Walk a mile in other people’s shoes

It had been a beautiful day in Johannesburg, as my younger brother and I walked around the CBD. We were in Rissik Street when we saw an old man. He was wearing torn clothes and was full of grime, walking barefoot. His feet were painfully dark, to a point that you could easily mistaken him …

Writing

I do it with a pen and paper (well, as much as I can manage in today's nose-in-screen generation we've become), as ... as  it often shivers from the pressure applied, as the ink drops on the processed tree and leaves behind trails, creating compelling stories. With my mobile phone, laptop, notebook; in the morning, …

How I connect with people

In the last few years, we've heard from countless people and read many an article — oh, wait, is it not called a blog these days? — on how personal branding is important in your success as an individual. It actually became quite a large buzzword in recent history. And like many things that involve …

It’s about people

Social media platforms were created for people to connect with one another and get social. Of course, it's not that businesses can't jump in on the action; they just need to 'humanise' their communication. On Tumblr, for instance, you need to give people an animated GIF like a human being would give it to them, …

Never abandon it

He was a promising young man. Let's call him Bongani. And to be more precise, he was the epitome of potential in youth. Many people developed high expectations of him, myself included; his academic brilliance had me believe he'd have the world at his feet some time in his lifetime. I was impressive academically at …