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Teach Children to Save South Africa

I had the honour and pleasure of working on the Teach Children to Save South Africa Campaign as their endorsing voice for 2013.

Here’s a copy of an interview that I did with them, about the project.
Tell us a little about your childhood, have you always wanted to be on radio?
– Getting onto radio was purely divine intervention by the universe and the powers that be. The grand plan was to become an economist. The best laid plans huh?
I’m from KwaMadlala, a rural area in the small town of Port Shepstone, on the KZN South Coast.  I had an average childhood, spent with my uncles teaching me all the ‘guy’ things and my grandmother MaSangweni and my mother teaching me all the ‘girl’ things.
Besides being on radio, you do a number of things, tell us a bit about that.
– I’m the Vice Chairperson of the Business Women’s Association, Durban Chapter.
– I work with some schools in the greater Durban area in efforts to enhance the quality of education in those schools.
– I run a communications agency called WordArt Communications
– I co-own a TV production company with my business partner Terri Pillemer
What made you agree to be TCTS SA’s endorsing voice?
– I spent most of my childhood with my grandmother who was very good with money. Apart from a few mistakes in my very early working days, I learnt most aspects of handling money from her. Not all children have someone to learn ‘money lessons’ from and it’s great to be part of a project that does just that for children
What have you enjoyed the most about it?
– Being part of an initiative that is changing an entire generation’s attitude towards money.
How good were you as a child with your finances?
– I liked sweets too much. So when my mother tried to help me start a sweet ‘business’ selling sweets on the school bus, I ate my own stock! All of it :)
Thank you for the interview. Without revealing much, what can we expect from you in the near future?
– Whatever the universe and the powers that be deem me worthy to receive.

The Mayonnaise Jar Lesson

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – God, family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you…” he told them.

“So… pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”