Growing South Africans Great

19 April 2024, Friday

”Average is not where I want to be.” 

Kelly Slater: 11 times World Surfing Champion




One of the most rewarding parts of what I do, is that I get the opportunity to talk to South Africa’s future leaders.

Cell C’s Jose Dos Santos and Doug Mattheus have kindly sponsored a visionary initiative themed : Growing South Africans Great. Its primary focus is to give back via sharing game- changing Insights, Innovation and Inspiration through a series of school talks.

Recently I travelled to an icy Balgowan valley to do an evening talk at Michaelhouse.

Wow, we are truly blessed to have so many great schools in our country.

It was not so much the majestic Balgowan Valley , the magnificence of the Michaelhouse grounds and the stories of old boys like Patrick Lambie often returning to the school to give back, which impressed me most – but it was their holding true to the purpose set by their founder James Cameron Todd over 100 years ago :


Our aim is to make, not accountants, not clerks, not clergymen, but men; men of understanding, thought and culture.

We now live in the most technologically advanced society that mankind has ever known, but thankfully my short visit to Michaelhouse reminded me of that well known saying :


The more things change, the more they stay the same : Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


Talent, Technique, and Technology can only take one so far.

Ultimately, Sustained Success and Significance is determined and driven by what’s instilled in one’s head and heart from an early age.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination- Nelson Mandela

Great schools like Michaelhouse, and so many others in South Africa, are making that difference to our future.

It was a pleasure to visit the Balgowan valley to experience the ethos, the enthusiasm and pure positive energy at Michaelhouse.

Indeed, our future is in good hands.

If you would like to know what the basis of my talk was, please download my updated 2016 version of

THE GAME CHANGERS – Good to Great to Greater

”What the Great Champions know, yet coaches seldom teach”


It’s a FREE INSTANT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD kindly sponsored by Cell C.


Its shares business and sporting stories of insight, innovation and inspiration.

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If you would like to find out more about the “Growing South Africans Great” initiative , and my recently launched Corporate Getaway Programme: Good to Great to Greater

– please do visit my home page at

Or contact myself direct by return email



Rob Opie is a Brand Strategist, Key Note Speaker, Author and aka ‘The Brand Coach ’to organizational teams and individuals

  • Rob’s latest book: The Game Changers: Good to Great to Greater is available FREE to readers as an instant digital download on his site :