Alison Botha


Alison Botha has been speaking on the professional speaking circuit for several years. Her aim to ‘make a difference’ has been overwhelming as she has spoken to countless thousands of people which include large business corporations, women and social groups as well as several schools.

She has addressed international audiences in over 20 different countries including the USA, Australia, Europe, Asia

Audiences sit in rapt attention as Alison Botha speaks of the brutally cruel torture to which she was subjected and how she has overcome the challenge of that experience by applying her own ABC – Attitude, Belief and Choice.

You learn to recognise the importance of attitude at all times. You will gain insight into the power of belief in yourself and she will share of the freedom and responsibility of making choices, no matter what happens in your life.

Not everyone has the natural talent to inspire others from bad experiences but her message teaches how valuable life is and that the solutions to the challenges facing us lie within ourselves. Alison weaves her three strands of her life’s philosophy – attitude, belief, choice – into an unbreakable lifeline of strength for all to hold onto as a life skill never to be forgotten.

Penguin Books S.A. published Alison’s story “I HAVE LIFE” in November 1998. The book recounts in riveting fashion the story of her ordeal, will to live and miraculous recovery, both physically and mentally. A powerful message of inspiration written in an unputdownable style.

Alison Botha is the Author of I have Life, Survivor and Inspirational Speaker for conferences, events and books in South Africa.


In the space of one hour the effect of Alison’s presentation was life changing for so many people. There wasn’t one person out of some 120 people that didn’t have something  in their lives that they could relate to Alisons story.

As colleagues we work together every day without really knowing each other.

After Alison’s presentation people started opening up about things they are going through or have gone through
I personally feel that I made a friend for life.  What a remarkable person she is.  Kathy


And so began Alison’s nightmare journey with the two callous killers who were to rape her, stab her so many times doctors could not count the wounds, slit her throat and leave her for dead in a filthy clearing miles from the city of Port Elizabeth which was her home.

But Alison Botha defied death. And more than that, she denied her attackers the satisfaction of destroying her life. I Have Life is the triumphant story of a woman who refused to become a victim.

The courage which allowed her to move beyond severe physical and emotional trauma and to turn a devastating experience into something life-affirming and strong, is an inspiration to people everywhere.

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