it is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. does this sound harsh today? you will soon love what is dictated by your nature and mine, and, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. but so may you give these friends pain. yes, but i cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth, then will they justify me, and do the same thing.

i must follow what my heart knows to be true, i must tell my story. i remember those vivid memories of primary school. it is the only period in my life where i recall being happy at school, there never seemed to be competition but collaboration. i flourished because i thoroughly enjoyed learning it never seemed to be forced upon me. there was a teacher whose name was andrew landman, i was incredibly fond of him. he genuinely enjoyed what he did. not only was he a remarkable teacher but his greatest passion was inspiring us in the sports field. he was the u13a cricket and hockey coach. his wife whom he would call marikie was always full of energy during hockey practice. their marriage was a metaphor of what they taught on the field which is great teamwork.

i returned to the algoa bay 13 years later at the beginning of this year. today i passed by rowallan park primary and was told that he retired last year. the school has obviously changed a great deal. it is not as multi-racial as it was when i was there, and i sincerely believe that in south africa children need to grow up in a multi-racial environment. the child will learn more through the association of different cultures and have a holistic perspective rather than a narrow one dimensional view.