The Great Equalizer Podcast – #enough

This week on the Great Equalizer, Sam flies solo at the end of #hellweek in South Africa. Luckily, postpartum doula and founder of The New Normal Genevieve Putter swoops in to relieve Sam from 60 minutes of monologuing.

It truly has been a week from hell. For those of you living in South Africa, you’ll know that life around us has – in some places literally – gone up in smoke.

If we haven’t been angry we’ve been sad, depressed, anxious, fearful. It’s all just been a little too much. And the worst part? This week was not necessarily an anomaly or a freak of nature. Sure, a lot happened all at once in terms of gender-based violence, on top of a public kidnapping and xenophobic riots… But is this any different from what happens daily in South Africa?

What really hit home was how we’ve all learnt to live in a perpetually anxious state. Is anyone over here ever completely relaxed? At peace? Calm? Not looking over their shoulder? Not fearful of someone or something around them? For parents, it’s possibly worse. Not only are we thinking on behalf of ourselves but also each member of our family, mentally preparing ourselves for the worst and considering what action we would take if…


This was a big topic to tackle, but necessary. Sam and Gen discuss the week’s events, acknowledging their feelings and fears as women, as moms and as South Africans. They also consider what’s next for South Africa.

So guys, where to from here? Because we’ve honestly had #enough.

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TGEThe Great Equalizer is hosted by local Joburg moms, Sam Herbst and Charlene Armstrong, who believe that all parents are rocking the same kind of crazy. It doesn’t matter who you were pre-kid, what colour skin you’re in, how rich or poor you are, or whether you’re gay or straight… If you’re a parent, you know what it’s like to smell your kid’s butt in public and you can probably identify with fantasising about killing your sleeping partner during a 03:00 am wakeup call.

Here at The Great Equalizer we laugh, bitch and cry about the ups and downs of our current upside-down. There’s just one rule (and it’s non-negotiable)… absolutely NO JUDGIES. Okay? Okay.

*And because your hosts don’t know what the frack they’re doing 99% of the time, we touch base with experts who do. So, hey, you may just learn something too ????

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