Miss Deaf World 2016 Janie Erasmus tells us about her neighbourhood

Private Property South Africa
Betsie Loock-Van der Merwe

Find out why Rooihuiskraal suits Janie Erasmus perfectly.

Janie Erasmus holds the Miss Deaf South Africa 2016 title and is the reigning Miss Deaf World crowned in Prague in the Czech Republic in July 2016. She has lived in the Centurion area for the past 24 years and currently lives in her own townhouse in one of the many security estates in Rooihuiskraal.

“I love staying in Rooihuiskraal. It is a very diverse and vibrant neighbourhood catering for all levels of income,” says Janie. “Most of the houses and shops are new and there is a lot of entertainment available.”

Rooihuiskraal’s location between Pretoria and Johannesburg, close to Midrand, suits Janie’s lifestyle. “It’s central to all the major access routes and has all the amenities I need like churches, shops, doctors, chemists… and definitely great places to eat.”

This qualified beautician works in Midstream for The Erasmus Group where she is involved in financial administration. Janie also has a full schedule related to motivational talks and upliftment projects. “When I am not attending commitments, I enjoy beautifying my home and making it a place where I can let my hair down, spend time with my two four-legged children and just be Janie.

“I have wonderful neighbours who are always willing to lend a helping hand. The homeowners association implemented a system whereby I can provide gate access codes to my visitors because I am unable to hear when the guards phone from the gate.”

Janie says she has a sense of belonging in Rooihuiskraal. “My suburb has a mixture of younger and older people. We have learned to respect each other and leverage each other’s strengths. It is a very safe and caring community.”

Janie is especially grateful for the people of Centurion who have been supportive of her throughout her campaigning for the competitions. “They have also been supporting my many fund-raising events in aid of deaf children who need cochlear implants and supporting many people in need.”

I am honoured to stay in such a wonderful neighbourhood where people accept me just as I am and where there is no prejudice just because I cannot hear in the same way other people do

Janie Erasmus

Take a tour of Centurion in this spectacular video:

Things to do:

  • Relax at Rietvlei Dam and Nature Reserve.
  • Enjoy shopping and entertainment at the Mall@Reds shopping centre.
  • Picnic at the Rooihuiskraal Historical Terrain.
  • Play a round of golf at the nearby Blue Valley and Copperleaf golf courses.

Top schools:

  • Laerskool Rooihuiskraal
  • Laerskool Uitsig
  • Hoërskool Uitsig

Transport plus:

  • Located between the N1 and N14
  • Easy access to Lanseria and OR Tambo international airports
  • Less than 10km away from Centurion Gautrain station

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This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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