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Bearded Villains

NationInspiration discovered a diamond in the rough. One that led to a treasure chest movement of bearded men uplifting communities worldwide. Here is our interview with Hubri Bruyn, Captain of Bearded Villains Johannesburg, South Africa.

1.Hi Hubri, please tell us a bit more about yourself!

I’m Hubri Bruyn and Captain of Bearded Villains Johannesburg in South Africa. I’m 37 years of age, been married for 10 years and have one son that is 9 years old. I’m employed as a Claims Officer in the public sector and my passions in life are woodwork and photography.

2.What’s the story behind your beard?

I started growing my current beard in November 2014. In this month my mother had a severe stroke and with us living far apart I connected the initial itch and constant awareness of my facial hair to thinking of her.

3. How did you get involved with the Bearded Villain movement and what exactly is it all about?

My mother passed away in February 2015 and a week after that someone commented on one of …

SA Maker

#NationInspiration caught up with SA Maker – Hugo van Schalkwyk. A True inspiration when it comes to making anything you can dream up, using just what you have!


Doing research regarding Makers, I found a rich, diverse world of creators. People who make stuff! What are MAKERS? Adweek describes this movement well:

“The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.”

Hugo van Schalkwyk is our very own South African Maker! An inspiring hands-on creator taking the youtube-world by storm with his passion. He is skilled in woodwork, sculpting, an artist, mechanical engineer, IT and programming. After years…