PR & Published Work

I've written content about various industries. Below are examples of articles that were published with my name attached - or bylined.  

4 Ways To Communicate That Will Earn You Respect, Not Disapproval

OMG our gnr8n is like totes taking over the job market, LOL. #GoldenYears
 

That sentence you just read encapsulates the problem of Generation-Y entering the workplace (along with painfully burning my retinas).
 

We’re stuck in our own ways of communicating. Our generation struggles to have — and hold — real, face-to-face conversations across generations. When there’s no flickering cursor on a screen, we panic.
 

In an article in the City Press, Arno Kemp, a human resources expert at The Training Room Online, outlines that the root of Generation-Y’s communication problem comes from our dependence on messaging platforms.

We’ve full-heartedly embraced these new forms of communication where stop-start conversations via texted replaced seamlessly-threaded vocal ones.

But being able to hold a real conversation in the work environment is crucial for progression up the corporate ladder.

So, how can we regain the ability to properly converse?

Well, grab a book (or listen to an audiobook) and learn the old-school art of conversation via old-school methods.
 

The CD I grabbed (yes I still own a CD player) was "Do You Listen Enough?" by professional motivational speaker Godfrey Madanhire. It offered some of the following tips:
 

1. Listening can help to develop good conversational skills:

Seriously, just keep your abbreviations to yourself and listen. No one likes a troll in real life, so be polite and don’t interrupt. Be a sponge and absorb the information flowing your way.
 

2. No one is competing with you to be the best when having a conversation:

There’s no need for a Chandler Bing comeback for everything. There is no scorecard keeping track of your quips, unless you have one hidden in your own pocket.
 

3. Less technology; more real people time:

I'm pretty sure there’s an awesome stat for how much time we spend on our mobile and digital devices, but you’re on your device right now, so the point has been proven.

Switch it off and have actual conversations with real people, face-to-face. It’s not difficult. Finish reading this article then switch it off.
 

4. If you’re not sure what to say, at least be interested:

In real life conversations, there is no Google button. If you have no idea how to respond, just ask a question about what they’re saying. Showing interest is not only the polite thing, but it helps extend the conversation. Maybe you’ll learn something.

But, let’s pause for a minute and consider the stuff we’re really so much better at than Gen-X:
 

-We’re the generation that understands the importance of immediacy and we’re able to easily share our emotions with others. Therefore, we’re better at building relationships than previous generations because we’re a little less repressed, even in the workplace.
 

-We don’t lack confidence. We know we’re awesome. Just listen and wait for the correct time to shine.
 

-There’s a reason why social networks have boomed in our era: it’s because we value social connections. Use this to your advantage and connect to other generations.
 

They’ll appreciate the effort. Plus, they have wisdom and insight, which we’ll have to wait for a while to get. So, let’s not just be tolerant toward them, let’s embrace those who preceded us on the corporate ladder.
 

-We’re literally wearing clothes from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Use this to relate across the generations, as they have loved the same products as you do now.
 

-If you want an employer to like you and converse with you, leave the “abbrevs” and “LOLs” at home. Cultivate your conversational skills by simply listening; the change will not go unnoticed.
 

Use your positive traits to impress employers. Building good relationships with them and your colleagues will put you ahead of your peers.
 

But, if you’re not willing to change, learn and adapt, then you should do what young adults of Generation-Y are known for: Move back in with your parents, whom I'm sure would love to shift their entertainment room back to your bedroom.

Online Classifieds: Disrupt or Die

Zahariev is not alone in the belief that success depends on constant evolution. The Australian Gumtree is now accepting PayPal payments, and our local Gumtree is allowing secure peer-to-peer messages. Ultimately, however, the classified publication hasn’t addressed one of its major flaws: face-to-face security, and the authentication of products being sold.

Gumtree, however, is confident. "The overwhelming majority of online transactions happen safely, but as platforms sharpen their security and new players enter the market, new scams are created. Fortunately, these are fairly easy to identify," says Claire Cobbledick, Head of Core Business for Gumtree SA.

 

And the danger of scams has opened doors for others. It was this small percentage of fraudulent deals that Luke Calitz identified as his gap into an untapped market when he founded Luxity, SA's largest source of pre-owned, authenticated, luxury designer items.
 

"I knew there was a domestic market for pre-owned, luxury goods from producers like Gucci and Chanel. We often receive highly coveted Hermès items on a regular basis, and in 2017, a gorgeous Kelly bag sold for R150,000," says Calitz. "In the past, this sale may not have taken place, as there was no way to authenticate the pieces."
 

The business is thriving, it appears. "Since launching the company, we’ve opened a brick-and-mortar store in Sandton, and we even conduct sales via WhatsApp. It’s vital to reach your target demographic via a channel that suits them," says Calitz.
 

Starting any new business venture in today's environment means allowing room for growth and evolution. However, this is just as true for well-established platforms. In a recent press release issued by PriceCheck, CEO Kevin Tucker said, "PriceCheck has been around for 12 years. To keep pace with the rapid evolution of local e-commerce, we’ve regularly improved the PriceCheck user experience." 
 

It doesn’t matter if you’re well established or a young startup platform: the offering must evolve if it is to keep up with consumers who now expect services tailored to their needs. Whether old classified platforms will be able to retain their consumer base under these circumstances will be revealed over the next few months and years.

We've all paged through old classified publications or their digital counterparts. There's something hypnotic about idly thumbing through adverts. Yet at the end of the day, the purpose of these publications is to connect the seller with the potential buyer. And in the current age, where you can book accommodation or summon a taxi from your smartphone, is this basic service enough to keep online classifieds relevant – and the market engaged?
 

According to SimilarWeb, South Africa's top three classified websites are GumtreeOLX, and Junkmail. These players’ positions in the local marketplace have remained close to static in recent years, although OLX has gained some traction in domestic rankings. Internationally, however, there's a downward trend among the old guard of classified websites. Craigslist (the top player in the sector) has dropped a few spots in recent months. This may be due to Facebook seizing market share in the United States with their Marketplace app, but only time will tell.
 

On the local scene, tech startups know they need a business model that will disrupt and innovate, or they're bound to fail. "Identifying and creating a service that helps streamline a process is key when establishing a new tech startup in South Africa," says Michael Zahariev, the founder and CEO of the third-party car auction site, HiCarByeCar.com. "I think you’d struggle to launch a platform delivering only one distinctive service that’s not disruptive in its nature. I knew any idea I had had to address a real-world problem and deliver a service that couldn’t be offered in the past."

Recently, HiCarByeCar.com received an eight-figure valuation from a Swiss venture capitalist. Zahariev also believes if his young company weren't constantly evolving, no one would be interested in his platform.

"I’ve noticed that consumers, while interested in the best price, want little to do with the process. In the past, car owners were responsible for uploading the details and photos of their cars. Now I send a professional to inspect the car [and] manage the uploading. It’s this constant tweaking that’s helping us gain traction. After all, a digital platform lives and dies by how good its user experience is," says Zahariev.

 

How you can bag a profit by splurging on an expensive designer handbag

Don't think of that Hermes Birkin as an outrageous indulgence - a costly handbag could be a great investment if you follow this advice before shelling out the cash, and provided you can bear to part with it one day. 

With increases in VAT, petrol and daily consumables, you'd think South Africans would be applying the brakes on their spending. Actually, the opposite is true. Every day more individuals are diving into the luxury goods market, and they can afford to do so by purchasing pre-owned.
 

In the past, getting access to these items would have been an issue because they simply weren't sold in South Africa. But since the opening of our market and, more importantly, the creation of online shops that will deliver worldwide, more people are now able and willing to spend money on these items. And there is nothing more desirable than a luxury handbag.
 

So, now that South African fashionistas can get their hands on bags they could only dream of in the past, here are a number of facts you need to know when purchasing these luxury goods.

IT CAN BE AN INVESTMENT

While it might seem like an unlikely option for an investment, there's ample evidence that the right purchase can bear fruit. According to JustCollecting's 2016 Rare Handbag Index, a pre-owned Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag increased in price by a huge 233.3% between 2004 and 2016.
 

So, if you're feeling a little sheepish about spending a large lump sum of capital on a designer item, do a little research and see if the item you're planning on purchasing could be sold for a profit down the line.

And if you are planning to purchase the bag to sell it at a later stage, the South African pre-owned retail sector has come a long way. A simple Google search will reveal a number of secure online platforms where you can sell your item without the fear of being conned.
 

MAKE SURE IT'S MADE FROM THE RIGHT STUFF

Designer items are all about the details. From the stitching of the lining to the placement of the logo, how everything comes together matters. An Hermés Birkin or Kelly bag takes up to 25 hours to make and each handbag is hand-sewn.

The materials matter, from the leather to the metal hardware, so when buying, make sure you choose an item with elements that will last and aren't prone to deterioration.

Choosing an item that ages well will ensure that you can sell it on many years later. The Hermés Birkin is predicted to double its value in 10 years because it has a limited production cycle and is sold only from Hermés stores, so buying one could be a fabulous investment.
 

According to Bag Hunter, the Birkin increased in value by more than 500% in the past 35 years, earning more than six times the return of gold stocks.
 

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF COLOUR

If you're planning on purchasing a bag with a retail value close to that of an entry-level car, selecting a timeless colour is important. While you may be tempted to purchase a bag that makes a statement and is in vogue right now, you really want your bag to last and to be an item that goes with any outfit.

While the pre-owned luxury market doesn't always give you the full range of available colour options, just remember that a beautiful, pink Lady Dior bag by Christian Dior might not be the timeless fashion item you were looking for.
 

That being said, if you're a bright pink Lady Dior person, then who are we to say no!
 

FINDING THE BAG YOU LOVE MIGHT TAKE TIME

Beautiful designer items are expensive because they're rare. Hermés bags can take six to 12 months to reach stores after the store manager has ordered them.
 

If you're planning to buy a pre-owned bag, this means finding the right classifieds for your item, and manually searching each one for your heart's desire.
 

If, however, you have a specific bag in mind, it would be wise to sign up to a number of mailing lists. For example, Luxity, South Africa's largest source of pre-owned and authenticated luxury goods, will WhatsApp you when stock arrives, so you don't need to spend valuable time scrolling through websites.
 

This is a long game, but it's worth it so be patient.
 

CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT

At the end of the day, the item needs to suit you and your lifestyle. While a timeless Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap is beautiful and elegant, if you're an individual who needs more in your larger-than-life lifestyle, then the roomy Louis Vuitton Neverfull would be the perfect option.
 

So, if you see an amazing bag that's not only made from the right stuff but also suits your wardrobe and your life, then there's no better time to treat yourself than the present!

What does the shuffling of the big guys mean for smaller agencies?

Over the last year there's been some major changes in the local advertising market. From the closure of Y&R's Cape Town office and its subsequent takeover by VML South Africa, to the major WPP story (you know the one), the big players in the industry are making some major moves. But does this mean better opportunities for the smaller agencies?

Absolutely… I think big agencies definitely have amazing talent and capabilities, the problem is the perception of bloat in larger agencies,” says Carla Gontier, head strategist at Iconic Media.
 

Transparent, one-on-one relationships


According to Up to Light’s annual report, What Clients Think 2018, 22% of clients said that they sometimes struggle to understand design agency costs, pointing to a lack of transparency about the actual work involved in one task versus another.

“This isn’t a startling revelation but clients like to be involved with the process and the work we’re producing for them,” says Abigail van Zyl, managing director of The Digital Thread, “The major difference in the market is the fact that clients are now demanding transparent, one-on-one relationships with the agencies. While delivering the best creative is important, I also think agencies like mine are able to offer services at a lower price, and in these economic times you need to cut the fat where you can.”

According to Stats SA, the first quarter of 2018 saw a -2,2% dip in GDP compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. When economic times are tough you need to be frugal with your marketing budget and still get results.

“A few years ago I failed at launching my own small agency. It was definitely a learning curve, and to be honest, the concept of a small freelance agency was a little ahead of its time,” says Van Zyl, “For me, revisiting the structure in the last few years has proven easy, efficient, and one most larger agencies wish they could copy.”


Cherry-pick talent
 

Another interesting change in the industry is how many middle and senior weight creatives are going it on their own. A 2017/2018 survey issued by the Southern African Freelancers Association found that over 80% of those surveyed were above the age of 30. With this drop off in permanent, experienced creatives in the industry, smaller agencies have been able to take advantage.

Says Van Zyl, “I’m able to offer my clients quality work utilising senior freelancers who either got tired of agency life, wanted a more flexible lifestyle, or became frustrated by doing work for only one client. Whether it’s editors, sound engineers, designers, or writers, I can cherry-pick talent to complete a project. In the long run, I’ve found that not having to pay an office’s utility bills or other staff-related costs means I’m able to operate at lower costs, and still deliver fresh work.”

In addition, utilising senior freelancers has, in some circumstance, allowed smaller agencies to elevate their offerings according to Gontier, “A couple of years ago when we approached bigger clients there was the idea that we were not able to service their accounts because we didn’t have the capacity. Since then we’ve changed our approach so we're able to operate like a big agency by using trusted external suppliers and freelancers but without taking on the additional expenses of permanent staff.”

 

Blazing new trails

While larger agencies will still dominate the TVC producing market for clients, and it is the biggest advertising-spend segment, smaller agencies are blazing new trails and are starting to offer alternatives.

“Clients no longer have the budgets to put R3m - R4m behind a few TVCs a year. They want to be able to get bang for their buck, so being able to deliver high-quality video content, and also trim the fat of a large production, is an invaluable skill.”

But at the end of the day, smaller agencies offer one massive advantage that clients want: real one-on-one communication that isn’t dilute by processes and layers.

“Every time I start a new project with a client they’re always so happy for the direct contact with me,” says Van Zyl, “They’re really grateful that I don’t bring any of the usual agency department layerings. I’m a one-woman band and clients are able, to be frank with me. They give direct briefs that I’m able to work with for solutions they want, which are bankable results, not awards. After all, smaller agencies live and die by what they can prove as actual ROIs.”

“That’s why I think smaller local agencies will keep on attracting new corporate clientele,” concludes Van Zyl.

What is the easiest way to sell your car?

Being on the other side of an auction can work in your favour as a seller.

If you’ve ever been involved in the selling of a car via classifieds, you’ll know it is a long slog.
 

From writing and posting the advert, and dealing with potential buyers, to finally ensuring all parties have signed and filed the correct forms, it’s a process that can take many weeks to complete – not to mention all the little details we’ve skimmed over.
 

But in an age where you can call a taxi to fetch you at the touch of a button, is there not an easier way to sell your car?
 

The simple answer is – yes! Here are the easiest ways to sell your car.
 

The middleman service
 

By now, as a motorist who listens to the radio, you would have heard a WeBuyCars’ advert. But how do they operate?
 

Middleman services will provide you with a short form to describe your car and its condition, then you will be asked to submit photos of the car, and put down your desired asking price. After you’ve completed the form, the middleman service will send out an experienced car buyer who will take a closer look at the vehicle and talk to you about its history.
 

If he or she wants to make you an offer, they will bring change of ownership forms for you to complete, and will submit them to the traffic department.
 

It is a convenient service where a car salesperson will come to you, negotiate the price, deposit the funds into your account, and even settle bank-financed deals. But if you’re looking for more than one offer on your asking price, there is a tried and tested method.

Auction
 

When many people hear the word “auction” they immediately imagine scenes of bidding wars for bargain-priced purchases. But actually, being on the other side can work in your favour as a seller.
 

All vehicles that go under the hammer are sold ‘as is’. This means if your car is in need of some TLC, but you can’t afford to fix it, you won’t need to enter into a heated conversation about its potential repair costs with interested buyers.
 

Then there’s the fact you can set a reserve price, which is a minimum price point for the sale. However, you’ll need to pay a nominal fee to the auction house for admin and paperwork.
 

Also, you will be required to sit through some meetings and liaise with the auctioneer about your asking amount. But auctions can drive up the price, so you could be walking away with more than you were expecting!
 

Middleman online auctioneer 
 

If you’re keen on the idea of the auction but are not interested in paying the fees, there is a new option.
 

Services like HiCarByeCar.com, which is currently only available the Johannesburg area, will place your car’s profile on the online auction used exclusively by dealerships, where it will be bid upon by dealers who are looking for cars like yours. They will complete the majority of the sales journey for you – at no cost.
 

So, if you felt like it was too much pressure to accept one person’s offer, or that you might not want to pay the auction fee, then this may be the right route for you.
 

All you need to do is fill out the online form and wait for the broker to photograph your car. From there, the broker puts the car online for auction and phones you with the highest prices, then you choose which offers to accept or reject.
 

It is up to you which sales route you choose, but honestly, they’re all a lot easier than the alternative and at the end of the day you land up with cash in your pocket.

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How I Became an Urban Farmer in 4 Square Metres

Self-Taught Tip 5: Just keep going 

Often when undertaking a massive project, like the hanging hydroponic system, you need to keep the momentum going. If I’d stopped halfway through this project it would have never been completed. 

 

Self-Taught Tip 6: Space, always consider space

I chose to create the hydroponic system, not because it was hard but because with the limited space in our 4x4m backyard. In my system I can grow 35 plants on 2 metres of wall. Another thing to remember with space is the size of plants. Vegetables and herbs are great, olive trees are a no.   

 

Self-Taught Tip 7: You need a routine 

If you’re the type of person who can’t squeeze an extra 10 minute activity into your day, I’d turn the other way right now. Even though I could put on a timer for the systems in my backyard I still need to maintain nutrient levels, watering and pest control. But I love tinkering in the garden so I make time for it.

 

Self-Taught Tip 8: Start [crop rotation] saving seeds from day one

I had beans in the system that eventually died due to bad nutrients. But before they were thrown into the Bokashi composter I took some of their beans and planted them. Now I have more nearly dead beans. 

 

Self-Taught Tip 9: Start sourcing stuff for free

Recently I’ve started driving to large hardware stores and asking for old pallets. Certain pallets are not recollected from distributors and are actually given away for free, you just have to ask. Building your own planting boxes helps cut down the expenses on an expensive hobby. 

Self-Taught Tip 10: Do it your way 

There’s no reason why I painted the system gold, I just thought it would look cool. Luckily it came out the way it did. I’m pretty sure no one has ever glammed up their hydroponic system. But I tailored it to best suit our aesthetic Otherwise it would have looked like a drunken plumber’s handy work.

The yard is far from complete, as it is a constant work in progress. If you’re interested in seeing me complete more of my projects in the backyard follow me on Instagram.

I’ve always been an ideas man working in advertising and now PR. It’s what I do to put butter on my toast. The inspiration for my hanging garden was a combination of titbits. I had a colleague who used to have his own homemade hydroponic system at the office. He still sells home hydroponic kits and socks online, super hipster. I asked [him some questions about] how it worked, then moved on with my life. 
 

A few months later I was with a friend who owns a restaurant in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Bedouin Café & Deli. She told me that sometimes she struggles to buy mint for her Labneh, which is a delicious type of cheese. In the dark recesses of my mind a little light went on and without even thinking I blurted out,
 

“I’ll grow you tons of mint! I sort of know how hydroponics works.”
 

This was the first step in the journey of how I taught myself to become an urban farmer. It hasn’t been a long trip, but it has been a steep learning curve.
 

Self-Taught Tip 1: Get the idea and just do 

Often when an idea pops up we’re hesitant to act on it. In my case I had a rough idea of what it sort of looked like. I visited the local hardware store and came home with 6 metres of piping, a water pump, 9 wall brackets, 4 spray paint cans and three weekends later it was done.   

 

Self-Taught Tip 2: Be ready to fail 

From killing a lot of plants to becoming a frequent, confused visitor in hardware stores, I’ve had to eat a lot of humble pie. Like any new ideas there are bound to be some kinks so you need to keep adapting. I’ve learnt more from my mistakes, for every project I’ve undertaken only half have actually worked.   

 

Self-Taught Tip 3: Experiment whenever you can

Diversifying the way you grow your plants will allow you to see which way is best. I had two seedling trays growing seeds, one hydroponically and the other a normal seedling tray. I was amazed at the difference, and it was fun. 

Self-Taught Tip 4: You’ll need help 

My girlfriend, a ceramic artist, is always on hand to give me advice. She also provides 50% of the pots, both ground and hanging, in our backyard. We’re always trying something new in the backyard, where I’m the muscle and she’s the brains.

Retreat and reboot

Ever wished you could press a reset button in your head, just to clear out all the junk that has accumulated over time, end bad habits and make things run smoother? Breathe in, breathe out, and discover an affordable spiritual retreat. 
 

There are a number of little (or big!) stresses that fill our days in the modern world. Every day we battle peak morning traffic, race to meet deadlines at work, hit the traffic again on the way home, put dinner on the table, look after the family, feed and walk pets, clean the house or do laundry, and inevitably crawl into bed at the end of the day feeling exhausted. Then it all starts over again the next day. 

 

What is needed by most “nine-to-fivers” is a well-deserved break to escape from the daily grind. And off-the-beaten-track destinations, while perhaps unheard of and lacking hundreds of online recommendations, are worth considering as venues to really recharge – body and soul. 

 

A little peace and quiet is the antidote, and small-town breaks make for great experiences – and stories! Luckily, we live in a beautiful country where these locations are an easy drive away from our big cities, and offer many relaxing activities. 


So whether you live in the beating heart of the commercial heartland of Johannesburg, in the cosmopolitan centre of Cape Town, or the docklands of Durban, here are five places to visit to recharge your spiritual batteries:

The Blue Hippo Farm
Situated just outside of the beautiful town of Greyton, just an hour and a half drive outside of Cape Town, this small farm has loads on offer to help revitalise the soul. The pet-friendly location has multiple accommodation options and itineraries for everyone. Home to a number of animals such as sheep, geese, chickens, horses, and alpacas, it’s definitely what most would consider a working farm.    
Whether you’re a novice, or have experience with meditation or yoga, the professionals conducting the sessions at the Blue Hippo will be able to help you unwind and relax in the tranquil surroundings.

 

Accommodation options at the venue are varied and are environmentally friendly, whether you choose to stay in Hobbit Houses, in the Tipi village, or in the Oak Tree Cabin, the structures at this destination enhance the entire experience. With multiple weekend activities to engage with from hikes and bike rides through fields to swimming in the dam during the summer months, the Blue Hippo is a location that welcomes all those with searching for a truly relaxing experience.

For more information see www.bluehippofarm.com

 

Dharmagiri
Nestled between the Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal borders in the shadow of the mountains this Buddhist retreat is a truly spiritual and engaging experience, and is just a three-hour drive from Durban. The core vision of the venue is to create an inner-connectedness with the Earth. Practising three core beliefs of Buddhism, Dharma, and Sangha, the community prides itself with being able to connect visitors to a tranquil mindset.  

Dharmagiri is community-based accommodation, where those who stay are asked to help with chores around the establishment, and to refrain from consuming alcohol and drugs, all in accordance with the Buddhist lifestyle. There are also multiple meditation sessions available to attend, either as an individual or as a part of the community.

 

The establishment prides itself in including outsiders into the community, acting as a source to spread their teachings to all those who visit.

Rooms are incredibly cheap ranging from R290 per night sharing to R390 for a single en-suite room. There is also the possibility of “Dana” (free will offering) where, for an exchange of gifts and services, they will let you stay for free.

For more information either log onto www.dharmagiri.org, or call 082 473 5525. For bookings, call Jane on 072 707 7881, or drop them an email at office@dharmagiri.org

Peace of Eden
Situated just outside of the Knysna this eco, vegetarian, forest retreat promises all those who visit, and stay, a magical experience. The Peace of Eden’s owners are passionate about animals, wildlife, and the natural world. This is why they decided decades ago to not eat any meat, which has made them connoisseurs of vegetarian cooking. Animal friendly, it is the perfect spot to have your furry companion tag along.
Promising a peaceful stay, the accommodation facilities add to the atmosphere with their cute Woodcutter Cottages, Barns, and beautiful tents under the forest canopy.

On the premises is also a shop and recording studio. The studio has played host to some of South Africa’s biggest musicians like Dan Patlansky and Gary Thomas. If you’re lucky, you might even bump into them while at the Peace of Eden. 


Also onsite are Aromatherapy Massage facilities, Healing Stress Release workshops, and other therapies to help revitalise the body and mind.

If you’re in the mood to move they also offer guided forest, bird watching walks, nature hikes, and canoeing trips down the rivers with their own field guild.

All the meals prepared on the property are vegetarian and can be enjoy under the stars and white stinkwoods.

For more information visit www.peaceofeden.co.za. To book accommodation you can call 072 018 1333 or send an email to info@peaceofeden.co.za.


The Dream Lodge
The beauty of the Kalahari is mystical and beautiful. With vast spaces to take in, it’s the best region to find one’s centre. Located just outside of Kuruman in the Northern Cape is the Dream Lodge.
 

A two hour journey from Kimberley, or six hour drive from Johannesburg, it’s an easy destination to drive to for the weekend.

The brainchild of professional motivational speaker Godfrey Madanhire, the lodge has recently under gone some major renovations. On the property is a gift shop with all the motivational CDs Madanhire has produced over the years.

The Dream Lodge’s rooms have been named after aspirational thought leaders of our time. A one-of-a kind in the area, the lodge offers all those who visit the opportunity to take part in workshops on a range of topics, from romantic advice, business tips, and skill developments. Also the venue is available for groups, who can expect tailored seminars to help address their specific needs.  

 

Local attractions surrounding the lodge include the Moffat Mission Station, said to be the “Fountain of Christianity in Africa” as it was here where the Bible was first translated into Tswana. Also in the area is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fresh water spring, The Eye of Kuruman – a beautiful and tranquil venue. It’s also the reason for the town’s nickname: “The Oasis of the Kalahari”.

If you’re looking for a getaway that will build your confidence, there’s no better place to stay than at the Dream Lodge. 


For more information go to www.thedreamlodge.co.za. To book or organise a seminar call 079 885 4585, or email info@thedreamlodge.co.za