The inspiring story of Alison Botha

Alison Botha (middle) with, from left, Komani residents Marinda Griebenouw and Lizette Potgieter Picture: SUPPLIED

ONE of the guests of the Tamboekie Festival this year, was motivational speaker, Alison Botha, whose story of perseverance and will to overcome has encouraged thousands.

Anne Hollis, who attended the talk, wrote this account of Alison’s talk at the Border Agricultural Showgrounds:

“To say that Alison Botha is an inspiring woman would be the understatement of the year.

Every man and woman, young and old, should make an effort to go to one of her talks.

For those that don’t know her story, on 18 December 1994 in Port Elizabeth, Alison was brutally attacked and raped, stabbed in the abdomen 37 times, disemboweled and her throat slashed 17 times.

In her talk she tells the story of her feelings and fears and what she went through throughout the attack which lasted a few hours.  Right through you are spell bound by this woman’s fight for life, her guts and her absolute will to live.

A few of the things that stick out in my mind, and this is just a few, as I could write pages, is that you are important. You are worth getting up for, you make your life worth it.

Alison talks about living your life according to A, B and C.

A being attitude (which is all up to you), B being belief in yourself and choice (that is all under your control).

A few more inspiring phrases include “Feel the fear and do it anyway” as well as

“If you think you can or can’t – you are right” plus “You don’t know what you are capable of until you don’t have a choice but to survive.”

No-one could have believed that anyone with such severe injuries could live but, miraculously, she did. She did because of her will to survive.

Alison left all of us feeling like we could take on the world.”



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