Entries by Alex Van den Heever

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Cattle Herder to Safari Owner

This is the first episode of a three-part series. It’s a story of a dream. A fantasy perhaps…that came true. I entered the world in 1975, far from where Renias Mhlongo’s journey began under a jackalberry tree in the greater Kruger National Park. Our origins diverged: his in the Shangaan hunter-gatherer traditions, and mine amongst […]

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THE HUNTER-GATHERER SECRET

Reading time: 2.30 secs Hunter-gatherers practised the most successful lifestyle strategy in human history – lasting some 200,000 years, so what is the Hunter-gatherer secret? The Ju/’hoansi trackers in north-western Botswana, with whom Renias and I have spent time, epitomise the modern hunter-gatherer. No longer nomadic, they live in a permanent village and rely somewhat […]

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THE POWER OF DIVERSITY

Reading time: 1:45secs Humanity is furious – mostly with itself. We’re intolerant of our power of diversity. We tell ourselves stories about one another based on our individual and collective suite of evidence-free biases. This is creating an angry, polarised world. Organizations have an opportunity to harness the immense power inherent in our collective humanity. […]

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THE ORIGINAL LEOPARD TRACKERS

Reading time: 2:10 mins When Renias and I worked at Londolozi game reserve in the mid-1990s the leopard viewing was exceptional. We watched them drag kills up trees. And mothers tenderly nursing their young. On one occasion we even walked with a wild leopard as she hunted. With no sign of aggression. Leopards symbolise intelligence and […]

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5 STEPS OF RECONCILIATION

Reading time: 1.27 mins Today is the Day of Reconciliation in South Africa. The only country that dedicates a public holiday to promote social cohesion. And to celebrate our nation’s unity, following a divided past. The verb reconcile is from the Latin words re, meaning “again,” and conciliar, meaning “to make friendly.” In accounting terms, reconciliation means to […]