Life often is difficult and many people are struggling to survive or just to get through the day. Financial woes, stress and life’s uncertainties all play a role. People are often caught in the lower end of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – basic physiological and safety needs are often not being met.
Ever wondered, as I have, why foreign tourists in their hundreds go stay in THAT place, eat THERE or use THEIR tour, when there is better value available as well as nicer or more authentic options? Some of this is about deals done with operators by travel agents, online booking sites and information ages on the web.
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.
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
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?
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.
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!
Sue Butowsky from Zannas Flavour Junction in White River gave us some of her top tips for cooking a great meal.
Here are some top tips to follow as a tourist driver.
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