A Contradictory Life

The sustainability of health and wealth


Invest in yourself. Your career is the engine of your wealth. - Paul Clitheroe

A few months ago Anchor Capital (where I work) co-sponsored a cattle auction and I was asked to write something to introduce our business, tied in with an auction theme, that we could have printed on flyers and incorporate into the information packs we distributed which you can read here.

On Saturday we presented at a CPD (continuous professional development) event for a hospital group. Our CEO, Peter Armitage, introduced our businesses and spoke on SA healthcare and the economy in a global context and our CIO, Sean Ashton, did a very interesting analysis; “Will the NHI kill medical schemes or the private sector?” which he will be writing a full report on and I will link to it on Twitter as soon as it is ready. Other sessions included the future of knee arthroplasty surgery and how to decide on a prosthetic device; psychiatric emergencies (my favourite – tweets to follow); medical ethics and laboratory practice; an approach to allergies; the role of HPV vaccinations in South Africa; and an update on current diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.

It is no secret that I am an advocate for holistic health from a body, mind and financial wellness perspective with a particular interest in cognitive psychology and behavioural finance/economics. I have always wanted to do a course in psychology or psychiatry. I have asked Get Smarter (the University of Cape Town online short course centre) but they unfortunately don’t have any in their portfolio at the moment. Any suggestions?

Anyway, I tried incorporating this thought process into the piece I wrote for the back page of a magazine cover we designed for the day without writing an entire thesis. 🙂

Anchor Capital magazine back cover

Together, we are custodians of people’s Health

“The future of” / “Ethics” / “In the global context” / “The role of” / “An update on the current diagnosis.”

Much of today’s discussion and debate centres around these phrases and the central theme seems to be the endurance of systems and processes; sustainability, if you will.

The World Health Organisation has defined Health as; “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

 As the custodians of people’s health and wealth respectively we can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need.  Together, we can improve quality of life. 

A collaborative effort between financial and medical institutions to exploit the synergies evident between a person’s state of physical and financial wellness is something that we as entrepreneurs can see as opportunities rather than challenges. Together, we can be protagonists of doing things differently – we can help you become well from a financial perspective and you can help us become well from a physical perspective. The result will be a sustainable economy in which we all prosper and grow.

The link between a company’s financial performance and its material economic, environmental and social performance is important to understand in order for an institution to succeed in the market place. We are proud to be a part of these, hopefully, ongoing discussions with you as we believe there is a discernable connection between health as it is traditionally viewed and health from a more holistic perspective. Particularly, the inclusion of financial health.

The word “sustainability” is derived from the Latin sustinere which means to “maintain or support”. Help us to maintain our physical wellbeing and we can help maintain your financial wellbeing, supporting one another every step of the way.


Some of my ‘tweet notes’ from the day before my batter died: