ShapeShifter, Evergreen Content

What in the world happened to eNews anchor Pat Pillai? He’s been rather busy...

My hair grew back because I put some cannabis oil on it [said in jest]!

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

His [grandfather] dream… was to be a waiter at the grandest hotel in the world. And he achieved that dream. He became the Head Waiter at the Mount Nelson Hotel which in his world was the grandest hotel… He had a simple philosophy. You save your salary and live off the tips…

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

I was an accidental entrepreneur… I grew vegetables and sold them door to door at the age of eight with my sister…

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

What in the world happened to e.tv’s former eNews anchor Pat Pillai?

He has been rather busy!

Pillai has reinvented himself as a social entrepreneur.

He’s the CEO of LifeCo UnLtd SA, a company that invests in “impact businesses” and grows “impact entrepreneurs”.

LifeCo has interests in lifestyle and wellness, digital media, renewable energy, venture capital and “green architecture” across Africa.

Pillai is a busy man:

  • He is the Chairperson of the largest architectural firm in Africa, Boogertman & Partners Architects.

  • He serves on the Advisory Board of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance.

  • He chairs Ashoka Southern Africa.

  • He’s a board member of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network.

  • He serves on South Africa’s National Advisory Board for Impact Investing.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Pillai for his weekly (on a Wednesday) “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I grew up on the Cape Flats… my parents and grandparents were thrown out of District Six... I come from a family of waiters…

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

[His grandfather used to say] Always live in service of others… For a while I was embarrassed... I learned in time he was a very wise man…

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

Passion is not enough. You need a damn good strategy, the right people and capital.

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

If Capitalism is 'risk and return'… the new age is 'risk, return and impact'…

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

Getting LifeCo to the point where it’s the structure that brings the risk, return and impact equation together [when asked about his biggest achievement].

Pat Pillai, LifeCo

Enjoy The Money Show, but miss it sometimes?

Get the best bits emailed to you daily, right after it ends:

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Working abroad? New rules are coming! You're probably breaking the existing ones

Working abroad? New rules are coming! You're probably breaking the existing ones

Bruce Whitfield interviews Warren Ingram, a Personal Financial Advisor and Executive Director at Galileo Capital.

Dr Adriana Marais was on her way to the Red Planet. Then Mars One collapsed

Dr Adriana Marais was on her way to the Red Planet. Then Mars One collapsed

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Marais, a quantum biology researcher with dreams to live on Mars.

'Get ready for tax levy to save Eskom, because the money is simply not there'

'Get ready for tax levy to save Eskom, because the money is simply not there'

Eskom has so much debt it threatens to break South Africa. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Adrian Saville of Cannon Asset Managers.

Meet Abel Sithole, the man in charge of R1.6 trillion in Government pensions

Meet Abel Sithole, the man in charge of R1.6 trillion in Government pensions

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Abel Sithole, Principal Executive Officer at the GEPF, Africa’s largest pension fund.

5 strategies for keeping calm when Eskom sheds a load (by Prof Renata Schoeman)

5 strategies for keeping calm when Eskom sheds a load (by Prof Renata Schoeman)

Psychiatrist Renata Schoeman has tips and tricks to help you cope without blowing a fuse.

Cheekily named load shedding app EskomSePush goes from 2500 to 400 000 users

Cheekily named load shedding app EskomSePush goes from 2500 to 400 000 users

It’s now the most downloaded IOS app and 2nd most downloaded Android app in SA. Bruce Whitfield interviews co-founder Dan Wells.

Popular articles
Caster Semenya calls out IAAF for publicising expert witness list

Caster Semenya calls out IAAF for publicising expert witness list

Olympic champ Caster Semenya is challenging proposed IAAF rules that may force her to lower her testosterone levels.

'Parliament should have proper inquiry into Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office'

'Parliament should have proper inquiry into Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office'

DA's John Steenhuisen says Parliament should investigate the public protector after the findings against her.

Pule Mabe was never alone in hotel room with assistant - ANC NEC's Sdumo Dlamini

Pule Mabe was never alone in hotel room with assistant - ANC NEC's Sdumo Dlamini

ANC's Sdumo Dlamini says party spokesperson Pule Mabe free to return to work after he being cleared of sexual harassment charges.

Black gay men can be misogynists, and here's what a few have to say about it

Black gay men can be misogynists, and here's what a few have to say about it

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser hosted a panel discussion with black gay men exploring entrenched patriarchy and the dynamics at play.

Why rooibos tea price remains high despite improved rains

Why rooibos tea price remains high despite improved rains

MD at Rooibos Ltd, Martin Bergh explains the current high price of Rooibos tea.

[WATCH] Owner catches car thief off guard and thwarts vehicle theft in Springs

[WATCH] Owner catches car thief off guard and thwarts vehicle theft in Springs

The vehicle's owner came out of the store just in time to scare away the man attempting to steal his bakkie.

Johannesburg’s drive to create a smart city is rolling out

Johannesburg’s drive to create a smart city is rolling out

Vumatel is deploying 15 000 CCTV security cameras over the next five years to make Joburg's streets safer.