The Unicorn chats to Kevin Chaplin on the Drive Zone about his new book entitled, “Can Do! Making the Impossible Possible”
Kevin grew up in KwaZulu Natal, spent 10 years in Gauteng before moving to Cape Town in 2000.
He graduated with a BComm degree majoring in Accounts and Business Economics from UNISA as well as an Associate Diploma in Banking. He also completed the UCT Graduate School of Business Executive Management Development Programme.
Kevin was previously Provincial Manager, First National Bank Western Cape and prior to that Sales and Service Director Cape Town; Director Finance, Human Resources & Admin FNB First Commerce Gauteng and National Industrial Relations Manager in Johannesburg. As Sales and Service Director Cape Town he turned the business around from bottom to top performing.
At the end of 2006, after 26 years in banking, Kevin founded the South African Ubuntu Foundation. A few months later he also took over the Amy Biehl Foundation as Managing Director when they were insolvent and he has turned it around into a thriving organization.
In 2014 and 2015, against all odds he built the Amy Foundation Youth Skills Centre costing over R 8 million and fully paid off in 18 months.
Kevin is a resident lecturer for University of Miami, USA. He is also a speaker at numerous local and international conferences, corporate events and universities.
His new book Can do! Making the Impossible Possible, with foreword by Desmond Tutu was released in February 2020. For a recent Book review please click here:
He is a Board Member of the following:
- Three Streams Holdings
- National Business Intitiative
- European Association of Children and Youth
- Amy Foundation
- South African Ubuntu Foundation
- Princess of Africa Foundation
- Business Against Crime – National Board and Chairman of Western Cape
- Fairest Cape Association
- Relate Trust
- Eluthandweni Homes for Aids Orphans
- Paediatric HIV Foundation
- Western Cape Education Foundation
- Ikamva Labantu
- Nants’Ingqayi Women’s Empowerment Group
- Executive Committee Member of Business Arts SA
Patron – Cape Kidney Association
Took the business of FNB Cape Town from the bottom 5 nationally in June 2001 to No 1 nationally in June 2004 in terms of Performance. Grew Amy Biehl Foundation from insolvency to success.
Awarded Knights Circle of Valour Award for Community Service and Melvin Jones International Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Service – other recipients include Raymond Ackerman & Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Raised over R 30 million for various charities in the past 10 years.
Selected onto UCT Graduate School Distinguished Speakers programme in 2007. Voted top guest speaker at UCT for 2005.
National sales winner of prizes to Austria, Reunion, Mauritius, Egypt, Kenya, Sun City, Far East and Victoria Falls in the SA Wildlife Society’s National Sales competitions over 4 years.
He is married to Robyn and they have 2 daughters, Sarah and Kirsty. He enjoys quality time with his family, nature, game reserves, travel, reading as well as public speaking.