Television Presenter
Braam Malherbe completed a world first when he ran the entire length of the Great Wall of China in one go! That's distance of over 4, 200kms at a rate of over a marathon per day! Then he completed a second world first at the end of 2008, running from Namibia to Mozambique following the South African coastline – a distance of over 3, 300kms. Braam recently returned from Antarctica, where he took part in the grueling Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the Pole. Braam and Peter van Kets represented South Africa in one of the most extreme races in the world, a 704km odyssey across Antarctica to mark the centenary of the first-ever trip to the South Pole in 1912. They finished the race on 29 January 2012 in third place.
David Grier - Cape Town Speaker David Grier - Inspirational Speaker, Celebrity Chef and Extreme Adventurer
David Grier is an inspirational speaker, celebrity chef and extreme adventurer, having completed the first ever joint continuous run of the Great Wall of China, some 4000km in 98 days. In February 2012 David completed his 4000 km run of India in 93 days. David is always pushing his adventure side as well. Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, running the Comrades Marathon, the 2 Oceans Marathon, the Puffer Ultra Marathon, and the Le Grand Raid - the worlds hardest single stage mountain race, 128km.
Hein Wagner - Cape Town Speaker Hein Wagner - "Blind Man With A Vision!"
No one is as blind as those who refuse to see. Let Hein Wagner take you on an awe inspiring journey and show you the world through the eyes of a blind man with vision! Hein has: Completed the East London 70.3 Ironman • First blind rider to finish the Cape Epic! • Set the World Record for a blind driver travelling at a speed of 322.5kph • Finished the Hong Kong Marathon and the New York Marathon • Set a World Blind Solo Cycling Record! • Completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race 1993 • Climbed the 10 highest mountains in the Western Cape, and more! A dynamic presenter, Hein bases his presentations around his incredible experiences, and covers such topics as self motivation, teamwork, sales, overcoming personal challenges, and perseverance.
Daniel Silke - Cape Town Speaker Daniel Silke – Leading Independent Political Analyst and Keynote Speaker
Daniel Silke is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading Political Economy Analysts, Futurists and most passionate keynote speakers. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy & faculty consultant for Duke Corporate Education, Silke serves a host of major blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the convention, conference and events industries. He has 20 years experience in delivering stimulating, entertaining and insightful presentations on South African, African and Global political and economic trends. His client list includes Marriott International, Oracle, CISCO, PwC, MTN, KPMG, FirstRand, Grant Thornton, Deloittes, Distell, Momentum, Sanlam, Old Mutual, Danone, Estee Lauder, Protea Hotels, Foschini, FNB, SunGard, Barclays and ABSA. Silke is the author of the book “Tracking the Future: Top Trends that will Shape South Africa and the World”. He regularly appears on and contributes to CNBC Africa, ENCA, SABC, ANN7, Bloomberg, AFP, Fin24, News24, Deutsche Welle, the BBC, 702, Classic FM and Business Day. In 2014, Silke spoke at the prestigious World Affairs Council in Washington DC on African issues.
Ricky de Agrela - Cape Town Speaker Ricky de Agrela – “Freedom Flight” Microlight World Record Setter – 2004
New to the speaking circuit, Ricky de Agrela set a world record in November 2004 by flying his microlight across five continents and over 63,000 kilometers (39,000 miles) – the longest microlight expedition in the world. Ricky’s story is one of extreme highs and achievements and heart breaking lows. A journey that presented disappointment, and tragedy, but ultimately triumph and success. Ricky says “All things are possible. All destinations achievable. The journey may not be what we expect it to be, but it will be our journey.”
Michael Mol - Cape Town Speaker Michael Mol - Medical Doctor, Top Speaker, Television Anchor, Producer
Michael Mol is a medical doctor, an international speaker, television anchor, producer, business consultant and most importantly – a husband and father of three. He started his multi-faceted career as a medical doctor with interests in Emergency medicine and HIV management. In 2010 Michael signed on as anchor presenter for SABC3’s latest morning show, Expresso. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media into a new TV series called “Hello Doctor” with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire South Africans to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. Apart from being a higfhly sought-after Master of Ceremonies, Michael is also a top professional speaker, addressing topics such as focusing on your strengths ("The Truth about YOU") and performance, wellness and life satisfaction ("Get a Life!") to audiences over the world.
Mary-Ann Shearer - Cape Town Speaker Mary-Ann Shearer - Lifestyle and Stress Management • Success • Energy • Health
Mary-Ann is South Africa’s most celebrated and respected nutritional speaker, counsellor and author. She is an energetic, inspiring, entertaining and informative speaker whose powerful presentations will show you how to find the balance to live a life of greater fulfillment and quality. Her presentations include: Finding the Balance, Losing Your Marbles, Sex, Drugs and Cinnamon Rolls.


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