2020 will go down in history as the most extraordinary year in our history, which has affected everyone life’s and caused new stress levels. It is so sad to read in the media and hear of the extreme levels of corruption that have taken place in South Africa. However, there are many great stories about individuals, churches, and organisations who have done extremely commendable work to come to the assistance of the needy in so many ways.

It would not be fair for me to mention the many people and organisations. All I wish to say is that these people and organisations have done a  tremendous effort to reach out to help the needy.

As a result of Coronavirus, I think we have done all some introspection. Of the many things that I have learned about myself, is to be more appreciative of what I have and what we have around us. A great example is since spring has arrived and although we have had much rain, we can already see the changes happening in our garden. My wife collects orchids and has many on trees around our property. Many of these orchids are in full bloom and are really looking very attractive.

We are also fortunate to have a tributary of the Palmiet at the bottom of our property, called the Umvusi stream. Around this area, there is a wooded area, where many different species of birds spend part of their day. It is special to hear the various birds happily chirping during the day.


Taking into account the above, with the festive season coming soon, it will be great if people could consider assisting some of our local community who are less fortunate than ourselves. From my experience, there are many people who really feel very lonely over this special period. Any type of joy that one can bring into their lives, will make such a difference.