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!
On a recent holiday in our beloved second home of Mpumalanga province, we decided to take a day-trip into the Kruger National Park. The idea was a gentle game drive up to the Skukuza day visitors’ area where we would light a fire at the communal braai area and make...read more
In South Africa we have a great many babies – apparently some 3500 known cases – that are abandoned annually.These are the ‘lucky ones’ that get found alive because figures show that for every abandoned child found alive, two are found dead. Some of their deaths are...read more
Should the proposed National Minimum Wage of R20 an hour (R3500 per month) be implemented, around 6.6 million people will benefit.We should take a moment and allow that to settle in our souls; an estimated 6.6 million people earn less than R20 an hour. R160 per day....read more
Our country is gearing up for the 2019 election and so predictably, the seeds of division are being sown.Racist rhetoric, polarisation, distortion of facts and even hate speech are going to be the order of the day for the next 12 to 18 months. This sets us back in our...read more
There is a poem called “The Cold Within” that was written in the 1960’s by then unknown American poet James Patrick Kinney.I first heard this poem quoted by our former Public Protector Professor Thuli Madonsela, but apparently it is quite well known the world over....read more
If you are bringing up small children in South Africa, you may well have heard the words “brown” and “peach” used to refer to black and white people.I simply cannot express in words how these terms irritate me. They irritate me even more than that other new South...read more
An article in last weekend’s Sunday Times entitled “White flight ‘over fear and mother tongue’” tells us that white people are pulling their kids out of schools where there are too many black people.In former Model C schools there are now only a handful of white...read more
This monthly feature is our response to the President’s invitation: “Thuma Mina – Send Me”. It is a toolkit of ideas to help our readers respond to that call.In 2007, I returned from the UK having spent 6 incredible years living and working in London. Virtually as my...read more
Caution: If you are Australian you may find this post hard to believe (apart from all you lovely Saffers now living in Australia who know how awesome South Africa is - and of course our beloved Aussie family who travel to SA regularly and know the truth). This is...read more
I recently saw a car with a bumper sticker on it that read Stop Crime Say Hello. This warmed the cockles of my heart because it was a campaign that I began nearly a decade ago. The message was very simple; at the end of the day, crime is simply a lack of love and...read more
"We have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement record in the absence of talented leadership.” Research finding from 180 schools across nine states in America.In an article published in the New York Times on March 12, 2018 entitled...read more
We recently had a dear uncle visit us from Singapore. He was surprised by the vast number of massive building projects he saw. The number of ‘cranes in the sky’ - a very good bellwether for the state of a countries economy - completely belied what he had heard about...read more