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!
Over the 8 years that I have written this column, I have interacted with many people who have shared with me some of the incredible things they are doing to make this country a better place.I have been very struck by the passion that people have to make a difference...read more
My wife and I recently attended the graduation ceremony of a staff member of ours who had completed a course in Early Childhood Development through Embury College. It was quite an affair.300 odd graduates most of them with a guest, in a conference room at the old...read more
Under the watchful and ever-lazy eye of Jacob Zuma, they toil. His mug beams down upon them along with the unknown (to me at least) Fatima Chohan who serves as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.It is not for the faint-hearted being a Home Affairs employee. Their...read more
I recently wrote a post about the incidents of rocks being thrown off bridges on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.The theory - and I do state in the piece that it is a theory - put forward in the piece is that systemic social injustices – i.e. poverty, unemployment...read more
Here on the North Coast of the East Coast of South Africa we are driving scared. This is because people stand on bridges over highways and throw rocks onto cars. This terrifying experience has happened to half a dozen motorists over the past month, and lives - some of...read more
“Dear South Africans, why are we so gullible? Here goes Minister Angie Motshekga once again leading you by the nose.” Former University of Free State Vice-chancellor Prof Jonathan Jansen responding to the release of the 2017 Matric results.Each year at this time, we...read more
“My sole aim was to ensure that my self-respect as a proud South African is restored, and that one way of restoring that was to ensure that the people responsible for large-scale thievery and exploitation are held to account.” Suzanne Daniels – Eskom...read more
If you happen to visit us anytime from June onwards, you will notice that our house is more of a Christmas workshop than a home.You see, my wife Cathy is Santa’s undisputed elf of the century! If Christmas was to be cancelled for whatever reason, my wife would...read more
In his best-selling book “Man’s Search for Meaning”, Austrian psychiatrist and holocaust survivor Victor Frankl describes how the smoking of cigarettes came to denote a loss of hope in concentration camp prisoners.Given the lack of even the most basic necessities in...read more
A letter to my sister who is about to return to South Africa having lived in Britain for the past 4 years:Dear M,I hope you are well and surviving that UK weather. I wish you could send some rain to the Western Cape. The drought down there is horrific.What do you make...read more
I don’t remember how old Lolly was when I first sent her howling to the bathroom to await her smack. She must have been 3 I guess - the same age I was when I hurled a soccer ball at my sister’s head whilst she was having a swimming race against my brother. In my...read more
As it turned out, the day was perfect; no wind, no rain – certainly no thunder or lightning. A gentle breeze kept the waiting guests cool and an inky, overcast sky provided a magnificent backdrop for the green Stellenbosch vineyards in the foreground and the familiar...read more