He attends school at Hatfield and Pretoria Boys High before his parents move to England to escape continues security police harassment where Peter Hain later becomes a Member of the British Parliament. 

Who knew that he loves some good South African music, with a catchy tune and a few Afrikaans words in the lyrics. 

Most importantly Peter Hain has never been afraid to speak his truth. 

Sources: 

Music: 

Katie Melua - If you were a Sailboat

Hot Water - Lekker Sakkie 

 

 

At age 20 in 1976 Ilana Kloss became South Africa's youngest No 1 tennis player.   A title she holds to date. 

Today she spends much of her time advocating for equality and I am honoured to call her my friend. 

Sources: 

Music: 

We are the World - USA for Africa 

I will survive (Rerecorded) - Gloria Gaynor

Books:

Pressure is a Privilege : Bilie Jean King (LifeTime Media, 2008)

Good Morning, Mr Mandela : Zelda la Grange (Penguin, 2014)

 

A former No 1 World Champion Tennis player. 

A lifetime champion of equality. 

Venus Williams describes her as: "Billie is one of the most heroic pioneers that I have encountered and the success she has achieved in her life is proof that pressure is in fact, a privilege". 

John McEnroe said: "Billie's unbridled energy, enthusiasm, and intensity for anything she puts her mind to amazes me to this day....If we all cared that much, the world would be in better shape". 

Sources: 

Books: 

Pressure is a Privilege, Lessons I've learned from life and the Battle of the Sexes - Billie Jean King with Christine Brennan (2008, LifeTime Media, Inc)

Becoming - Michelle Obama (2018, Penguin, Viking)

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O.Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the world by Linda Hirshman (Harper, 2015)

Music: 

Winds of Change, Nona Hendryx (1987)

Philadelphia Freedom (Remastered), Elton John (2018) First released 1975

Diane von Furstenberg entered the fashion world in 1972 and two years later introduced her legendary wrap dress.  Her luxury fashion brand DVF, is now available in more than fifty-five countries worldwide. 

Director of the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, she is an active philanthropist and supporter of emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs.  

Sources: 

#In charge at home with Diane von Furstenberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmUlPQHhqFQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUL5acanlW0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqPP6oeFjX8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLcWs6ahaWA

The Woman I wanted to be - Diane von Furstenberg (Simon & Schuster, 2014)

Website www.dvf.com 

He lives for rugby and his family. The South African now coaching the United States of America's national rugby team, Gary Gold. 

A gentleman, friend and one of those people you can call at 2am in the morning when you have car trouble. 

Ultimately, a positive force and his optimism is infectious.  

For almost 20 years, she was the "mother" of the national rugby team in South Africa, The Springboks. With two World Cup titles with the team behind her name she supported the team, management, players and families.  

She is well loved among sports people and her passion is to serve.  She is a loyal friend to all those who cross her path. 

I am fortunate to call AnneLee Murray a friend and she shares her thoughts and what she would tell Madiba, if she had an opportunity to have dinner with him tonight. 

Dianne Broodryk and I met doing charitable work.  

In 2011 I invited her to join my charitable annual motorbike drive "Bikers for Mandela day".  We have been friends ever since. 

She runs "Good Morning Angels" at Jacaranda fm in Gauteng with which she helps thousands of people in need throughout the year.  It has been a particularly challenging time for most people in South Africa and across the world, people all needing means to feed their families.  Dianne is a charity angel.  Imagine receiving 10 000 emails in two weeks, each asking for help or assistance of some sort. 

She shares her story and thoughts with us during this time. 

To support their efforts visit

https://www.jacarandafm.com/nominate/

In 2007 Thabo Cecil Makgoba became the youngest Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.  

An activist for human rights from a young age and an important voice in South Africa today. 

His relationship and the spiritual journey with Mr Nelson Mandela over many years is documented in his book "Faith and Courage, Praying with Nelson Mandela" (Tafelberg)

To me, he is a voice of reason and I want to know from him if he had dinner with Madiba tonight, what would he tell him about Covid 19, the world and the human response to the disease. 

Music

Panus Angelicus - Thomas Edmonds (Timeless Voices)

La traviata, Act 1 - Andrea Bocelli, Pretty Yende, Ana Maria Martinez, Bryn Terfel, New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert (One night in Central Park)

Amazing Grace - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Journey of Dreams)

Alone but Altogether( Feat. Amuta Stone) - Bobi Wine, Robin Auld and Greg Mills (Single)

The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Simon Preston & Sir David Willcocks (Love Divine - The Essential Hymn collection)

Websites: 

www.anglicanchurchsa.org

www.archmakgobadevtrust.co.za

People are always asked, if you could have dinner tonight with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be? People choose a list of impressive names and usually Mr Mandela features on the list too.

I am sometimes asked to write open letters to Mr Mandela hoping to convey the national mood in either times of crisis, times of inspiration or when we commemorate his birthday or passing.  

I am turning the tables. 

This podcast is an introduction to a series of podcasts in which I will ask guests certain questions if they could imagine having such a dinner. 

I will introduce people who have inspired me. And I will ask the same questions. So if you had the dinner, what would you say....

First I will answer the questions myself. 

Music:

Coldplay - Miracles (Someone Special), Album Kaleidoscope EP 2017

Counting Crows - Big Yellow Taxi, Album Films About Ghosts: The Best of 2003

Around the world people are in lock down. Despite general agreement that it is a much needed measure to fight Covid 19, people feel frustrated and caged in. 

During our generation lived a few who were locked in for principle and conviction. Now is an ideal time for us to look at the lessons to be learnt from one such man, Nelson Mandela. How did he manage to survive living in a 7x6 foot prison cell for 18 of the 27 years of his incarceration. 

[Music courtesy of Prime Circle; Breathing]

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