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About Karl Flowers

Karl Flowers was ‘just another kid’ from the Cape Flats. He was born to a single mom and, raised with the help of her extended family.  During his early childhood, Karl’s home was Heideveld and then, for a brief period, it was Mitchells Plain. He lived his formative and schooling years in the then-segregated ‘coloured’ suburb, Lansdowne with his maternal grandmother and aunt.  

Karl was, of necessity, a survivalist – hardworking, purpose-filled and self-driven.

But there was something special about him. His mathematics teacher at Livingstone High School noticed his attitude and talents and became somewhat of a mentor to him, changing the trajectory of Karl’s life. As long as he lived, Karl remained mindful of the fact that had a wise and caring adult not stepped in, he might have had a very different future. 

Instead, he was taken up and sponsored. He matriculated from Hilton College, one of South Africa’s finest schools; and later graduated from the University of Cape Town as a Chartered Accountant. As a corporate strategic consultant, he consulted at the highest level globally and built up a deeply impressive personal and professional network.

In his early to mid-’20s Karl lost both aunt and grandmother, who had provided a home and raised him.  During this time he also took on the responsibility of raising his two younger cousins, when he became their legal guardian.  With the help and support of his mom, Karl was able to provide the stability of a home-life for his wards while he pursued his studies, career, and business opportunities.

It was the tragic death of his teenage cousin in 1999 that deeply impacted and influenced Karl’s future life decisions and final wishes.  At age 36, just four years after starting and running his own successful strategic consulting business, Karl stepped away from corporate life and entered a more reflective phase which ultimately led to his joining the African Leadership Network, a community of people who were, like himself, profoundly purpose-driven.  Karl died suddenly at the age of 44 of natural causes.

Karl left most of what he had to establish this Trust. Its mandate: To pay forward the good fortune Karl had himself enjoyed.

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Earl Sampson

Karen Bruckner

Leigh Meinert

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