On Friday the 8th of April, Lowveld Academy hosted a “Pillars of the Community” during a student seminar with the aim of providing an open discussion with students regarding preparations for students’ futures, including entrepreneurship, safety, and future planning.

The guest speaker, Magistrate Charlotte Dickinson, opened the discussion with a highly entertaining anecdotal speech on her experiences and life lessons.

The initiative, hosted by teacher Leslie Nhongo, saw members of SAPS Hoedspruit, Hlokomela Centre and Jahara Rehabilitation Centre discuss safety and concerns within this community.

Debbie Tomson, a Farm Watch correspondent, and Hercules Strydom, a local landscape architect, used the platform to introduce students to starting up a business as well as the realities of managing a business.

Anneline Coetzer, family and child therapist from Hoedspruit, took the time to discuss mental health and the warning signs thereof with the students.

Lebone Mathukane, student leader at Lowveld Academy, said that “student reactions clearly indicated the need for open discussion, and gave them the necessary resources to start preparing for aspects of life we were not even aware of.”