Life often is difficult and many people are struggling to survive or just to get through the day. Financial woes, stress and life’s uncertainties all play a role. People are often caught in the lower end of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – basic physiological and safety needs are often not being met.
They have a stellar list of past pupils, including Springbok rugby players Danie Rossouw and Duane Vermeulen; Carlien van Staden, who set a world record in the u/13 1500m at the Pacific Schools Games in 2000; Tracy Todd Hein, the popular Quadriplegic motivational speaker, blogger, writer and teacher; Nathani Lüneburg, a visual artist currently lecturing at Unisa while studying for her PHd and Esra Bosch, White River’s world renowned ceramic artist.
Principal of Bambanani Primary School in Phola, White River, Solomon fervently echoes the 39 year old school motto. He runs a tight ship and with 578 learners ranging in age from 5 to 17 and a teaching staff of 19, needs to be on his toes.
We ought to keep our nation together for the wellbeing of all. It starts with you, where you are with what you have!
On a planet filled with over 7 billion people, our deepest desire is to belong. To feel like we matter. To be seen. It may explain why selfies, reality shows and You Tube videos are so popular. Our 15 minutes of fame on social media.
The programme’s success depends on committed principals, welcoming staff and caring host families, dedication from the likes of Netto Maluka of Mbombela Tours who always goes the extra mile, and the belief by their university (especially Michael Wirrer) in the importance of exposure to different education systems to broaden the mind and change perceptions and perspectives. It’s a win-win situation all round!
We live in a spectacular part of the country. When was the last time you really paid attention to the sun setting, or that glorious moon rising? Or noticed the magnificence of that midnight blue starry sky?
When I look beyond the ranting on social media it is clear to me that bridges are still being built, that people are reaching out to each other and that our young people have a lot they can teach us.
The common swifts arrive in SA sometime in October, I hope you agree with me that swifts are truly remarkable birds indeed.
White River is full of talented, charitable and hardworking people. We are situated in a beautiful spot that is close to natural wonders.