[Meetup] Being Creative when Sourcing for Talent

Thu, February 02, 2023




This meetup is aimed to help recruiters, investors, and entrepreneurs get insights into the opportunities of hiring the best talent from South Africa. We will shed light on the practical aspects of hiring in South Africa: the current state of the market and its growth potential, how to effectively find and attract candidates, what are the relocation possibilities, etc.






practical learnings

Why attend?

Our meetup gives you an opportunity to communicate closely with industry leaders and network in a relaxed and friendly environment.

  • Get insights from industry experts
  • Ask questions to keynote speakers
  • Meet colleagues and network
  • Food & Drinks are included

Keynote speakers

Vanessa Raath, Global Talent Sourcing Trainer

Vanessa is a global Talent Sourcing Trainer who is passionate about empowering Recruiters & Sourcers to source the best talent more effectively & efficiently. She still actively works as a freelance Talent Sourcer and has clients based in the four corners of the globe. Vanessa knows that by staying active and operational in this space, she is better equipped to train others to source that hard-to-find talent. Vanessa is launching an online training academy in early 2023, so keep an eye out for this!

Brett Jones, Co-founder of OfferZen

Brett is a co-founder of OfferZen, a talent marketplace to find skilled, ready to interview developers across Europe and Africa. 

Prior to OfferZen, Brett studied computer science thinking that one day he might be a software engineer, but instead, while living in London in 2006 he fell into tech recruiting. He spent the next 5 years specializing in recruiting software engineers. In 2010, he moved back to South Africa and founded a recruitment agency in Cape Town also focused on sourcing software engineers. 

Brett is passionate about all things recruiting, talent acquisition, candidate experience, sales, and start-ups. In his spare time, you’ll find Brett out running on trails around Cape Town. 

Robin Smets, CEO and Co-founder of Pantala

Robin is the Co-Founder of Pantala, a tech recruitment agency that connects South African software developers with fully remote international opportunities in Europe and the US.

Before his relocation to Cape Town, Robin lived and worked in Amsterdam. He started his career in various sales roles in different organizations before rolling into recruitment. In his last role, Robin was a Principal Recruiter with one of the fastest-growing tech recruitment agencies in the Netherlands.

When he is not working, and the wind blows, you can find Robin on a kiteboard at one of the Western Cape’s beautiful spots.

Maarten van der Kwaak, Co-founder of Matchr and Pantala, Investor

Maarten works with entrepreneurs and investors across industries on C-level executive searches and succession plans. Maarten works closely with especially Private Equity on their portfolio operations.

Maarten co-founded several successful recruitment businesses, including Matchr, Pantala, Apollo Executive, Legal Top Talent, The Legal Bench, and ConsultancyExit.

Maarten as a former skiing instructor is a skiing enthusiast and has been holding a season ticket at Ajax with his father for years now.


18:00-18:30Welcome: Food, Drinks, and Networking
18:40-19:00Keynote: 10 Steps to Always Make Your Hiring Target

Speaker: Robin Smets

Summary: Of course, many recruiters and talent acquisition specialists know how to hire
quality candidates, but we all know how difficult this industry can be. Sometimes
you can hit a rough patch when you cannot hire a candidate for months
in a row. This always has to do with multiple factors, which sometimes are
outside of your control. There are, however, also a lot of factors you can control.
This talk will zoom in on the things you can control and will provide you with 10
concrete steps and actions you can take to control the process.
19:05-19:40Keynote: Being Creative when Sourcing for Talent

Speaker: Vanessa Raath

Summary: The key value a modern Sourcer adds to the table is the ability to find the seemingly impossible-to-find candidate. This presentation will focus on how you can become a better sourcer of Tech Talent, in particular. I will be sharing some awesome tips and tricks that will not only assist you in finding the best Tech Talent out there utilising Tech specific platforms as well as how to conduct general searches for people’s CVs on the Internet.
19:40-20:00Break: Drinks & Snacks
20:00-20:45Panel discussion with Q&A: From Recruiter to Entrepreneur: How to Set Yourself up for Success

Speakers: Brett Jones, Robin Smets, Vanessa Raath, Maarten van der Kwaak

Moderator: Adriaan Kolff
20:45-21:30Food, Drinks, and Networking


The Meetup will be hosted in the OfferZen office in Cape Town.

Address: 7th floor, Jamieson Studios, 9 Jamieson Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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The Meetup sponsor:


Playroll’s global employment platform brings cost-effective, tactical ease to global talent mobility strategy.

In a few clicks, HR and people teams can hire and pay talent across borders – all without the delays and legal liability of setting up new employer entities. Besides clearing the usual roadblocks to compliantly hiring anyone anywhere, Playroll prioritizes relationship-based, in-house support. 

Key features:

  • Fully owned employer entities worldwide
  • Research new-hire HR costs free
  • Global talent recruitment and job-spec matching
  • Automated multi-country payroll compliance
  • Partner network discounts and employee benefits
  • Knowledgeable, relationship-based support
  • On-the-ground legal teams worldwide
  • HR tech integrations


OfferZen is the job marketplace that gives tech companies the competitive advantage they need to quickly hire world-class developers. On OfferZen, teams gain access to curated, interview-ready developers across multiple roles and regions that are smartly matched to their open positions.

Matchr provides remote embedded talent teams for scale-ups and large enterprises. Whether we need to build a scalable recruitment process from scratch, deliver on an ambitious hiring plan, or source top talent from around the globe, our goal is to help our partners achieve stellar growth. We are proud to work with companies like Miro, Fairmoney, Grammarly, and TikTok.


The registration to the Meetup is closed – we are fully booked.

Join our free webinar series for sourcers & recruiters – we still have slots available.

Date | Time

Thu, February 02, 2023
18:00-21:00 SAST (GMT+2)


7th floor, Jamieson Studios, 9 Jamieson Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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