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Rob Caskie is a storyteller who tells tales that fires up the imagination and stirs the soul. When you want to motivate, persuade, or be remembered, start with a story of human struggle and eventual triumph. It will capture people’s hearts – by first attracting their brains.
Since 2004, Rob has presented extensively in the United Kingdom and South Africa to both corporate and private clients. He was bestowed a great honour by being invited to present at the Royal Geographic Society in London to full houses.
Always confident with people, Rob thrives on the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told.
[learn_more caption=”MEDLEY OF SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY”] A romp through the last 200 years. This young country has a fascinating and complex history. This story deals with early inhabitants and the arrival of the Nguni people. One of them became the military genius Shaka, with major implications. Religious persecution and poor standards of living result in a miscellany of Europeans arriving in the Cape after 1652. British rule, taxation and slavery eventually leads to the Great Trek. Along with the discovery of diamonds and gold, it creates a kaleidoscope of characters and intrigue worth sharing.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Battle of ISANDLWANA”] The Battle of Isandlwana, 22nd January 1879. British defeat or Zulu victory? Scarcely 10 days after the invasion of Zululand began, disaster struck at Isandlwana. Whilst Lord Chelmsford was away with 60% of the force in search of the main Zulu Army, the remaining force of 1 800 British soldiers was overwhelmed by 25 000 Zulu warriors. Imagine the courage of facing modern rifles with spear and shield? In less than 2 hours more than 1 300 British soldiers lay dead in what some view as the greatest military defeat the British suffered at the hand of a native army in their entire colonial history.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”THE BATTLE OF RORKE’S DRIFT”] The battle of Rorke’s Drift, 22-23 January 1879. An account of this epic defence against impossible odds. Who would ever have conceived that a force of roughly 4 000 Zulu warriors would immediately run on from Isandlwana to attack Rorke’s Drift some 10 miles away? At Rorke’s Drift, comprising of little more than a makeshift hospital and a store, the desperate British soldiers prepared a barricade 4 feet high, built of mielie bags and awaited the Zulu onslaught. A fierce battle then waged for almost 10 hours; 139 British soldiers held out against the 4 000 Zulus. This remarkable battle saw the award of 11 Victoria Crosses and 5 Distinguished Conduct Medals, immortalised by the classic 1964 movie “Zulu”.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”THE RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE”] Viking versus Brit revisited. By mid-1910 the race to be first to the South Pole had intensified after Shackleton’s ‘furthest South’ in 1909. Robert Scott (Royal Navy) believed he would be first, but found himself facing supreme Polar explorer, Roald Amundsen from Norway. In this presentation Amundsen’s preparation, previous experience and planning are discussed, along with his expert use of dogs. Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911 – Scott followed 34 days later on 17 January 1912. In a fantastic duel, the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, took the prize. The story contrasts Amundsen and Scott, ending starkly with the death of Scott’s entire polar party.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”GOING SOUTH WITH SCOTT & SHACKLETON”] Portrayal of 2 Polar greats. This presentation initially takes the audience to the South Pole with Scott’s party of 5 in January 1912, and the tragic deaths of all the men en route ‘home’. Did they die psychologically when they found Amundsen had beaten them to the Pole by 34 days? Scott’s Antarctic rival, Ernest Shackleton is then discussed in detail – his ship crushed by ice, and 28 men living on the ice for 16 months before their extraordinary leader sails 1200km across the Southern Ocean to get help from South Georgia. Epics of human struggle and triumphs of the human spirit.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”ENDURANCE : SHACKLETON’S WAY”] Greatest leadership and survival story of all time This business oriented presentation highlights Ernest Shackleton’s remarkable leadership principles, his choice and organisation of teams and how he always believed in a positive outcome despite dire circumstances. The central story regards the crushing of the ship Endurance by ice, leaving 28 men afloat on a sea of ice for 16 months, and then Shackleton’s 1200 km journey in a lifeboat across the Southern Ocean to get help. This presentation details remarkable lessons regarding preparation, experience, ingenuity and good fortune.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”THE ALLURE OF THE ARCTIC NORTH”] Tragedy of Naval hero Franklin and contrasting claims. Who would have thought that the North West Passage would claim Franklin and 128 of Britain’s finest along with their ships between 1845 and 1847. Amundsen would be the first through the fabled passage and then turned his attention south when Cook and Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole. Along with Nansen the history and the intrigue of the Arctic region is spell binding. [/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”THE SUDAN CAMPAIGN 1880-1898″] Islam versus Christianity. By 1880 the Sudan, ravaged by slavery and exploitation by foreigners, was ripe for revolt. A local Islamic tribesman, believing he was a descendant of Mohammed himself, became The Mahdi – The Guided One. Arabi’s War in Egypt provided the opportunity and diversion. By 1883 the Sudan was in open revolt, led by the Mahdi and his Dervishes. Britain was split in terms of response given, leading to the siege of Khartoum and the death of General C.G. Gordon and 30 000 people. Spectacular battles were fought, in which the Dervishes broke the British Square on 3 occasions. Eventually in the greatest feat of Arms in Africa since the Crusades, Kitchener smashed the Dervishes at Omdurman in 1898.[/learn_more]
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