– Above: e’Bosch Dorpie-representatives in a light-hearted spirit during a meeting held at the Ou Landbousaal on Saturday 29 August 2020. In front are Owen Gordon (Raithby), Carol Lakay (communication and publicity), Roy van Rooyen (vice chairman), Ann Heyns (secretary) and Sias Mostert (director). In the middle are Cindy Paulse and Anya Adams (Kayamandi), Anna Kruger (Klapmuts), Elsabe Farao (Ida’s Valley) and Magdalene Blankenberg (Cloetesville). At the back are 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 as such in 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 and the outcome is exciting. We have established a management and an integrated project framework which 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,” says Sias Mostert, e’Bosch director.

Dr Sias Mostert.

Dr Sias Mostert, e’Bosch director.

Mostert says heritage is the Stellenbosch legacy and recognition for creating an effective culture to address the town’s 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 is threatening to destroy the numerous small bridges that we as a society have built inside and between the dorpies 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 still keeping us apart, threatening the progress we have made within e’Bosch. However, COVID-19 also exposed the dire needs of food – and livelihood security.”

“We used the medium of recreational culture, having fun and pursuing our talents 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 propagates achievements and fringe positions. So how do we practice the culture of social cohesion in these days?”

According to Mostert 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.

Mostert said the legacy with which South Africa stunned the world, was the peaceful transition in 1994. That is the heritage that South Africans can be proud of. That heritage is under threat and may actually be lost, as self-interest is narrowing only to personal needs, as opposed to 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 as a society have taken these values for granted and have not cultivated and grown them. A heritage where everyone is cared for and where everyone is able to care for themselves, would be a legacy that each one of us can be proud of. Standing on the shoulders of giants like those that managed the peaceful transition, should be the heritage that we can leave behind in Stellenbosch,” Mostert said.
 – e’Bosch