In his opinion, people who are not prepared to move on from the past act as a significant challenge in building a more harmonious South Africa. He states that, “Some people do not understand how the waving of an old flag can influence the perception of others both locally and globally.” Another challenge he mentions is that a lot of people find it difficult to understand the value of the influence of the international community and the media, combined with the effect that false media reports can have.

How do you and your organisation engage in this process of change?

“The UN speaks for itself”, Patrick says.  He continues by saying, “The UN engage on multiple levels in Peacekeeping Operations and Political Missions to directly support the development of structures that aim at promoting peace and sustainable development in the world.”

How do you see the way forward?

Patrick says that new leadership is urgently required In South Africa to move forward.  In saying so, he also notes that criticising the government will make them even worse and instead, we should give them credit for the thousands of good things that they do.

“In the world, political correctness is one of the leading factors that promote bad and corrupt leadership, as well as the exploitation of the poor”, Patrick says.

Can you briefly name a few of the opportunities you had while growing up?

“I, unfortunately, did not grow up in a stable household. Honestly, this has influenced my views both negatively and positively throughout my life.” Patrick tells us that he was forced to take care of himself from a very young age, which also created a sense of disrespect for those around him who had every opportunity but did not use it to the fullest. In saying that, Patrick says “I believe in Carpe Diem and eethomsoos ‘n mielie.”

Any words of advice to those who feel as if all hope is gone?

“I would urge them to come and talk to me because I can tell them how I got to where I am today,” Patrick says.  In his opinion, there is no magic in the world, there is only God. He finds it essential to believe and trust in God, but equally important to know that praying alone won’t change anything, you have to bring your part too.

Patrick says, “Make peace with the fact that there are others who may have different beliefs and opinions that differ from yours.  It does not necessarily make them wrong or less of a person. If you can make peace and have respect for these differences, you will easily be able to move past many issues that are a waste of your time.” He concludes by offering a few last words, “Make your bed up every morning and never expect anybody to do anything for you if you’re not prepared to do it yourself. If you want to be successful in life, start exercising or walking outdoors, this will help you understand and appreciate that all the best things in life are free.”