A mes­sage of hope, and a vi­sion of cre­at­ing a bet­ter world

King­dom Am­bas­sadors Chil­dren’s Vil­lage holds a vi­sion of cre­at­ing a bet­ter world

The Star Late Edition - - BR - ADRI SENEKAL DE WET

I WANT to wish Busi­ness Re­port (BR) read­ers a pros­per­ous 2019. A year filled with hope, suc­cess, per­sonal growth, good health and wealth cre­ation.

We, as ed­i­tors of In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, were ad­dressed by our chair­per­son, Dr Iqbal Survé, last week.

Dr Survé’s pas­sion for South Africa and Africa, his loy­alty and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for each and ev­ery em­ployee of In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, as I said af­ter­wards to col­league Japhet Ncube, ed­i­tor of The Star, “is con­ta­gious”.

“It is tough and dif­fi­cult out there, the me­dia in­dus­try is un­der­go­ing a struc­tural de­cline, but it is not without hope. Our task is to de­velop our coun­try, to in­vest in our peo­ple and in trans­for­ma­tion, to give hope to our peo­ple,” said Dr Survé.

He doesn’t in­ter­fere with ed­i­to­rial mat­ters, but of­ten urges us to write sto­ries about peo­ple’s suc­cess, to pro­file young en­trepreneurs and busi­ness lead­ers, to keep our eyes on the ball and to not get de­railed by a per­cep­tions war launched by com­peti­tors.

What is wealth cre­ation? Ac­cord­ing to Dr Survé, it is a means of “cre­at­ing a bet­ter world”.

His ad­dress to all ed­i­tors across South Africa and Africa was on point: South Africa is not without hope, and our ar­ti­cles and sto­ries should re­flect that. BR will con­tinue to de­liver qual­ity and in­for­ma­tive busi­ness per­sonal fi­nance con­tent to our print and on­line read­ers in 2019.

The BR team con­sists of young, dy­namic and pas­sion­ate jour­nal­ists and ed­i­tors, with the likes of Ka­belo Khu­malo, Sizwe Dlamini, Di­neo Faku, Sandile Mchunu, Luyolo Mkentane, Given Ma­jola, Joseph Booy­sen, Banele Ginindza, Gabriella Steyn, Dhivana Ra­j­gopaul and Ver­non Pil­lay un­der the lead­er­ship of Sech­aba ka’Nkosi, Philippa Larkin, Roy Cokayne and Martin Hesse.

I men­tion the BR and Per­sonal Fi­nance team pur­posely. This lean team con­sists of black, white, In­dian and coloured con­trib­u­tors, striv­ing to­wards a sin­gle ob­jec­tive, shar­ing mes­sages of hope to our read­ers, util­is­ing all our plat­forms, in­form­ing our stake­hold­ers on mat­ters of im­por­tance.

Some­thing strange hap­pened last week. While I was wait­ing to meet Dr Survé, I met Dr Wal­lace Mgoqi, Com­mis­sioner for Gen­der Equal­ity and Act­ing Judge: Land Claims Court. We spoke about BR’s vi­sion and my pas­sion for or­phans.

“I am look­ing for good news sto­ries, Wal­lace.” Dr Mgoqi told me about his in­volve­ment in Agri Dwala, a BEE farming ini­tia­tive un­der the lead­er­ship of Kosie van Zyl.

I asked for Van Zyl’s de­tails and called him on the spot. “I would like to come and visit your farm and hear your story; does Sat­ur­day suit you,” I asked. He agreed to meet me and the BR Live Ed­i­tor.

Van Zyl’s story goes back to 1995 when the neigh­bour­ing farmer called him and of­fered to sell him his farm and even of­fered to lend him the money to buy the farm.

Grow­ing up as the son of a farm man­ager on Fair­field, be­tween Cale­don and Napier in the Over­berg dis­trict, where they grow wheat, bar­ley, oats and raise live­stock, this was a dream came true for Van Zyl.

As a Chris­tian, he wanted to give some­thing back, and a few years later Agri Dwala was born. Twenty-nine emerg­ing farm­ers formed a com­pany, rented com­mu­nal land from Napier mu­nic­i­pal­ity and started farming. To­day these farm­ers own their own farms, equip­ment, live­stock and a guest house.

We were wel­comed by two chil­dren on Farm Han­sieskloof on Sat­ur­day. I later learnt that they are foster chil­dren. After a more than two-hour meet­ing (it was more a story shar­ing ses­sion), we were in­vited to the kitchen to have some home-baked bread, farm but­ter, green figs and cheese. We said grace and I asked Liezel van Zyl about their chil­dren.

“We adopted them, we started a foster home and a school on the farm two years ago. We now have 57 or­phans, rang­ing be­tween one and 17 years old,” she proudly said.

Need­less to say, I wanted to see the school and meet the chil­dren. The pic­tures tell the story. Dlamini asked them to scream “peanuts” be­fore we took the pic­tures. We drove back late on Sat­ur­day, know­ing that we’ve re­ceived more than a good news story. We’ve ex­pe­ri­enced what wealth cre­ation is all about. The BR Live Ed­i­tor will write the busi­ness suc­cess story. Van Zyl will be launch­ing his book soon, shar­ing his jour­ney.

The pur­pose of my ed­i­tor’s note is to sup­port Dr Survé’s vi­sion of hope, of cre­at­ing a bet­ter world.

BUSI­NESS Re­port ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor Adri Senekal De Wet and Live Ed­i­tor Sizwe Dlamini min­gle with or­phans at the Agri Dwala, a BEE farming ini­tia­tive un­der the lead­er­ship of Kosie van Zyl. I Sup­plied

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