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“I love the interaction with people and helping them find what they are looking for.” Laverne has worked at the White River Library for 20 years and remains enthusiastic about reading, words and books. Printed paper rather than electronic because as she says, “There’s nothing like the smell of a book in your hands.” Spoken like a true bibliophile.
Years of disappointments had developed within me a certain level of apathy towards some serious issues. This life of indifference contradicts my personal philosophy about living life to the fullest. I found myself percolating in cognitive dissonance. My reality didn’t match my core beliefs.
If you perceive White River and its folk as unfriendly and closed off, with nothing to do, then that’s what you will see. Choose to open yourself to the warmth and friendliness of the town that is home to my heart, and you may be pleasantly surprised. What have you got to lose? More importantly, what will you gain?
He’s a positive, vibrant man never seen without his trademark – a broad, warm smile that spreads across his face and lights up the air around him. And he is, indeed, a Royal Prince. His late father was a nephew and advisor to King Sobhuza II of Swaziland, and taught his son that duty to the community and to broader issues are paramount.
Hilton Barnett was reminded this month of the importance of friends in supporting each other and helping one to bend rather than break.
Colonel Maphanga arrived at White River SAPS from Graskop in 2015, and has made himself at home in his new town. “I’m very happy to be here, it’s a lovely place” he comments. He makes sure he gets out into the field and into the community, being visible during police operations and present at the community projects taken on by the SAPS White River.
Since moving to White River in 2009 we’ve popped into Kruger countless times. Who wouldn’t? A scenic drive along the R40 to Hazyview and in through our favourite southern gate, Phabeni, brings us to Skukuza within two hours after a stop at the Golf Club and Lake Panic. Then the routes joining Skukuza to Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop and occasionally a trip down to Crocodile Bridge are repeatedly traversed either as day trips or longer stays but after 6 years, it was time to strike out further afield.
There’s a new thrill in the Lowveld. It goes by the name of Toboggan. It is situated between Sabie and Lydenburg at Misty Mountain and became operational in March 2016. It might look like a rollercoaster and ride like a rollercoaster but it isn’t a rollercoaster.
“Fire station?” we hear you ask. Yes. White River does have one, manned by 6 firemen working in four shifts and it’s situated next to the Licensing Department in Indus Road. Our little station, with its 10 000 litre water tanker, rescue vehicle and the traditional fire engine pump responds to fires in a huge area spanning Hazyview, Kabokweni, White River and supports the Central station as far afield as Ngodwana and Schoemanskloof.