I am an author and social philosopher from Cape Town, South Africa. I write poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as frequent media articles.


My 2016 autobiography is titled Pushing Boulders: Oppressed to Inspired. A movie based on the book is in early planning stages.

Over 100 of my poems have been published in literary publications in South Africa, USA, UK, India, France, Sweden, Nigeria, Botswana and Zimbabwe. I have been invited to read at most literary festivals in South Africa as well as literary events in the UK, US, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and France. In 2017, I received the Cultural Affairs Award for contribution to the literary arts from the Western Cape Government. I have received the prestigious Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award twice, the only poet to do so, and I've received four other literary awards. My poems have been used in a humanitarian campaign, in a public space, inside a building and in a movie.  

I worked in business for many years and have also been an academic. In addition to writing, I work towards an ethical society through the Institute of Social and Corporate Ethics and work to improve youth literacy through Read to Rise, both organisations that I founded and currently chair. I have served on the boards of many companies and non-profit organisations and currently serve on the board of the South African Literary Journal.  In 2019 I founded the Cape Flats Book Festival which was the first-ever literary festival on the Cape Flats in Cape Town.

I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Ethics at Stellenbosch University having held previous academic positions at UCT, Wits and Oxford. I hold a degree in engineering from Wits University and five masters degrees from Oxford, Harvard, MIT, London School of Economics and London Business School.

A Wikipedia entry can be found here and my LinkedIn profile here


Interview conducted at Oxford University in 2017

A profile recorded by Vannie Kaap in my library in February 2020

A profile conducted by Inyathelo upon my receipt of their award for education, 2012

An autobiographical poem read at the Abuja Literary Festival (online) in 2020



PhD*    Political Theory         Oxford University

MPhil   Political Theory         Oxford University

MSc     Political Theory         London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

MPA    Political Thought       Harvard University

MSc     Finance                      London Business School (LBS)

MBA    Strategy                     Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan)

BSc     Mech. Engineering    University of the Witwatersrand

          * expected 2021


  • Off the Wall, Cape Town, South Africa, January 2021

  • Madibaland Literary Festival, South Africa, 2020

  • Poetry Africa, Durban, South Africa, 2020

  • Singing in the Dark, Mumbai, India, 2020

  • Abuja Literary Festival, Abuja, Nigeria, 2020

  • Franschoek Literary Festival, South Africa, 2019

  • Cape Flats Book Festival, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019


  1. Cultural Affairs Award for Contribution to Literary Arts, Western Cape Provincial Government (2019) 

  2. South African Independent Publishers Award (2019) for The OAKY Series

  3. South African Independent Publishers Award (2017) for Invitation

  4. Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award (2016) for Visit at Tea Time

  5. Parallel Universe Poetry Competition Winner, Oxford University (2016)

  6. Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award (2015) for Streetclass Diseases (published in Bumper Cars)

  7. South African Literary Award for Poetry (Runner-up, 2016) for Bumper Cars


  1. Inyathelo Award for Education

  2. Lead SA

  3. Personalised bollard by City of Cape Town