Robin Binckes currently conducts history experiential tours to overseas visitors and transformation programs for leading South African Companies using history as the key.
He is deeply involved in Alexandra Township, In 2008 He founded an NGO, “Friends of Alexandra” which, focuses on under privileged children in Alexandra.
Having lived through and having participated in the Apartheid era, he is now a dedicated South African, committed to building a better future for all. A career which spans Marketing, Public Relations, Food Retailing and Tourism.
He owned and managed his own Public Relations & Marketing Consultancy for 15 years and played a leading role in breaking the sports boycott during the period of sports isolation. He consulted on all aspects of communication both locally and internationally to diverse clients, fulfilling these roles frequently required simultaneous management of projects in Europe and Australia and New Zealand
His passion for this country is contagious and through his experiential programs he paints a picture of how everyone can play a role in building for the future. Using our history as his source he tells stories, which illustrate the strength and resilience of the people, and the leaders from our diverse cultures, enabling delegates to understand and identify with the struggles, which have taken place in this country since 1486. His presentations are balanced and fair to all sectors of the community. Because of the use of himself as one of the “privileged, who enjoyed the fruits of apartheid, without doing anything to change the system”, his personal narratives are revealing, honest and at the same time shocking. “
Motivated by his love of history he started writing in 2011. His first book, a historical novel “Canvas Under The Sky” was published by 30 Degrees South and has sold over 4000 copies. He then wrote the best seller “Great Trek Uncut”, a history of the country of ALL its people up to 1852, which has had three reprints and sold more than 6000 copies. In 2014 Ardri Kotze translated Great Trek Uncut into Afrikaans and “Groot Trek Ongesensor” was published. In 2015 Thirty Degrees South published “Tuckers Deadline”- a biography and a human story about relationships and suicide. He was then approached to write a biography on the life of radio personality John Berks. “What A Boykie- The John Berks Story” was published in 2016. His latest book, part of a series commissioned by UK publisher Pen and Sword titled “Vlakplaas. Apartheids Death Squads” has recently been released in the UK and is expected to be released in South Africa in October 2018.
As shown by the diversity of genres of his published books he has an ability to apply his skill in storytelling to writing in a manner, which not only informs but also entertains.