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WHITE RIVER

EXPLORER Autumn 2020

Benefits of biokinetics. Amazing Spekboom. Smart learning. The health revolution.


WHITE RIVER EXPLORER We are passionate about White River; and everything in it. White River Explorer is a fun and simple guide to the good life. Published quarterly, get in touch if you would like to market yourself in here or share something great about our town.

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Thanks, The White River Explorer team For advertising, contact Chané Mulder, 084 588 4148, 013 751 3175, whiteriver.expl@gmail.com Show you care: Support Lowveld Vet’s Mobile Community Clinic and scan the zapper on page 17 to donate.

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Discover Manna motocross. Who is Tindlovu? All about FLISP subsidies. Style with blinds. The Cowley reading method and more...

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Alan van Staaden (+27) 61 424 2542 rentals @whiteriverpropertysales.co.za

Discover a love of reading again. Preparing to be a homeowner.

If you are a budding photographer and would like to be considered for our next White River Explorer cover, email your images to Chané Mulder at whiteriver.expl@gmail.com

Photo credit: The Secret Garden by Chané Mulder.


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Biokinetics... What is it and how can you benefit by going to a biokineticist? By Marne Nel, Biokineticist,

Training Edge Gym, White River.

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iokinetics literally means “life” (bio) through “movement” (-kinetics). A biokineticist ideally works as part of a multi-disciplinary team: functioning as a third phase rehab where the doctor or specialist is the first phase (injury or operation or diagnosis and treatment). Physiotherapy is the second phase (mobilisation and using various modalities to decrease pain and discomfort i.e. treat the symptom). The biokineticist is third phase: evaluating and treating the cause of the symptoms like muscle imbalances due to weakness and/or stiffness. A biokineticist can also function on their own because they are trained to do a full, functional movement evaluation and they have an HPCSA

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(Health Professions Council of South Africa) practice number, which means they do not need a referral to rehab a patient and be fully paid out by (most) medical aids. Biokineticists treat all persons that will benefit from movement, using the body and its natural ability to be balanced – in homeostasis, to help itself. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, diabetics and neuro patients (TIA, stroke, wheelchair-bound) can all be treated.

Other treatments include all joint instabilities and injuries such as ankles, knees, hips, lower back, shoulder and neck as well as chronic conditions like Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis


and Osteoporosis, to name a few. This is off course a conservative and non-invasive treatment and takes time. Biokineticists are also recognised, and used by numerous medical aids to do health and fitness assessments for their members as part of their incentive programmes. This includes Discovery Vitality and Momentum Multiply.

If you would like to find out more about biokinetics or find your nearest biokineticist, please visit our website: www.biokineticssa.org.za for more details and a list of biokineticists in your area.


“A garden is food for the soul. Even if you only have a balcony, it is possible to transcend it into a little haven for relaxation,” says Ettie Maritz.

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he Secret Garden was opened to the public in February 2019. Manie and Ettie Maritz saw it as their life’s work to share a passion for plants and nature with fellow gardeners. Plants were propagated and sold to various clients, including landscapers and nurseries. After Manie passed away in 2016, Rynet took over with the hope to attract even more garden lovers. The Secret Garden aims to make plants available to a wider group of hobbyists and leisure gardeners. It is also important to them that plants are affordable to all who are interested in them. It is important to take note of climate change when planning a garden, even if it’s an established garden, you can make changes to accommodate a shortage of water. “At The Secret Garden we aim to have a variety of water-friendly plants, many of which are indigenous to South Africa. Indigenous plants include the Plectranthus (shrubs and groundcovers), white arum lilies, lots of Clivias and the now well-known Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra). Also known as the Pork Bush or Elephant’s Food, this indigenous evergreen is an environmental miracle worker,” explains Ettie. The Spekboom is now recognised as a plant that can extract carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere, which can go a long way in halting the destruction of the hemisphere. It is a small-leaved succulent plant found in South Africa. These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are green, but also a variegated cultivar is often seen in cultivation. They are simple to care for and make easy houseplants for a sunny location. In frost-free regions, they may be used outdoors.

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Five things you didn’t know about Spekboom: Spekboom is proudly South African

It is found predominantly in the Eastern Cape, and in the semi-arid Karoo region, where growing conditions are ideal for this resilient plant. It favours North-facing slopes where it is exposed to maximum sunlight. Thriving in poor soils, it tolerates both drought and frost.

Spekboom is one of the best carbon sequestrators in the world

Hectare for hectare, Spekboom thicket is 10 times more effective than the Amazon rainforest at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. One hectare of Spekboom can sequester between four and 10 tonnes of carbon per year. This makes it a powerful tool in the fight against climate change and the move towards a zero-carbon world.

Spekboom can live up to 200 years

And Spekboom trees can grow as tall as five metres. Before the advent of large-scale livestock farming, some areas of the Eastern Cape had Spekboom forests so thick that it was said an adult human could walk across the top as if walking on a carpet. Spekboom propagates very easily and a broken-off branch can quickly grow roots and create a whole new plant.

Spekboom is equipped with a unique mechanism for adapting to its surroundings

In the wet, cool months, Spekboom photosynthesises like other plants, opening its stomata during the day to absorb carbon dioxide. During dry times, the plant can open its stomata at night to prevent water loss during the heat of the day.

More important garden info...

It is important to stay safe in the garden, especially concerning poisonous trees and plants and when there are young children around. “I cannot stress the fact enough that one must use poison safely to eradicate weeds and certain pests. People also forget numerous insects are actually helpers in a garden. For example, when last did you see a dragonfly, a ladybird, butterfly, bee or praying mantis in your garden? The Secret Garden offers shrubs that are particularly useful to attract butterflies, bees, and sugarbirds. These include the Sugarbird Bush and Pentas,” explains Ettie. Many gardens in the Lowveld have lawns. The question is often asked whether a lawn needs to be fertilised regularly. “A well-fertilised lawn is healthy with thick growth. It will usually have fewer weeds and other unwanted plants that compete with the grass,” recommends Rynet. For best results apply fertiliser immediately after the lawn is mowed. “This gives it time to thoroughly penetrate the lawn and remember to stick to the application measurements.” “Lucas Vilankulo has been working at The Secret Garden for more than 10 years and is an asset to us,” says Ettie. “He loves plants and is always friendly and happy to assist customers.” The Secret Garden is open every day from 08h0017h00. Come and find us. Plot 31, Chief Mgiyeni Khumalo Drive. (From last traffic light 1km, on your left – just before Karula Hotel).


After years in hospitality, well-known captain of industry, Jackie Chetty, has hung up his corporate attire and followed his passion for food and opened Coriander, a new Indian food delivery service.

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oriander is deeply aromatic and flavourful, and is an apt name for this culinary journey of Jackie’s. Introducing Coriander, a new Indian food delivery service in White River. Jackie, often dubbed by his children as ‘the samosa king’, believes in being plentiful in portions and consistent with standards and the quality of his food. “One simply cannot compromise when it comes to food, and variations to dishes are often tried and tested to always improve flavouring,” he explains. Jackie believes in fresh ingredients and the daily preparation of food. Each order, whether large or small, is freshly prepared and checked before going out on delivery, and he finds it very rewarding when receiving positive feedback from clients who have enjoyed his ‘soul food’. The most popular dishes on the menu are the

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lamb curry and chicken biryani; two winning dishes served with either Basmati rice or roti. These dishes are a true delight of aromas and flavours and suit most palates. Coriander offers an array of Indian takeaways ranging from meat and vegetarian dishes and also caters for private and corporate events. Their menu makes it easy for households always on the go looking for good food. Simply place your order via WhatsApp or call 072 148 1473.


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Jane Trollip 082 497 2086 R475,000 This is a one bedroom unit with en suite bathroom and granite counter tted kitchen. The veranda has a built-in braai and there is a single carport which one could t two cars in back to back. Lowveld Lodge is an up and coming sectional Title cluster because of the proposed additional units which will add value to existing owners. With communal pool. 21WR-1323

R1,320,000 Dalene Minnaar 082 826 1100 The house consists of three bedrooms and two bathrooms of which the main is en-suite. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a large open-plan living area opening onto a wrap-around deck. The home is sold fully furnished including various leather furniture and has full DStv & TV in the lounge area. The deck has a braai area ideal for enjoying the outdoors. 21WR-1204

R1,650,000 Mari Breytenbach 083 400 8201 On entering one can see that this house is immaculately maintained. The main bedroom has a bay window and en-suite bathroom, and 2 other bedrooms share a bathroom. Open plan living area with air- conditioned tv lounge and dining area. The study and guest toilet is a bonus. The kitchen is of a good size.

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R950,000 Rohandi Relling 065 977 8002 Walking through the front door you enter into an open plan lounge kitchen area. The home has spacious 4 bedrooms and one bathroom. When exiting through the back door you walk out into a courtyard where there is a bathroom with a shower and toilet ideal for staff usage. The home has a small garden with low maintenance and is pet-friendly. 21WR-1440

R 1,600,000 Rohandi Relling 065 977 8002 Enter a fully fenced property through an automatic access gate, with one garage and covered parking. With a spacious entrance hall, you walk into an open plan lounge & dining room. The kitchen is semi-open towards the dining room separated by a counter. the lounge walks out onto a veranda with scenic views overlooking the lush garden. FCWR-0834

R1,750,000 Dalene Minnaar 082 826 1100 Unique home in a full title secure cluster development, gated area in White River. The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, En-suite bathroom attached to main bedroom. The main bedroom also have a door that lead out to an open patio. Built in cupboards in all bedrooms. Open plan lounge/dining room and kitchen, with a replace in the lounge.


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Dalene Minnaar 082 826 1100 R 4,400,000 This mansion offers 5 double luxurious bedrooms of which 2 are ensuite and all air-conditioned and tted with blinds. The guest room has access to the TV lounge area and stairs lead to the master bedroom suite with beautifully crafted his and hers dressing rooms, bathroom with double shower, double vanity units and corner bath. All solid wood features and granite throughout.

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R 4,900,000 Dalene Minnaar 082 826 1100 Breathtaking features from the pergola parking taking you over an exciting eco-friendly khoi pond bridge into the inviting entrance area. Guest toilet with shower facilities. Luxurious wooden staircase climbs to an elegant room with decorated wooden curtain rails and solid wood built in cupboards. This room is ideal for a grand billiards room, hobby room. 21WR-1430

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Jane Trollip 082 497 2086 R2,990,000 This enchanting home is a breath away from pure tranquility. Set alongside the peaceful Country Estate river with its character rocks and boulders, this home will make the most magic spot for those seeking the quieter side of life where time stops still and allows one to completely relax. This home offers 3 generous bedrooms, two of which open onto a veranda. HAZYVIEW

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R4,500,000 Mari Breytenbach 083 400 8201 Situated immediately adjacent to the Sabi River Sun Gold resort and within walking distance from the Golf Club this gracious and spacious home available for the discerning buyer. Vaulted ceilings emphasize the spaciousness of the open plan living area that opens up to a lovely entertainment area with a built-in braai and sparkling swimming pool along with views.

R3,750,000 Lindsay Drewes 082 331 1616 There is a beautiful thatched roofed home in tiptop condition, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, TV lounge and formal lounge with replace - which opens up onto a covered patio. Overlooks rolling green lawns and established gardens. Kitchen with separate laundry and dining room area. Neat staff accommodation or could be used as a bachelor at. HAZYVIEW

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R5,999,999 Mari Breytenbach 083 400 8201 Cleverly arranged spaces- a feeling of comfort and contentment in this spacious 500m² main house featuring 4 bedrooms, study or 5th bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Open-plan kitchen, dining room and tv-lounge. A large scullery/laundry leads to the double garage. Veranda and sparkling swimming pool to enjoy the Lowveld summers.


Smart Junction offers tutoring services to children from pre-school through to Grade 12 in reading, spelling, comprehension, English and Mathematics. The primary focus is to improve or extend a child’s learning outcomes.

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ver the years, the tutoring industry has grown as the demand for access to supplementary education has increased. This model is built on resources that show excellent results, are affordable, and all the while successfully facilitating excellent customer service. Michelle Marthinusen, owner of The Smart Junction, believes that more and more kids need help in schools. ”There is a desperate and growing need for remedial therapy. Teachers just don’t have the time to spend with children needing extra attention, and as a teacher, I became desperate because there are so few places to refer them to.” The Smart Junction offers a number of programmes to help with learning. The Tomatis® Method is a form of sound and listening therapy found to be effective in treating a range of

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“No matter what you hope for your child, or what they hope for themselves, there’s no better thing that you can impart than a love of reading,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg auditory processing disorders (APD). Using specialised auditory equipment known as the Electronic Ear, electronically modified music and speech are played at specific frequencies to stimulate parts of the ear. As these areas respond to the stimulation, so too do the corresponding areas in the brain and nervous system. In turn, this can lead to an improvement in auditory, visual and motor functions, which had not previously been receiving the correct level of stimulation and signals from the brain. The Tomatis® Method can help with a range of learning difficulties connected to auditory function disorders. Understanding how the ear can affect language skills, reading ability, speech and motor skills, it’s not surprising that many have reported improved focus, enhanced reading/ comprehension skills and improved memory and attention. It also helps with speech problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD and autism. The Smart Junction also uses Wise Eye Reading Academy, which is a reading programme

developed by an optometrist that focuses on the visual skills, essential to reading. Deficient visual skills are the most common undiagnosed cause of poor academic results. Many children pass their vision screening or eye chart but remain undiagnosed, as a child’s focusing ability, tracking or visual perception skills are not tested. Vision disorders that commonly interfere with classroom performance are inadequate binocular eye coordination and focusing abilities. When treated, many parents and teachers report that children are also doing much better at school and are now enjoying reading. Overall self-esteem and confidence improves and school becomes easier and more enjoyable.

Contact us. White River Methodist Church, Wally Scott Street. 082 561 1268, michelle@ smartjunction.co.za, www.smartjunction.co.za


quiz night @ Once a month, teams of four, five or six troop enthusiastically into Habana 64. It’s the monthly quiz night and they are all ready to stretch their brains and test their skills against the challenges of the questions in the quiz.

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he questions cover a range of interesting topics, which range from month to month. There are general knowledge questions, those that cover a perennial favourite, sport, science and nature, the human body and a host of other topics. One of the most interesting topics was “The scoop on poop!” Whoever would have thought that poop could be so interesting? For example, did you know the Adelie penguin of the Antarctic poops so much pink poop that it can be seen from outer space?

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There is often a picture category – famous people, strange birds and animals, famous places, paintings and statues amongst others. But don’t be fooled into thinking that these are a walk in the park. It’s not quite so easy to identify a famous building like the Colosseum in Rome when you are only presented with a small portion of the building to identify. And then there’s the Statue of Liberty – everyone knows about the torch and the crown, but how many people know what she is holding?


Teams all choose names and there have certainly been some interesting ones. Everyone pays R30 to enter and the winning team gets 70% of the takings. The balance is put into a kitty and the winning team is then given a challenging question and if they answer it correctly they get the last 30%. If they can’t answer the question, the money rolls over into the next month. A very tidy sum has accumulated so far and it’s all up for grabs if you enter the quiz, win and know the answer to the challenging question! The Quiz Master is open to being challenged, after all, no one is infallible and even Quiz Masters can be wrong! Habana 64 puts on a special menu for the evening and all in all, it is a fun-filled night with lots of laughs and challenges. Pub quizzes are great team building events too and Habana 64 hosts corporate quizzes so get in touch.

For further information or if you would like to book your team into a quiz night, call Habana 64 on 063 601 4691.

The Lowveld Vet Reaches Out Being a veterinarian means helping diseased and hurt animals belonging to people of various income groups and various cultural backgrounds. Treating a well-loved pet belonging to an educated owner is a very rewarding experience but all too often vets are confronted with situations of neglected animal health due to lack of education and poverty. “At the Lowveld Vet we take our role very seriously. We need to communicate the animal’s basic needs to all owners, we need to educate, we need to help where and how we can,” says Graeme Harman. To donate towards their mobile Community Clinic, which offers free sterilisation clinics, talks and more, please scan the zapper below and donate to this worthy cause. Get in touch: Rene van Wyk, Lowveld Vet: 072 959 9511, vet@cbanimalhospital.co.za. Natasha Whyte, Savannah Trust: 079 515 7775, natasha@savannalodge.com.

To donate download the Zapper App; Scan the QR code to the right & donate funds to The Mobile Community Clinic.


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revolution We are in the midst of a health revolution. We are after more than quick patchwork diagnoses and treatments. It is time to look at the why! Why is my body out of balance, where is the imbalance, what journey do I need to take to bring that balance back?

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s an integrative doctor, Dr Rav James is after healthspan, not just life span. She believes in digging deep to establish the root cause/s of diseases and imbalances, then working with the individual and his or her innate ability to heal. “The path that led you here is unique and so is the path to health,” she says. Graduating from Stellenbosch University, Dr James is conventionally trained, but has always had a deep interest in the body beyond the reductionistic systems-based biology they are taught in medical school. “Have I seen lives being saved by the conventional approach? Yes! Have I seen the failures? Absolutely. And this is what drove me to open my own functional medical practice rather than work as a GP,” explains Dr James. “The understanding of both worlds, leaning into either or both, has helped me to find a holistic approach to healing, where my patients and I move from a place of reactiveness and fear to proactiveness and ownership.” Dr James recently completed a Fellowship in Nutritional, Metabolic and Functional Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a partner of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health sciences.

Contact details: DrRavJames@gmail.com, www.DrRavJames.com, 066 487 8441.


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Have you ever seen a giraffe eating a bone? This is something that is called Osteophagy. This is when animals, usually herbivores, consume bones. Most vegetation around the world lacks sufď€ cient amounts of phosphate, this they then get from the bones. Communication is vital to elephants. Although elephants can make a wide variety of sounds (10 octaves) they most communicate through low-frequency rumbles that are produced by the vocal cords in the larynx. Scientist have also found that elephants possess mechano receptors in their toes and backs of their feet that enable them to pick up seismic communication at a distance (up to 10km).

EcoTraining combines the adventure of a safari with environmental education into one true wilderness experience. By reconnecting people with nature, we train naturalists, nature lovers, intrepid explorers and aspiring safari guides to become ambassadors of nature. We offer accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programmes, short specialist wildlife programmes and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. All of our courses are run directly from EcoTraining's unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana and Kenya. By sharing nature's processes, its ecosystems and the importance of wilderness, we seek to equip people with the skills necessary to effect positive change in the world. We believe nature conservation is about people. Through our training we aim to create a Guide and Guardians of the natural world.

+27 (0)13 752 2532 or enquiries@ecotraining.co.za or www.ecotraining.co.za


Photos taken by Nickola Balsdon

Jane Trollip Agent 082 497 2086

Royden Trollip Principal 083 458 2749

Soz Henning Director 084 511 1811

Rohandi Relling Agent 065 977 8002

Hilton Kotze Agent 082 823 6059

Lindsay Drewes Agent 082 331 1616

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R4,500,000 Soz Henning 084 511 1811 Lodge for sale R40 Hazyview. On the doorstep of Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route, Lodge guarantees tranquil surroundings and a good night’s rest in garden cottages for both nature lovers and business travellers. Amidst banana farms, Legogote, the Sentinel of the Lowveld, forms part of the view from your room with wide vistas towards the east. 21WR-1450

Lindsay Drewes 082 331 1616 R2,390,000 As you approach this lovely family home, you get an entrance gate, fully walled with electric fencing. Enter the front door into an entrance hall and TV lounge, then into the main living area with open plan kitchen, dining room area and lounge owing onto a covered patio with built-in braai, pool and roofed entertainment area near to the poolside. Kitchen has granite tops with centre island.

Chané Mulder Ofce Manager 084 588 4148

Martin Belo Agent 082 349 5527

Dalene Minnaar Sales Manager 082 826 1100

Mari Breytenbach Agent 083 400 8201

Simoné van Heerden Dalene Minnaar PA 013 751 3175

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R1,290,000 Lindsay Drewes 082 331 1616 This cozy, unique but stylish, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with open plan lounge/ dining room and replace offers all the comfort people have come to expect and is a short distance from CBD. It as a Country style kitchen, wooden units with granite tops, gas stove and extractor fan. The open plan kitchen, dining room area with replace adds to the coziness and potential of this beautiful home. 21WR-1444

R6,330,000 Jane Trollip 082 497 2086 This is a home of contemporary architectural brilliance. With 180-degree views which are present throughout the home, the sleek lines and contours take into account the natural environment which surrounds the home. From the early morning sunrise views over Legogotte to the owl who nds his bed night home with a view of the outdoor shower, this place will be sure to nd a special place in your heart. The kitchen is minimalist in design with tted appliances.

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