Welcome to We Are White River

This website aims to promote our town and the region by providing helpful information & advice.
We invite you to explore and learn about the interesting people, places, activities and history.
The site is a guide for both locals & tourists to the region.
Please contact us for opportunities to advertise on the site & on our phone App.

White River, Mpumalanga

The serene town of White River, situated in the Mpumalanga province just north of Nelspruit, is the perfect spot from which to explore the magical beauty of the Lowveld. This includes the world famous Kruger National Park, many other game reserves and also the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon; God’s Window and numerous waterfalls on the escarpment.
White River is the home of numerous craftsmen and artists, exquisite restaurants and places to stay . There is plenty to do and the area is central to some of the best cycling and hiking trails.
White River is easily accessible via a good road network (either self drive or tour bus) and a well-connected airport just 15 minutes away. The cooler climate & higher altitude make it a good option for a base for a safari (game reserves are 25minutes away). Add to this the good schools and facilities and you get a great place to live.

To read more about White River’s History – click here to see our history page.

What is “We Are White River?”

We Are White River aims to build a strong sense of community and pride and we support efforts to make ours a successful, resilient and attractive town. Economic, social and environmental resilience are key themes.

Join us and be a part of a proud White River!

We are connecting people, organisations and ideas through:

  • our helpful website, newsletter and brochures
  • our “WR Conversations”
  • our active Facebook page, directory & Smartphone App

We are putting White River on the map and we invite you to share your talents, positive ideas and energy with us.

Click below to read more about We Are White River’s Membership.

Recent Articles:

White River Primary

They have a stellar list of past pupils, including Springbok rugby players Danie Rossouw and Duane Vermeulen; Carlien van Staden, who set a world record in the u/13 1500m at the Pacific Schools Games in 2000; Tracy Todd Hein, the popular Quadriplegic motivational speaker, blogger, writer and teacher; Nathani Lüneburg, a visual artist currently lecturing at Unisa while studying for her PHd and Esra Bosch, White River’s world renowned ceramic artist.

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WR Entrepreneurs: Ndabe Msizi Kweyama

Ndabe credits an older cousin for exposing him to the business world and providing vital mentorship that opened up Ndabe’s rather rudimentary, linear view to what is possible in the wider scope of the financial world. ‘Think Big’ was the lesson he learned. He’s paid his dues and established a successful career for himself first at PricewaterhouseCoopers then with Ernst & Young in Johannesburg.

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People of White River: Hudson Mabwe

Hudson Mabwe is a talented and hardworking man. His wire and bead creations are a familiar sight near the Spur on the R40. White River folk might have noticed that the animal lights we put up for last year’s #nightofthelights were Hudson’s handiwork.

He is a prolific producer of animals and plants in a variety of sizes, his largest being a 2.5 metre elephant.

The Zebra is his favourite, but Rhinos are the most popular amongst his customers, who include visitors from America, Britain and Singapore – so Hudson is helping spread Slowveld charm around the world!

He and his wife Stacey have lived in the area since 2009 and they have three children. Hudson says he learnt his craft from his two brothers – they clearly taught him well!

First prize for Hudson and Stacey would be to find a better place to base his business; “Hope Creative Art” these creations. If anyone has any ideas then you can get hold of him at 071 7436650

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Bambanani Primary School

Principal of Bambanani Primary School in Phola, White River, Solomon fervently echoes the 39 year old school motto. He runs a tight ship and with 578 learners ranging in age from 5 to 17 and a teaching staff of 19, needs to be on his toes.

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People of White River: Tracy Mashava

Tracy Mashava sells fruits and vegetables outside White River Primary. She gets up at 04:00 every morning to take a taxi from White River to the Nelspruit Fresh Produce Market. There she buys her fruit and veggies for the day and takes another taxi back to White River. Tracy has done this for the past three years to support her two children at home. She sells great looking bananas, tomatoes, grapefruit, avos, lemons and more. How about stopping by and supporting her once in a while?

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The health benefits of creating art

Creating is not just about “being an artist”. I like the idea that there are no rules about being creative and that it is a development and extension of ourselves. Creative activity not only is good for our well-being, it also improves us as people in a community.

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Peebles Valley: A central part of White River’s history

We are hugely indebted to Tony Haig for sharing a fascinating piece of local history with us. In 2000, a Mr A Macleod wrote the history of Peebles between 1850 and 2000, based on interviews with Brian Simmons, Paul Dell and Bobby Lawrence and reading the works of Hans Bornman, Harry Wolhuter, HS Webb and BP Simmons. There are many familiar White River pioneering names in that list!

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