But what can i do? [White people in South Africa and beyond…]

White South African friends... i have so much love for you. A number of you, when race conversations have been happening, have asked the question, "What can i do?" and as one who doesn't have all the answers but certainly has some of the journey, i figured I can share some things that helped me to move further along in this conversation. So for the next forty days, i am hoping to share an idea [...]

The Yesterday Friends

i am going to Durban on Tuesday for a week. i could not be happier. Durban contains so many of my people. My younger sister Dawn and her family is there for starters and so we will connect and have a great time. But also some of the people i just enjoy the most in the world [quite a big set of people to be honest] live in Durban and so any excuse to see [...]

By |2018-08-03T10:33:26+00:00August 3rd, 2018|friends and enemas, inspire-ations|1 Comment

Is it power or love?

What is better? Love or Power? Feels like a trick question, right? Cos obviously i will be looking for Love... or will i? My friend Rene shared a quote on Sunday from Martin Luther King Jnr which i don't remember hearing before but which caught my attention: “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anaemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice [...]

By |2018-07-31T08:00:09+00:00July 31st, 2018|change the world, inspire-ations|0 Comments

Show me all the pretty colours…

i absolutely love the people in and around my life.  It really does feel like a gift and on top of any male or white or anything else privilege that i recognise and acknowledge, the privilege of quality people is one i am most grateful for. The other night a new friend Mzi was visiting Cape Town from Joburg and we got to have dinner with him and spend an evening just chatting and reflecting [...]

Introducing – Concert in the Dark: “Into the Light”

Can you imagine what music might sound like to someone who is blind? CBM South Africa, a branch of the world's biggest disability charity, has teamed up with the Cape Town Youth Choir to raise awareness of the organisation and the work we do to create sustainable change and improve lives of people with disabilities. Concert tickets include refreshments. We've entitled the programme, "Into the Light" and it contains works by well known and lesser [...]

By |2018-07-25T10:26:29+00:00July 25th, 2018|activities, inspire-ations, local news|0 Comments

Before the name-calling begins…

So you hear or read something that feels offensive to you...   A challenge perhaps, or a question that has been posed. Something that contains a phrase that brings up all sorts of emotions in you - maybe something like "white privilege" or "feminism", something like "liberal" or "racist" or "#AllMen" or a number of other words or phrases or ideas that provoke you.   Before you get angry or defensive or feel the need [...]

By |2018-07-24T07:05:37+00:00July 24th, 2018|inspire-ations|0 Comments

Blessed are the Uncomfortable

...for they will see change!  i had an epiphany this morning that if more of us were a little more okay with being uncomfortable, we could completely revolutionise the world. When it comes to race conversations or men treating women better or even religious or political discussions, the moment someone starts to feel a little bit uncomfortable they usually find a quick way to end things or get back to more 'safer territory'. Where does [...]

By |2018-07-20T13:44:14+00:00July 20th, 2018|inspire-ations, things to wrestle with|0 Comments

Old dogs…

The other day i spent about an hour learning how to add some videos and subscriber links to the end of my videos. Not rocket scientistry and i'm sure the moves i learnt are pretty basic and can be done much better by the pros but you can check out the finished result at the end of my latest Erik [with a k] video, where Erik [with a k] reads the poem Self-Sacrifice by Hanane [...]

By |2018-07-16T08:55:25+00:00July 16th, 2018|challenges, change the world, inspire-ations|0 Comments

The LifeMatters Foundation: Lifeskills, mentoring and much much more.

A few weeks ago i got to help out at a camp with The LifeMatters Foundation, on this occasion with grade seven pupils from three different schools in the Cape Flats. They are doing some incredible things in schools and so i asked them to share a little bit of who they are: Who we are  We are The LifeMatters Foundation, a proudly South African Non-Profit Organisation promoting holistic development in children through literacy, numeracy, life skills workshops, counselling and [...]

Outliers: After school programs as a safe space for learning and growth

i know a lot of people in Cape Town who are involved in some exciting educational non-profit organisations doing a range of inspirational things with the young people in our province, particularly those in less resourced schools. One such group is Outliers and i asked them to share a little bit about what they are about: In South Africa, only 50% of children who originally enroll in school make it to matric. In addition, an [...]