Maven Blogs

What is a ‘maven blog’?

A maven is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from the Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge.

South Africa Online has chosen its mavens to bring knowledge and information to our readers. We do not necessarily agree with or condone every word that they write. We offer these blogs for your interest, edification and debate.


Maureen Cram

Maureen Cram

Maureen Cram

Maureen is a surrogate animal intuitive and energy therapist who uses EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and meridian tapping techniques to help any any animal in need.

She is a business owner, cat lover (she and her husband live with six rescued cats), educator on benefits of energy therapy, EFT trainer for humans and animals.

Her hobbies and pastimes include vegan baking, bespoke bead jewellery making, waterskiing. Pilates and reading.

You can contact Maureen by visiting her web site, Stuff Busters.

Alana Bailey

Alana Bailey

Alana Bailey

After the completion of her studies, Alana started her career as historical researcher at the National Cultural History and Open-Air Museum in Pretoria. After 3 and a half years, she accepted a job with the Company for Immigration, a help-service for non-English-speaking immigrants to South Africa. In 2003 this company, in cooperation with Solidarity, launched the Come Home Campaign to assist South African expats returning to South Africa.

Since its inception, Alana has been Deputy CEO of AfriForum. AfriForum is a civil rights initiative established by Solidarity in order to activate especially minority communities outside the realm of party politics in order to become involved in the public debate. AfriForum is responsible for a broad range of campaigns aimed at the protection of civil rights, including lobbying for language rights, opposition against crime and continued support for remigrating South Africans via the Come Home Campaign.

Alana lives in Pretoria. Her first book for children, The Princess of the African Savannah, was published in 2007 and has received the ATKV Woordveertjie award for children’s literature, as well as the Tienie Holloway Medal for Youth Literature.

Alana’s qualifications include:

  • Masters Degree in Historical & Heritage Studies (Cum Laude) at UP – 1997
  • BA (Honours) in Cultural History (Cum Laude) at UP – 1989
  • BA Degree at UP – 1986

Guy Lundy

Guy Lundy

Guy Lundy

Guy Lundy is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think-tank representing 40 major corporations that brings together key stakeholders in the Cape region to develop and implement a long-term vision for sustainable, inclusive economic growth. He is also a Director of several organisations, including Cape Town Tourism and Wesgro.

Guy previously ran his own corporate strategy consultancy, helping large companies develop foresight and an understanding of future trends. He has also worked for international firms such as Ernst & Young, Oracle, the London Stock Exchange and Dimension Data, during several years of living on four continents.

Guy was born and raised in Cape Town. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics at UCT and his Masters in Futures Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is the author of two books about South Africa and its future, namely “South Africa: Reasons to Believe” and “South Africa 2014: The Story of our Future”.

In 2009 Guy was listed by Business Day as one of the ‘Top 100 Thinkers in South Africa’.

Apriena Jugoo

Apriena has a BA Degree (Psychology and English) and has completed her Honours Degree. She has over 5 years industry experience and has established her own consultancy business in 2009. She is particularly skilled in research with the emphasis on headhunting. As a member of the Inkara Consulting management team, Apriena ensures that a quality service is rendered at all times. She is skilled in recruitment and placing the right candidates and through her enthusiasm and commitment she ensures positive results that meet the requirements of her valued clients and candidates.

Julian Pokroy

I am the Visa Geezer

Julian Pokroy

Julian Pokroy is one of South Africa’s leading Immigration Specialist Attorneys.

He has been practicing immigration law since 1980 and celebrates 30 years of specialist immigration, nationality and refugee law practice in 2010.

Julian graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Law and is admitted as an Attorney to the High Courts of South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho in 1980.

Julian heads up the Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law Committee of the Law Society of South Africa and also heads up the Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.

From 1992 to 1996 he became the first Attorney to serve on the Immigrants Selection Board under the Aliens Control Act. From 2002 to the end of 2007 he served on the Immigration Advisory Board to the Minister of Home Affairs.

Currently Julian is a member of the South African Law Commission’s Committee which is advising the Minister on all legislation administered by the Department of Home Affairs with recommendations for change as well as one of only two South African attorneys who is listed in the International “Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Law” worldwide.

Julian is also a prolific author on immigration matters both in South Africa and internationally and recently updated the volume of Lexis Nexis Butterworths “Forms and Precedents” volume on Citizenship, Aliens and Migration.

Tarryn Pokroy Rietveld

Tarryn Pokroy Rietveld

Tarryn Pokroy Rietveld

Tarryn holds a Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) Degree from the University of Pretoria. She completed her degree at the end of 2005. On 26 February 2007 Tarryn was admitted as an attorney at the North Gauteng High Court. On 11 May 2007 she received her right of appearance in the High Court.

She is currently in the process of completing her Masters Degree in Law, more specifically in the field of Constitutional and Administrative Law. Her dissertation focus is on the Constitutional aspects of the right to retain your South African Citizenship as a South African citizen.

At University Tarryn made her way onto the Deans List of Merit two years running for 2003 and 2004. She was involved in and headed up a University Organisation called Educating Prisoners About Human Rights (EPAHR) in 2005. In 2005 she was also awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Association of Regional Magistrates Southern Africa (ARMSA). Throughout 2005 she worked in the University of Pretoria’s Legal Aid Clinic which offers a wide range of legal services.

Tarryn is now working with Julian Pokroy Attorneys and, in the spirit of the firm, is also focusing specifically on Immigration and Nationality Law.

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