Season 1 of The Mentorship Challenge was broadcast weekly on CNBC and rebroadcast on eNCA. This 23-part TV show, hosted by the incomparable Marc Wainer, unpacked the notion of mentorship through conversations with impressive local leaders. The show provides an unparalleled platform for top leaders to create a legacy though mentoring and shaping the journeys of the emerging entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Season 2 saw The Mentorship Challenge step out of the studio and into the real world, broadcasting live from key corporate events and campuses across South Africa. And we switched channels, and broadcast our new season on both eNCA and e.tv.
You can catch all the exciting episodes from both Season 1 and 2 on our YouTube channel.
The mechanics of the show followed a simple format: There was a topical conversation with Marc on the cogent issues of the day, followed by a detour of a more personal nature, where Marc engaged guests on the mentors, moments and meetings that moulded them into the titans they are today.
The legendary late Marc Wainer served as the perfect host for the Season 1 and 2 shows, as he embodied the idea that even when faced with few resources, you can still succeed. In a country where so many eager youngsters simply don’t have access to resources – let alone a decent education – raw talent, sheer guts and the guiding hand of a leadership guru can carve you a path out of poverty to success.
We’ve travelled across South Africa in search of leadership legends, and filmed live at key events and campuses. If you missed out, you can find all the featured guests on our social media platforms.
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The Mentorship Challenge was on the move in Season 2. We brought mentorship within reach of as many South Africans as possible. Because we believe that mentorship fills a gap and plugs in at every point where there is a need. By providing access to leadership legends, we’re creating a vehicle to change lives significantly, structurally, in what is fast becoming one of the most powerful South African projects. Season 2 was all about accessing today’s top leaders and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities, innovative thinking and problem-solving.
Mentorship, it could be argued, is an ancient activity that connects the past to the present, in pursuit of the future. Whichever way you look at it, whether it’s a seasoned elder passing on a lifetime’s worth of wisdom to the next generation, or someone paying it forward to those in need, mentorship is always a two-way street – the mentor is also transformed in the process and comes away inspired, hopeful and energised.
And so, Season 2 brought Marc Wainer together with Seth Mulli: elder and novice, wisdom and youth, experience and energy combined in a series of powerful encounters aimed at unpacking the hard wiring and soft skills behind leadership.