Chatting Change

BRIGHTROCKZA  |  Series , ±21 min episodes total time 4 hr 12 min  | 
CHATTING CHANGE is a short, dynamic and entertaining 20-minute conversation that will be published in a video and podcast format on the Change Exchange, a change-themed blogsite and content repository, by BrightRock. The Change Exchange aims to provide people with a space to share their thoughts and feelings about life's big Change Moments – Landing that Job, Starting a Family, Tying the Knot and Making a Home.
CHATTING CHANGE will extend this conversation, focusing on topics and themes that can assist people in navigating through life's big Change Moments by imparting knowledge, having a laugh, and sharing insightful content with our audience. High-value information delivered with a light touch in an engaging, relatable format will keep our audience coming back for more. Content will be shared and promoted on BrightRock's social media platforms, as well as that of our guests and the hosts of the show.
Hosted by Rami Chuene and Nhlakanipho Manqele, the format is a conversational and entertaining interview around a table with our two hosts and you, our guest, in discussion. The conversation will seek to cover a topic in breadth rather than depth, with our two hosts bringing their own perspectives to the topic. An invited in-studio guest will join in their conversation, providing another perspective and voice.

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01

Chatting Change: Actress & solo mom Philicity Reeken on the art of being a no-drama mama

Parenting, as any parent will tell you, in-between the abundant joys and rewards, is drama. All the more so when mom and dad live apart, and have to work out ways of working together in the best interests of their children. What does it take for grown-ups to act like grown-ups, putting aside their differences in the name of raising happy children? Philicity Reeken, actress, broadcaster, and single mom, pops into the studio to share her story and her tips for drama-free child-rearing. Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes.
02

Chatting Change: How to have those tough conversations about your Vat-en-Sit living arrangements

Call it co-habitation, call it moving in together, or call it, as we do in South Africa, “vat en sit”. Either way, it’s a living arrangement that calls for a lot of thought, planning, and serious conversation. How do you decide whose home you’ll be staying in: your place or mine? How about getting a new place? And once you’ve got that all figured out, how do you agree and manage a joint budget? Questions, questions, questions. Here with the answers is Fefe Khemese, who shares her own experiences and offers valuable tips and insights into the fine art of making a home together. Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes.
03

Chatting Change: What you need to know about bringing up children in a multicultural household

In a country with 11 official languages, and a rich legacy of traditions, practises, and beliefs, culture is an anchor to ancestry and a bridge to the future.
But what happens when people from different cultural backgrounds, speaking different languages, meet on that bridge and choose to continue their journey together? Love leads the way, and then come the big decisions.
How do you choose names for your children? What language will they speak at home? Where will they go to school? And how should they best observe and celebrate the cultural traditions of their parents? Dr Sindi van Zyl shares her thoughts on making the most of life in a multicultural household.
Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange
04

Chatting Change: Star Realtor Thato ‘TT’ Mbha on finding a home for your dreams

Whether your dream home is a multi-storey mansion overlooking a golf course, a penthouse among the clouds, or a chic little lock-up-and-go in a gated estate, there’s a lot more to putting down roots than dreaming beyond your means. All the more so if you’re a first-time buyer, trying to navigate your way through the tangle of financing and legalese as you search for the best possible home in the best possible location, location, location. Here to lend a helping hand is South Africa’s realtor to the stars, Thato ‘TT’ Mbha, who believes that a home should reflect your personality, as much as it accommodates your budget and gives you room to grow.
05

Chatting Change: How actress-baker Renate Stuurman found a way to bake her cake and eat it too

How actress-baker Renate Stuurman found a way to bake her cake and eat it too

When you have too much month left over at the end of your money, and the bills keep piling up, there’s only one thing you can do. Or two things, or three, or maybe even more. It’s called side-hustling, and it’s a bright way to change how you look at work, and maybe turn small change into big bucks in the process. For actress Renate Stuurman, best known for her roles in 7de Laan, Isidingo, and Scandal, it all began when the realised she could turn her passion for baking into a way of boosting her daily bread. She shares her story on keeping up the hustle in a world where one job is never quite enough.

Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange
06

Chatting Change: Multipreneur Mo Malele on making the most of yourself in today's changing world of work

Toiling away from 9 to 5, confined and defined by the specs and KPIs of the job that occupies you, is no way to make a happy living in the digital age.

That’s the way Mo Malele, brand-builder, people-developer, entrepreneur, sees the ever-changing, boundary-breaking world of work. Not content to just think outside the box, she believes in smashing the box and seizing the freedom to work the way you want and be whoever you want to be.

Poet, blogger, vlogger, public speaker, and content producer too, the tireless, fast-taking Mo offers her take on what it takes to succeed in business today.

Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange.
07

Chatting Change: The heavy costs, financial & emotional, of striving to bring a child into the world

Love is the currency you need to raise a child, but let’s be honest: it takes a bit of money too. Still, even as you tally up the ever-growing budget, spare a thought for those couples whose greater struggle is to bring a child into the world. How do prospective parents, battling to cope with fertility issues, handle with the expense and intrusion of the rigorous procedures? Aside from the financial costs of fertility treatment, what are the relationship and social costs, as they dream of the joys and rewards yet to come? Find out as Dr Sumayya Ebrahim joins us in the studio.
08

Chatting Change: Where do you stand, when living together turns to falling apart?

If the “co" in cohabitation stands for commitment, connection, and companion, what happens when everything it stands for falls apart? For young couples who choose to live together before or instead of getting married, it’s a tough question that must be tackled, no matter how happily they’re habitating. So what are your rights when things go wrong? Psychologist Mpho Molepo pops into the studio to chat about the legalities and emotionalities of a cohabitational breakup.

Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange.
09

Chatting Change: Super-Planner Precious on Preventing & Surviving Wedding Day Disasters

Whether the Big Day is a grand traditional affair or a trendy contemporary celebration, every wedding is fraught with the prospect of the most carefully-calculated plans going wrong, wrong, wrong. That’s why more and more forward-thinking couples are outsourcing every detail of their nuptials to expert wedding planners who know what it takes to remain cool, calm, and collected in a crisis. And few are more practised at planning and executing the Perfect Wedding than Precious “The Planner” Thamaga, who shares her secrets, tips, and precious memories, including the tale of the long-delayed groom who almost got away.
Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange.
10

Chatting Change: Take a break! Why going for the gap can put you back on track

Between school and varsity and choosing a career, between tying the knot and finding a home and raising a family, there’s barely time to pause in the hurly-burly of modern life. Which is why, for more and more people, taking a gap has become an essential mechanism for recalibrating, recharging, and reflecting. Once a traditional rite of passage for school-leavers, the gap year is now equally popular with young professionals in search of a change of pace and place. Whether you use that gap to travel for leisure, work in another country, or just re-explore who you are and what you want out of life, the personal sabbatical can be highly rewarding and invigorating. But how do you plan financially for the gap, and how do you start all over again when you get back to work? Join Lopang Mokae, who taught English in Asia during her change-break abroad, to learn the answers.

Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange.
11

Chatting Change: The Win-Win Secret to Giving Your Relationship a Fighting Chance

It takes two to fall hopelessly, head over heels in love, just as it takes two to fall into a bitter, raging argument about…well, what? It could be something serious, such as whether or not to have children, take up a job offer overseas, sell up and move home, or listen to mom-in-law’s advice on how to have a happy marriage.
It could be something so trivial and fleeting, that eventually, in the midst of the battle, you’ve long forgotten why you started fighting in the first place. Conflict is a natural part of any relationship, all the more so in a time of change, which is why learning to manage conflict is so vital to getting along.
As clinical psychologist Dr Vuyo Themba explains in this episode of Chatting Change, love, on its own, isn’t enough. You need to learn to talk, openly and from the heart, in the knowledge that you may not be the one to emerge victorious. Having those difficult conversations is more important, as is the willingness to negotiate and compromise, in the best interests of each other. Because it takes two, after all, to work things out.
Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange.
12

Chatting Change: For richer or for poorer, what’s the real cost of tying the knot?

Money can’t buy you love, as that famous foursome from Liverpool put it many years ago, but it certainly can buy you the wedding of your dreams. Before you pop the question, however, ask yourself how much you’re willing to spend on your special day, no matter who may be footing the bill. From venue to catering to photography, what’s the price of tying the knot in today’s ever-inflating economy? What are the options for a more modest and scaled-down event, such as a t-shirt & takkies ceremony on a beach? That’s how funnyman Jason Goliath and his wife Sian Baile celebrated their recent betrothal, even if they did jet off to the Maldives for a second and more elaborate wedding soon after. Jason joins us in the studio to share his thoughts, tips, and quips.
Chatting Change is made just for you, by BrightRock – the first ever needs-matched life insurance that changes as your life changes. #LoveChange.

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