When people are determined they can overcome anything — Nelson Mandela

One of the biggest issues in South Africa is that of violent crime. Most people will say it is the single biggest issue. There are 57 murders a day in SA. And that is not ok. Just about everyone you know in SA has a crime story. It is often hard to believe. When I tell people here in Kyiv about some of these stories they just stare at me in disbelief.

We have been busy over the past year and a half crafting a documentary about violent crime in South Africa. We are calling it “57”. This is our…


It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future — Yogi Berra

Most people will be happy to say goodbye to 2020. But there is a lot about this year that will be missed. This year gave us time. To plan, to think, to dream. It was a year of soul searching and it was a year of love. And yes, it was also a year of struggle. Projects postponed or cancelled, monies lost, stress. Our film project about IT entrepreneurs in Kyiv, which we had been preparing for over the last 18 months, was meant to start shooting in April and then lockdown. This is a word I can’t say I…


“I’m in it to mostly have fun. If I wanted to do unpleasant work, I’d have my own start-up.”

Yes, you would be a dummy if you left something you loved. If you love it, why exit. Do you love your husband/wife? Assuming yes, then why leave. Do you love eating a gourmet pizza? If yes, then why change. I am not saying you must eat pizza all the time, but you understand what I mean. Why stop doing anything that you love. If you love going for walks, do you plan to stop? Why exit something or someone that you care about? I don’t really get it. But perhaps I am just a dummy.

To be driven by…


Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options. — Chris Rock

To leave the planet in a better place than when you arrived; to make a difference. Isn’t this our ultimate purpose? That makes the most sense. Any parent would agree. Every parent says they want a better life for their kids.

A better planet = a better life

I know that many people will say money makes the world go round, and I do understand this. We all need money. But what we also need is a healthier planet, both physically and spiritually. If you have a lot of money and you want to use your resources to help make the planet better, then great. …


In God we trust; all others must pay cash. — American Proverb

This is a summary of some bloggers I have been following. Most of this are not my original thoughts.

The debt trap is going to catch us all.

Other than moving a few pieces around the board, the recent actions by The Fed only continues to move back the day of reckoning. The clock is ticking for sure.

The economy has been massively over-leveraged since before 2008. The pandemic is going to get the blame for the system crashing.

Debt is one of the biggest problems of the US economy. It is like a cancer. Some patients can live with…


The film industry is about saying ‘no’ to people, and inherently you cannot take ‘no’ for an answer. — James Cameron

I have been working with indie film makers for 19 years from this Christmas, and it has been a constant struggle. We are getting better at it, and we keep doing it, and yes, we do love what we do, but it often does not love us back. Once in a while though a film comes along that just captures the imagination and it makes the struggle worth it. My Octopus Teacher is one such film. It is a must see on Netflix. This film team did a proper job!

I was recently invited to interview the film’s director, Pippa…


We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. — Dave Ramsey

I have never understood why people hoard money. Perhaps I am just naive or perhaps I simply don’t get it. Whatever the reason, I am of the firm view that the world needs a lot more kindness. And as the old saying goes, actions always speaks loudest. We have way too much lip service and not enough love.

I once heard a story where a man asked a Rabbi, “Who is a rich man?” And the Rabbi’s answer: “Someone who knows that they have enough is rich.” This is simple and it is the truth. The truth is always simple…


It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Feeding the body is very different to feeding the soul. We can physically survive on bread and water, but when it comes to our spirituality, it is a tragedy to only be existing. Life can be magical. We want to experience wonder and we want to feel inspired. And, if we try hard, we may get the chance to make a contribution and leave the world better off. Even if we simply inspire the people around us, then that is a life well lived.

The way I see it, everything in life has two parts. The utility and the art…


My hair may not be perfect but it’s mine. — A misfit of a US President (soon to be ex-President)

We know Trump will not be leaving the White House soon. He may lose the vote but he ain’t going gracefully. He will get dirty and he will fight. A dirty fighter — that is Mr. Trump.

The bigger issue is about the system, and the perversion of capitalism, of which Trump is the mascot. In the years ahead we will see the wealth gap get even bigger, and it will reach a boiling point at some point. Too many people are suffering and they won’t stay quiet forever. Unrest is going to be the new norm. …


“I hope Ronnie is wrong.” — Donald Trump (yes, these days you can make up anything, as Trump has shown us time and time again)

On the 3rd, or soon thereafter, Trump will announce he won the election. That is what I reckon will happen, regardless of the outcome of the vote. Yes, Trump will declare victory no matter what. Of course, Biden could perhaps land up beating him in a landslide, but I can’t see that happening.

The American election next week is going to be contested and it is going down a legal path. What will unfold is going to make reality TV look like a Sunday picnic. This my prediction.

I have met many characters like Mr. Trump in my life. And…

Ronnie Apteker

I am an artist and an entrepreneur.

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