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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.


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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 87 – The New Gordian Knot

Morning all. This week’s story is a bit longer than a typical Flash Fiction story. It features my detective character, Fletcher, in a rather different case than those that have gone before. It came from another random thought that popped into my head. From nothing at all I thought of the term ‘Gordian knot’. I couldn’t even remember what it meant and had to look it up. Once I had been reminded it turned into […]


Flash Fiction Post 86 – Androm

Morning all. The serialized novel, “Forced Removal” reaches a milestone today. The abducted humans on ship one finally reach their destination in the Tau Ceti solar system – the planet Androm. Not surprisingly, therefore, this 21st installment is called Androm. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. What did you all think of my messages to government and my new thoughts? […]


Thought for the Day – 9 August 2018

Thought for the Day 9 August 2018 Happy National Women’s Day to all who qualify in this category. And, to the men out there, don’t think you can celebrate this day, talk up a storm about all the things that should be done about issues relating to women and then forget all about this until the same time next year. This leads me to my thought for today: “Public Holidays are a pain in the […]


Messages to Government Post 3 – Human Rights

Hello everyone. Here is my new article in the feature “Messages to Government”, I am, today, focusing on a topic which I believe is largely misrepresented and even misunderstood. At any rate it is a topic, which often attracts much discussion and argument. I don’t expect you to agree with my point of view, but I do expect that you think about it before rejecting it out of hand. It may make you think more […]


Thought for the Day – 2 August 2018

Thought for the Day 2 August 2018 My thought for today is a little random. I was thinking about land redistribution. I believe that it is the right thing to do at a moral level, but I think the idea of land redistribution involves a bigger question. That question is my random thought for today: “For what purpose will the land be used?” Why do I think this question is an important one? First of […]


Flash Fiction Post 85 – Life after Death

Morning all. This week I had a random idea that turned into a story. I’m not sure where it came from but I followed the urge. (And it was a challenge to see where it took me!)  I hope you enjoy it and that it will make you contemplate life’s mysteries. The story is called Life after Death. Read all the Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog […]


Messages to Government Post 2 – Innovation

Howzit everyone. As a follow-up in my new feature “Messages to Government”, I am, today, focusing on a topic which I believe is critical for the continuing success of Humanity on earth. The article is called Innovation. Once again, I hope you find it interesting and thought provoking. If you do, please share it, and if you have contacts in Government send it to them as well. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction […]


Thought for the Day 24 July, 2018

Thought for the Day 24 July 2018 Welcome back to the thought for the day. Today my thought is really a bunch of thoughts in the form of questions so here goes. Why does the world have so many politicians, since a lot of them are ignorant, self-important, incompetent, useless and just a drain on their country’s resources? Why do politicians have bodyguards and blue-light brigades given question one? These things just add to the […]


Flash Fiction Post 84 – A Huge Breakthrough

Morning all. I’m pretty organized this week so I’m off to a flying start. Here’s installment 20 of “Forced Removal”. This installment is called, A Huge Breakthrough. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. What did you all think of my first message to government? Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ Group on the Dave Macfie […]