Unlocking your Potential

“You have to believe in yourself and what you’re doing.

You have to see yourself doing it with your mind’s eye.

If you can’t imagine it, you probably can’t achieve it.”

~John Maxwell

So your dream has been planted in your heart and you have an incredible vision to look forward to. In addition, it is also now the time to set things in the right order to start working on your canvas.

It is the time to do some major life changing improvements for discovering the gifts and talents that are hidden inside of you. This is your season to bring them to life to complete your dream.


Bear in mind that they will not all come at once but you will unlock them as you walk your journey of completing your dream. Through each phase of this awesome journey you will learn to kindle and re-kindle the gems hidden inside of you.

Most importantly, there must be a desire to unlock them and to experience them. Desiring them will unlock them and you will fall in love with them. You must also be willing to embrace them for the season that you will use them. They will grow on you so that others can also be inspired by them.

Just open your heart and mind to a beautiful journey of discovery. Along the road it may seem strange and weird to you, but eventually, upon completion, it will all make sense. Every piece of your canvas will be fully painted with all the majestic treasures inside of you.

Believe me when I say that you will stand in awe at the end of the journey of completion. You will look back and be proud of your process of transformation. It is what is inside of you that will take you to the road less travelled.


Action plan required TODAY:

  • Discover your passions and talents
  • Choose a career that is suitable for you
  • Capture a vision
  • Create a plan
  • Set goals
  • Break down the process so your dream is achievable
  • Stay motivated, inspired, and focused

Have a Great week!

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So why should you act Now?

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While you are waiting for “things to get better” you could be improving your qualifications and making things better yourself right now.

Who knows what opportunities for promotion are waiting round the corner… will you be ready for it? Or will it go to someone else?

People with better qualifications get the better opportunities, better jobs and better pay. If you start a Certificate or Short Course right now… you can be earning more by February next year.

Everybody plans to start studying in January. If you join that crowd you will be standing in line, holding on the phone, and fighting for a place with everybody else. Or you can be smarter and avoid the January delays by registering NOW.

But, of course, with distance education institutions like Unisa and College SA, you can start you studies at any time of the year. And even though it works like this, if you ask anybody at Unisa, you will find that in January they have long lines of people waiting to register! How strange, because if you go to register right now, there is no line at all…

Many qualifications have their exams in March or in May. You need to register before January to ensure you got your study materials and to ensure that you are busy studying by 5 January – if you are still planning to register for studies in January, you will not be prepared for exams in March or May. For example, if next year you want to study a Bookkeeping qualification with the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers – www.icb.org.za) then you need to know that the first exams are in February 2016. And you have to register with a College for your studies, and register with the ICB for your exams before the end of December 2010. If you don’t do that, you start the year by being behind!

It is very difficult to catch up with the person who starts early! Do not let other people get a head start in front of you – make sure that you are in the very front of the queue!

Most educational institutions increase their fees at the end of every year. So if you want to avoid paying more, you must register before January 2016.

Your parents, teachers and friends won’t tell you… people are like crabs in a bucket.

If you put a lot of crabs in a bucket, one will eventually get on top of the others and start climbing out. But as soon as that happens, the other crabs will pull that crab back into the bucket. Even before it can get out, there are crabs hanging on to it, and pulling it back into the bucket.

There are two lesson in this:

  1. If people help each other they can overcome anything – so you should help others, even if you can’t see how it would benefit you directly
  2. If you expect people to help you, you are going to be disappointed. Nobody wants to see you improve your life to where you are in a better position than they are. They will pull you back as soon as you get to the top of the bucket.

So if you want to be like everybody else, and do what everybody else does, and listen to everybody else who will improve their lives “tomorrow”, then wait till January…


But if you want to move ahead at your own pace, if you want to improve your life now, and not later, then, if part of your plan is to study; you can start studying TODAY.

Take care!


Journalism has been around for centuries; it has evolved from a town crier to the first newspapers in 1665 in London.


Journalism in all its different forms of print had complete market domination. That is until the 1930’s when radios had complete coverage of the news. The next big opposition to ‘traditional journalism’ was Television news which started taking some attention from ‘traditional journalism’ in the 1950’s. Although journalism in print did evolve with the times by adding pictures throughout its lifetime and since 1980 have started printing in colour.


Now journalism has a new frontier mobile journalism. Several questions arise from this statement.

What is mobile journalism? What form of news reporting is working on this?

Those questions have quite simple answers. Mobile Journalism is when the news you find reported on television or in newspapers or magazines can be found online. This doesn’t mean people who have commented on it or small web links. This is when the company has built a website to show all the news that is in the daily newspaper; in other words 100% coverage and all of it online.


These online services are something you occasionally have to subscribe to. Yet, this normally works out cheaper than the normal newspaper price because you don’t pay for printing.  These online versions of newspaper have the ability to be more interactive with the average reader, and provide a complete new level of easy to access news. Even publishing giants see the benefit of this.


Media24 is the largest news company in the whole of South Africa. They publish over 60 magazines including the YOU and HUIS genoot. They also publish more than 100 newspapers this includes Die Burger and the Tyger burger.  They have also moved towards mobile journalism.  They have options were you can purchase magazines subscriptions online; and when you subscribe to this you can get a dozen digital magazines for under a hundred rand. The costs do fluctuate but works out much cheaper then buying them in print. They have also developed websites for their newspapers for example Die Burger, where you can read all the latest news.


All this change, it appears as if nothing is immune to the passage of time and the constant development of technology. Journalism had to evolve or it would slowly fade away.

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in Journalism please click on the link below for more information:


Take care!

Liberate Yourself

Be Free


Our Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa made a speech at a youth dialogue that was hosted by the South African Youth Council. Mr Ramaphosa made some really interesting comments in his speech:


  • Young people need to be educated and that they must be innovative in order to achieve economic freedom in their lifetime.


  • It is up to young people  to take up all the opportunities in education and in business that are available to them.


You should seek economic freedom in your lifetime … Seek those opportunities so that you can be empowered.

We want people to be their own liberators.


These are some really powerful words. Really powerful.


He also said that young people should prioritise education as education is the only way to liberate themselves from the social ills of poverty, unemployment and inequality.


In South Africa, words such as ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ mean all sorts of things. We have a history full of amazing stories of fighting for freedom. We have so many heroes who died in the pursuit of freedom. In South Africa, we cannot take freedom for granted.


I think that most of us want to be ‘free’ – and, for most of us, we understand ‘freedom’ differently.

Are you free?


What does freedom mean to you?

Do you know what you need to do to become more free?

What have you done to liberate yourself?



I would not be working at College SA if I did not believe and know that education is essential to becoming more free. Education is NOT only for clever and rich people. Education is not just a nice-to-have. Education is a MUST HAVE.


At College SA we believe in giving people second / third / fourth chances at education. We believe in offering a variety of courses that will make a real difference in a person’s life.  We believe in guaranteeing our Students that we will support them every step of the way with their studies.


At College SA we want to help you with your educational dreams.

But … and this is very important, YOU must have a DREAM. YOU must have GOALS.

YOU must want to be FREE.



Do you want to be free? What does freedom mean to you? Have you done even just 1 thing today that shows, without a doubt, that you want to be free?


Be Free


What is is interesting is that freedom can be scary. Because, being free means you have responsibilities. It means that you are in charge of making decisions for yourself and for your life. Being free often means that you must be a warrior in your own life. It is not always easy being free.


But, being free is what we should all aim for.

Our hero

Be brae


Goodbye to a man who survived many prisons

By now almost everybody has heard about the passing away of Madiba. The ‘news’ is circulating rapidly and repeatedly on all possible platforms.

I heard about Madiba’s death late last night. A very dear person in my life sent me an sms saying:

“Madiba died tonight”

Undoubtedly, Nelson Mandela was, and will always be, an international icon and an indelible part of South African history.


When I heard about his death, I immediately thought back to the two times that I have visited Robben Island – the (in)famous prison where Mandela and many other activists and ‘problem’ (sic) individuals were sent to.

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This is what I want to speak about in this article – how my 2 visits to Robben Island have affected me

Robben Island, according to my knowledge, started out as a leper colony. In other words, sick people were sent there to ensure that they were isolated from the rest of the population. In addition to Robben Island being a place of banishment for those suffering from leprosy, it was also where other ‘undesirables‘ were sent, namely, blind people, very ill people, and those considered mentally insane.

So, long before Madiba and the other political inmates stepped foot onto Robben Island, the island was a societal disposal bin. A place where ‘non-acceptable‘ people were sent. A place to keep these ‘untouchables‘ out of society’s view.

For me, stepping off the luxury catamaran and onto the island, I was immediately hit by the unmistakable air of sadness of the island. Yes, of course it ‘feels’ sad because we all know, to some extent at least, what happened on the island.

But for me, it was sad on a level deeper than that.

I am going to refer to a quote from one of my favourite authors, Albert Camus, to illustrate this point:

“Every stone here sweats with suffering, I know that. I have never looked at them without a feeling of anguish.”

I react quite strongly to the concept of ‘untouchables‘ or of ‘undesirables‘. I don’t care what Maslow has to say in his famous Hierarchy of Needs pyramid; what I do know is that we all need to feel:

  • Worthy of being alive
  • Worthy of being part of a community
  • Accepted by those around us
  • Visible – that we are actually seen, that our presence is noted
  • Worthy of basic respect and dignity.

I can’t think that the prisoners (for they were prisoners) of the Robben Island leper colony had any of the above needs met. It causes me great anguish to know that people were, AND STILL ARE, classified as unacceptable for various reasons. Throughout history, unacceptability (and its accompanying punishments) took many forms:

  • People with physical and mental disabilities;
  • People whose religion differed from those of the leadership of a region;
  • People whose skin colour classified them as ‘other’ or ‘barbaric’ etc;
  • Widows;
  • Foreigners;
  • People with illnesses;
  • People whose mother tongue was not the preferred mother tongue of the leadership;
  • People whose social class or case was not the preferred class of the leadership;
  • People who were born ‘illegitimately’;
  • Poor people;
  • Gay people;
  • Women

The list could go on and on.

The truth is, all of us are, in someway ‘unacceptable’ to somebody else.

If all of us had lived in a previous historical era, chances are high that we would have been banished, or even stoned to death for some aspect of ourselves.

So my point that I am trying to make is, for me,  …. Robben Island is imbued with sadness. And this sadness is so very bittersweet because, ironically enough, Robben Island is so physically beautiful. I’m not talking about the physical structures, I’m talking about the nature and the landscape.

In another universe, Robben Island could have been an exclusive holiday retreat. It offers privacy, spectacular views and incredible fauna and flora.

In another universe ….

And this is what my visits to Robben Island made me realise:

  1. The inter-connectedness of suffering and beauty
  2. The cruelty of being unfairly imprisoned
  3. The indignity of being labelled ‘unacceptable’
  4. The irony of being a prisoner on an island where the mainland (read: freedom) seems just a swim away
  5. That, as humans, we tend to banish ourselves and others too easily
  6. That I need to be more mindful of how I treat those who are different
  7. That we all spend time, at some point in our lives, in some form of emotional prison


8.      (and I know that this sounds silly) That cruelty is truly cruel

9.      That amid, and as a result of, cruelty and suffering, can exist and can come greatness.

For me, Madiba proved that pain can lead to growth. That suffering can lead to increased love. That in spite of inexplicable cruelty that we experience (by the hands of others as well as by our own hands), that survival is sometimes possible. 


I am sorry for the very long article.

Madiba, thank you for the lessons you taught me.