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About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.


Flash Fiction Post 99 – The Felcan Distraction

Morning All. This morning I have a little bit of fun to offer as my story for this week. And I mean ‘a little bit’. This story was my 12 in 12 entry for July 2018. And the ‘little bit’ was that it had to be only 300 words long. Do you know how difficult it is to write a whole story in so few words? It’s said that a long story takes a long […]


Flash Fiction Post 98 – The Wild Frontier

Afternoon Everybody. Finally the advance team is able to leave Genesis and head for the site for Newtown in Baltra. This episode of the “Forced Removal” story is called The Wild Frontier. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ Group on the Dave Macfie Stories fan page on Facebook. Look […]


Flash Fiction Post 97 – Go to Hell

Hi everyone. I have been working on the next installment of the serialized novel but it’s not done yet so today I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for June 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Forbidden Places’ and it had to be 1800 words long. It’s one of my satirical stories so I hope it makes you think and smile at least a little bit. Enjoy! The story is […]


Flash Fiction Post 96 – John Doe

Hi everyone. Today I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for May 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Distinctive Markings’ and it had to be 1200 words long. It’s one of my Detective Fletcher stories so enjoy. The story is called John Doe. Go to the website at 12 in 12 and check it out. Maybe you’ll be inspired to write some stories of your own. It’s a lot of […]


Flash Fiction Post 95 – Ramping Up and Moving On

Afternoon Everybody. With the arrival of more ships of humans and close to eight thousand refugees from Taurus, activity focuses on settling everybody, completing the public works and infrastructure and planning the next project. This episode of the “Forced Removal” story is called Ramping Up and Moving On. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign […]


Thought for the Day – 16th October 2018

Thought for the Day 16 October 2018 Today I’d like to start my thought with a jingle I learnt as a kid and have never forgotten. It goes like this: “He who knows not and knows that he knows not, he is a child, teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, he is asleep, wake him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool […]


Flash Fiction Post 94 – That is the Question

Hi everyone. The boy is back in town after my short holiday. Sunday was a non-day, recuperating from a twenty hour trip resulting in a very late night on Saturday. Monday was catch up day and today I’m able to write again. First I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for April 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Buy or Sell’ and it had to be 750 words long. It’s […]


Flash Fiction Post 93 – Dark and Dangerous

Hi everyone. I’m off on holiday later today. I’ll be away until 14th October so there will be no posts for the rest of this week or next week. Instead, here’s a bonus for this week. The story was my 12 in 12 entry for March 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘The Celebration’ and it had to be 2500 words long. The story is called Dark and Dangerous. Go to the website at […]


Flash Fiction Post 92 – Population Explosion

Afternoon Everybody. Sorry for last week – I had an urgent task to prepare the documentation needed to register my wife’s company for VAT. But now back to the continuing story of the humans taken to terraform the new planet Androm. As the arrival of more ships of humans and close to eight thousand refugees from Taurus, looms ever closer, there is frantic activity aimed at being ready for this influx.  This episode of the […]


Thought for the Day 21 September 2018

Thought for the Day 21 September 2018 Not that long ago, I was listening to the radio in my car. The hosts of the show had a competition going for the best (or worst?) Dad jokes and people were phoning in with their choices. The hosts were then voting on which joke won the prize. For those that aren’t familiar with ‘Dad jokes’, they are usually so bad that, when your Dad tells one, it […]


Flash Fiction Post 91 – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Afternoon everyone. I’ve told you before that, last year, I participated in a writing challenge called 12 in 12, and I also mentioned that I was going to try again this year. The story for today was my entry for January 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘The Bridge’ and it had to be exactly 1200 words long. The story is called Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way. Go to the website at […]


Messages to Government Post 5 – Synergistic Consortiums

Hello everyone. Here is my new article in the feature “Messages to Government”. I am, today, focusing on the issues facing South Africa as a nation and what should be done about them. It is a topic, which affects all of us and, clearly, we aren’t doing a very good job of addressing them. I believe we need a radically new and different approach that I am calling Synergistic Consortiums. I hope you find my […]


Thought for the Day 11 September 2018

Thought for the Day 11 September 2018 For several days, I have been trying to come up with a thought for the day. My mind has been a complete blank. Not a single thought that I would even think of writing down. This is a very frustrating situation for someone who likes to write. I’ve been getting very irritable as a result. But this morning, I was sitting in the smallest room in my house, […]


Flash Fiction Post 90 – The Real Work Starts

Afternoon Everybody. The Humans from ship one begin their new life in earnest. The magnitude of the project becomes fully understood and the planning now extends to the rest of the planet. This chapter in their adventure is called The Real Work Starts. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ […]


Flash Fiction Post 89 – Monster

Morning all. This week’s story is, once again a bit longer than a typical Flash Fiction story. It features a whole new group of characters and I used a prompt to get me started. The prompt was ‘monster’. I didn’t have any ideas to start with so it became a bit of a challenge. But then I had a faint idea and once I got going I got into a bit of a groove. I […]


Thought for the Day – 29 August 2018

Thought for the Day 29 August 2018 I’ve been watching the shenanigans at the metros that have coalitions between normally competing parties and the resulting mess leads me to my thought for today: “Can politicians ever be trusted to put the people they serve first?” Some of you will immediately insist that this is a stupid question – “of course not,” you will answer. Others will rush to defend the poor maligned politicians, saying “they […]


Messages to Government Post 4 – Education

Hello everyone. Here is my new article in the feature “Messages to Government”, I am, today, focusing on a topic which is a real hot button of mine. It is a topic, which often attracts much discussion and argument. And it is very visible at the moment because of South Africa’s widely publicized poor performance in this area. I am of course talking about Education. I particularly hope you find my thoughts penetrating, insightful and […]


Thought for the Day – 22 August 2018

Thought for the Day 22 August 2018 I’ve just read that Cape Town’s dams have reached levels in excess of sixty percent, (Some as high as 90%) the highest levels since 2016. I think that’s great, but it does leave me with a worry that leads to my thought for today: “Will Cape Town be damned by fuller dams?” Sounds like a dumb question, right? I mean, how can they possibly be damned by fuller […]


Flash Fiction Post 88 – Consolidation

Afternoon Everybody. The Humans from ship one are now on Androm and their new life begins with a day of preparation for the immediate future. This chapter in their adventure is called Consolidation. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ Group on the Dave Macfie Stories fan page on Facebook. […]


Thought for the Day 18 August 2018

Thought for the Day 18 August 2018 Last night I tried to watch some TV. After a bit of Currie Cup rugby, I got bored and started to channel hop. Up and down and side to side I went without finding a single thing that attracted any sort of interest so I switched the TV off and went off to find a book to read. So my thought today is: “Is TV content a load […]