May 31, 2020

Goodbye and hello Pechakucha Johannesburg


Under the circumstances that we find ourselves in, it’s not surprising that PechaKucha is going online globally (it is now run in 1227 cities).

So too, with PechaKucha Jozi.

I’m a Zoom/Webinar luddite. My register and resonance is not online. It is in the meeting of people and mixing with people. Consequently, I’ve handed over the reins to Björn Salsone. He’s an energetic, bright, switched on young man who will serve the PechaKucha brand and you with distinction … of that I have no doubt. He has done a bang up job with our social media and been a great support in many respects.

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My best to you,



With Thanks

It is with gratitude and thanks that I hand over the reins. The last two or so years as organiser of PechaKucha Johannesburg have been one of the best experiences of my life.

I’ve met so many wonderful people who have innumerably enhanced my life. I became a better version of myself because of you.

Thank you to Bronwyn Hesketh for handing over the reins to me all those years ago. You didn’t know it then, but that gesture changed my life. And, you still have a hand in changing my life. For that I’ll always be grateful.

Thank you to my stalwart team who kept me calm when I had a panic attack, grounded when I became unmoored and humble when I started believing my own PR. Without you there would never have been even one PechaKucha meeting. I appreciate you all: Deborah du Plooy, Kim Hunter and Kirsten Rolston.

Kirsten, please relay my deep appreciation to all the unsung heroes of Skoobs Theatre of Books … James, Keith and all the other staff who set up the room and fed us and made sure everything ran as it should.

Skoobs and the enduring friendships that I made there played a big part in my life over these years. I pray that the bookstore will survive this thing that has befallen us and will soon be full of bibliophiles, authors and eccentrics. Just like it was.

Last, but not least, thank you Rick Allen for taking on the role of master of ceremonies for many a time.

Bye and thank you.

2 Comments on “Goodbye and hello Pechakucha Johannesburg

Beverley Riley
May 31, 2020 at 8:32 pm

While I understand the need to go online, I too am like you as in I need to interact with people physically and not via a computer screen
That is how relationships are forged and business is done

Ghost – Legacy Writer
June 2, 2020 at 9:35 am

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