LeadUP Podcast

Alumni and friends of the University of Pretoria share their stories in this podcast, LeadUP. From titans of business to innovators in the fields of science and humanities, prominent South African voices from across disciplines explain where their journey has taken them after their time at Tuks. Our first season focused on leadership, while season 2 is all about success. Listen now or download for later, via your favourite podcast app, or on YouTube.


Episode 4 : Faan van der Walt, co-founder of WeBuyCars, on building a successful company from scratch

WeBuyCars was founded by two brothers and quickly became one of the biggest car-buying companies in South Africa. Faan van der Walt, one of the co-founders, has learned a lot about success on this journey of growing and evolving a business.

Episode 3: Dr Perekeme Mutu, Centre for Child Law researcher, on resilience and hard work

Known as ‘Mr Deadline’, Dr Perekeme Mutu moved to South Africa from Nigeria to pursue his studies, and worked multiple jobs – including as a security guard and a car washer – to fund his academic career.

Episode 2: Yolana Du Plessis-Martin, management consultant, on transitioning between ideas of success

Yolana Du Plessis-Martin, who is now an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting in New York, was a promising young swimmer at the University of Pretoria’s TuksSport High School and its first Head Girl in 2006.

Episode 1: Nozipho Tshabalala, conversation strategist, on choosing significance over success

We kick off the second season of the podcast, which speaks to University of Pretoria (UP) alumni about their experiences of success, with Nozipho Tshabalala, CEO of The Conversation Strategist. Tshabalala works with big brands globally to help shape their strategies and work.


LeadUP is a project of the Alumni Relations Office of the University of Pretoria. You can find out more about us or get in touch at up.ac.za/leadup  

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