Canback & Company is revolutionizing the management consulting space because of our commitment to continually innovate. To be truly revolutionary requires us to not only be on the cutting edge of analytical methods but includes all aspects of being a global consultant. One area in particular that we feel we are head and shoulders above the competition is our philosophy on travel.
Canback & Company differentiates itself in the way we prefer to travel, more specifically, how we stay at our various worksites around the world. As a general rule, we prefer to stay in bed and breakfasts in a typical local neighborhood rather than hotels in the heart of the business district. This gives us two advantages. The first is that we are able to engage more with locals. The second is that we are able to forge more meaningful relationships with those small entrepreneurs which has often led to other opportunities to engage in the local community.
One such relationship is our friendship with 4Living, a guest house in the Waverly suburb of Johannesburg. Run by Dr. Marianne Felix, the proceeds from the guesthouse fund her charitable work, a group called Yoga4Alex. Besides helping students in the South African township of Alexandra (Alex) cope with extraordinary stress and anxiety via free yoga lessons, the organization helps its students in any way that it can.
For example, our stay in March helped fund the effort to secure identity documents for two brothers living in Alex. Born to a South African man and an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe, the two boys were not registered at birth because their mother feared deportation. Further complicating the situation, the father had yet to pay the “lebola,” a payment to the family for the bride to be. Upon being born, the children were given the maternal last name. When the oldest was just 4, their mother fell ill and died. The boys were sent back to family in Zimbabwe.
Over a few years the father was able to save enough money to pay the lebola and so his sons could live with him. Once he got them back into South Africa, he failed to register the boys as he did not know how to do so.
Both boys have been successful with their education but can go no further without documentation. With the proceeds from our visit, Dr. Felix has been able to fund legal support and paternity tests to finally establish these young men as South African citizens so that they can realize the great potential they have shown thus far. We at Canback are very proud to be able to be a small part of this effort.
Pictured: Consultant Jonathan Mayes with the proud father and sons