Michael Charton

  • Cape Town, WC
  • USD 500 - 5,000

Michael Charton enthusiasm for the story of South Africa and his curiosity and passion for the peoples of our country has gradually lured him away from his corporate career. Having qualified as a chartered accountant and spent time in a financial advisory role in the United States, Michael returned to Cape Town in 2007 where, […]

Michael Charton enthusiasm for the story of South Africa and his curiosity and passion for the peoples of our country has gradually lured him away from his corporate career.

Having qualified as a chartered accountant and spent time in a financial advisory role in the United States, Michael returned to Cape Town in 2007 where, during a short career in advertising, he was awoken to the art and power of storytelling.

But in 2010, following an unorthodox project for an advertising client, Michael began telling stories. In 2011 Michael then stumbled upon the untold story of the 1937 Springbok rugby team: a group of men who lived in a fascinating time and whose legacy holds far more gravitas than which can be retained in a set of chalk lines.

Michael Charton | Engaging Motivational Speaker

This story proved to be a success and he has told the story to audiences around the country to overwhelmingly positive reviews. By 2015, Michael had developed and told a number of original, non-fiction stories all of which drew inspiration from South Africa’s unique history. An interest which, having qualified as an accountant, Michael had then studied through UNISA.

With these foundations laid, Michael Charton made the decision to embark on his most ambitious project to date. To write and tell a story which, while remaining true to the art of storytelling, manages to unearth the key dynamics of South African history in a manner which appeals to the heart.
This story would prove to be a monumental challenge, which saw Michael Charton resign his role as a financial director and ply 18 months of his life researching and developing.

The result was acclaimed story, MY FATHER’S COAT. A story which has found considerable acclaim and set Michael Charton up to expand his project into a company called INHERIT SOUTH AFRICA, which aims, through a number of projects, to make South African history more accessible to both our people and visitors.

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A story told through the eyes of carefully selected and interwoven protagonists spanning 200 turbulent years: Mzilikazi, Kruger, Rhodes, Smuts, Gandhi and Mandela,amongst others.


This is a story so flush with timeless human flaws; bias; and genius, that audiences are able to slip into the shoes of characters from an otherwise distant and unfamiliar era. In the process, they can discover empathy on unlikely ends of the political spectrum. Michael was so passionate about this project, that he exchanged his life as a chartered accountant to pursue it.


This passion shines through in his delivery. MY FATHER’S COAT provides an opportunity to reflect on South Africa’s past and the many lessons it holds for a world being tugged at its seams.

Through an unlikely sequence of events the first two series between the Springboks and the All Blacks (in 1921 and 1928) had been tied.


And considering the ongoing global dominance of both teams, there was near unanimous recognition by 1937, that this was to be a world championship bout.


Predictably then, the tour captured the imagination of New Zealand, where rugby had transcended the chalk lines to emerge as a function of their national identity. By implication rugby tours to New Zealand are the toughest test in all of rugby: the challenge put to Philp Nel his 1937 Springboks.


It was to emerge as a wonderfully human story, involving a motley crew of farmers, students, bankers and teachers. For in being freed from the throttling political narrative in South Africa, they were allowed to express themselves both as rugby players and as human beings.


They did so famously, and in the process they captured the imagination of a generation of New Zealanders.


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