Seedpod is a podcast dedicated to the South Africans shaping the country through entrepreneurship, sustainability and design.

We started this project in the hope of exploring uniquely South African perspectives on the issues facing the society we live in. Designer and entrepreneur Lee Rael is doing just that by having authentic conversations with South Africa’s talented creatives, innovative entrepreneurs and environmental pioneers. By unpacking their wisdom, insights and personal stories, Lee hopes to inspire and educate, and maybe even entertain.

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Seedpod is a podcast dedicated to the South Africans shaping the country through entrepreneurship, sustainability and design.

We started this project in the hope of exploring uniquely South African perspectives on the issues facing the society we live in. Designer and entrepreneur Lee Rael is doing just that by having authentic conversations with South Africa’s talented creatives, innovative entrepreneurs and environmental pioneers. By unpacking their wisdom, insights and personal stories, Lee hopes to inspire and educate, and maybe even entertain.


Each of our guests are making an impact in their own way. Listen to their stories by clicking below:

22 – Schalk van der Merwe: Courage wears a velvet dress


Schalk Van De Merwe chose happiness over job security, and leapt from the advertising industry into being a full-time artist. However, he doesn’t discredit the boardroom lessons he learnt along the way, knowing that the way we interact with art in modern times is constantly evolving, and that building a brand is crucial for success.

21 – Paul Hudson: Showing up


It’s hard work being an authentic creative. This week we chat to Paul Hudson about being authentic in leadership, embracing vulnerability (especially as a man), managing anxiety, and trusting the process.

20 – Glen Jordan: Understanding money to work with money


My latest guest is Glen Jordan, Director of IMB – a financial services firm set on empowering people to learn how to work with money.

19 – Frank Solomon: Making waves


Today’s guest is Frank Solomon, a water-man, professional big wave surfer, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and unwitting environmentalist.

18 – Fred Roed: Never trust a skinny chef


Today I am joined by Fred Roed, founder of World Wide creative and now Heavy Chef.

17 – Susan Hill: A Heart of Service


Susan Hill is the Director of Ikhaya le Themba, an NPO situated in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, Cape Town.

16 – Warren Goodman: Live well, travel wide


Today I am joined by Warren Goodman, owner and founder of Wazoogles Superfood. Wazoogles is a 100% plant-based superfood protein blend.

15 – Michael Cowen: Change and disruption


Michael is a podcast host and keynote speaker. He co-hosts the Think WTF podcast with Brett St. Clair. Together they try to make sense of the rapidly changing digital world.

14 – Donna McCallum: Spreading your financial wings


As South Africa’s Fairy Godmother, Donna McCallum educates people on how to relate to, manage, and build wealth around the world.
She helps people break down barriers and build futures filled with hope and abundance.

13 – Nic Heinamann: Let’s talk regeneration


In the week that the SA Government decriminalized Marijuana for use in one's home, we sit down with hemp enthusiast and activist Nic Heinemann to shed some more light on this topic.

12 – Gina Flash: Living your purpose courageously


MENSCH Founder Gina Flash joins us this week to share her remarkable story. Gina is a change maker in the truest sense and works to help others and empower those less fortunate for the betterment of society as a whole.

11 – Alex Hetherington: There’s no Planet B


Leading environmental consultant Alex Hetherington joins us to chat about climate change, the future we face as a nation, as well the crucial role that the younger generation will have to play in helping enact sustainable change.

10 – Mandy Myerson: Bring the change by being it


The brilliant Mandy Myerson, founder of Human Waking joins us on Seedpod to chat all things nutrition, spirituality, philosophy, and so much more. We chat about the state of consumerism in the country and why in order to bring the change, you need to be it.

09 – Marc Rogatschnig: What makes a leader?


Renowned Executive Coach Marc Rogatschnig is in the Seedpod hot seat. Marc tells us what it means to be a good leader, why we need wisdom over information, and why surfing just may be the best form of therapy available.

08 – Tatum Prins: The adventure of a lifetime


In this episode, we are joined by Tatum Prins, a world-renowned endurance and adventure racing athlete. Tatum was one of, if not the top female athletes in her field, competing in some of the toughest events we have ever heard of.

07 – Justin Maxwell: The authenticity of expression


Episode 7 of Seedpod features an illuminating conversation with Justin Maxwell. Justin is a practicing Sangoma, a life coach, a thinker, activist, and one of the most interesting people we've had the pleasure of sitting down with.

06 – Alex Peel: A closer look at consumption


Alex Peel is the owner of the Organic Route store in Hout Bay. Alex is dedicated to promoting the well-being of those on the lower rungs of the food production ladder.

05 – Justin Bonello: Orchestrating an eco-symphony


Justin Bonello is well-known to television audiences around the globe having produced and starred in shows such as the Cooked series and the Ultimate Braai Master.

04 – Janna Kretzmar: Impact, Courage, and Community


Janna Kretzmar is the founder and director of the The Earth Child Project NGO which works with underprivileged kids teaching them yoga, meditation, gardening and life skills.

03 – Caro Copeland: A career of conscious positivity


Tocara Skin & Body Science founder Caro Copeland inspires us with her positive mindset and passion for her products and their benefits. We unpack her history, her struggles, and her vision for entrepreneurship in South Africa.

02 – Seraj Toefy: It’s time to start investing in ideas


Seraj Toefy, MD of Bespoke Media, explains his history and successful migration from print to digital media, as well as offers some insights into the role that entrepreneurship can play in shaping South Africa's future.

01 – Gavin Shaskolsky: How discomfort breeds success


World-renowned Personal leadership development coach Gavin Shaskolsky joins us for the very first episode of Seedpod! In this candid conversation, we uncover what drives him, what frightens him, and what inspires him.