I was born at a very young age on 19 August 1978. It was a Saturday.
I grew up in a small town. The bank in our town was only open on Fridays. We did not have a
High-School, only a Primary School with a total of 127 scholars.
My father was a Dutch Reformed Church Minister, he passed away 15 years ago. I am a 6th
generation direct descendent of Ds Andrew Murray. My mother was a housewife.
I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I entertained myself by reading Encyclopedias, this was before
computers and the internet naturally.
My father purchased our first computer when I was in primary school and I would play Space
Invaders. This would start my fantastic lifelong journey with PCs, Laptops, Tablets and
In 1991 I was nominated to attend a Winter School program for Gifted Children at the University
of Pretoria. I was 12 years old.
I went to High-School in 1992 in a neighboring town 60 kilometers away and had to stay in the
Hostel. This was the beginning of living independently.
In 1994 I received Provincial Colors for playing the trumpet in our school band at the National
Championships. I cannot read music and play by ear and memorize the tunes.
In 1996 I was voted a Prefect at school and I was voted Head Boy of our Hostel.
In 1996 I received National Colors for placing first in Individual Performance in Drama in a
National Acting competition. I received the Culture Student of the Year award at our school that
In 1997 I studied Method Acting at the University of Pretoria. I did not finish due to an
opportunity in 1999 to travel to London, England.
n 2000 I traveled to London with a backpack and a little bit of cash to see ‘if I can make it’. I
knew no-one there and did not have a job or a place to stay.
I lived and worked in London for a whole year at a 800 room Hotel next to Tower Bridge.
I served Sir Alex Ferguson without knowing who he was. He asked me when he settled his bill
whether I knew who he was, I said No. He shook my hand and said that it was the best
breakfast he had ever had.
To receive large tips at the hotel I would challenge tables to test my memory. They could order
food and drinks and I would not write it down. I would only memorize it. If I could serve all their
orders without double checking anything, they would double or triple my tip! I made zero errors,
and a lot of money.
I developed a Shift Roster for the Hotel which they still use today.
In 2001 my visa expired, and I returned to South Africa and started working as a Project
Manager with my cousins in the Construction Industry. I developed a Marketing Strategy for
them to increase their sales and exposure. They still use this strategy today.
In 2001 I started training in Shaolin Longfist Kung-Fu with Master Weng Jun-Yi in Pretoria,
South Africa. I received 5 Black Belts and retired as a Kung Fu instructor and a Tai Chi
instructor in 2019.
In 2004 my cousins left the group and started a family business and asked me to join them. We
were successful until 2009 when the global credit crunch forced us to shut down operations.
In 2006 I was voted Time Magazine Person of the Year!
In 2009 I was approached by a mining company in South Africa to work as a Crisis Manager in
the Industry. I worked on 23 Shafts managing operations of their Cap-lamp Rooms where they
kit underground Miners. I developed a supply chain strategy for them which they still use today. I
also worked on their RFID tagging system of miners and equipment to identify when miners lose
their equipment underground or do not exit the shaft at the end of a shift. This technology
prompted the Proto Team to perform underground search and rescue.
In 2012 we ended our mining contracts at Marikana when all the miners were shot by South
African Police, it made global headlines.
In 2013 I went back into the Construction Industry and started my own Project Management
company. I developed a system to get building plans approved faster than the traditional method
by walking them through at the local town councils.
I ended up helping a Lady to get her Building Plan approved. She was the private secretary of
our former State President Mr. Nelson Mandela. I did not know it was her when meeting her and
she pointed out how nice it was that I treated her as a normal person. I did however apologize
when she revealed who she was!
In 2014 I had an opportunity to move down to the coast and live in the Western Cape province.
In 2015 I started working in Insurance in the Financial Services industry by being appointed as a
Project Manager with an International Group of Companies.
I was appointed to settle the Agile Project Management office in their local Software house. I
facilitated and managed over 1000 releases to Production in 12 months. I developed a Change
Control Release schedule which they still use today.
In 2015 I completed a Project Management course at the Nelson Mandela University Business
School. This was my first qualification after finishing school 2 decades ago.
In 2016 I received the Personality of the Year Award as voted for by the Group Directors.
In 2017 I was promoted to Senior Project Manager and started working on Insurance
Telematics. I reported directly to a Group Director.
● I worked on a Crash Detection prediction model with our tracking service provider.
● I worked an online User Portal.
● I developed a Crash Recreation Tool for our Investigations department.
● I worked our Driver Rewards Program.
● I analyzed our big data with our Actuaries to improve our Risk Management strategies.
● I studied human behavior to predict future behavior and probabilities.
In 2019 I was nominated to become a committee member of the local Society of Arts.
In 2020 I managed the rebrand of national insurance company.
In 2020 I was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism (formerly known as Asperger Syndrome).
I took the Raven’s Matrices IQ Test on Fluid Intelligence and scored 147. I never knew I had this
wonderful gift and look forward to seeing where I can solve complex problems!
In 2022 I completed my course in CBT Cognitive Behavioral Coaching.
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