At a recent conference on diversity we spent some time on the issue of how we see people. A question was asked about what one should do when one has to interact with people with whom we strongly disagree about core issues.
Blessed with ample grounds and a strong borehole, Lucy Ngobeni and her team of helpers are planting up the vegetable garden. In between the mango and pawpaw trees, neat rows of spinach, beetroot, onions, lettuce, cabbages, peppers, chillis and butternut promise an abundant return in the months to come.
Set in country surroundings just 5 km out of White River on Sheffield Estate, Heuglins offers guests birding, fishing and swimming. Golfers can enjoy the adjacent White River Golf Course while cyclists and paddlers will revel in the surrounding plantations and dams.
The most important question that each South African has to ask still remains to be – in what ways can the South African society be reimagined? Is there room for the creation of new instruments with which to carry out this task of reimagining South Africa?
The We Are White River initiative was born back in 2015. An idea someone had to find a way to bring together the diverse sections of the community that many of you reading this call “home”. Everything starts with an idea.
The team’s eyes were opened to the challenges that many people face here in Mpumalanga. The satisfaction and fulfillment of being able to provide the solution to a problem and thus make a difference in many lives, was enhanced tenfold by the realization that their own mindsets and attitudes had also changed irrevocably. The givers had gained more than the receivers.
Dalene Minnaar has every reason to be proud of her Fine and Country office, “We have a diverse range of skills in our office, and boast over 50 years of experience in the property market, mostly in White River.” She ticks off the degrees, diplomas and national certificates that her agents have earned in many spheres, not merely property.
Mopani staff and customers will, however, gladly add Rob Gibbs as the fifth pillar because his enormous heart for the community is legendary.
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.