He may be known as ‘Grumps’ by some cheeky academy ‘graduates’, but Aggi gets the best out of his musical charges and the opportunities that have come their way are staggering. Experienced professional South African bands haven’t got the stellar CV’s that Aggi’s youth bands have – opening for and sharing the stage with the likes of Mango Groove, Allie Campbell (UB40), The Parlotones, Watershed, Elvis Blue…and the kids are going on to study and play music in Cape Town, Joburg and Los Angeles.
The CANSA Seal of Recognition, (CANSA Smart Choice and CANSA SunSmart) encourages South Africans to read product labels and to assist them to make informed choices, aimed at promoting a smart, healthy and balanced lifestyle. It also helps consumers identify products free of toxins, carcinogens, hormones and/or endocrine disruptors.
The weight loss programme is the cornerstone of his thriving aesthetic business, bringing clients to White River from as far afield as Beira, Maputo, Zimbabwe, Piet Retief and Ermelo. He has two permanent and two part time Portuguese speaking employees to cope with the weekends when Face & Body Synergy bustles with Mozambican clients.
So that’s why I’m smiling right now. Because my love of this special town called White River and all those to whom I feel this deep connection. Thank you for enriching the tapestry that is my life. My heart is smilingly full.
Survival at its most basic level. No warm food, dry safe home or comfy bed at the end of the day. Everything they own carried on their backs or in grubby supermarket bags.
Michael was born in White River and from an early age exposed to the outdoors and African bush – growing up on the doorstep of the KNP tends to do that!
Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore. Scientists and innovators are continually discovering new ways to harness the sun’s energy in exciting and practical ways that will change our world.
Safeguarding White River’s precious drinking water, and water for local farmers, should be every resident’s priority at the moment, and remember that water from our taps is drinking water – it’s been treated and purified for human and animal survival.
It’s fitting that on the 11th hour of the 11th month, normally a day dedicated to remembering how close the world came to complete destruction in the Great War (1914 – 1918), Mpumalanga became the fifth province in South Africa declared a drought disaster area. Simultaneously, Mpumalanga and Limpopo were also declared agriculture disaster areas.
If you see Rowan hurrying along in town one day, folder tucked under his arm, take a minute to greet him and express your appreciation for his tireless efforts. He’s a town asset, and that is why we’ve voted him a White River Star.