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
Starting at the retail end of your venture is the best way to break into any industry, find a product that resembles yours and begin to sell it physically and online. This will provide you with a base line for finding suppliers, customers and realities of your start up. Angel Investment Capital is usually friends, family and frontrunners who invest in you as person rather than your business.
Sadly, the norm these days is the moment something crosses our path that is ‘different’, not up to our expectations or standards, we jump onto the criticise bandwagon. We immediately look for all the faults, all the reasons why it’s just wrong. We don’t hold back in the viciousness of our attacks, which fortunately are often only verbal, but pretty devastating nonetheless and continue to create even more division.
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.