On Thursday, 13 June, South African celebrity Hykie Berg gave a talk at Hermanus High School about substance abuse to parents, teachers and interested individuals from outside the school. Learners also had the opportunity to meet and listen to Hykie the following day, on Friday, during school hours.

Susan McCarthy and Paul Kruger from Seeff Hermanus with Hykie Berg and Hermanus High School principal, Greg Hassenkamp.

Hykie is an actor who has performed in television series such as Egoli and Binnelanders and he also acted in the film Dis ek, Anna. He was the winner of Survivor South Africa in 2011. At the height of his career, Hykie lost everything and nearly lost his life to addiction.

Last year he released an autobiography called Ultimate Survivor: Saved from my drug hell, in which he shares his life story, from the drug dens of Hillbrow to a maximum-security cell in Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. He is now passionate about sharing his story and helping people who have fallen into addiction.

Hykie’s talk was organised by Seeff and forms part of the initiative founded by the Seeff Hermanus branch called ‘OneLife’ which was “established in an effort to contribute to the community where we work and reside”.

Hykie’s talks were well-received and enjoyed by adults and students alike.

Hykie Berg with Hermanus High School head girl, Mari Carstens and head boy, SJ Herholdt.

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