Good Things with Brent Lindeque

GOOD THINGS GUY  |  Podcast , ±23 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
A weekly good news show dedicated to telling good news stories from South Africa to the world. We always believe there is a bit of good and we're here to tell you all about it.

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What to do after Black Friday... #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesdaySA is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organisations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Following the widely recognised shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesdaySA will take place on November 25th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

Laura Parker, Executive Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa and the Global Lead for #GivingTuesdaySA, joins Brent Lindeque in studio for this week’s podcast.

Food Selfies, Gordon Ramsey and doing good!

Christy Strever has been crowned the “Food Selfie Queen” of South Africa, and we are absolutely in love!

Strever’s story is both interesting and unique and something that South Africa should all be celebrating. Her photos are absolutely incredible - and that’s not just our opinion; Gordon Ramsey thinks so too.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa’s first “food selfie queen” is making waves with her amazing creative pics and she joins Good Things Guy, Brent Lindeque, to talk about her incredible journey.
South Africa’s “Food Selfie Queen” is going INTERNATIONAL for all the right reasons!

Angel Jones, The Homecoming Revolution And Reversing Brain Drain!

After matriculating as Deputy Head Girl of Roedean, Angel obtained a double major BA in Economics and English at UCT.

She then spent seven years working for M&C Saatchi Advertising in London, where she heard Mandela speak at Trafalgar Square.

She was inspired by his words, “I love you all so much. I want to put you in my pocket and take you home”.

 Angel returned home to South Africa in 2000 and found Homecoming Revolution to bring the talents and skills of African people back to Africa.

She also co-founded Morrisjones Advertising, where she created the brand.

In 2013, Angel stepped full-time into Homecoming Revolution as CEO, turning it into a global Executive Search & Advisory firm for Africa.

In October 2022 Angel launched Homecoming's evolved, on-demand African Expertise platform, HomecomingEX.
Read the full story here:

#DriveHope - Small Acts of Kindness With Real Big Change!

#DriveHope was created from a desperate cry for help in a post on Facebook. When Karen Denny, Divisional Executive for Liberty’s Digital Marketing team, first read it, her heart sank.

An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends couldn’t offer her the support she needed, she had lost her job because of the COVID-19 lockdown, and her Unemployment Insurance Fund payments were still outstanding.

Reading the post was an emotional rollercoaster – the sadness surrounding the woman’s situation, the outrage over her suffering and inability to find help, and finally knowing that the Liberty #DriveHope Squad could somehow assist.

“I remember when I first called her, she couldn’t stop crying. I told her – I promised her – that we were going to help,” said Denny.

The physical distance created by the national lockdown was a challenge, but she and Liberty’s #DriveHopeSquad, a team of internal colleagues – knew that at the very least, they could help the woman get medical attention, both physically and psychologically, and provide her with food to sustain her until she could get back on her feet.

This was just one of the hundreds of random acts of kindness that the squad has undertaken since the campaign began. Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque chats to Karen to find out more about the #DriveHope initiative.

Meet Jo Black – a South African hipster with the biggest heart!

Meet Jo Black… a South African Afrikaans hipster who sings, stands up at schools to talk about fighting against bullying and found a love for aquariums during the lockdown. Oh, he also started a show with Danny Painter!

Jo Black, the South African Afrikaans Hipster who went viral globally with his smash hit “Skepe”, joins us to chat about life in 2020.

They say that our behaviour reflects our environment. In most cases, this is true, and Black was no exception.

“It would defeat his purpose to deny his past, but it is in his past that his courage is born. As humans, we are all too aware of our own inner turmoil; even through our personal need for connection we are blinded by it.”

This is where Black earned the title of teacher and role model.

Jo Black has grown to become a household name as far as South Africa is concerned. With his level of impact and influence on many lives in the country, the motivational speaker cum singer keeps waxing strong and setting records because of the great things that he is doing.

Thuli Madonsela - The Pursuit of Social Justice in South Africa!

As we marked a year of the lockdown in South Africa, Brent got to chat to Thuli Madonsela about her pursuit of social justice.

Advocate Madonsela helped draft the final constitution of South Africa in 1996. She was the Public Protector of South Africa for over 7 years, was named one of TIME 100’s most influential people in the world and is now holding a chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University.

Advocate Madonsela has pushed for the last year to make sure that no one gets left behind as the country works on a recovery plan post-COVID. And the Prof joins Brent to chat about her social justice journey and what she is currently busy with.

From A Wheelchair to The Top of Everest… An Inspirational South African Story!

Robby Kojetin is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story.

In 2006 Robby broke both ankles in a climbing accident, permanently damaging both ankles and putting him in a wheelchair for the longest year of his life. With crippling debt, severe depression and constant pain, Robby spiralled into an abyss of despair and hopelessness, with literally nothing left.

Nothing but the power to decide and a dream.

This is a story about losing everything and what it takes to rebuild a life from absolute rock bottom and not giving up until you reach the ultimate goal...the summit of Mount Everest. Robby is not the first, youngest or the fastest to summit Everest ... just the most driven, and he has joined Brent Lindeque today on the Good Things Guy podcast.

Everything You Need to Know About Imagined Earth – An App That Pays You to Recycle!

Imagined Earth is a revolutionary company that has introduced reverse vending machines into South Africa which effectively pay you to recycle!

The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day, 10 times the amount it did a century ago. Fortunately, there’s a growing number of people and businesses who’re starting to support the zero-waste movement, and this App is not only helping South Africa get there, but it’s paying us too.

We wrote about the incredible initiative but Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque got to chat to Imagine Earth’s Joshua Nuttall about what they’re doing; about ‘waste-preneurs’ and about how you can get involved.

Listen to the full interview here:
There is a New App in South Africa And it Pays You to Recycle!!!

Forgiveness in the face of a killer

Candice Mama met the Apartheid assassin who brutally took her father's life, but instead of hatred, she felt love and shared the experience in an open letter to SA, encouraging forgiveness.

Since then she’s become a Forgiveness Advocate and been named Vogue Magazine's one of 33 Most Inspiring Women alongside Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman and Malala, to name a few.

Candice joins Brent Lindeque to speak about the moment she faced Eugene de Kock and how forgiveness has opened so many doors for her.

Pink Buoy Donated to Honour a Life Lost is Now Saving Lives!

A “pink buoy” donated to honour a life lost is saving lives on that very same beach.

A group of cold water swimmers were about 75 meters off 4th Beach when one of the swimmers - Sarah - noticed that one of the group, a young man who had recently moved to Cape Town from Pretoria, was unresponsive.

Sarah asked him if he was ok and got no answer… he had stopped swimming, and she immediately knew he needed help.

Little did we know that the pink buoy - the flotation device that was used in this incredible rescue - was donated by an anonymous South African who lost her son on that very beach.

Mardus Strydom was that man who was saved, and he has joined us on the Good Things Guy podcast today to tell us what has happened since then.

Listen to the interview here:

Mindset & Optimism: How do we stay positive when life throws the unexpected?

Clive Vanderwagen-Julicher and Brent Lindeque chat about Mental Wellness and why our mindsets matter so much, especially right now!

Clive is trained in Transactional Analysis (TA) and is also a member of the South African Transactional Analysis Association. TA is like an operating system for how humans interact, and this is used powerfully in his training sessions.

“I draw on a broad range of industry experience – I've seen it all. I train using practical examples that are relevant to the company I'm working with for effective behaviour change. I teach people to consciously respond, rather than to react, to the situations they face, whether it be with customers or internal stakeholders,” he says.

Listen to the podcast here.

How a South African Used Social Media to Help a Woman Humiliated on National TV!

Good Things Guy partnered with Meta, and over the last couple of weeks, we’ve asked South Africans to send in their feel-good-lekker stories so we could share them with you.

And this week, we’re featuring an incredible story of kindness.

Ncumisa saw a young woman being humiliated by her husband and his mistress on national TV - she used Facebook to reach out to her with the intention of bringing her to Durban and spoiling her… to show her that not all women are like her husband’s mistress.

What happened next was beautiful!

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