Friday, January 29, 2016

Truly Blessed ... Attie van Nel

Entrepreneurial activist, Attie van Nel, joined us in the Radio Today Studio again this week. He is of the opinion that if we allow the "Standaard Afrikaans" lie to perpetuate we are employing privilege as the proverbial middle finger. Attie says: "It's time to manage the future. We should employ Afrikaans as a language of progress that is forward looking and is concerned with South African issues." 

"Strength is for service" - Attie van Nel

We chatted to Attie on the iStart2 Show about sustainability issues facing our country, the place of Afrikaans, Indigenous People and ideas about how privileged people can play a role to create a better future in South Africa: "What are the barriers? Remove them and give me an equal contest".

To listen to a podcast of the show, just click play:

Thought of the Day:

Four lucky recipients of our give-away book, Conflict of the heart, is:
Gerhard Bothma, Seipati Masokoane, Braam van Niekerk and Brenda Burgess. Happy reading!

Let's build a sustainable South Africa for all.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Conflict of the Heart ... Lucie Pagé

"It's not an easy country, but it is a fascinating one. I love it," says Lucie Pagé on the iStart2 Show this week.

She speaks passionately about her love for the earth and the arts. She is adamant that we have killed our values and that we need to go back and ask: "What is life about?" and "We must stop accepting bullshit. We just don't give a damn!" She's fierce and passionate about sustainability issues. 

"We have lost the plot in the World. But there is hope!
- Lucie Pagé
Lucie also chatted to us about joining hands across those so-called "barriers" like language, culture, race, religion, sexual and gender issues: "It is the fear of difference. How do we change?"

Lucie bares it all in her book Conflict of the Heart:
"One day, as I was hanging my washing outside, I came face-to-face with two armed men who trained their guns on me, their fingers on the trigger (Conflict of the Heart, page 139). I had great fears but I also lived great moments, perhaps the most incredible one of my career being Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President. To live so close to this great man – he was our neighbour in Cape Town – and to have been such a close witness to his five years in the president’s seat gave me back faith in humanity."

"I wrote my first book, Mon Afrique (Conflict of the Heart) a book about the Mandela era (1990-1999) from the apartheid I lived to the birth of democracy I witnessed as a journalist, woman, White, mother of a child in shared custody between two continents, and wife of a minister, Jay Naidoo, in Mandela’s government."

To listen to the show just click play in the podcast below. If you want to be a lucky recipient of her book, pay attention to the song we play on the show: 

Thought of the Day:
Win a copy of the book 
Conflict of the Heart 
in two easy steps:
Lucie has given us five copies of her book to give away to five (5) lucky listeners. To get your hands on one of these copies, just follow two easy steps:

1) Like the iStart2 Challenge facebook page here

2) Send us an inbox message (on the page) with the name of the song we played on Lucie's show together with your name and post box particulars.

Winners to be announced on our facebook page on Thursday 28 January!

Have a wonderful week :-)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Skielik is jy vry ... Attie van Nel

"I am Afrikaans. It is my mother tongue. The first words that was prayed when I was born was in Afrikaans. It is my language. I speak it. I live it. I pray to my God in Afrikaans. I think about my future in Afrikaans. I am as Afrikaans as they come. What I am not proud about is the very strong position that it has," says Attie van Nel on the iStart2 Show. 

 "Verwoerd's greatest legacy is the Sunday morning sermon" 
- Attie van Nel

Attie feels strongly that Afrikaans is not under threat: "I don't buy this campaign to try to paint Afrikaans as a patient in ICU. It is spitting in the face of reconciliation and nation building. There is really no humility."

A man who has the ability to connect all the important issues - raising children, sport, church and others - and how it filters into racism and White privilege. We chat about how it affects the sustainability of our country.

To listen to the podcast of this energetic pastor, entrepreneur and activist, just click play:

Thought of the Day: #RacismMustFall #Afrikaans

Upcoming show:
Arriving in South Africa just after Mandela's release, French Canadian foreign correspondent Lucie Pagé fell in love with the politician Jay Naidoo. On Thursday we chat to Lucie Pagé about her book Conflict of the Heart,  the years that followed and her views on the issues facing South Africans today.

Pierre du Toit and Keitu Gwangwa host the iStart2 Show on Thursdays at 17h30. Radio Today broadcasts on 1485 MW (AM) in greater Johannesburg and countrywide on #DStv audio channel 869. Radio Today also streams globally on and 1485.mobiA different version of Skielik is jy vry by a Frenchman, Philippe Elan.

Let's all do one thing this week to create a more sustainable South Africa. Amandla!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Total Eclipse of the Heart ... Nadia Zucca Barnwell

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

"Love one another unconditionally"
- Nadia Zucca Barnwell on the iStart2 Show

2016 is here!!

Nadia Zucca Barnwell joined us in the Radio Today Studio to chat to us about natural healing, the power of touch and Pellowah, meaning a radical shift in consciousness. Nadia believes the biggest challenge we face is our economic situation and how we can combat that. 

Nadia also believes the human body is a miraculous machine and she is excited and determined to play her part in the lives of many people this year: "I have always wanted to contribute to society and make a difference".

Book a session with a Practitioner today! Contact Nadia Zucca Barnwell - 0814755471 or email: To listen to the show just click play below:

Thought of the Day: #RacismMustFall

Wishing everybody a prosperous New Year!

Let's make it a sustainable one! And in the words of Nadia Zucca Barnwell: "Let's love unconditionally".