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Stressing heritage
e’Bosch Dorpie representatives in a light-hearted spirit during a meeting held at the Ou Landbousaal on Saturday 29 August 2020.Pictured, in front, are Owen Gordon (Raithby), Carol Lakay (Communication and Publicity), Roy van Rooyen (Vice-Chairman), Ann Heyns (Secretary) and Sias Mostert (Director). Centre: Cindy Paulse and Anya Adams (Kayamandi), Anna Kruger (Klapmuts), Elsabe Farao (Idasvallei) and Magdalene Blankenberg (Cloetesville). Behind: Karel Dampies (Wellington) Nicolette Smith and Melisa Makillie (Jamestown), Hilton Andries (Cloetesville) and Johann Murray (Project Manager).

e’Bosch is rooted in the reality of Stellenbosch and the reality of South Africa.

The e’Bosch initiative has out of necessity flown under the radar over the last six months, giving us the opportunity to innovate and revisit our objectives – the outcome is exciting. We have established a management and an integrated project framework that includes a new communication and funding plan.

We are blessed with a strong management committee and are ready to face the challenges brought on by Covid-19, despite a lengthy delay in the production of viable vaccines.

Heritage is our legacy – our recognition – for creating an effective culture to address our needs.

In 2011 the founders of e’Bosch hosted an inclusive birthday celebration to build bridges over the divide caused by decades of social exclusion. During 2020 Covid-19 has threatened to destroy the numerous small bridges that we as a society have built inside and between the towns of Stellenbosch to enable a strong social and trust fabric that empowers everyone to aspire and achieve their full potential in livelihood and celebrating their own heritage.

Covid-19 is keeping us apart, threatening the progress we have made within e’Bosch. However, Covid-19 also exposed the dire need of food and livelihood security.

e’Bosch used the medium of recreational culture – having fun while pursuing our talent to establish a culture to address the need created by the legacy of social exclusion.

Today we desperately need a culture of intentional social cohesion owing to this time of separation. One can argue that technology through social media fills this need. However, reaction is limited and superficial, barely a proper response to real needs. Social media mostly propagate achievements and fringe positions. So how do we practise the culture of social cohesion in these days?

The need for social cohesion and of food and livelihood security requires ingenuity – a new culture, birthed by this crisis. e’Bosch is ideally positioned and ready to engage in creating platforms with partners for establishing this culture.

The legacy with which South Africa stunned the world was the peaceful transition in 1994. That is the heritage we as South Africans can be proud of. That heritage is now under threat; we may actually lose it, as self-interest has narrowed to fulfilling personal needs, as opposed to our collective needs. What is the heritage that we want to leave behind in 2020?

The values of celebrating human ingenuity, meritocracy, honesty, integrity, accountability and caring for each other forms the core of a thriving society.

It seems as if we have taken these values for granted and have not cultivated and grown them. A heritage where everyone is cared for and where everyone can care for themselves would be a legacy that each one of us can be proud of. Standing on the shoulders of giants such as those who managed the peaceful transition should be the heritage that we can leave behind in Stellenbosch.

* Sias Mostert is the director of e’Bosch.

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