"I don't want to be a bitter but a better person - I am not a victim of apartheid but a victor"
- Siya's motto
About Siya : The Resilient MAN

My name is Siyabulela Twani (Siya for short) and I am a South African by birth. I have lived and worked in the UK for a number of years. I am married to Judith, an Early Years Consultant. We have 3 children.

Siya grew up in the 1960s and 70s in South Africa, where his life was governed by the colour of his skin and at the age of 17 his education came to an abrupt halt when he was imprisoned for standing up for justice. He can relate to the title of Mandela's book "The struggle is my life" as he had to work hard to overcome prejudice and poverty, injustice and disadvantage.

Following his imprisonment he was given the opportunity to travel out of South Africa and when the ship he was working on hit a rock off the coast of Argentina he was sent to England, where he met his wife. In his late 20s and early 30s he returned to South Africa and entered education achieving an honours degree over 5 years — the only one in his family to have done so. This was achieved through self-belief and determination. Siya is a self-made man. He created the life that he now leads. He told himself no matter how hard life is or how difficult it gets I am going to make it.

He now delivers workshops in schools, supports teenagers who are in care and runs courses for adults on parenting, anger management etc. He draws on his own experiences sharing lessons he has learned about the power of forgiveness that has enabled him to move forward and grow as an individual. We do not have to be prisoners of our past but can use the past to motivate us to find a better way of living.

Emotional Resilience is one of the topics he covers... Never give up. As he tell his story he encourages students to identify their own prejudice, struggles, anger etc. and bring them a message of hope — things do not always have to be like this — change is possible and you can make a difference. Through love and shared understanding we can make this world a better place to live in.

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