Up Close & Personal With Marcus Zandhuis

After a first trip in the Eastern Cape, the entrepreneurs were headed to Cape Town. Besides exploring the city’s Arts, Culture and local fashion industry, they undertook real-life industry activities and discover some of the best practices from the country. That’s why we met up with the creative entrepreneur & media expert behind CapeTownMagazine.com, Marcus Zandhuis.


You run CapeTownMagazine.com, an online magazine that enables one to make exciting discoveries about Cape Town and more. How did it all begin?

The moment you realise it’s the smallest, least known places that make a city. You want to bring them out in the biggest way. I wanted people to connect faster, better and more in-depth with Cape Town. That’s how it happened. Now thanks to CapeTownMagazine.com, up to 84% of locals & tourists discover new places and 79% are happier in Cape Town.

 

What was your journey like to get where you are? How have you approached change?

We invested in every client success to give results. We were going in strong. Suddenly the company building the website went bankrupt, absorbing all my reserves. I could have been bankrupt every month for 5 years. At the same time, we doubled readership every year. That’s what kept us going.

Why are you excited about Threads?

It’s the type of thing my friends and I would do anything and everything for. Just to be in a space where people are ‘living to create’ is the most special place to be in – always and forever.

 

What are you expecting from the entrepreneurs?

This program offers unique opportunities and imparts valuable skills – embrace these and invest in yourself.

 

As an entrepreneur, what does leadership mean to you?

It’s been a personal journey. I’m finding out that the team around you needs to buy into you. Then you need to ferociously enable them to be their best. For that, you need to be your best self. That’s why it’s important to calibrate yourself with good friends and special peers.

 

What are you expecting from the entrepreneurs?

Big vision and big aspiration to listen and learn. And then to go their own way.

 

What is your favourite business quote?

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. When you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

 

Which book would you recommend to our entrepreneurs? And why?

Anything from Seth Godin. I often find his way of thinking inspiring. It’s always something I can derive, distill or use for myself.

 

What is the best business advice you have received?

“You can’t go on a long journey and not get ideas” from a very special book about the (untold and powerful) history of Southern Africa called The Covenant.

 

What advice do you have for the 12 Threads participants?

Go for it. Whatever happens. Go for it. Find out what makes you tick. Find people that recognize that tick. And go for it.

 

Threads Team

We believe in change. We believe in leaving a lasting impact. That's why threads mission is to empower the next of South African fashion entrepreneurs by providing them with the tools, resources, and networks to run a sustainable business operation and thrive internationally.