Getting involved does not necessarily mean you need to start participating in marches, or chaining yourself to palisade fences, but never under-estimate the impact you could make with your voice or action, and encouraging others to do the same. Teach your children who, after all, are the ones who are going to inherit this current mess!
It is good to celebrate where you come from and to be proud of your school, your language, your history, your culture, your religion but is not ok to teach your children that yours is the best or the only right one. That is based entirely on your opinion or belief. Passing this on as fact is limiting and dishonest. Children need to know that there is a bigger world out there. Outside of your beliefs, outside of White River, outside of Nelspruit, outside of South Africa.
The reality is that it’s who you know and how you connect with the community that’s important. It’s about keeping the awareness of you and your business out there. People forget and “out of sight out of mind” applies. You need to keep reminding them you are around. Find out what community organizations exist, White River has the brilliant We Are White River, a concept that was born out of a passion to build bridges, bring communities in the town together and create opportunities for businesses to grow. Connect with the influencers, the “faces” and ask questions. Get involved with, and support, community events.
We are now well into the swing of 2019, for some it has been a frantic start, a sort of ‘hit the ground running’ after the Festive season while for others it has been more challenging to get going. It looks like this year is going to be every bit as interesting as last year, with political turmoil across the world and we are just 3 months away from our own general election. If you are someone who watches the news regularly you may be shaking your head in a combination of amazement and horror at the insanity of it all.
The new outreach centre was created with the support of many local people and particularly the Japhet family, who have done so much good work for Uplands and the local community. It is a beautiful centre, set amongst tall trees on the Uplands property and you could hear the excitement in Violah Moya’s voice as she talked about it. Violah is the Operations Manager at Uplands outreach.
Our key pillars remain social, environmental & economic resilience. The town will thrive if we are able to bounce back from the many challenges that are thrown at us in these three areas.
We Are White River supports a positive approach to life and connects with the community in a number of ways.
On the 31st December I find a quiet space at home with blank paper and pen. Usually accompanied by a glass of chilled bubbly (it is New Year after all!) Light a candle. The first thing I do is think about what theme I want for the coming year and what my word will be. Then I write myself a letter dated 31st December the following year. So this year’s letter will be dated 31st December 2019. It’s a letter to myself and it’s all about what I have achieved in that year. Now if you think this sounds completely crackpot, let me tell you a story…..
When you feel your process is complete, it’s not something to be rushed and it may take more than just one session, please go with your own intuition as to how this will be for you – you may want to burn both sets of notes. Ritual is a powerful way of releasing. Watch those pages burn and know that you have laid to rest 2018. As the flames burn it all away, feel the release.
This is a gentle reminder that we all have a “fuel tank” of energy and it is not the function of this fuel tank to feed others from it. You feed others from the overflow. That main tank is purely for you and your well-being. It won’t stay filled up if you keep taking from it for others. Eventually it will be depleted.
Currently where we work in developing our small operations, water that has been allocated for agricultural use, is being used to supply local residents in a rural and peri-urban community on the outskirts of White River, this has lead us to develop a risk analysis model for social investment