“Art Nouveau Wednesdays” are where they have fun and kick over the traces. Sue and Tracey select two movies each month which they screen on Wednesdays for the discerning White River cinema goer looking for something Art House rather than mainstream. Art Nouveau Wednesdays enable Casterbridge Cinema to offer two extra movies a month.
The Slowveld is quite impressive, even to me, in its dedication to enjoying a glass of the best with great friends to accompany sunset, a great view, a sports game (even, or especially, school sports), any excuse really. We are spoilt by the range of delicious drinks at good prices, including some excellent local brews.
Situated in the Bagdad Centre just off the R40, this coffee shop cum deli cum bakery cum almost everything foodie place hums along to Sue’s motto about her offering – it’s fresh, consistent, local and driven by passion.
As Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Standing in the booth, alone, I pondered on what informed my political identity. Was it as simple as supporting the soccer team my father had introduced me to back in my childhood – and to this day I still wear the same colours?
We Are White River aims to focus on the positive. Not because our team is naïve, but because we believe that is how one builds up rather than breaks down community; and because there are enough people fighting the negative fight.
The winding road from Nelspruit to Badplaas is scenic and dramatic. The road takes you first through the Barberton Nature Reserve Pass and then to the Nelshoogte pass, topping out at nearly 5000 feet above sea level. Soon afterwards you descend into the Komati River basin and just after passing the Vygeboom Dam you arrive at Cradle of Life.
I often wonder what Nelson Mandela would have thought about the state of the country and of the world and what he would have said. He believed in equality, in inclusivity and forgiveness.
Designing useful solutions to real problems and making them accessible to as many as possible seems to be a theme.
The more one reads about Musk’s work, the more interesting he appears. He has been hugely successful despite the disbelief and indeed scorn of many around him. (He is very quick to acknowledge the work of excellent team members)
Colonel Maphanga arrived at White River SAPS from Graskop in 2015, and has made himself at home in his new town. “I’m very happy to be here, it’s a lovely place” he comments. He makes sure he gets out into the field and into the community, being visible during police operations and present at the community projects taken on by the SAPS White River.