African Metaverse Set to Boost Economy and Create Employment

Africa's First Metaverse

Africa’s first metaverse is set to unlock African creativity and connect Africa to the global digital economy. At an event in Johannesburg yesterday, plans were announced for commercialisation of the 3D virtual reality experience, that is set in Ubuntuland, a virtual world that marries creativity, cryptocurrency, and commerce. 

Firstly, virtual land will soon be available to purchase and develop, with MTN, Africa’s largest multinational mobile telecommunications company joining Africarare with an upcoming 12×12 village (144 plots of real estate) secured in Ubuntuland. Additionally, M&C Saatchi Abel have entered the metaverse as the first South African agency to do so. There will only ever be 204 642 plots of land available, made up of different village sizes in various community hubs. The land is positioned and priced according to a tiered value system.

Landholders will be able to customize their 3-D land spaces, such as hosting shops, producing resources, renting virtual services and developing games or other applications. Designated spaces will serve the community for work, play and wellness purposes, including state of the art meeting rooms, online therapy rooms (with optional anonymity), concert stages, film festival spaces, meditation lounges and other dynamic interactive environments. And, there’s more to come, such as staking, DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) and blockchain play-to-earn gaming.

Renowned South African artist Norman Catherine has developed a unique collection of avatars for the metaverse, which will shortly be available to purchase. The Normunda tribe is based on the artist’s signature lexicon, that has fetched record prices in galleries around the world. An avatar is a 3-D graphical representation of a user or the user’s character or persona in this space.

Furthermore, an exciting collaboration between Africarare and South African superstar Boitumelo Thulo has been announced. Popularly known as Boity, the acclaimed television personality, rapper, actress, businesswoman and model, revealed her first virtual reality music video, entering the event in the same Sun Goddess custom creation upon which her outfit in Queen Boity avatar form was based. The Boity tribe of 10 000 avatars will soon be available for fans, with a Boity village currently being developed and plans for virtual concerts under way. 

The currency in Ubuntuland will be the $UBUNTU token, which is built on the Ethereum blockchain and available from later this year. Everything in Africarare can be bought, sold or traded using $UBUNTU tokens, including buying, developing, selling or renting plots or villages in Ubuntuland, and the in-world purchases of digital goods and services. The valuation of the token will be calculated according to what users invest / build / play / trade inside the metaverse.

Two art galleries will feature in Africarare, dedicated to showcasing Africa’s prolific creativity. The Mila gallery (Swahili for ‘tradition’), already open, will host curated collections by some of Africa’s foremost artists, while the Inuka gallery (Swahili for ‘rise’) will feature works by emerging African artists from later in 2022. Both galleries will stage various exhibitions on an ongoing basis with art pieces being sold as NFT’s (non-fungible tokens). 

In the Africarare marketplace, creators and developers can trade in in-world assets such as land, avatars, avatar additions and other goods and services that are and will be available in Ubuntuland. The marketplace focuses on four main areas: Art, Ubuntuland, Avatars & Skins and Digital Services. Users will also be able to trade on secondary platforms such as Opensea and others.

The Central Hub land area is reserved for Africarare custom made experiences, ranging from art to education and including experiences like galleries, live performances, stand-up comedy, video content channels, film festivals, safaris and more.

Africarare will connect Africa to this booming arena of the global economy, stimulate growth and create multiple new jobs such as digital designers, creators and architects ” said Mic Mann, Co-founder and CEO of Africarare. “Additionally, it will enable South African artists to showcase their talent to the world and monetize their distinctive creations,” he added. “With Africarare being built on collaborative partnerships, the possibilities for commercialisation are endless” said Shayne Mann, Co-founder of Africarare.

“This is an exciting moment for us as we lead businesses on the continent to enter the metaverse marketplace. This is exactly what our Ambition 2025 strategy is premised on – leveraging trends that amplify consumer’s digital experiences and engagement. We have always been at the forefront of technological and digital changes and we remain alive to the exciting opportunities the metaverse presents for us and our customers’’ – Bernice Samuels MTN Group Executive.

With Ubuntuland poised to become the biggest talking point in the digital African space, it’s time to own your piece of Virtual Africa!

Information courtesy of Jenny Griesel Communications.

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You are Just Not Good Enough

You are Just Not Good Enough

“You want to be liked.”
“You are a hugger.”
“You just don’t care.”
“You feel nothing.”

I heard these words often enough to actually believe it, question if it was true and agree that it was my fault when it all went wrong.

It’s 03:50 in the morning, I am lying in the bath as I prepare to get ready for the day ahead. The first thing that comes to my mind is ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’ I am exhausted as I only went to bed at 23:45 the previous evening. I am drained, tired of living in fear, tired of being stressed and anxious, tired of crying myself to sleep at night. I’ve lost weight and not in the healthy sense and my collar bones have never stuck out before the way that they do. Will this person be in a good mood today? Please let them be in a good mood. Why have I allowed them to have so much control over me? Why? Please can the noise stop! Please can the guilt, regret, tears, and pain just stop!

As the day went by, something a friend said to me replayed in my head from a while back. “Get out, before that individual breaks you! Get the hell out!”
Me: No, I can do this! I will prove to that person that I belong, that I can do it, that they are wrong about me!

Later that afternoon I was walking around anxiously and my friends’ words “Get out” was clear in my mind. I looked in the mirror and all I could see in my eyes was pain and sadness. When I smiled, it looked so fake, I simply could not pretend anymore. It was time to stop holding on and walk away.

I wish that I could tell you that this is a scene out of a movie, but this is what was happening in my life over a year ago. I fought, held on and tried to make something work that cost me my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Mentally, if this is what prison is like, then I was in a mental jail. I thought that if I had walked away sooner, that I would lose everything and people would walk away, judge me and want nothing to do with me.

So why did I keep this person in my life and where did it all start to go wrong?
To be honest, despite all the sh*t that I was going through, I still valued this individual and thought it would pass and that it was just a phase or something. It started off with manipulation and guilt, and because I was never a confrontational person, I never put up a fight. I just wanted this person to be proud of me, no matter what it took. I wanted their appreciation and for them to value me and all that I did. It was never enough, and my mistakes were highlighted, used as an example, and repeated often. Soon the promises/threats or facts would arise, and the insults just got worse and more frequent. I got to a point when I would just stare at them while they were saying these things to me, because anything that I said to try and defend myself would seem pointless or would just be thrown back in my face with an example of my mistakes of the past and how they were affecting this person’s image negatively. I felt completely numb during these confrontations from their side (yes, not conversations.) Strange enough, this person was a firm believer in showing kindness to others, I just didn’t know that I was excluded from that fact.

That was one year ago.

Yes, this all happened over one year ago, and it’s taken me 12 months to finally speak out and share just some of the pain that I was going through. However, even though this ended a year ago, my journey to healing only just began. It took me 5 months to grasp “normal life.” I felt like the prison door had finally opened and I walked out, feeling free, but now I had to start over…again. The healing process included dissecting all that went wrong, what was apparently my fault and me wondering if only I did better here and did better there, maybe it would have turned out differently. I still cried for a while, trying to understand and make sense of it all. I had to learn to appreciate myself and life again. I started picking up some weight, going out with friends and opening up to my goals and dreams again. Most importantly in the first 5 months, I learned to forgive that individual without hearing the words…I am sorry, or I apologise. I also learned to forgive myself for all that I blamed myself for and for not listening and walking away sooner.

Where am I now?
Well, I am now an Entrepreneur and Director of my own company Phoenix Media, I am focusing on my self-development, blogging again and just enjoying the journey of discovering what life has to offer. I no longer carry that pain and I carry no resentment or anger towards that person. I am not afraid to ask for help and to make mistakes, as that is the only way to learn and grow in wisdom. I appreciate all the small things even more; calls with friends, chats with mom, walks in the garden and even meeting new people online when networking and chatting to new or potential clients. This whole experience opened my eyes to appreciating my self-worth and setting boundaries. I miss hugs and will be hugging my family, friends and those who support me often when it is safe to do so. No, I don’t want to be liked, but I want to love and be loved by the amazing people who are in my life. I was never alone this whole time as the Lord was always by my side and my faith in him has never been stronger.

Why am I sharing my story?
I am sharing this story with you, because over a year ago, I did not see outside of my circumstances and the situation. If you are going through something similar or worse or know of someone who is, then please know this:

  • You are good enough!
  • You are stronger than you think!
  • You can get out!
  • Ask for help! Speak to someone you can trust outside of the situation and get out!
  • It is okay to walk away from anything or anyone who hurts you or causes you to doubt yourself!
  • Set boundaries.
  • There are people who do and will love you for who you are.
  • Have faith!
  • Trust your gut and the red flags.

Be it a friendship, relationship, business relationship or colleague, no one should make you feel bad about yourself, make you question yourself, hurt and manipulate you or use you for their own gain. You have a right to say no, disagree or walk away from situations that harm you. Let no one discourage you or make you feel less than you are. You deserve better!

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My Year of Becoming

My Year of Becoming

Moneeloa Chaane is a 36-year-old mother of 3 and is married to Thabiso Chaane. She is a Self-leadership Coach with a specific love for family development. She teaches effective communication skills for relationship building in the home, between the parent and child as well as between couples. She shares the journey with the parents/couples who are on a coaching journey, where through the process she shares consciousness and self-leadership tools that further empower their self-character. When Moneeloa is not doing what she loves as a coach, she is sharing her journey as a Mrs South Africa semi-finalist. I had the privilege of interviewing this phenomenal woman and now I get to share her story.

Please could you tell us more about Self-leadership.

Self-Leadership is built on the principle that success starts with knowing oneself, being able to generate clarity on what resonates and does not, the vision, mission, values and principles one stands for, mastering being in alignment, being able to effectively communicate these to others and being able to meet your most important needs. At the centre of it, building a healthy relationship with yourself and with others, being aware and mindful of your impact on others. My mission is to bring self-leadership to families. For couples and parents to be intentional about knowing themselves as a family, their family vision, value, principles, and their relationship. To respect and support meeting each other’s most important needs. I wish for family structures to experience less disconnect, less anxiety and resentment amongst each other and most of all more fulfilment in marriage and parent-child relationships. I wish to teach this to our youth as a key foundation to creating their own lives.

What inspired me to go into coaching was finally deciding to respond to my heart’s prompting that I have lived with for years, that I am meant to be in the humanities field of work, teaching and empowering people. It was really about taking that step out and the rest in terms of how I am meant to serve in this field is unfolding as my journey unfolds.

What inspired you to enter the Mrs South Africa 2021 pageant?

After some time of feeling discontentment, doubt in myself and really feeling insecure about my vision, fear and drown in the pressures and pains of life, I decided on this year to be the year of getting up, pulling myself together and doing it. My year of becoming, both in myself and in my business. I then decided to enter the Mrs South Africa pageant as I really wanted to step out and step out big. I wanted my business to be known and I wanted my vision and my mission to be known.

My Year of Becoming

Have you always wanted to enter the Mrs South Africa pageant, or have you entered previous pageants? How far did you go in the pageant?

The only pageant I have ever done was back in high school, winning Miss Millennium College. I had a wish to enter Miss Jam Alley back in the days and have always held a wish in me, even today to walk a Mercedes Benz fashion show. Entering Mrs SA was me saying you know what, I’ve always wished to be on a stage and this it, I am going for it.

What are your goals and aspirations that you would like to achieve in the Mrs South Africa 2021 pageant?

By being in this journey I wish to inspire:

  1. The youth to know that life starts with a desire, a dream and that is what will keep them awake to who they are and are going to be. It will keep them awake to being intentional creators of their own lives. I wish to inspire them to Dream, to SEE themselves, connect with the rhythm of their souls and dare to Be it. To go for it.
  2. To raise the volume on the message that we are developers and shapers of society, and we do so in how we parent and do family. I wish to drive my vision to help families shift how they experience each other by shifting how they communicate.
  3. I wish to be known for the vision I stand for.

What are you passionate about in life?

I am passionate about my growth, to actualise and experience the highest, truest version of myself and to always be true to my soul.

Do you have a role model or who is your greatest motivator in life to achieve your goals?

I don’t have one role model that I can say I intentionally follow, that’s my greatest motivator to achieve my dreams. Dare I say my desire to succeed and realise the powerhouse inside me is my greatest motivator.

There are people that have touched and inspired me and who I have looked up to in my journey such as Lisa Nichols, Valorie Button, Khanyi Dlomo and one that I would like to intentionally choose model after is Zamakhize Mkhize.

What/who keeps you going through challenging times?

  1. Keeping the principle “All things work out for my good” alive in me.
  2. Prayer, meditation, and coaching (talk it all out).
  3. Hiking and dance sessions with my kids.
  4. Mirror work – spend time with me.
My Year of Becoming

Do you have a self-care routine/what do you do to keep your cup full or to keep you grounded?

Oh, I have quite a number of things I love for my self-care:

  1. I love Time to Think with Sibylle Sharon – I never miss her monthly Thinking Time for Women sessions; it always leaves me feeling light in my head and renewed in my motivation.
  2. I discovered that I looove facials thanks to Netsense Beauty Spa, they have introduced me to doing facials and I absolutely love it.
  3. Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) with Jade Coaching.
  4. Mirror work
  5. Engaging with like-minded people (monthly Creative Consciousness trainings- absolutely fill me up).

Do you have any advice to those who would like to enter a pageant like Mrs South Africa?

Your why will be your best asset throughout the journey. Be asserted in your why and carve out your own experience.

Do you have any hobbies? I love Hiking

Where can we vote for you to get you to the next round?

To vote you can sms “Moneeloa Chaane” to 35959
10x smses per person make a huge difference.

Do you have any charities that you support? If yes, please name them and why you support them?

I am a monthly donor to Unicef because of its alignment to passion for driving positive child development through educating and supporting parents and family development. Through this journey I have registered a foundation that will be focused on youth self-leadership development.

Thank you to Moneeloa Chaane for sharing her inspiring story. Please follow her on Facebook and Instagram, as well as connect with her on Foundations and Bonds Coaching and Skills Development Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Peace and Contentment

Peace and Contentment

At the start of each year, I like to give the year a word that will help me achieve my goals for that year. 2020 was my year of growth and finding inner peace and this year my word is abundance. With us now being right in the middle of the year, it was time to look back and remember the goals I have set for this year. In order for this to be my year of abundance, there are certain steps that I need to take to make space for that abundance. The universe responded and through a workshop my journey with The Noble Pursuit took place over a six-week period.

Over the six-week period this is what I learned and shared with you about my money mindset manifestation journey:

  1. In Journey with The Noble Pursuit, I introduce you to transformational coach Linda van der Westhuizen and her journey to helping others (myself included) transform their lives to living a life of peace and contentment.
  2. If Money was a Person was a raw and honest post about my past relationship with money.
  3. Who would have thought that Money is Energy, and here I learned how to identify the masculine and feminine aspects of money and how I can find balance between the two.
  4. As mentioned above, in my blog post, Year of Abundance I share the tools that I have taken away from this journey and that I now use on a daily basis to build a better relationship with money and find my balance.

Why did I choose to go on this journey?
Something that I have carried with me for many years is the fear of lack, the fear of not having enough. I would try to save but ended up spending because an emergency of sorts that would pop up. I watched my bank balance like a hawk, making sure that every rand was spend wisely. Instead of fearing that I would not have enough to make it to the end of the month, I wanted to be content with what I had now. I wanted to let go of the constant worrying and rather have faith and trust that all would be okay. This was my biggest challenge, because I love being in control of every little detail so that I could be prepared for anything that came my way.

Why was I not manifesting all that I wanted?
The money mindset manifestation journey runs deeper than manifesting money, it showed me that I had bought into limiting beliefs and that was stopping me from reaching my full potential. Limiting beliefs such as:
– I waited to long to achieve that dream so I will let it go.
– I do not have the right connections and education to achieve that.
– Without enough money that will not be possible.
– Look at how far my peers in my age group are in their careers, I am falling behind.

All of this triggers negative energy and creates a belief system of I am not good enough. By using the tools from this journey, practicing affirmations such as I am good enough, now is my time and I am achieving my goals and dreams has helped me to create a positive mindset and start dreaming again. Yes, there are days that are challenging, but then I remember that right now I have all that I need and I am enough!

What has changed?
– Every morning when I wake up, I give thanks and show gratitude for what I have.
– No emergencies have emerged since I started this journey.
– We have enough. I now look through eyes of gratitude instead of lack.
– My workspace is decluttered.
– Sometimes a day goes by when I have not checked my bank account.
– I have 3 savings plans for 3 different goals that I will achieve at different periods.
– I am embracing the feminine side a bit more than when the journey started.

I am now more focused and determined than I have ever been to make my dreams a reality. I believe in myself, and I practice daily affirmations to eliminate those limiting beliefs. I also take breaks, go for a walk outside or spoil myself occasionally without feeling guilty that it will break the bank balance. I would like to thank Linda van der Westhuizen from The Noble Pursuit for opening my eyes to the fact that life is full of abundance and for helping me to get back on track in achieving my dreams. I have finally reached that stage of peace and contentment, and now I am focusing on building that abundant life that I have always wanted for myself and my family.

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Year of Abundance

My word for 2021 has been abundance. Getting into an abundant mindset has been challenging with past obstacles that we have faced. I share more in the blog post ‘If Money was a Person‘ where I share my current relationship with money. What we found that was keeping me in a lack mentality was limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is something you believe to be true about yourself, about others, or about the world that limits you in some way and in my case it was from having an abundant mindset. Here are some limiting beliefs that have been holding me back from having an abundant mindset:

  • It is hard to hold onto money.
  • Money only comes from hard work.
  • I can only earn more when I put in more hours at work.
  • It is hard to have multiple sources of income coming in, other than from my job.
  • I will probably just fail anyway.
  • I am unable to manifest abundance.

I am sure that just by reading the above, you already feel drained. Being in a cycle of worry and focusing on such beliefs can paralyse a person into not going after their goals and dreams. How did I change this mindset?

These are the steps I took to shift my thoughts to an abundance mindset:

  • Firstly, I acknowledged the thoughts and feelings that came worth it.
  • Then I replaced it with something positive thoughts instead. Example: It’s hard to have multiple sources of income coming in, other than from my job. Replace that with Money can multitask and I can earn money from different sources of income.
  • Focusing on gratitude has also shifted my mindset.

Now that I am able to identify and replace limiting beliefs, my next focus has been on finding balance on the feminine side of the yin yang. You can read more about this in my blog post ‘Money is Energy.’

To sum this all up, money is energy and what we focus on or put out into the universe will come back to us. I now practice gratitude, focus on having enough instead of lacking and I am starting to break my dreams into goals that are achievable. An abundant life is possible and thanks to The Noble Pursuit, I am well on my way to fulfilling my word for 2021.

For inspiration, please visit The Noble Pursuit’s Instagram page and subscribe to the YouTube channel. You can also contact Linda van der Westhuizen directly by sending her an email to

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Money is Energy!

Continuing with my money manifestation journey with Linda van der Westhuizen from The Noble Pursuit, it was time to understand the yin yang aspect of money. Did you know that money has a feminine and masculine aspect? Malalignment with either of these will cause the relationship with money to feel like struggle and resistance and often result in a state of lack.

How do you identify the masculine and feminine aspects of money?

The Masculine aspect of money is the doing; structure, planning, the budgets, the investment strategies, the action taken to earn the money, our goals, it’s the facts and figures around money. If money was a person, its masculine aspect would show up as strong, reliable, protective, ready with a plan, intelligent, rational, careful, controlled, organized and able to problem solve.

The behaviours that block the masculine aspect and cause it to be out of alignment are overspending, not facing up to reality of your financial situation, avoiding bank statements and a lack of planning.

The Feminine aspect of money involves the flow of money; the spending and the receiving of money, the dreams and desires that give rise to our goals, it’s the creative side of business for example product design and marketing. The feminine aspect includes communication, connection and relationship building. If money was a person, its feminine aspect would include the fact that it is resilient, nurturing, comforting, loving, a multitasker, comfortable in the dark, hopeful, knowing, trusting, intuitive and compassionate.

The behaviours that block the feminine energy include clinging, desperation, holding and clutching of money, excessive thriftiness, addiction to work, all work and no play.

Achieving balance is part of healing the relationship with money. It is important to determine in which area you lack balance, and to practice habits that are in alignment with either the feminine or masculine aspect.

A few examples of strengthening the masculine aspect include making a money plan (budget), keeping a money diary to track spending, investment strategies, keeping your purse/wallet/workspace clean and organized, keeping your financial documents in order, ensuring bills are paid on time.

A few examples of strengthening the feminine aspect includes prioritizing rest, which is as important as being productive, expressing intense gratitude for the money you already have, renaming money words (like budget/savings accounts) to names that speak from a place of abundance, healing money wounds through self-reflection, identifying limiting beliefs around money and replacing them with beliefs that are more supportive and believing that comfort is as important as saving.

How am I doing in the balance arena?

I have the masculine aspect sorted. When it comes to the ‘doing’ and having facts and figures in place, I have a distinction in this area, but I am out of balance with the feminine aspect. I need to know where my money is going, how I am going to spend it and know how much is left. I need to make sure that payments are made in a timely manner. Basically, I need to be in control all the time and this is where I am practically choking money. It’s the fear of lack, letting go and trusting.

This is what I have been doing to try and gain balance of the feminine aspect of money:

  • Eliminate limiting beliefs and replacing them with what is supportive instead.
  • Taking time to rest, read a book or go for a walk in the garden.
  • Expressing gratitude instead of complaining.
  • Clearing out my cupboards and donate or throw away items that I no longer need, to create space for new.
  • Clear out my office space.

I have always managed money and the fear of letting go of that control, is the fear that things will fall apart. It has been the fear of lack that there just won’t be enough. Through a balance of the feminine and masculine and understanding the nature of money, I am learning that I can change how I interact with money in my outer reality. If you would like to get in touch with The Noble pursuit, you can visit the Instagram page or send an email to

Thank you to Linda van der Westhuizen from The Noble Pursuit for the information to support this blog post.

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If Money was a Person

Imagine if money was a person, what would your relationship be like? I looked at the screen and could not believe this very question that Linda Van Der Westhuizen from The Noble Pursuit was asking me. What do you mean if money was a person? If money was a person, I would call that person Scrooge. Why Scrooge? We all know the tale A Christmas Carol with Ebenezer Scrooge by Charles Dickens. The meaning of Scrooge is someone who spends as little money as possible and is not generous and I believe that this is how money has behaving with me. It has been a rocky and unstable relationship.

Continuing with my money manifestation journey with The Noble Pursuit, Linda purposefully asked this question for a very specific reason: Money is energy. Human beings are energy. Relationships are energetic exchanges and money and I have been giving each other some serious bad vibes. To find out how this journey started, please click on the link to read the previous blog post with my interview with Linda:

You may ask, Taryn what is your issue with money? What we discussed is that I have been in a lack mentality mindset that began when I was still in primary school. As I grew up and into my adulthood, I would watch my bank account like a hawk, monitoring my expenses down to the last penny to make sure that we get by each month. It was the fear of what if we do not have enough and what if an emergency arrives. Let’s always be prepared for a rainy day. And so, when I overspent, the guilt hit me harder than a brick. I never realised that this energy that I was sending out to the universe, was the same energy that I was receiving, and it was time to break this cycle.

“By personifying money, at least in the initial stages of healing money wounds, we are better able to identify how we feel about money, how we believe it treats us and how we treat it.

We can use the same strategies used to heal broken relationships with our partners, to heal the wounds we have around money. We can learn how to view money differently, how to trust money, how to allow it to support us. “– Linda Van Der Westhuizen, The Noble Pursuit

I decided that it was time to heal my relationship with money and started making some changes:

  • I changed my Emergency Fund to Abundance Fund (this already felt good and positive as abundance was my word for this year.)
  • Every time I would start managing my bank account, I would stop and say, ‘I have enough.’
  • I stopped trying to control every bit that I spent, and actually enjoyed the fact that I could go shopping and buy essentials and know that there are still payments coming through from clients.
  • I started writing 5 things daily that I am thankful for in my gratitude journal.

Today I practice the above almost like it’s second nature. I feel like money and I have reached an understanding and we are now working together instead of against each other.

“Money as a person is only an analogy, and my clients always come back to the fact that money is energy, a neutral resource and we charge the energy of money to a certain frequency or vibration by the meaning we have assigned to it and that is how it will show up in our lives. By changing our thoughts, feelings and beliefs around money we change how we “treat” it and in turn how it “treats” us.” – The Noble Pursuit

If you would like help with your money manifestation journey, or would like to find out about The Noble Pursuit’s upcoming workshops, you can contact Linda directly:

Tel: 071 636 7692

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Journey with The Noble Pursuit

Peace and contentment.
Two words that most of us strive to achieve, but we simply cannot get it right. Life is busy. Busy with work, home-schooling, extra activities and taking care of our families. Where do we find the time for peace and contentment?

Over the last few months, I have mentioned in a few social media posts that I was on a journey of self-care and self-discovery. 2020 was a year where I grew from a place where I carried a lot of pain, self-doubt, criticism and honestly, a place where I never felt good enough about myself or anything that I ever did (a blog post for another day). I have come a long way since then and I am grateful for my support system. I am at a point now where I want peace and contentment in my life, but I questioned how I would go about achieving this. Not to long thereafter I attended a workshop by Linda Van Der Westhuizen about self- mastery. Linda took us through a process and showed us how we could step into our power and build a life of peace and contentment. The stars were aligned, and I had found my answer…The Noble Pursuit

I recently interviewed Linda to find out more about The Noble Pursuit:

What is transformational coaching?
Transformational coaching is aimed at permanent and profound change. It’s that simple. Change that is long lasting and aimed at peace and contentment.

Why did you start this journey? How has it changed your life?
I only teach what I have directly experienced. My journey into my “self” has been life long, but it was intensified during the healing process after my divorce. Through my process over the last few years, I have come to such a wonderful place of peace and contentment and I have witnessed how this state has changed my reality dramatically.

Let’s put it to you this way, four years ago I dreaded the start of each day. I was overweight, unhappy and smoking. I felt unsatisfied with my life and depressed. My finances and relationships were a mess. I had no direction and basically did what was necessary to make it through the day. The sad part was that I had done this for so long that it had become normal and even comfortable for me.

Today my life is very different.

I live in paradise and get to do what I love every single day of my life. I scuba dive every weekend and visit the ocean at least twice a week. I travel and meet new people and have new experiences regularly. I have people in my life who care for me and I am financially dependent on no one! I wake up every day grateful for the life I lead and how free I am to live! To thrive!

Who can benefit from this journey?
It’s easy to say everybody could, right? Because we all could do with some peace and contentment, but most people are comfortable to stay right where they are, just like I was. Therefore, I only work with women who are ready and willing to change:

This woman may be going through a life transition and needs support.
She may feel so dissatisfied with her life that the thought of remaining unchanged fills her with more terror than the idea of the “unknown” of change.
She may be struggling to level up in her life or business and needs someone to guide her as she rises up.

These women I call my soul mate clients, the criteria is simple. A woman who is ready and willing to change.

Where do our challenges come from?
Once upon a time we made a decision about how things work. That decision became a rule that informs how we move around in the world and interact in it and that rule is a belief that we hold. Our beliefs are complex, impacting what we think and feel about money, relationships, ourselves, the world, how the world works, the list goes on. In most cases the challenge is as a result of a belief.

“Chose a new belief and the challenge is overcome. That is my method!”

Well, I am willing and ready to change! I have started a 6-week journey with The Noble Pursuit, and I look forward to sharing my progress with you. Please keep an eye on my social media pages to follow my progress.

You can find The Noble Pursuit on Instagram:

To find out about the next workshop or how Linda can assist you on your journey to peace and contentment, you can contact her on:

Mobile: 0716367692

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Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic

In the midst of a global pandemic, a South African dance teacher has to keep her business afloat and is forced to reinvent her traditional training methods.

Born from a deep need to instil hope in her students during the bleakest of years in 2020, Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic is an inspiring documentary short film which encapsulates the journey of Michelle Pieterse and her dance studio; Michelle Leibrandt School of Dance during the turbulent 2020.

The heart-warming and often gut-wrenching film releases to the general public worldwide for free online screening on Friday, 26th February 2021 at 20h00 and will continue to be available for streaming online for a limited viewing period until Monday, 1st March 2021 at 23h59.

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic was filmed in September 2020 and is produced, written and directed by acclaimed screenwriter/producer Ferdinand W. Gernandt, with Michelle Pieterse as Executive Producer. Director of Photography is Gavin Pincus, edited by Andries de Jager of Post Modern, with Music Arrangements by Marlee and Frans van der Merwe.

How did Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic come about?

2020 began with great promise and expectations for Michelle Pieterse and MLSD Studio. Her dance classes were jam-packed with eager students who had painstakingly been training and preparing for months for a much-anticipated World Dance Challenge Finals in Portugal. (April 2020)

Then in an instant, those dreams were shattered as COVID-19 came to erase all of it.

Michelle’s concern rachets up to 11 when she is put in a very distressing position when she has to inform her students and their parents that their much-anticipated trip to Portugal was cancelled only days before departing and that they could quite possibly lose all their money invested in the trip. She couldn’t have predicted that a global pandemic would put the whole world in lockdown when the planning for the tour began.

After the hard lockdown when the school could re-open, Michelle promises a safer way of training, only to discover another threat to her business’ survival – her students leaving for a number of reasons, including new financial and economic limitations of the parents also affected by the pandemic.

Through prayer she realises the only way to instill hope and inspire them to achieve their dreams for 2020 is to give her students a platform to showcase their hard work.

During worshipping she knew exactly what her task was:
Produce a film to tell her testimony of how God guided her through every obstacle she faced in 2020 and that through obeying and trusting in Him, it was possible to produce something good, positive, and inspiring. A story of hope and faith.

Michelle looks back on those early dark days of lockdown in 2020:
“The affect was immediate. We went from 130 students to 55. Parents were scared of the virus. Out of the 55 that remained, not all of them could afford dancing, but I couldn’t turn them away. I had parents phoning me and saying, “my child lives to dance, it’s all she wants to do, but I have no income, my business is in debt, I can’t afford dancing anymore, what can we do?” So, I said “she must stay, you’ll pay again when you can. Let’s at least keep our children motivated and positive during this terrible time.”

I also didn’t want the students to fall behind. I knew I had committed dancers, and wanted them to improve even through the lockdown, we have put in too much hard work to let everything just slip away. They will pay again when they can. I carried on with lessons for all. I must give a humble mention to the small portion of parents who continued to pay class fees, it really carried the studio.

I had to upgrade the WiFi to a fibre line, get a new laptop, purchase online editing programmes to be able to make long videos for classes. I suddenly had more expenses, but less income.”

She continues: “This is when I realised the difference between a career and a true calling. Yes, being a dance teacher is my career, it pays my bills, but it’s so much more. Even with very little income, I felt like I was still there for my students, I still had a purpose, I could see them improve even through zoom lessons. We could talk about the lockdown situation and share opinions. By motivating my students, their continuous drive and passion, kept me strong. They were excited to see me every time they logged on to online classes.

Some days were harder than others, juggling a work/life balance. I found out about the sudden passing of my father-in-law while on a zoom class, with toddlers following my every move. I couldn’t share my utmost shock and heartache with them, I had to wait.

Some days I had to put on a fake smile, and eventually that smile turned into a real one.

I wish to develop every single dancer at my studio into the best version of themselves, as a dancer, artist and person.”

Out of the challenges and prayers, came beautiful moments of growth. After a revelation, Michelle knew she needed to create a documentary to pay testament to the journey travelled.  

Thus, Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic was born. A story is told of how an artform such as dancing created an escape for South African young dancers.

Says Ferdinand W. Gernandt; “I wanted to produce a project that inspires and facilitate positive change. I wanted to create a supportive environment where the crew and students could be part of a legacy – A message of hope. A motivational beacon of faith. This is what Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic is all about…”

International Film Festival Selection

Even prior to release, the film has garnered great attention not only locally but internationally too. The film has already received its first official international festival selection by The Lift-Off Sessions.

The Lift-Off Sessions is a monthly online showcase, dedicated to screening the monthly collection of globally submitted indie shorts and features. With the aim to send each programme out to as wide an audience as possible.

Michelle concludes; “We have a beautiful testimony to share. A legacy these dancers are part of. A story to remind our young dancers and those from the rest of the world, how amazing and strong they really are and that no matter the circumstances, any dream is always within grasp, if we only believe and know that all things are possible through the One who gives us strength.”

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic releases on Friday 26th February at 20h00 (GMT +2) and is available for free online screening worldwide for a limited period until Monday 1st March at 23h59 (GMT +2)

In order to view the film, pre-register online at via “On Demand”

The film is free to view, but there is an option included for the viewer to show their support, should they wish to, of MLSD Studio and future projects (which includes a full-length feature film showcasing their students).

This can be found via the “Buy me a Coffee” link, either at the bottom of the web page, otherwise at

All support would be welcomed (although not essential to view the film) by the school to help finance the upcoming project and ensure all their students are able to dance again through the support of the MLSD Dancers Fund for current students who cannot afford class fees due to the financial impact of Covid-19 Pandemic.

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic is predominantly in Afrikaans with English subtitles.

To view the trailer, click here.

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic was made with the assistance of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.

Information and images courtesy of The Colab Network.

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5FM 5Drive Team Welcomes New Sponsor for Heritage Tour

As Nick Hamman and the 5Drive team continue on their Heritage Tour around South Africa this September, they’ll need to keep taking the necessary precautions as they travel between hotels and tourism spots. The team can be rest assured that all their sanitizing needs are being taken care of with the proudly South African brand, EF-Active, joining the tour as a new sponsor this year alongside Robertson’s.

South Africans have had a challenging year. Finally, there are opportunities to safely start getting out there again. Now more than ever, we should head out and explore our beautiful country and invest in its people. The tour this year has been doing just that. It’s also been incredible to have the team with us. Everyone from Myself, Nadia, Bibi, Jude, Mad Money Mike and Dale bring different perspectives. We all love South Africa and are passionate about sharing that love with South Africans every day on the tour.  It’s been amazing to have EF-Active come on board to look after us and help us be safe this year,” comments Nick Hamman.

Having embarked from the Northern Cape at the start of September, the team – Nick Hamman, Jude van Wyk (sports), Nadia Romanos (news), Bibi Mbangula (traffic) and producer, Mad Money Mike – have been well-stocked with EF-Active’s range of scented sanitizing aerosols, sanitizing hand cream and Mistizer foggers.  And the brand will continue to ensure the team is protected when they return home. 

The EF-Active team is excited to be a part of the fourth annual Heritage Tour.  Especially with lockdown restrictions lifting, more than just celebrating South Africa’s rich heritage and culture, our campaign with the 5Drive team is an important initiative to educate people on precautions they should be taking in their day-to-day lives in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, ” adds EF-Active’s CEO, Salil Dhingra.   

EF-Active has grown into a competitive player on the market, offering sustainable, cost conscious and game-changing hygiene products.  Developed and manufactured in South Africa, EF-Active’s uniquely scented sanitizing aerosols are NRCS approved as being suitable for hands, surfaces and air.  The Mistizer (fogger) is an essential item for any travel bag, office boardroom or home and the sanitizing hand cream with moisturising shea butter and Vitamin E is the first of its type on the market.  The EF-Active range is available at Dis-Chem and Clicks stores nationwide.

Follow the team’s journey across the country on 5FM’s social media platforms and visit for further information.  Every week day for the next four weeks (21 September to 16 October), the 5Drive team will be showcasing one of the products and how it has ensured their protection during a variety of moments on tour and when they return back home.  During the week, listeners can enter a weekly give-away by watching the Heritage Diary video and answering a relevant question.    

About EF-Active

At the height of a global pandemic, GAHC Pty Ltd flipped the face of fast-moving consumer goods in a short space of time.  Seeing an opportunity, the company’s leadership committed their previous experience to developing their own brand, EF-Active.  What has resulted is a sustainable, cost conscious and game-changing hygiene business providing innovative solutions to sanitizing products.

Stay protected with EF-Active.  Follow the conversation:
#StopSprayRepeat #5DHeritageTour

About 5FM

5FM is not just a radio station. 5FM is a multimedia brand that builds and shares content across digital and on-air media channels informed by a youthful community. 5FM’s purpose is to bring together youthful South Africans through the power of music. As an entertainment powerhouse 5FM features some of the most well-known media personalities and music DJs in South Africa.  The station embraces content that is relevant, youthful and co-created with the 5FM community while proudly supporting the South African music industry. 5FM has won numerous awards, including seven consecutive Generation Next awards for Coolest Radio Station, 2012 Commercial Station of the Year at the MTN Radio Awards and the Most Influential International Station at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles. 5FM lives loud!

Information courtesy of EF-Active and MS Publicity.

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