In this episode of Profmed’s ‘The Professional’, host Bongani Bingwa speaks to trail-blazing tech entrepreneur Palesa Sibeko about embracing the new world of work, and what skills we’ll need survive and thrive in the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution. We find out why the STEM sciences need to transform into STEAM – and how principles like design thinking can help make tech more human. Sibeko is the co-founder of two innovative South African companies: SiGNL and BetterWork. In her spare time, she runs an NGO called Girls Invent Tomorrow, which empowers, educates and mentors girls about opportunities in science and tech.
In this episode of Profmed’s ‘The Professional’, host Bongani Bingwa takes a long, hard look back at the past — in the hope that we might see our future more clearly. Bongani speaks to clinical psychologist Nomfundo Mogapi about collective trauma, cycles of violence, and how to heal the psyche of a troubled nation before it’s too late. Mogapi is Executive Director at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
In this episode of Profmed’s ‘The Professional’, host Bongani Bingwa speaks to Lex Rawhani, AKA Dr. Smile, a maverick celebrity dentist who challenges accepted notions of his profession. Bongani finds out why Dr. Rawhani’s faith is central to his work, what it takes to be a smile-keeper to the stars, and why a dentist decided to go into rap music. .
Dr. Rawhani is, among other things, a practicing dentist, a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, a hip-hop artist and a philanthropist. His stage name is LexLeo and he is an active member of the Bahá’í faith.
In this episode of Profmed’s ‘The Professional’, Bongani Bingwa unpacks the dangerous consequences of our always-on culture with integrative medical practitioner Dr. Ela Manga. He finds out how and why some doctors are changing the way they treat patients by looking beyond Western medicine for solutions to a growing global epidemic of burnout. He also learns how taking care of our bodies and minds can make us happier, healthier and potentially wealthier.
Dr. Manga is a qualified medical doctor who is passionate about holistic wellness. She combines her medical knowledge with the principles of eastern philosophy, yoga, mindfulness and breathwork to treat the root causes of illnesses instead of just managing their symptoms.
In this episode of the Professional, host Bongani Bingwa chats to the man helping to lead South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). He finds out how clay pots helped shape Professor Tshilidzi Marwala’s career and life, what 4IR is all about, and how it will shape South Africa in the years to come.
Professor Marwala is one of the country’s foremost thinkers in the field of artificial intelligence. He is the Deputy Chair of the Presidential Commission on 4IR and is also the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg. Professor Marwala is a recipient of the Order of Mapangubwe in Bronze, one of South Africa’s highest honours. He obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
In this episode of Profmed’s ‘The Professional’, Bongani Bingwa stares into the abyss – and finds out what it takes to unravel some of the universe’s darkest secrets. Bongani’s guest is Professor Roger Deane, an astrophysicist at the University of Pretoria who was part of a global effort to snap the greatest image of them all: humanity’s first-ever photo of a supermassive black hole.
Professor Deane helped build a vital computer simulation of the Event Horizon Telescope, which captured the image in a galaxy far, far away from our own. (SPOILER: It looks a bit like a giant fuzzy doughnut.)
In this episode of Profmed’s The Professional, Bongani Bingwa speaks to global sensation Thando Hopa about her mission to help change the global conversation around albinism and diversity. He hears about what it takes to influence perceptions in a society where prejudice can be deadly, and why the words we choose when we talk about problems are every bit as important as the conversation itself.
As a diversity advocate, Hopa is helping to challenge stereotypes around the world. She is also a successful actress, lawyer and international model. Hopa was the first black South African to be featured in the prestigious Pirelli calendar in 2018, and in 2019 she became the first ever woman with albinism to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.
In this episode of Profmed’s ‘The Professional’, Bongani Bingwa asks the question, “Are the robots coming for our jobs?” To find out the answer, he chats to Phathizwe Malinga, the man who gets machines talking to each other across Africa. Discover a crazy new world in which computers can run your house, do your job, and even help you pay lobola.
Malinga is one of South Africa’s leading innovators in the fast-developing world of the Internet of Things (IoT). As the Managing Director of IoT connectivity company Sqwidnet, Malinga’s passionate about finding low-cost, high-impact solutions to uniquely African challenges.