Clubhouse is the latest social media platform to take South Africa by storm. Although this voice-based platform is by invite only and for now, only available to Apple users, five South African friends have launched Wake Up South Africa, a new breakfast talk show on Clubhouse from 08h00 – 09h00 every weekday. It’s a show made by South Africans, for South Africans.
‘Wake Up South Africa’ is hosted by South Africa’s own Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque, Nick Jordaan, the lead singer of Rubber Duc, Patunia Makobolola, Director at Basilmin Event’s & Activations Agency, Simon Swanepoel, CEO of RocketNet and Danny Figueiredo, Director of Connect Entertainment. The chat is freely available to Clubhouse members in South Africa and expats around the globe.
Brent says that as one of the first South African clubs on Clubhouse, the show is having the most amazing conversations with South Africans on both informal and more serious issues surrounding the country. He says: “It’s the most incredible space to share ideas and to start important conversations about South Africa. Even though the app doesn’t have a huge local presence yet it’s growing at a rapid rate. The club we’ve created to host Wake Up South Africa, in just three short weeks, is growing every day and the discussions we’re having are so hopeful, so positive and so inspiring. These chats remind us why we’re so proudly South African and it honestly feels like going to a therapy session every morning between 08h00 and 09h00. You start the day with the most positive feeling.
What started in March 2020 as an intimate gathering space for the early adopter crowd has boomed and now the Clubhouse app has collectively over 10 million users – many of which are South African.
The clubs are vast and all incredibly interesting, but about a month ago, even though South Africans were on the platform, there was little to no South African presence. In response the friends joined forces to start one of South Africa’s first clubs called ‘Wake Up South Africa’.
The club opens every weekday morning at 8 am and the conversation sways from political to motivational and even the odd, hilarious joke.
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