A whole new life in Kimba

The Shadwell family has spent the last 10 years adjusting to life in Kimba, after immigrating from Durban, South Africa in 2008.

Brad, Lana, Melissa and Samantha moved from their home country due to discrimination they felt.

Mrs Shadwell said there was one particular incident that made them decide to leave.

“Sam was playing with friends after school, when they were approached by two men and the teacher was mugged,” Mrs Shadwell said.

“It really scared Sam, so that was what made us make our mind up.”

She said her daughters would miss out on sport and other things because of a lack of diversity.

Life in South Africa was a lot different from when Lana was growing up.

“It was a lot safer but things got progressively worse,” she said.

The Shadwell family home in South Africa.

The Shadwell family home in South Africa.

Mr Shadwell put his resume online in an attempt to get sponsorship and a job.

“We received a lot of responses but Pringles was the only one to offer us sponsorship and a job,” Mrs Shadwell said.

“Pringles contacted us in October 2007 but as it was close to the end of the year and places shut down over Christmas, we didn’t hear back again.

“We thought it had fallen through but then they contacted us again in January 2008 and we were on our way in October.

“The process was quicker than we expected and I believe that God had his hand in it.”

The Shadwell family arrived in Australia on October 6, and in Kimba on October 13, ready for a new life.

However, Kimba was very different to what the Shadwells were accustomed to.

The Shadwells with Lana's parents in Capetown.

The Shadwells with Lana's parents in Capetown.

“It is totally different, the closeness and safety of the community,” Mrs Shadwell said.

“Just the fact that kids could walk around on their own, you could never do that in South Africa.

“Even coming to the country from a city is a big change.”

The town of Kimba was a surprise to the Shadwells, who arrived with a very different expectation.

“We were expecting dirt roads and we thought we would have to do main shopping in Adelaide, we didn’t even know of Whyalla,” Mrs Shadwell said.

“The local shopping is amazing here.”

However, the adjustment was still hard for the family.

The family became Australian citizens in 2013.

The family became Australian citizens in 2013.

“Brad found work difficult, he was used to just working on trucks but now he is working on cars and new technology,” Mrs Shadwell said.

“Even the language at times was difficult and the kids had to come into a new community.

“The schooling is totally different and even the food was an adjustment.”

The Kimba community has been very welcoming.

“We called the Harvest Christian Church before we arrived and they had the house set up for us, and returned a few days later, making us feel very welcomed,” Mrs Shadwell said.

In 2013, all four Shadwells became Australian citizens.

They have returned twice to South Africa, the first time to get their permanent residency and then again for Mr Shadwell’s mother’s funeral.

The family will be visiting their home country again later this year.

The Shadwells with friends and family on Australia Day 2017.

The Shadwells with friends and family on Australia Day 2017.

Pringles sponsor families for a new life

Over the years, Pringles Crouch has sponsored up to 12 families and individuals to come and live in Australia.

These families have come from South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

A spokesperson from Pringles Crouch said these people had given Eastern Eyre communities new insight.

“Although some families have moved on to different cities and employment they have given our communities an insight into different races, cultures, religion et cetera, which can only be a good thing.”