Bohemian New Start Words of Wisdom

The year that was a high point!


So this is how it ended!

I had the privilege to spend just over a year on “sabaticle” with the family in the berg!
The most wonderful time of my life and an opportunity not many get .

So why?

At 43 I have done a lot of different things and have had positions of responsibility and management in various roles that have exposed me to the best and worst of business and people!

I was not loving where I was and needed to understand what I was going to do.

So first of all I was FAT and no matter what justification for that I made I had to do something about it. I was also upset that in the scheme of the world I was a “taker”(making a living off others efforts)
and not a “maker”(adding to the world through real effort). While this is hugely financially rewarding it leaves you with a incredible feeling of worthlessness!

When you wake up to that realization it is an eye opener of note!

A truly defining moment ……..

So after 25 years of every meal being a buffet it was time to diet …..Dukan diet ……. High protein low carbs. I weighed 125kg at 1,79 m tall. Severely Obese on all BMI scales

14 months later 25kg down on the back of lots of exercise mostly in the form of cycling and the diet with the support and watchful eye of the family who always made me aware when I was straying from the plan !

I also stopped drinking all alcohol ! Now it’s not that I don’t like alcohol, but in this time off I spent time with people who did not drink and I was amazed that the following where actually true-

-You just feel better…
-You can have fun without drinking…
-You miss out on soooooo many subtle messages and things when your drunk…
-You get another 3 hours a day which are not “hazed”…
-Mornings are truly beautiful…
-Weight loss is inhibited by alcohol…
-And most importantly you are in control of your actions …I shudder at the fact that I used to drive my family after a night out …

I wish I had learned this 25 years ago!!

While the ability to do this came as a result of having time ( a good ride takes 4 hours) and that the daily work related stress that I was living under had totally disappeared . I made this time work and when people say you did nothing for a year that statement is soooo not true.

-I spent time with my family at a period where “us” time was possible .
-I got fit.
-I lost 25kg .
-I know what I want to do with my life

A very productive year by my reckoning!

So back to the end I did what I never thought possible .

I rode the Old Mutual Joberg2c a 930km 9 day mountain bike stage race.The worlds longest mountain bike stage race.


I now look forward with a clarity of mind to the next stage of my life knowing it is true that you can do ANYTHING and that you are never given a dream without also been given the ability to make it come true.

To my family and friends , thank you for EVERYTHING and know that I love you all.

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Kzn Cycling Time Trial and Road Race 2013

Not long ago our family would have rather spent time on the weekend watching videos than do anything vaguely energetic !

This weekend Luke became the under 12 Boys Kzn Champ for both The Time Trial and the Road Race . Georgia took the under 10 Girls title for both Time Trial and the Road Race .

I managed a Bronze in the 30km Time Trial for 40 to 44 year olds!

One very proud family!




Bohemian New Start Personal Words of Wisdom

What’s really important ?


Would love to hear if you have other points for the list:

health and personal safety
material comforts
relationships with family
relationship with spouse or partner
having and raising children
having close friends
helping and encouraging others
understanding oneself
expressing oneself in a creative manner
socializing with others
reading, listening to music, watching sports events, and other entertainment
participating in active recreation
participating in activities relating to dealing with bigger issues like local and national government

Each of these headings has many aspects to evaluate, decide what’s important in each one and how to priorities them in your life!

Bohemian Job Creation New Start Personal Words of Wisdom

Free to be me !

I have been amazed recently in that I have met a number of women of all ages that have expressed a wish to desperately change their current situations!

It seems that the real issue is not the concern of how they got into the current positions but rather how do they get out ?

Not easy to do alone and I do not have all the answers but I do have an idea for a solution and believe that there is a way and know that there are people that can help .

You are not alone and you have the ability to make the changes you need and want.

The idea of this is to empower you in a manner that ensures that money is not a hurdle and that a safe place for support and growth are possible.

Make contact,and remember no matter what you have been led to believe women are truly a gift to the world that needs nurturing and protecting!

Be strong and take control!

Personal Words of Wisdom

Georgia Robyn Anne Dungan

Free to be me ! Angel you are a truly free-spirit!
The animals of the world are soo lucky to have you and so am I.
I love that you have always know what you want and don’t let anyone ever change that .
Be happy and be all that you know you want to be , Always!
Love you Angel

Personal Words of Wisdom

Robert Luke Dungan

You can do anything !
I love you always Champ and am so proud of all you have already done and know that even though you have already done more than most do in a lifetime ,you have only just started on your journey!
Love and enjoy life ,live every day to the max and be a good person!

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Guy Matthews

Dust to Dust ! Ashes to Ashes! Eternal life is a given!
Travel well my friend and thank you for your guidance .
Love to all you leave behind !


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Letter to TBCSA Board and CEO’s Forum

I have taken my roles on the various boards very seriously and have had time to reflect on what I believe, needs to be done in order to achieve an independent and credible private sector for tourism. Once this is achieved the definition of the public sectors role in creating the platform for us to deliver should be far more defined.
In no particular order –
• The chairman of the TBCSA should be absolutely independent of any tourism or political influences, and I believe this should be a paid position as it will require a huge amount of focus and time and can no longer be expected to be done pro bono.
• Any board position should come along with an absolute declaration of interests in the sector and related businesses;
• The CEO’s forum should be a stand-alone entity and be the mechanism for feedback between the associations and the TBCSA – the TBCSA should only be one point on this forum’s agenda;
• The TBCSA chairman/CEO should have the absolute right to question and criticize the NDT;
• The NDT should only communicate to the industry through the TBCSA;
• The NTSS has two clear deliveries, one by private sector and one by the public sector -these should not be a combined effort, but a platform should be created for each of these sectors to report back on their efforts to a central co-ordinator that is in a position to comment on these efforts independently and without reprise;
• The board of SA Tourism have no function other than to ‘rubber stamp’ decisions made by the NDT and SAT – I recommend that private sector do not sit on this board as it places them in a precarious position if they have any tourism interests;
• Clear cut associations need to represent their members and we need to move away from duplication of attendance of meetings (this will be better managed if there is a single conduit of information by the TBCSA);
• The NDT is creating an enormous department with an agenda that may not necessarily dove-tail with that of the private sector. This will result in many more ‘million room’ projects which government will expect the private sector to deliver. The KPIs of these government departments should be clearly understood so that the private sector does not spend its time and energy delivering on the jobs of government employees;
• In the coming together to deliver ‘that’ event in 2010, we lost sight of what it was that our specific jobs were and I would encourage everyone in our industry to not only define what it is that they do, but to publicly communicate this to others within the industry.
Please accept this mail in the light it is intended and accept my apologies for the meeting as I have been advised of late that my mindset has made me a little disruptive.
I have had a most remarkable time with some wonderful people and look forward to our future interactions.
Yours sincerely


Job Creation New Start Personal Words of Wisdom


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on the plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for money – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that.
Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

CV Fedhasa Job Creation Tourism TradeRoot Words of Wisdom


The following are Not sustainable

-Systems of any sort without controls and management Is not sustainable

-Meetings with no measurable outcomes Is not sustainable

-Gearing beyond your ability to repay Is not sustainable

-Public servants in fancy cars , flying in first class seats or buying private jets Is not sustainable

-Huge payouts or settlements is not sustainable

-Policy that hinders private sector making profits – to pay tax Is not sustainable

-Vast inputs and throughputs with no tangible and real outputs Is not sustainable

-Unskilled people and people not doing their jobs Is not sustainable

-Complacency Is not sustainable

-Bribery and corruption Is not sustainable

-Wanting more than you really need Is not sustainable

-Financing businesses on unrealistic feasibilities Is not sustainable

-Anyone putting in less than they take out Is not sustainable

-Putting things off till tomorrow Is not sustainable

-Reporting false statistics Is not sustainable

-Theft of any sort Is not sustainable

-Meteoritic promotions Is not sustainable

-Compliance without reward Is not sustainable

-Any financial recovery mechanism that costs more than it recovers Is not sustainable

-Taking profit where you add no value in the supply chain Is not sustainable

-Taxation to cover inefficiencies Is not sustainable

You know all this!
Make a stand be vocal or don’t complain !!!!!!!!