The SRC and House Committee of Grootfontein College of Agriculture, under supervision of mr Niel Schoeman, enjoyed 3 days of Induction and Teambuilding at Karoo River Rafting, 66.3km outside of  Middelburg, close to Schoombee. The whole event was facilitated by Quintus Smit from Pointman Leadership Institute (Pretoria), a professional in the field of life couching and leadership ethics.


Karoo River Rafting is on the Brakriver between Middelburg and Cradock.  This is where Grootfontein SRC and HC spent their 3 day induction course from 16 – 18 January. The students took part in several activity events like river-rafting, obstacle course and abseiling under supervision of Dwain and Hannes from Adrenaline Junkies. 

After the students settled in Monday morning, they went for a quick swim in the river after completion of their first leadership training session. The night they spent around the fire near the river, exchanging some more ideas on how they were going to deal with all the new challenges for this new academic year at Grootfontein.

Tuesday morning they went on a 16km River Rafting adventure.  All the students were safely equipped with special life-jackets and helmets and used Karoo River Rafting’s exclusive Crocs. All the security measures were explained to them as well before they went onto the river. The most important measure is, if you fall off the croc, you should turn yourself into the cocktail-position! Actually it means you should turn on your back and float down-stream with your feet in the direction of the stream.

Quintis Smit taught the students several life lessons during the 3 days. The most important is that in life you can’t do everything alone, you always need somebody somewhere (especially during the obstacle course!!). In life, you will also experience lots of obstacles on your way, so make lots of friends at Grooties, because somewhere in life you will definitely need a friend again. On Tuesday the new Principal at Grootfontein, Mr Themba Cabani, paid them a surprise visit. Mr Cabani was totally surprised about all the exciting events at Karoo River Rafting and decided to join the new first years this coming weekend for abseiling!