Some inspiration for the Covid-19 fearmongers ………

18 June 2024, Tuesday








Covid-19 has put us all to the test.

To date we have seen the tragic loss of more than 200 000 lives worldwide.

The media are having a field day with their 24/7 COVERAGE OF SELLING FEAR

…… are the Covid-19 fearmongers.

I’ve heard that the Covid-19 crisis has even been compared to that of the World War 2 crisis.

Let’s get some perspective on scale.

80 million lives were lost over a period of six years during WW2.

10 million lives are lost every year due to cancer.

650 000 lives are lost every year – due to the flu virus.

Yes, we have entered a dark ‘Covid-19 Tunnel’.

It’s a worldwide crisis where lives, jobs and income have been lost, but we are now past the middle of the tunnel.

Rest assured we will emerge shortly – stronger and wiser.

As South Africans, we’ve become near experts on how to navigate these dark tunnels.

We emerged from the “Apartheid Tunnel”.

We emerged from the 2001 New York “Terror Tunnel”

We emerged from the “2008 Financial Tunnel”

We emerged from the protracted “Zuma Tunnel”.

We have both international and local experience on how to do it – we have learnt so much.

Cast your mind back to late 2017, when we began to see a faint light at the end of the “Zuma Tunnel”.

The country was on the brink of total collapse, but there was a flicker of light – and hope.

At the time few of us had any idea how deep state capture had run.

The Gupta Brothers were running amok.

Private company corruption was taking hold.

And it seemed that the Springboks couldn’t even buy a win.

“Adversity is the training ground of champions.”

Enter a new breed of leadership in 2018.

Less than two years later we were crowned RWC Champions.

Thanks must go to Rassie, Siya and his team for showing us just what we are capable of – when united in purpose.

Thanks must go to President Cyril Ramaphosa who skilfully guided us out the ‘Zuma Tunnel”.

It was never going to be easy for him – or us.

Now he has led the nation with distinction+, through the Covid-19 crisis, while other world- wide leaders have floundered.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

We have been through a lot worse – and have prevailed: President Cyril Ramaphosa

As South Africans, we know that we have this unique ability to bounce back from any crisis.

Covid-19 has presented us with yet another opportunity to show the world.

We have seen our politicians, business, trade and sport coming together in a time of an urgent common concern.



To the fearmongers.……….less FEAR please.


The light will shine again.

We will soon be out the tunnel if we continue to do the right things.

Let’s continue to unite as South Africans, as post Covid-19 the podiums will be empty and waiting for the winners to stand up.

Opportunity beckons.



Go Great.


For those that are interested in some more inspiration, here’s a link to my weekly newsletter which I sent out on 9th March 2018 – way before we were crowned RWC champions.

Cyril and Rassie. Engineering the biggest comeback since Apollo 13.CLICK HERE TO READ


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Rob Opie is a Brand Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Author, Performance Coach to Business & Sports Teams – and Life Coach to those on a journey to self-actualisation.

His game- changing THE GAME PLAN METHOD, is helping both teams and individuals throughout South Africa to achieve their greatest potential.