While I was away for the first two weeks of August, large parts of White River had a sustained power outage of some 50 hours, due to a failed transformer that had to be completely replaced. Relocating one from another area, recommissioning etc was a lengthy process. Social media exploded with complaints and abuse, as a few stalwarts tried to keep people informed and updated. Venom was heaped on them, even though some of these individuals didn’t work for the Municipality, had no control over what was happening on the ground and were just trying to assist the public at large.
Getting involved does not necessarily mean you need to start participating in marches, or chaining yourself to palisade fences, but never under-estimate the impact you could make with your voice or action, and encouraging others to do the same. Teach your children who, after all, are the ones who are going to inherit this current mess!
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…..
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!
It’s a new year. The Silly Season is fast coming to an end and we are once again faced with the “reality” of life. The shops already filled with “Back to School” advertising as our Matrics are hopefully celebrating the culmination of 12 years of school, ready to move onto the next chapter in their lives and many wonder how they are going to get through what feels like the longest month of the year with pay-day very far away!
I’m working on an idea for a directory linked to the We Are White River App for our informal contractors to help create employment and connect them with customers. Still in the early stages but I’m excited at the potential.
Gate vs Di meant that I had to opt out of my ‘normal’ life in many ways, for several months, and to be honest I am not sure I want to return to it! I have learnt to be way more mindful of how and where I spend my energy. And I began to wonder, what if I could live like this all the time?
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.
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?
Despite the fact that Summer tried to elbow Spring out of the picture completely, it IS the season of renewal, regeneration and rebirth. The season of change. As I inhale the delicious perfume of the jasmine and yesterday-today-tomorrow that fills the overheated air, there is a sense of expectation.