September Speaker: Brett Archibald
South African born Brett Archibald matriculated at Westville Boys High and went on to study at Natal University and UNISA. He completed 5 years of articles at Ernst and Young and went on to become a director at RCI Southern Africa before moving to London as Managing Director for Group RCI EMEAI. Hailed as the miracle surfing survivor, Brett is in fact a charismatic, well known philanthropist who champions for Christel House South Africa in addition to having many diverse business interests.
This is the amazing story of Brett Archibald’s survival at sea against all odds, after having fallen overboard unconscious off a surf charter boat in the middle of a stormy night. Brett tells his incredible story in such a gripping way that those in the audience are transported with him into the horror of the twenty-eight and a half hours during which he had to draw on every ounce of self-belief, will to survive and application of life principles that ensured he lived to tell of his own miraculous rescue. Brett’s story includes all of the intertwining pieces that connected during those terrifying hours to ensure his safe return to his family. It is a tale of hope, survival and belief
August speaker: Andrew Harding “The Mayor of Mogadishu
Andrew Harding has been living and working abroad, as a foreign correspondent, for the past 26 years, in Russia, the Caucasus, Asia and Africa. He has been visiting Somalia since 2000. His television and radio reports for BBC News have won him international recognition, including an Emmy in 2014 for his reporting from the Central African Republic. He currently lives in Johannesburg with his family.
In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamud “Tarzan” Nur – an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in the newly independent African nation of Somalia, and became a street brawler and local basketball star. When the country collapsed in the 1990s into civil war and the anarchy of “Black Hawk Down,” Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in London.