If I am in CapeTown over a weekend, I almost always have Saturday breakfast with old friends, Ghani and Henri Kuiper. I love their company…we have the same breakfast every time because it’s a good English breakfast….and I love the drive over Sir Lowry’s Pass and Houw Hoek.
I always give lifts, though people say I shouldn’t…and I don’t take the R10 and R20 notes they offer! I like their company, and I like to hear their stories.
Last week I dropped Lydia off at Bot Riviera. She is from Zimbabwe…many of my lifts are. Zimbabwe or Malawi or Zambia, even D.R.C. and Cameroon! All over Africa, in fact.
Lydia works at the Bot Rivier hotel…and she told me that all the people who work there, “have swum the Limpopo”. They are all from over our borders! That means that the Bot Rivier High School has failed to produce one employable graduate for the local hotel!
In my language, those who have “swum the Limpopo” have got “oooomph” I call it. They have enough personal energy to get here, find jobs here, keep jobs here…even create jobs here…while most of our matriculants, just don’t.
Experiences like those with Lydia, and most of those who are seeking lifts from me, strengthen my resolve to do something useful for our students…redouble our efforts to get our e-learning “Personal Energy Journey” program out there into our schools.
On another trip, Eddie got in at the Engen garage, beyond the turnoff to Stellenbosch, and asked if I was going to Bredasdorp! Eddie was from Zimbabwe, I couldn’t imagine why he was going there…another 15 minutes and you are on the beach at Arniston! He didn’t look like a beachy kind of guy.
“Why are you going to Arniston?” I asked…”what on earth gets you all the way from Zimbabwe to Bredasdorp?”
“I collect second hand truck and car inner tubes…and then take them back to Harare, where I sell them…to feed my family”.
Another Zimbawean with enough oooomph…energy…to swim the Limpopo.
An impressive entrepreneur….who deserves to thrive!
What is wrong with our Education System? Where are our “Eddies” I keep asking myself…and what could I do to help?
A journey map of our Personal Energy Journey course.