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Simon says: Dinner’s served in remotest Namibia

It is 7:30 on a Sunday night at the Kapika Lodge on the northern Namibia-Angola border. Half a dozen tables are set for the 19 guests, tastefully decked out with candles, linen tablecloths and formal place settings. Simon Amadhila, 29, enters the room, lighting it up with his iridescent smile and delicious, inventive food. It’s just another night of fine […]

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Return to South Africa

My South Africa is more than stunning sunsets, craggy coastlines and majestic mountains. It’s a country where I said goodbye to my sister, Katy, my baby nephew, Sven, and my dad, never to see them again. It’s the place where my friend, Garth, was killed beside me in a car accident on the night of his 21st birthday. It’s also […]

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What my father taught me

“Humpf,” dad would have said if I asked him to describe his core values. He’d scratch his head and shrug and respond cryptically, amazed that I would ask such a question. “Ah, hell,” he’d have said. “Just do what’s right. You know what’s fair and just – so do it.” Some things oughtn’t need to be explained. Dad, who once […]

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Finding Ogden

About 20 years ago, I created a fish named Ogden. He sprung to life in my head and flopped onto my computer where he remained, patiently waiting for something to happen. I’d become enamored with writing fairytales with messages and took a correspondence course through the Institute of Children’s Literature. My focus was on creating something magical and inspirational. Ogden […]

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