I am a passionate and positive South African with a desire to inspire change in our country. Whether it is writing articles and blogs like these, working one-on-one, in deep rural communities, schools or boardrooms, my work aims to inspire all South Africans – and give them practical tools – to move from negativity to positivity; from violence to nonviolence; from passive to active; from armchair critics to co-architects of a better future.
I invite you to join me in creating the future we all dream of!
It is not simple being a recovering racist. Just as I think I am making progress I go and make a rookie error that leaves me aghast at my lack of progress.I recently met a friend and colleague at a restaurant in Durban. At the next table was a black lady and a white...read more
Last week, Professor Thuli Madonsela – patron of our NGO The Peace Agency – spoke at our annual fundraising ball.From everyone who was there, it was an exceptional night and Thuli Madonsela contributed in no small way to this success.A great deal has been written by...read more
I was recently invited to be part of a small speaker panel at a local church in my home town of Salt Rock, Kwa-Zulu Natal.As I prepared for the session, I became overwhelmed by all the bad news that is currently surrounding us in South Africa.I tend to steer clear of...read more
The #metoo campaign has had a profound impact on the world.Many women have been empowered to speak about abuse at the hands of men and a few of the more powerful of these have seen their careers ruined. Some will go to jail.With the campaign has come the inevitable...read more
“Primum non nocere” is a Latin phrase that means "first, do no harm."Apparently, all medical students are taught this fundamental principle and it basically means that when faced with a problem, it may be better to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than...read more
Do you ever give donations to charitable organisations; orphanages, places of worship, animal sanctuaries, community safety organisations, education initiatives, anti-corruption groups – that kind of thing?If you do, then you make up a small but vital part of the pool...read more
Not long before one of those, “let us know if we aren’t living up to our mandate not to promote gratuitous sex and violence on radio” announcements, East Coast Radio’s morning DJ Damon Beard described in some detail a video that has now gone viral.In it a man on a...read more
What a joy it always is to receive my weekly attitude adjustment from my friend and colleague Steuart Pennington - the founder and CEO of the website South Africa the Good News (www.sagoodnews.co.za).It comes in the form of his newsletter that always strikes a...read more
Today I was touched by an e-mail forwarded to me by a dear friend Dr Leann Munian. She is a Paediatrician who was writing a farewell note to her colleagues before transferring to another hospital.In the note she wrote a fascinating line about a major shift in her...read more
I have battled to write recently. This is odd because I usually have a great deal to say.But I have been struggling with what a dear friend and colleague calls “the black dog” of depression. For those of you who suffer from depression, you will know that it is damn...read more
“It may not always feel like it but South Africa is in a better place than it was this time in 2017 – and the media played a critical role in getting the country to this point.” Jessica Bezuidenhout: “Journalism in a time of State Capture” Daily Maverick 15 August...read more
As a white person I do not fully understand the land expropriation without compensation issue. In truth, I cannot. My background, my thinking, my skin, my privilege precludes me from really getting it.But what I do know – and what, it seems some other white writers...read more