#CreateprenuerAfrica, South Africa’s Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM, The Invincible Basketball Throne Rising from the Ghettoes

The world of basketball opened a universe of new dimensions for SLIM. His achievements became a key tool to uplift a world of deprivation and poverty in the South of Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2006, he represented South Africa in City Year, an after-school program and was selected on the global CITY YEAR CCG New York Conference. 

This triggered his inspiration to become the emblem of change and give back to the community from his vast platforms as a passionate Basketball Player, TV Presenter, Actor, NBA and Nike MC, Digital Influencer and Brand Ambassador.

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“Art gives me freedom. It makes me invincible”                                  – Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

During his early beginnings at Klipsruit West Secondary School in Soweto, he attended an NBA  (American Basketball Association)  sponsored afterschool program called SKY (Soweto Kliptown Youth). He soon took on to the helm of basketball.

NBA Africa was awakened to his mission embracing in purposeful activities to spiral the upliftment of neighbourhood children.

“The NBA saw something in me and ever since then they’ve adopted me”   – Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

His passion for basketball seeded the beginning of a savored life journey with a purpose. The NBA sponsored a trip to the USA as well as his academic studies at the Boston Media House in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He graduated with a diploma in media, majoring in radio broadcast. He was offered a presenting job on Eldoz FM  and was mentored by the renowned, Kieno Kammies.

1. NBA

Basketball Without Borders is the global basketball development and scouting programme run by NBA and FIBA. It has reached more than 1 700 players from more than 120 countries, and 28 of the programme players have been drafted into the NBA
  • MC at the NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, in the United States in February 2012 
  • Featured on the annual Basketball Without Borders programmes in Africa since 2009.

“Seeing guys like Dwight Howard and Kyrie Irving going out of their way to help people less fortunate than them is part of the reason why I strive to be better”   –  Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

2. Presenter and Actor

  • Host of the BBall  television show
  • Acting debut on ETV’s Rhythm City as the character of Twakkie.
  • Played the role of Mickey on the award-winning soapie, Generations.
  • Film
  •  MZANZI MAGIC film: ‘Perfect Crime”, directed by Tebogo Lepita.
  • Appearance in a film titled  “Joh”, where he worked alongside Jason Goliath and Khanyi Mbau.

3. EMCEE

  • The first South African to emcee at the NBA Allstar weekends
  • Orlando (2012), Houston (2013), New Orleans (2014), New York NBA house (2015), Toronto (2016).
  • NBA Rhythm and Rims 2012 and 2013
  • NBA Africa Jnr/WNBA Finals 2012 and 2013
  • BWB Africa events 2011 to 2014.
  • BNB- Basketball national league 2013 and 2014
  • ESPN celebrity game 2013
  • Redbull Reign South Africa 2017 (3on3 basketball game).
  • Eldos Jazz festival

Meet South Africa’s Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM –  The Invincible!

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

What drives me is my family, the people around me, the messages and inspiration I get from people I don’t even know. The kids in the ghettos who have a dream. My big brother Bernard Parker as well as my late mother Magaret Du Plooy.

My true passion In life is always to give back to others and constantly give more of myself and bring joy and happiness with whomever I come into contact with

Entertainment I also feel is a big part of my passion in life, coz the more I give of myself, let’s say emceeing a gig, the more a crowd and the people in it give more back to me.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My mother said I was 4 years old. I always used to sit at the radio and imitate the DJs on air and that very same year she said I even sang all of Michael Jackson’s songs.

I used to do things like the haka from the all blacks rugby team and people around the block would even pay me just so they could see if I really do it properly and even just seeing them smile and laugh, I enjoyed that. So from then on I always knew that entertainment was something I wanted to be in forever.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I think the ability to give back even in hard situations, even at the moment South Africa is going through tough times, but with whatever I make I was always taught to give a 10th back of it.

So surprising kids, elders or whoever is special . Seeing the tears, the joy, the hugs and all that is a blessing man. But hearing them say thank you and being grateful for what I do that is truly special and that is why I keep on striving to give back as some people pray for a blessing and one day you’ll realize that it’s you.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Mmmmm, I was always taught that when you do what you love you’ll never work another day in your life. Yeah, it’s ok to make money and all that but I count my money as a gig coz everytime I get to do what I love that’s payment enough to me.

Hearing the kids say that’s that guy, he inspires me or so, that’s my payment. Get this money yes….. but always remember someday we will leave all that behind.

As I said investing in others and my family is what ultimately drove me to make money so that I could be a blessing to someone who will, in turn, become a blessing to someone else.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Wow!  2008 I think, Eldos FM had 30-day licenses that year…..got paid like R500 on my first gig . R500 man! But I was grateful as it taught me how to be patient and appreciative of everything in my life, coz with that R500 I was able to help mom out and still tithe. So I’ll forever be grateful for that R500

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

A SINGLE mother who gave her life for me and my brother. Her thing was education, hence I couldn’t or will do my best never to fail even when I study again soon. You can’t give up when a woman like that wakes up 4:30 in the morning to come back at 6 pm it’s just not right.

God is another big reason, I mean he blesses us each and every day so if I had to give up it would be a smack in his face and a big disappointment to all the little kids.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

THE KIDS on the corner, I recently lost my little brother who was caught up in this life and crime thing. It hurts every day but he is part of the reason I wanted to become so much more successful.

I wanted to show kids from the hood it’s possible, coz as a child of the ghetto myself, you have to fight 10 times harder than anybody. You got to be ready. You have to want it bad. Also, SLIM Cares man, coz if I’m not successful my foundation will suffer and lots of kids will be shattered which will mean many will take paths they shouldn’t and I can’t have that. Hence I strive for greatness every day.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you? 

GOD don’t fail and my story is far from finished!!!!!

What advice do you give to aspiring creative's who look up to you? 

Live every day as if it’s your last coz tomorrow is just a dream waiting to happen.

Love yourself, your people, God and never be too busy for other people no matter how successful become.

Be a blessing and keep on chasing and living in your dreams. Also, your dreams are valid and have no expiry date.

 

SLIM Cares , an organisation initiated by Jerome Du Plooy endevours to make a difference in the lives of township youngsters by partnering with organisations to provide clothing and study bursaries. 

Other projects include

100 toys for 100 kids and  100 meals for 100 families

Youth from underpriviledged backgrounds do not have to struggle the way I did                                      -Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

 

 

CreatePreneurAfrica Tanzania’s Salum Awadh- a step ahead in the world of finance

Ready to buckle up and take a ride in the world of progressive finance ?

Salum Awadh's map of the finance world is guided with tools of abundance in progressive economic pathways ahead. A strategy and investment advisor, he is the founder and CEO of SSC capital - a financial and investment advisory firm based in Tanzania.

"What drives me really is seeing how I bridge the finance and investment gaps for hard-working young entrepreneurs in Africa"     SALUM AWADH

Salum Awadh

  • MBA in Finance
  • Chartered International Investment Analyst (CIIA)
  • Certification in Islamic finance and banking (Charted Institute of Management of Accountant -UK)
  • UNCTAD-certified as a trainer in Entrepreneurship

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Tanzania’s  Salum Awadh on his life journey in Finance

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

My true passion is to make a position change in my community, and my specific passion is in finance and investment. What drives me really is seeing how I bridge the finance and investment gaps for hard-working young entrepreneurs in Africa

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I found my passion really late, I don’t really remember the exact age, but it was post my first-degree university.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

You see many young Africans take up the challenge to set their own businesses to bring in innovative solutions on how we live, but lack of finance holds them back big time, bringing finance to them is what really appeals to me.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

After realizing my passion, I quit my job, that’s about 8-9 years ago, I then made a decision that I will convert my passion into a portfolio, as they say. So my passion became my full-time business.

 When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

It was immediately after I started, about 8 years ago.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I always remember why I started

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Seeing more entrepreneurs becoming successful through the work I do

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?


They should not stop doubting me, because it is another way of motivating me

What advice do you give to aspiring creative 's who look up to you?

Just go ahead and do it, don’t wait for the perfect moment, you will learn as you do.

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica- Cape Towns Jody van Heerden, a catalyst building a diverse nation

Jody van Heerden's core passion is for socio-economic transformation through development. His universe calling was the creation of pathways for emancipation from mental poverty. This he knew was rooted in personal living and working spaces.

"The courage to actually start and then follow through. Most people have the right concept and talent but can't handle the knocks and sacrifices that come along with this entrepreneurial journey" Jody van Heerden

His CAD4ALL  initiative was an upliftment of society in all sectors and a pathway was needed to empower communities through skill building initiatives. This was his calling after a decade of experience in various related industries, including architects, engineers and construction companies, all over South Africa.

My belief is to start at grassroots and invest in the youth, utilise innovative social mechanisms, remove barriers of entry and eliminate failure to transition. This is my catalyst to build on our diverse nation                                              Jody Van Heerden

 

He is the founder of the most innovative socio-economic initiatives and nonprofit organizations like the South Africa Futsal Federation, striving in the continuance of positive social contributions.

The ultimate CAD4ALL solution, an accredited training provider offers a range of training products, software & corporate solutions.

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Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Jody van Heerden,  eliminating failure and entry barriers with tools of social mechanisms

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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

My true passion is to assist people to find and unearth their talent and assist in finding their calling in life.  This is not only fulfilling but it breaks the chains of mental poverty and limitation in thinking for everyone’s benefit.  Too many dreams are unsatiable and many struggle to fulfill their life purpose.

My belief is to start at grassroots and invest in the youth, utilise innovative social mechanisms, remove barriers of entry and eliminate failure to transition. This is my catalyst to build on our diverse nation.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

From a young age, there was an entrepreneurial spirit burning inside of me. From the age of 14 I was selling soccer boots and bulk foil that I purchased from my dad’s employers at a markup, and at a later stage I was playing around with my knowledge of technical drawings to draft minor house plans in my community.

This was a pivotal point of who I was growing up and it created a pathway that was laid all those years ago to hustle and challenge my complacency at all times. I never expected the magnitude of what would transpire.

Honestly, I guess that is the beauty of following your dream and allowing life’s recourses, and this is a testament to what actually spirals and develops from hard work, resilience, and sacrifice.

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The courage to actually start and then follow through. Most people have the right concept and talent but can’t handle the knocks and sacrifices that come along with this entrepreneurial journey.

It is important to keep enduring, evolve, constantly learn, and then the breakthrough will come. Challenges will never end it is part of the cycle of life, but I maintain to my philosophy of how you respond in the situation that counts the most.

I am at content as I know that we have no control over what the future holds but we will continue to strive to meet the objective irrespective. This subconsciously builds tenacity and endurance as coping mechanisms for the unmapped journey ahead.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I grew up on the Cape flats and as  I referred to earlier, poverty is a mindset. You need to show people that your talent can feed and excel you.  Where I come from you either achieve or fall into the circle of poverty and gangsterism, I had no choice and I refused to have an excuse as an option. My best weapon to change my circumstances in socially accepted terms of “make it” I had to educate myself beyond normal schooling. I was constantly trying to discover my niche and capitalize on my potential.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

At 14 I was walking on soccer fields selling soccer boots at an affordable price….. I purchased the boots who never made the quality line and sold it at soccer fields. My dad worked for a company who supplied the large retailers with foil

I started selling 20m rolls to mothers in the neighborhood and at companies instead of the 3m rolls they were always purchased at the stores, my quality was better, reusable, affordable and more sustainable.

The local cafes were furious with foil sales being down but I felt I was offering a solution to mothers and making profits became a thrill.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My spouse and 3 kids are my pillars, I draw loads of my strength from them, I was never told to give up on my dreams or seek employment for stability instead Lisa joined forces and got stuck in on growing our businesses and we continued this through various difficult stages. My 3  kids, loyal staff and family is where one must always center your energy and strength from.

I am blessed with a wife and 3 kids and me my inspiration is to live for them. I have staff members who are growing with the company, this inspires me to know our business can change the lives of others for the better too.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

After success it is man’s mistake to marvel at himself, I get bored quickly and love new challenges and don’t want to become dormant or complacent, I need to be busy all the time hence we own multiple businesses although CAD4ALL Career & Design College is the catalyst of all our business interests.

Like CAD4ALL and the South African Futsal federation which is an international affiliated member of the world governing body of Futsal

I am diverse in my thinking and tasks which I choose to undertake. I like to take on challenges that seem impossible to others and me at the same token test my competency and endurance.

 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Now that it was proven it can be done, drop your chains, old thinking, kick the box away and take on the journey. Shakespeare had a saying, “doubts are like traitors, it makes us lose the good we often might win by fear to attempt”.

This is true as doubt or fear will stop you from seizing opportunities.

 What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
  • Diversify, mold the life you want for yourself
  • Focus only on the rewards and what makes you thrive
  • Be prepared to learn with a team
  • Most of all do not be scared to put in the hard work.