About

David’s last challenge was the a run from Guantanimo bay on the southern tip of Cuba to the most North eastern point – This was done just after his run from the John O’ Groats to Lands End down the UK, then a run from South to North Up Ireland followed by a run along Hadrian’s wall. In that same year David Ran from the most northern temple in Kashmir India to the most southern temple in the ocean at Kanyikumari a distance of some 4008 km and a time span of 93 days becoming one of the first people to complete this deemed to be impossible feat.

David was born on the 16th of January 1960 into a Cape wine farming family in South Africa, here his love of the outdoors, food, wine and adventure began. He set out to take all his passions to the extreme and explore the limits of the human mind and body.

After studying Hotel Management, David set out into the industry, starting the first of a string of successful restaurants. Always pushing the boundaries in the food industry he slowly began to make his mark in the industry culminating in his most recent restaurant being rated in the top 100 in SA. This led to television, brand exposure and his own range of food products.

To date: David has run The Great wall of China 4200km in 93 days, Run the entire coastline of South Africa 3300 km in 80 days, paddled from Africa to Madagascar 500km in 12 days, run the Island of Madagascar South to north 2700km in 67 days, run the entire length of India 4008 km in 93 days.

These challenges have also been published as
photographic  journals.

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David is a trustee and ambassador for the ‘ Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation’, raising funds through adventure for Operation Smile,South Africa, who perform corrective surgery on children born with cleft lips and palates.

He has shaped the experiences of the last four challenges into a series of inspirational talks. His message is of hope and ‘making a difference’ in peoples lives through change, positivity, the right attitude, recognizing opportunity and never giving up.

More recently David established the ‘Miles for Smiles Foundation’, raising funds through adventure racing for Operation Smile,South Africa, to perform corrective surgery on children born with cleft lips and palates.

He has shaped the experiences of the last three challenges into a series of inspirational talks. His message is of hope and ‘making a difference’ in peoples lives through change, positivity, the right attitude, recognizing opportunity and never giving up.

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After studying management at the hotel school in Gauteng David started his career in the hospitality industry. A year later David opened his first string of successful restaurants, running them from the engine room, the kitchen.

A challenge never put David off rising through the field, his restaurant became ranked in the top 100 in the country and remained there. David has spent a lot of time abroad, promoting South African food and now has a company called I Like That, manufacturing food products for the international markets. His products can be found in 10 countries globally. This has culminated in his appearance in many cooking shows and food related programs and finally he aims to do his own cooking show.

  • Finalist in SA Chef of the year 2001
  • Finalist in SA Chef of the year 2002
  • Top 100 SA restaurants 2002 – 2004
  • 2nd SA Chef of the year 2000
  • Guest SA chef with SA ambassador to Kenya 1999
  • Guest SA chef on 6 star cruise liner, the American Crystal Cruise Ship 2001 and 2002
  • Guest SA chef in Germany, 2003 raised R20 000 for Street Kids in Cape Town
  • 2nd Place SA National Mushroom Festival
  • Guest SA chef Singapore international food festival 2006
  • 3rd Place National Oyster Festival 2007
  • SA Chef of the Year finalist 2007
  • Guest Chef to Germany 2010 SA promotion prior to the world cup

John O’Groats to Land's End (1500km in 24 days)

South to North up Ireland (600km in 7 days)

Hadrian wall (128 km in 23 hours)

Running across India, 2011/2012 (4008km in 93 Days)

Running across the island of Madagascar, 2010/2011 (2700km in 64 days)

Solo paddle from Africa to Madagascar, 2010 (500km in 11 days)

SA Speakers Inc. Humanitarian of the year 2010

Finalist SA Adventurer of the year 2010

Running the coast of South Africa, 2008 (3300 km in 80 days)

Simonsvlei Cape Adventurer of the year, 2007

Out There Magazine 2007 Adventurer of the Year

Great Wall Challenge, 2006 (4200 km in 98 days)

Grand Raid, Reunion, 1998, 1999 & 2002 (125 km off-road mountain run)

Puffer Challenge, 1999 (80 km)

Kilimanjaro 1994

Two Oceans 1996, 1997 & 1998

Comrades 1996

Argus Cycle Tour 1995, 1996 & 1998

Men’s Health Adventure Racing Team (250 km & 500km races)

When doing an adventures like ours, being on the road for up to 5 months at a time, its essential to have an excellent support team to hold the whole structure in place. These are our sponsors, financial and product. Knowing that this is in place we can concentrate and put everything into the physical and mental battle lies ahead.

The results are there, over 1200 children’s lives have been changed through the Cipla Foundation’s Miles for Smiles Initiative with the incredible support of the following sponsors.

TV Appearances

  • HSN food channel USA
  • Qwella – Kyknet
  • Top Billing – SABC3
  • Pasella
  • Oor die Koole – Supersport ,
  • SABC News

  • What’s Your Flava?
  • Free Spirit
  • CBNC News
  • Morning Live
  • Espresso Breakfast Show
  • Top Dog

      • Hello Doctor
      • TV advertisements for certain brands
      • Produced and Directed the documentary
        “A Journey along the Great Wall”
      • Cobbing up the coast – a cooking show
      • I like that – travel cooking show

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While running the great wall, I was constantly in awe of the beauty surrounding me. The beauty of the planet and its magnificence, but constantly in the back of my mind was the reminder of the paradox, how can this beauty of our planet also be the home of such pain and suffering experienced by our children

Children born with such facial disfigurement that they are ostracized by those around them, struggle to speak, let alone eat. To me the final measurement of the success of my journey can only be measured by the children that I can help realise their simple dream of a god given right to a smile.

With a simple operation of some 45 minutes a Child’s life can be changed forever. Since we started this foundation, we have been instrumental in helping some 54 children, who during the run received facial surgery in Empangeni in Kwazulu Natal. Having been involved in the inaugural mission in South Africa we are now busy with our next fundraising adventure in order to continue with this worthy cause.

On my return to South Africa I made a trip up to Empangeni with my daughter (who is a volunteer for Operation Smile) to meet some of the children, a moment that I will never forget, to see all those beautiful faces, radiating their new smiles. I am proud to be associated with Operation Smile.

The second of my adventures, the joint run around the coast of South Africa has had massive response and we have raised over R 2 000 000-00 The highlight of this project was being able to finally attend a surgical mission, (a group of operations) In the Transkei during the run, I witnessed life changing operations on some 10 children, 30 were done in total. An experience that I will never forget ,and which makes every step of my journey count being able to help make a difference in the lives of children in my country.

My most recent event, the solo Madagascar Journey I have raised in excess of 1,2 million rand. Returning to the island 4 months after the event as part of the operation smile mission, I was witness to 180 children receiving reconstructive surgery. It make my journey count and every painful step worth it.

Through the Miles For Smiles foundation together with Operation Smile South Africa, over 1000 children’s lives have been changed. Our project has reached beyond our borders and the project has been involved in the following countries; South Africa, Madagascar, Swaziland and we are looking at Mozambique, Namibia and the DRC.