Refuse the plastic straw – By Di Atherton

It’s fascinating to watch people endlessly complaining about litter and yet not coming up with solutions. When the Municipal strikes are on and the streets are trashed with rubbish bins upended, very few businesses get down and dirty and clean up their little section of road and pavement. Why should they? It’s “someone else’s” problem.


Chalkboard signs simply mention berries, flowers and veggies and the gates are wide open but, being polite Saffers, few venture through the portal. Oh, how you should. The understated entrance belies the enchanting ‘honesty’ fresh produce shop within.

Reducing your Eskom Dependency

During the 2008 load-shedding phase, generators were the go-to quick fix, and in some minds still are. But we have chosen to live in White River for its peaceful tranquility. It’s a place to raise our children in a country-styled and environmentally aware atmosphere. This picture is shattered immediately by the roaring to life of obnoxiously loud, smoke-billowing and environment polluting diesel generators.

Grey Water Systems

Rainwater gushes from roofs through downpipes (if your home has gutters. If you don’t, thousands of litres cascade straight onto your paving) and into the drainage system, a shocking waste of a priceless resource. Priceless, you question? Ask the residents of Senekal in the Free State who’ve been without running water since December 2015 what that facility is worth to them.

LED Lights

? LED lights have advanced at a remarkable rate to enable an entirely new category of lighting projected to reach $30 billion by 2025. LED lighting systems already illuminate famous buildings, bridges, retail shops, television studios, theater stages, hotels, casinos, hospitals, restaurants and nightclubs around the world.

Saving Water

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.

Encircling Our Rhinos

Encirclement is an instinctive method of protection, used by man and beast alike. How symbolic then, that the enormous, unsightly circle at the R538 & R40 intersection in White River is about to undergo a physical transformation, themed “Save the Rhino’.