Johann was born and raised in Johannesburg South-Africa.After completing matric in 1990 he was drafted into the South African Defense Force where he volunteered for the Parachute Battalion. After completing the notoriously tough PT-course Johann qualified as a paratrooper. Subsequently Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was diagnosed.

Chemo therapy continued for two years. After a relapse, treatment culminated in a successful bone marrow transplant. Johann insists that through the long ordeal his family was a source of strength and inspiration.

As with most defining moments, the residue of that experience is a part of Johann today. It has shaped his philosophy of life – for the better.

He is currently the owner of a printing company in Johannesburg South Africa. He is an avid reader, is busy writing an anthology of poems and trying his hand at short stories. Johann is an assistant instructor at an Aikido dojo and is also developing a self-protection course for women that focus on improving consciousness and awareness of one’s environment. A favorite pastime is mountain biking and spear fishing.


Johann defines himself as a self motivated, directed and independent individual. A “never-say-die” attitude has served him well in his fight against cancer and in this wonderful adventure people call life. He views optimism not only as a necessity of survival, but as the seed of hope. He actively promulgates the need for all individuals to take responsibility for their lives, to educate themselves and integrate their view of life into a coherent philosophy that will serve them well in the tide of time. Within the uncertainty of the process of life and living, only an integrated mind can offer a sense of purpose and self worth. Living a life, is not the absence of death, nor is it a daily drudge of consecutive moments; it is a discovery of value and through that value, of purpose. A realization that your life has meaning and it is important that you have lived.  

Johann insists that survival is not happenstance. To survive is very pragmatic; it is important to be a survivor, to cultivate the mindset of “hanging in there” and holding on. But more importantly, beyond survival is the knowledge that for those who are willing to fully experience it, life has a flavour that the timid will never know.