Dr Ivor Blumenthal is the founder and CEO of MyHood Radio. He has a Doctorate in Innovation and Technology from the Da Vinci Institute and is a graduate of Wits University and RAU.
He presents the Midday News Review on MyHood Radio from 12 to 2pm Mondays to Thursdays and Hardtalk from 8 to 9 every Thursday Evening.
His background in Radio is as Presenter of the Midday News Review, of The Afternoon Drive Show, of Talking Work and of Hard-talk on 101.9 FM. He also hosted a 40-Part Hour long series “Your Working World” on Summit Television and a 13-Part Half Hour long series on New Venture Creation on SABC1. In 2008 he hosted a 24-Part syndicated show on “Jobs and Work” to 18 Community Radio Stations around South Africa. He again hosted a fresh set of “Jobs and Work” using the syndicated model in 2010.
As a print journalist Ivor has been published in 18 publications including Newspapers and Trade Journals throughout South Africa and has featured in cover articles on eight occasions. He regularly writes for the Workplace which is a specialized vocation and occupational section of the Star Newspaper and is currently writing a series on “The Evolution of Work” for that publication.
Ivor has worked in a number of Industries in HR including having lectured both in South Africa and in Europe. He has been CEO of two large parastatal organizations, namely the Furniture Industries Training Board, and the Services Sector Education and Training Authority where he completed 12 years of service, building it into an organization with 120 000 members and an annual turnover of R900 million servicing 35 different Industries.
He has served on a number of global bodies representing the South African business community, the most recent being at the European Union in Brussels, and the European Marketing Council.
Politically he has served as an Independent Local Councillor for Johannesburg for 6 years. Through his work at the Services Seta he has carried out projects with every major Political Party represented in Parliament and has made representations and served before a number of Parliamentary Portfolio Committee’s including Labour and Trade and Industries.
In 2010, the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma officiated at the ceremony where Ivor received his Phd.
He has initiated major projects with the Jacob Zuma Education Trust, also with the President of Cosatu, Sdumo Dhlamini and his Education Trust, with Dennis George of Fedusa and other Trade Unions. He has been at the forefront of a very successful project to Train and Develop 10,000 Domestic Workers throughout South Africa in 2003, positioned the Services Seta to train the largest number of qualified Artisans, between 2006 and 2009, launched the supply-side Call Centre incentive program, which for a number of years was the only DTI endorsed program in the country. He initiated and launched the first Industry-wide, National Simulator Assessment Centre program for the Plant Hire Industry in South Africa. He drove the Temporary Employment Industry to be the largest contributor of Learnerships and Training Programs in the workplace in the history of South Africa.
Recently he released his book “50 Shades of Greed – The Services Seta, Warts and all”.