The Simbithi community could be likened to a puzzle: each piece is a different shape and forms a different part of the picture. So, too, are the families of Simbithi unique and interesting. For our first feature of 2019, we picked a young, vibrant family who thoroughly enjoy the best Simbithi has to offer. Meet the Pitje family!
The greater community first met the Pitjes at our inaugural Simbithi’s Got Talent competition, last year. The Pitje girls, dressed in fabulous cheerleading outfits, put on a scintillating performance that earned them rousing applause. They describe themselves as a blended family: Khudu and Kgomotso are proud parents of daughters Adaora (12), Molebo (10), Amara (9), Kgalelo (8) and their adorable son Mothibe (3). The family lives between Johannesburg and Ballito, coming to the sunny North Coast during most school breaks. “The children love the sea and warm weather,” Kgomotso says.
Khudu, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is an industrialist involved in utilities infrastructure, particularly waste telecommunications and the development of water and energy portions. The stylish Kgomotso is a fashion designer, who runs a corporate wear business and a fashion school. She also runs the family’s HM Pitje Foundation, which has adopted four underprivileged schools in Soshanguve and Hamanskraal, Pretoria.
But, there is always time for fun! Though with five children, it feels like the family is ‘always on a play date’, the Pitjes enjoy travelling together and exploring new places. “The girls love baking cakes and swimming. They can swim until midnight, and be back at it in the morning!”
The Pitjes were at their Simbithi home over the December break, and enjoy being part of our community. Their children, especially, enjoy life on Simbithi, frequenting the community centres and play areas. “We love the safety aspect that provides freedom for our children to roam and explore, meeting all sorts of animals along the way. We have made good friends with the neighbours; the kids wake up before us to visit next door for pancakes or another house to play with the kids. No invitation required and no waiting for Mommy to take you. We do not have such freedom of movement at our home in Johannesburg.”
Khudu, an avid runner, enjoys the close proximity to the beach as it gives a ‘good change from the city streets’. Kgomotso is fond of taking the children out on a walk through our nature trails, and bird watching. “Or, just sitting in silence admiring the beauty that is Simbithi.”