I consider myself to be thoroughly South African.  I have English and Irish heritage and I believe somewhere on a bend of the family tree there is some Spanish.  However I hold no allegiance to that heritage. I always describe myself only as “South African”. This was a major change for me.  I spent the […]

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Being understood is the root of successful social and business interaction.  Without it civilization is not possible. Unfortunately we are misunderstood all the time.  According to a study you are only likely to fully understand (in terms of intent and tone) half the emails you receive on a day to day basis. That’s just email. […]

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In the last weeks I have been studying the phenomenon of social media and branding online through this medium.  While I’m some distance from being an expert (but which I intend to be) it is interesting to me that “Service” has become immensely valuable in the online community. I say this as a consumer as […]

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I attended a talk yesterday about marketing which I found to be very interesting. But a comment was made which made me sit up: The question was asked: “What is the key to a successful marriage?” The answer it turned out was not communication but rather “Trust”.  Fair enough but the comment was along the […]

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Should a couple get marriage counseling before they get married?  This is an interesting topic as opinions are so varied. But before we can look at that we have to look at the process of getting married – how this happened in the past and how it has changed.  Typically 20, 30 or 40 years […]

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I was inspired to write this post after seeing another blog entry remarking on the “high” prices charged by marriage officers for their services. According to the South African Bridal Industry Academy (SABIA) the wedding industry is worth R27 Billion annually.  If accurate it’s a staggering figure when you consider that 200,000 marriages are registered […]

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In a world that changes as fast as ours one wonders why people still get married.  During the 1980s and 90s there was a definite anti-marriage theme running through our social discourse. But today marriage is as popular as ever and growing. In fact, on average, a wedding takes place every 3 minutes in South […]

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