About Potlaki

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I was born and bred in South Africa, with my ancestors having arrived at the southern tip of the continent in 1693. I live in Krugersdorp, a dormitory suburb of Johannesburg. I have retired both as minister of religion and as professor in Religious Studies but still remain interested in all facets of religion in society, such as Religion-State Relations, Religious Freedom, Interreligious Dialogue, Religious Conflict, Religious Diversity etc. The nickname Potlaki has been given to me by Setswana speaking members of my first parish. It means " he who is in a hurry"! At the time, I most probably deserved it, although I think I have slowed down through the years!
Location: South Africa
Primary occupation: Retiree
Dream occupation: Author of best sellers!
Hometown: Zeerust, South Africa
Schools attended: University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa
I like: I like being a husband, father and grandfather
Favorite writers: Alexander McCall Smith, Pascal Mercier, Paul Torday, Bill Bryson, Chaim Potok, Morris West
Favorite books: Night Train to Lisbon, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Clowns of God, The Gift of Asher Lev
Favorite newspapers: Trouw (Dutch), Wahington Post (on-line)
Favorite magazines: National Geographic, Time Magazine
Favorite music: Baroque (Vivaldi), Mozart, Haydn
Favorite movies: Beckett, A Man for all Seasons, As it is in heaven
Favorite TV shows: Travel Show, Discovery Channel, History Channel
Favorite quote: "Everytime I remain silent or passive in the face of evil, I reinforce evil." (Jacques Ellul)
Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Political affiliations: None

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