Live Your Best Life: Cape Town One&Only speaker series set to inspire

2017-05-17 19:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - This year, the One&Only Hotel Cape Town is hosting a series of talks by some of the eclectic mix of speakers hailing from all over South Africa with different types of backgrounds but with one thing in common – making history wherever they go.

The Guest Speaker Series will run from the month of May until September, the first talk takes place on Thursday, 25 May with Mike Rutzen featuring Dr Sara Anderotti as the speakers.

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According to the hotel, there will be a different speaker every month and each one has a unique story to tell, including a talk by Colin Bell who has dedicated his life to shedding light on how we can prevent the extinction of elephants and rhinos, enthralling storyteller Rob Caskie and the ‘Sharkman’ Mike Rutzen.

"These talks promise to leave guests feeling motivated, inspired and moved," says the hotel.

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"The guest speaker talks will unfold in the hotel's ballroom where guests are entertained and stirred by a talk from the man or woman of the moment.

"After this inspiring food for thought, guests can enjoy a delectable buffet dinner at Reuben’s, the resort’s elegant dining venue, where they can have an informal chat with the speaker."

Understanding the Great White Shark 

Mike Rutzen featuring Dr Sara Anderotti

Date: 25 May

Cost: R350 per person - including dinner and excludes beverages

Great White Sharks are one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. As a result, these majestic creatures are in grave danger. Meet the Sharkman, Mike Rutzen. Mike has spent most of his life learning about Great White Sharks and a substantial amount of time free diving with them.  Along with world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Sara Andreotti, they are the team behind some of the biggest revelations about Great White Sharks and the team who are trying desperately to prevent their extinction.

'Storytelling about the tumultuous past 250 years in this Country' - Come along for a romp through our History

Rob Caskie

Date: 22 June

Cost: R350 per person - including dinner and excludes beverages

Stories of human trials and triumphs never go out of vogue and mesmerising storyteller extraordinaire Rob Caskie, with his walking stick and trademark shorts, brings them alive like no other.

In a world of instant gratification, the art of a powerfully told story belongs to few and relies on he who stirs the imagination. Rob, shares stories that have unfolded in South Africa and uses the narrative to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs and values.

He believes that stories are the building blocks of knowledge and the foundation of memory which connect us with our humanness and link our past, present and future.  His storytelling will help us learn to anticipate the possible consequences of our actions.

Push Past Impossible

Ryan Stramrood  

Date: 20 July

Cost: R350 per person - including dinner and excludes beverages

Many of us believe that the human body is only capable of being pushed so far, it can only do so much. For Ryan Stramrood, these thoughts never cross his mind. Being an Extreme Open Water and Ice Swimming pro, Ryan is a master at willing his body to do the unthinkable and the unimaginable. His talks highlight how nothing is impossible and how breaking out of our comfort zones will almost always yield amazing results.

A dip into Ryan Stramrood’s swimming CV is impressive, and cold. He has completed over 68 Robben Island-to-mainland crossings and swam solo across the English Channel. With a team of South Africans, he swam the first official “Ice Mile” in -1°C water in Antarctica and completed the world’s first swim around the southernmost tip of South America. This born-and-bred Capetonian is a gifted speaker whose telling of a personal journey of challenge and discovery is deeply inspiring.

Facing your Giants

Jamie Marais

Date: 24 August

Cost: R350 per person - including dinner and excludes beverages

Sheer will and determination can get you far - sixteen thousand vertical meters to be exact and twice the height of Everest to be exact. In his journey to spread the word about the amazing work by the Sabrina Love Foundation, Jamie Marais aims to do what many would believe to be impossible. He is embarking on four extreme solo challenges of which one was summiting Table Mountain 22 times. Jamie’s talk will inspire you and leave you feeling as though no giant is too big to face.  

Surviving Extinction in the Wild – Rhinos & Elephants: The Past, Present and Future

Colin Bell

Date: 21 September

You will be hard pressed to find many people more passionate about the lives and safety of the world’s elephants and rhinos. Colin Bell has dedicated his life to shedding light on how we can prevent the extinction of these magnificent animals. Having travelled all across the world witnessing the power and grandeur of Mother Nature and life outside of our comfort zones, Colin is eager to share his stories with you.

To book your seat at a guest speaker series talk, please contact Restaurant Reservations on+27 21 431 4511 or email

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