Work. Self promotion. Sleep. 

I type this with heavy eyelids, I cannot wait to get under the covers. Sleep is one of my favorite pastimes (had you told me this when I was a child, I would have told you to bugger off). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been burning the 11pm oil (my candle burns out by midnight) and rising early to work (on my business proposals). 

In 2016, my focus was on university and my first year as a technology and media candidate attorney. It has been great. I’m glad to note that I have been growing my personal brand as a technology lawyer. 

One year in, and I’ve been published in reputable platforms, including South Africa’s legal journal. I will include the links below as I’m not above self promotion. If you don’t promote yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? 

I have now adjusted to working over and beyond 8 hours (candidate attorney life) while studying full time. This adjustment has confirmed that there is as much time in a day as you choose. 

I have currently been stretching the hours of my allocated 24 hours, at work and on Symbios, my CSI (Corporate Social Investment) consultancy, or implementancy as I like to call it. We’re doers, go-getters, action people and we’re going to manage sustainable projects. 
Exciting times ahead! But first, sleep. 

Oh wait, before bed, here are the links to my articles that I’ve written (and co-written). 
1. Is virtual child porn illegal? http://www.timeslive.co.za/ilive/2016/04/15/Is-virtual-child-porn-illegal 

2. Your private Facebook messages can be used in court against you – even if you were hacked http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2016/02/05/Your-private-Facebook-messages-can-be-used-in-court-against-you-even-if-you-were-hacked-iLIVE

3. POPI – Compliance v Defiance http://www.derebus.org.za/popi-compliance-v-defiance/ 

4. Businesses lure Pokémon go players to their doorsteps https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2016-08-11-businesses-lure-pokmon-go-players-to-their-doorsteps/ 

5. Minister Gordhan’s budget speech hints at using big data to give a big beating to corrupt officials https://www.ppmattorneys.co.za/minister-gordhans-budget-speech-hints-using-big-data-give-big-beating-corrupt-officials/

6. SASSA controversy: aspects related to the protection of personal information https://www.ppmattorneys.co.za/sassa-controversy-aspects-related-protection-personal-information/

7. Ben 10s and state ICT procurement- getting it right the first time https://www.ppmattorneys.co.za/ben-10s-state-ict-procurement-getting-right-first-time/

Hello Naledi! 

Regardless of your views on religion and science, you cannot deny that, however controversial, they both tell the best stories which are equally fascinating and provocative. 

Today, 10 September 2015, is significant – Homo Naledi made their debut to mankind. 

Homo erectus was discovered in 1891, homo ergaster (skull) was discovered in 1949 and now, in 2015, we have discovered another species! I cannot contain my excitement for the discovery of the Homo Naledi fossil. When I heard that there was a big announcement, it never occurred to me that we’d find a new species – I assumed that we’d find out that homosapiens liked to fart while doing handstands or that Jesus broke a toe and we found a little fragment of his toe bone in South Africa. I’m glad I was wrong because science has once again ammended history and evolution charts. 

  
Aren’t you intrigued? I am. I just want to know everything about those creatures. Their habits, their homes, their lifestyle. We know that they buried their dead, do you wonder if they shared any other behavior with us? Did they revere or worship anything? 

To me, religion and science is like the age old question of what came first – The chicken or the egg? 

See the photos here

Symbios 

Derived from the word Symbiosis which means “the interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.”

I’m officially in business! 

With the help and guidance of two good friends, I have founded Symbios, a business that incorporates CSI into enterprise growth strategies. The goal is to create and facilitate sustainable CSI projects that go beyond positive PR. We want to make a genuine investment in the communities our clients operate in. 

I’ve worked on two projects – from the planning to implementation to evaluation – and it’s exhilarating to see them transpire. I love business and I’m driven by a desire to make a positive impact. I cannot wait to get more work done. 

Website coming soon! For now, I’m on Twitter/Instagram: @symbios_za   

Hayani 

In December 2013, I met two guys. Their names are Atandwa Kani and Nathaniel Ramabulana. 

I knew they were talented actors, I watched how people gravitated towards them and couldn’t stop blushing when they spoke to the Atandwa and Nat. 

However, I have never watched much television, so I didn’t recognize them immediately, but Atandwa looked very familiar. Then I remembered – he played the role of young Mandela in the movie “Long Walk to Freedom.” Wow! And Nat, everything about him commands respect, the man is a powerhouse! 
After working with them, I hadn’t seen them but kept in touch. On Sunday, 10 May 2015 (almost two years later), I had the privilege to watch their performance of Hayani (which means “home” in Venda). 

I knew it would be entertaining because they are charming and full of life, when they walk into a room – bitch, you’ll notice them. Admittedly, I am a little embarrassed for not knowing what incredibly talented performers I had met. The story was beautiful, insightful and funny. Great acting coupled with a talented guitarist really set the seen for a spectacular afternoon. 

They skillfully switched between South African accents (and languages), danced, cried and shared their stories while engaging with the audience. We felt like we were an integral part of the story. Their stage presence and chemistry captivated me.

I have huge respect for Atandwa and Nat, they’re theatrical royalty!

Theatre is amazing, ever so often you witness something that moves you, and Hayani is an example. 


Retrospective

A little while ago, I was party to a discussion regarding apartheid. What effect does it have on us? The 20-somethings of South Africa.

The apartheid government merely confirmed pre-existing practises by enacting legislation. Segregation was not something new, however the laws oppressing non-whites were like concrete over grass, prohibiting its growth.

The discussion had put things in perceptive – different perspectives. Where the white minority had ALL the benefits, the majority of blacks had little room for growth or success. I use the term “blacks” to describe Black, Indian, Coloured and Asian. So 21 years later, how has this impacted us? BBBEE now makes provision for the black majority, the previously disadvantaged, to have equal economic opportunities. But white youth, are at a disadvantage because now they are not an employer’s first choice. This can feel almost unfair and immoral, especially if you are a hardworking dedicated person who deserves to be the first choice.

A white friend said something that resonates with me – although BBBEE makes finding employment a little harder for him, he still has a better chance of employment and a better quality of life than the blacks who are living in the rural areas, or those who simply cannot afford tertiary education.

Another point that stuck with me is that when a white person gets a new job, he/she has little expense or obligations. His or her hard earned money is theirs – to invest in a car, house or travel. When a black person receives his/her salary, money is “sent home” and used to pay loans or assist family out of necessity before he/she can think about investing in a car, house or travel. I am not implying that white people do not have loans to pay, but the number is much higher with non-whites, and generally any financial assistance to the family is “just to help out” and not because it’s necessary for their wellbeing. A person need not have suffered during apartheid to have been effected by it. Black parents and grandparents did not have access to the same quality of resources and now, 21 years later, when their children and grandchildren are working and earning money, that money is used to slowly lift their families out of poverty or give them a better quality of life. The talk is about government grants and not retirement annuities.

I have been fortunate to grow up in a household where both my parents graduated from university and have good jobs. But the reality of what could have transpired is all too real when I found out just how difficult it was for my parents to get an education – from loans to family support to having to work numerous jobs. We take it for granted that after high school, university is the obvious step. But I am more grateful than ever.