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Getrude Matshe
Getrude Matshe is an inspirational speaker who has been described as a vibrant bundle of African energy whose zest and passion for life inspires everyone she meets. She is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential and find their individual life purpose. She is passionate about individuals’ success. This makes her an energetic, inspirational and enlightening speaker.

Her speaking career started in Norway 1989 and for 12 years she has worked in the IT industry as a Systems Analyst, Systems Support Manager and Project Manager. She has a Bachelor of commerce degree and an Honour in Industrial Psychology. Getrude immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with nothing and is now the Director of three successful companies.

She started Medical Recruiters of New Zealand Ltd and GM Global Investments Ltd. As an owner she formed Simzisani Creations, a talent agency catering for the film and advertising industry and has been instrumental in supplying ethnic extras for prominent movies such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and James Cameron’s Avatar. She is the founder and CEO of the Africa Alive Education Foundation, an organization that supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. She formed Walk on the Wild Side Tours – a symbiotic tourism company that takes tourist to Zimbabwe to work with HIV. She is married and the mother of three children and a well known African Storyteller, poet, artist and published author.

Getrude is a dynamic entrepreneur who has started life in a new country and who has proved that anything is possible if you have a purpose.

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Entries by Getrude Matshe

An Extraordinary Tale of a Child Whose Mother Warns Him Never to Be Ordinary... and Above All Never to Own a Merc!

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 12:08 AM

Tuan Marais' Painted Devils and the Land of Ordinary Men is a beautifully written multidimensional memoir of an unusually extraordinary upbringing by an unconventional mother precisely recalling the young boy's journey through childhood to early adulthood in the beautiful island of Zanzibar which he loved, the boarding school time in...

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International Women's Day Celebrates Dr. Michela Rosati

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Regret, second-guessing, torment, betrayal. These are just some of the emotions that lead to doubt, hesitation and uncertainty among women. Today, women worldwide have been celebrated and acknowledged for their contributions in society, be it in a political, human rights or economic setting. Dr Michela Rosati has contributed...

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Zonta International -- If You Educate a Girl, You Educate a Nation

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Getrude Matshe, Lynn McKenzie and Lynn Klap
Today I felt privileged today to live in the first country in the world to see the sun and to be the first country to celebrate the International Women's Day with women's organisations from all...
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The Green Girl (Susan Oliver) Documentary Wins Film Festival Jury Prize

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 9:55 PM

She's best known for her green appearance
International Women's Day celebrates the late, Susan Oliver, who was a household name in the 1960's for her work as an actress -- most notably as the "Green Girl" in the hit TV series Star Trek....
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Political and Legal Thrillers, Chilling Literary Spines

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:46 PM

Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers. Eade's first bestseller on was "An Involuntary Spy," a fictional spy thriller that critics have said has broken wide open the GMO controversy....
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I'm the Same Person - Being Gay and Loving God

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:38 PM

This book is a lesson on Self-love for Valentine's Day

Brooke Dozier is an amazing young woman based in Houston, Texas. This author has released her new book on Valentine's Day called "I'm the Same Person - Being Gay and Loving God". This is a unique and controversial story that...

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The Italian Book Club Is Looking for the Next William Shakespeare

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:35 PM

The fourteen-month-old Italian Book Club puts a new face on the familiar vision of several friends sitting around the living room talking about the latest book they have read. The Italian Book Club has moved online. It is a growing community where people discuss books via the Internet. They have...

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On Valentine's Day -- New Riegler Book Celebrates Caring

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:12 AM

William J. Riegler's new book Living My Ecstatic Life: A Quest Becomes an Awakening chronicles his experiences demonstrating what is often heard after disasters, "Someone should do something". The author had spent many years teaching English to children in Japan. Then the 9.0 earthquake of 2011, Japan's most destructive ever,...

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TIC: This Is China

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 6:19 PM


What prompts a middle-aged woman to sell all of her belongings and move to China? Most would say she was mad, experiencing a midlife crisis or just plain naive. Yet this is exactly what Tove Vine did.

At the age of 57,...

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The Day I Was Supposed to Meet Nelson Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Yesterday the world lost one of Africa's greatest heroes: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. I feel as if I have lost my mentor, a father and an uncle I knew, loved and admired but had never met.


As a child born and...

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The Women Presidents' Organization Launches Chapter in New Zealand

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 10:49 AM


The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory organization for million-dollar-plus women-led companies launched a new chapter in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the PwC Offices. Founder Dr. Marsha Firestone from NYC was present.

"Women-owned and women-led companies represent...
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Taco Bell's CEO Talks About the Precious Gift of Time

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 8:28 AM

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed, who also serves as co-chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to inspiring and enabling teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential. I was reminded of...

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Global Camps Africa: A Life Saving Summer Camp With a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 1:19 PM

As summer approaches and we see articles on beaches, vacations, summer camps for the kids, and all manner of fun in the sun, do we ever think that one of our basic institutions, associated with fun and games and babysitting, is also capable of creating the most fundamental changes in...

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A Bachelorette, Michael Douglas and HPV

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 7:18 PM


Former ABC Bachelorette hopeful and pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris was simply researching HPV online and was shocked to see the news surrounding Michael Douglas and his oral cancer revelation. People see a big time mega movie star like Michael Douglas and feel so...

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Tracing Back My Roots

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:58 PM

In February this year I travelled from New Zealand, which is now my home, to the U.S. to speak in schools and colleges during February's Black History Month, and a few of the students asked me where I was from. It got me thinking about my ancestry and I realized...

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Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Last year, I watched a TEDx video by Ernesto Sirolli called "Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! ", it was filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand shortly after the earthquakes that destroyed that beautiful city in 2011. Not only was I drawn by the title, it was the passion;...

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June 8 2013 World Ocean Day - Beautiful Wave Maker Voyage

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Ocean Story came about from a madcap journey. The founder, Samantha Koshare Edouardes, her partner, bought their first boat and with her brother and a few adventurers decided to set sail across the Caribbean sea, through the Panama Canal and then across the Pacific....
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Vogue Africa: The Work of a Visionary Light Years Ahead of His Time

(23) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Have you ever heard of Mario Epanya? If not, let me share his story.


Mario Epanya is a fashion photographer extraordinaire based in Paris, and a visionary light years ahead of his time. His artistic skills capture the beauty of...

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Dr. Bill Dorfman: He Who Does the Giving, Receives the Greatest Gift

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:03 PM

"He who does the giving, receives the greatest gift." This is the philosophy by which Dr. Bill Dorfman lives and operates. Popularly known for his part in the ABC show Extreme Makeover, Dr. Bill Dorfman, a cosmetic dentist based in Los Angeles, does a lot to give people back their...

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Who Will Love My Children?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Have you ever thought of volunteering to work in Africa with children affected by AIDS? A lot of people have and a lot of people do, however what many forget is that they are working with little children who have lost everything. In most cases, both mum and dad are...

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