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Thursday, March 16, 2017



‘GURUS', a new series of high-impact interviews with premier league business thought leaders, filmed in South Africa, launched on Thursday 02 March, exclusively on CNBC Africa, first in business worldwide.

GurusThirteen episodes of the show will be broadcast every Thursday evening at 21h15 Central African Time (CAT). The first episode will feature Gambian-born London-based business guru and renowned motivational speaker René Carayol. It can also be viewed on DStv channel 410 and StarTimes channel 309.

Sponsored by Unique Speaker Bureau (USB), the show features extraordinary thought leaders who ignite audiences in the international conferencing circuit. GURUS enables a new format delivery for these speakers' insights. Regarded by leading business event planners as a ‘preferred speaker bureau' in South Africa and Africa, USB is currently growing its service offering on the continent as an investment into building better conferences for business, with more measurable return.

Audiences will see each speaker, in action, on stage in front of a live audience, followed by the show's host Justin Cohen placing them in the hot seat and pushing them even harder to reveal the truth about their hard-earned success.

When business leaders invest in unlocking their organisation's potential, they turn to an elite range of speakers and authors for proven strategic insight and distinguished thought leadership. Big businesses pay these rock stars of success up to $20 000 a speech. Now, all CNBC Africa viewers will have an exclusive pass.

The subject of the pilot episode, René Carayol, has helped Bill Clinton, David Cameron and Richard Branson unleash their strengths. Now, he'll help CNBC Africa viewers do the same.

Other premier league business gurus on the show include :

• Robert Kiyosaki, author of the bestselling personal finance book of all time.

• Siphiwe Moyo, leading expert and author on Human Capital Development and nipping entitlement culture in the bud.

• Michael Jackson, the world's leading expert on change.

‘Gurus' premiered on Thursday 2nd March 2017, 21:15 CAT on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410, StarTimes channel 309, Canal Plus 171)
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Presented by Justin Cohen

Gurus is proudly brought to you by Unique Speaker Bureau, one of the world's leading speaker agencies.


About CNBC Africa:
CNBC Africa is Africa's most powerful multiplatform business media brand; owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg, is part of the global CNBC family, reaching audiences in over 100 countries. Together with its companion site, CNBC Africa focuses on business, money, finance and economic news originating from Sub Saharan Africa. CNBC is available in 90% of Sub Saharan Africa through DTH and Satellite TV operator, MultiChoice Africa, DStv, StarTimes Nigeria and Canal Plus. You can also access CNBC Africa through our digital live stream. CNBC has bureaus in over 15 cities, including, Lagos, Abuja, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Accra, Kigali. CNBC currently has an estimated patronage of over 500,000 viewers in South Africa. Viewership data in other markets is not currently available.

About ABN:
ABN offers a holistic approach to telling Africa's business story - first. With much-esteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa providing a broadcast and print platform respectively, the ABN conglomerate also offers resources to organize world-class events across the African continent, through ABN Event Productions. The recently-launched ABN Training Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities to provide media training among many other courses, while ABN Digital is the company's online presence for your up-to-date business and markets news. Through its sub-brands, ABN aims to be Africa's leading aggregator and distributor of business and economics.

About USB:
Unique Speaker Bureau's collaborative team of keynote speakers, MCs and program directors (facilitators) are carefully chosen for their presentation content, professionalism, expertise, experience, depth and collaboration. The aim is to give invaluable exchange in abundance to every client resulting in successful events. Often the entire line-up of speakers is chosen from the USB stable due to the cohesiveness of its team. Primarily a business to business management agency, in addition USB offers a limited but specialised entertainment section aimed at seamlessly complementing the business side. These include creative team building and team thinking activities, interactive comedy, South Africa's fastest caricaturist and an international mentalist.

Justin Cohen is no stranger to media and the fascinating world of the professional speakers he interviews. A dynamo with unbounded curiosity, he has interviewed some of the world's top experts on how they achieved success and is the author of multiple print and audio books on the topic of human potential. A Southern African Speaker Hall of Fame inductee, Cohen rose to fame through his memorable motivational and keynote presentations delivered to virtually every industry in 20 countries over a span of 15 years.

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