Sunday, 18 April 2010

Window into SA: Helene Strauss

Helene Strauss

This week in “A Window Into South Africa” we step away from Jo’burg and take a journey down to Stilbaai to chat to author and writer Helene Strauss.  Helene is the author of the book Steps to Financial Freedom.

What is the name of your website or business?

Whereabouts in South Africa are you?
Stilbaai (Or Still bay in English)  PO Box 939 Still Bay 6674

Tell us about what you do?
I write and edit learning material for corporate clients such as Clicks’ Pharmacy Academy and other learning institutions.

Are you a football fan?  (rugby, cricket or football)
Rugby, cricket and football

Which team will you be supporting?

Has to be Bafana Bafana

Which is the nearest football stadium to your home and work?
Cape Town stadium

Will you be attending any games?


Are you near to any historical places or places of interest?

Yes, Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay where remains of prehistoric man have been found

What is the number one attraction that tourists must visit in South Africa?

Cape Town

Where in South Africa do you go on holiday?

Still Bay

Do you have any advice for tourists and visitors?

Be aware and check with locals to make sure you’re safe

What can South Africans do to make the country a better place?

Shout” against crime; blow the whistle  and stop breaking the law by driving too fast, littering, etc.

What is your dream or vision for the future of your city and country?

Equal opportunities for all; we can only eradicate crime once we have closed the gap between the haves and the have-nots [amen to that!]

What is your favourite South African charity?
Usindiso shelter for abused women and children

I asked Helene to send me a photo of Stilbaai and this is the gorgeous photo she sent along:


Helene moved to Stilbaai at the end of 2009 but had stayed in Florida up until then.  Coincidentally, Florida is right next door to Weltevreden Park which was the part of Johannesburg I lived in so we were practically neighbours!!! I can see why someone would want to move down to Stilbaai though – it looks gorgeous there and reminds me of the Cape coast that I fell in love with last year!

Helen’s book Steps to Financial Freedom gives clear, achievable ways of escaping the cycles of debt and getting a handle on your finances.  You can find the book on Facebook too.



  1. I'm really enjoying this series, thanks!

  2. Hi Po! I'm glad you are enjoying the series. It is a pity you;re not in South Africa otherwise I would interview you too!


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