White River is home to some really talented, world- renowned artists and this weekend you can look forward to the “Three-Studio Art meander which will see works exhibited by Anton and Hanlie Bosch, Nina Bosch, Esra Bosch, René Eloff and Wendy Malan. What a combination!
The Lowveld is packed with interesting things to do; the trick is to find the time to get to experience them! – By Di Atherton
What does seem to be lacking however is an effective advertising medium that gets the word out about upcoming events. You would think that in a small town it would be easy to advertise but apparently not. Initiatives like We Are White River, Show Me Nelspruit and the new Lowveld Live go some way to filling that gap, but again, it’s up to the individual to seek out the information. Download the apps, check their pages, get proactive. Stop doing the same thing and expecting different results!
At the risk of being an absolute hypocrite, I would personally encourage more start-ups to attend chamber meetings, build networks and volunteer when possible. The reason being is that we need to understand what it takes to organize a business community together, to think beyond inward revenue generation and outward value creation. My goal for the rest of the year is to attend as many FREE chamber and network meetings as possible.
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So often we find ourselves fighting time. We don’t have enough time. We run out of time. But if you think about it, time is just there. 86,400 seconds of it in a 24-hour period. The same for you and for me. The lesson for me that day was that the more I focussed on simply being in the moment, the less I paid attention to time and despite my expectation that the 7-hour stopover would drag on endlessly, it actually went really quickly.
All in all, I personally don’t believe in budgeting especially within the initial 24 months, but rather focus on managing your cashflow, remember to be disciplined, move slowly and strike hard. Of course, I write this with the best teacher of all, hindsight.
If you’re a history buff or a keen birdwatcher, you’re probably already familiar with this part of the world. In 1859, Dirk Cornelius Uys (better known as Swart Dirk Uys, due to his dark complexion), accompanied by two chaps known only as Gunter and Joubert, were instructed to search for a suitable place in the remote part of the Transvaal to establish a new town and congregation
With its contemporary exterior of concrete, glass and iron, the gallery has been a strongly recognisable feature in White River and surrounds, associated for many years with art-related events in the Lowveld. Designed as the quintessential “white cube”, its ingenious inverted ceiling allows the flow of natural light, the interior warmly reminiscent of church-like serenity facilitating the viewing of art in peaceful solitude. Although it is much loved by the community as an arts gem, regular visitors from further afield have fuelled its countrywide reputation as a gallery of standing and consistency.
Ecommerce White River or Eriver is a blog opportunity to contribute to the We Are White River community and will be a short summary of lessons learnt in my journey on developing www.abebaflowers.co.za and hopefully notes to other start ups keen on starting their own online store.
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