Johannesburg, South Africa 23/12/2017 - Everyone knows something that the next person doesn’t thus it is important that everyone shares their experiences with the world. Spurred by a deep yearning for freedom of expression and for the African story to be told from the African perspective, Edzai Zvobwo, founder of NdiribhoTV set out to create a video hosting and distribution platform primarily geared for Africans to share their knowledge with world and stand a better chance at optimally monetizing their video assets. Coming from Zimbabwe, a country that has seen its ruling elites trample upon basic liberties like freedom of speech and association, Edzai sought to correct the wrongs that have been committed by politicians in the country and the continent of Africa as a whole by facilitating p2p knowledge transfer through video. The name NdiribhoTV came out of need to proclaim that even as the people’s rights have been denied, people are still fine and live another day to fight for justice and development of the continent. “Ndiribho” is a Shona statement that translates to “I am fine”. NdiribhoTV currently has offices in Johannesburg and will be opening up feeder offices across Sub-Saharan Africa during the course of 2018. The feeder offices will serve as client liaison centers for content developers. NdiribhoTV will strive to sign up all the influencers in the video content development space as anchor creators whilst also harnessing the power of the ordinary African citizen. As long as an African has a device with a camera then they are welcome onto the NdiribhoTV platform. The platform is a user generated vehicle that connects video content creators and consumers by providing an easy to use live streaming and video on demand platform. NdiribhoTV lets anyone with a channel broadcast live videos and upload videos straight from their camera device. This allows African people to share or watch in real-time when news is breaking, visiting a new place, or . . .
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng, Sandton City, 2017/11/28 - African Dermal Science, a black South African female owned startup has developed and launched a premium facial product range for fellow African women which is the first local premium skincare range for women with darker skin tones. Uso, by African Dermal Science is an advanced skincare range scientifically formulated for darker skin tones. This is the first local premium skincare range for women with darker skin tones. Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo, an African Medical Doctor and Pharmaceutical Expert founded African Dermal Science and her founding partner Kagiso Musi an experienced marketing and communications executive have over the past 3 years, worked with renowned local Cosmetic Scientists, medical doctors and women with darker skin tones to research and develop a world class proudly South African skincare range: Uso by African Dermal Science. Both women are holders of MBAs and have extensive experience in the corporate world thus form a formidable team to take this brand internationally and grow the company. In an exclusive interview with NdiribhoTV, Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo mentioned that the business really took shape as she based her GIBS MBA on cosmetic affinity studies. “We need products for African women by Africans and we are taking Uso internationally”, said Kagiso, the founding partner. The launch of the brand is being held in the plush Sandton City Diamond Walk and will be available through a luxurious launch retail skinbar where they will introduce customers and retail brands to their range of products. African Dermal Science is inviting all beauty and lifestyle bloggers, vloggers and enthusiasts to come and be the first to experience the beauty of science for African Skin. The retail skinbar will be situated in Sandton City South Court, on the top floor, next to Mont-Blanc. It will be open between 28th November and 4th December from 9am to 8pm daily. Let’s support African entrepreneurs for . . .
MathsGenius to host talk show on 1873FM radio 24 October 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa - “Maths is to the mind what love is to the heart”, Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) strongly stated in his seminal book entitled The Mathematical Genius in You. The self-anointed maths genius has graced many a stage in South Africa and beyond in his bid to change people’s attitude towards mathematics and has used all sorts of platforms to preach the gospel of mathematics. The 1873FM, an online radio station run by the leadership development network, The 1873 Network, announced on its social media pages that Edzai Conilias Zvobwo a.k.a MathsGenius will be joining the lineup of hosts as he tackles issues pertaining to problem solving and critical thinking for success. According to the reports, the MathsGenius will have the first show on the 24th of October 2017 at 9 PM South African time. The show will be run every day at the same time. The show is a culmination of his efforts and passion for mathematics; this is evidenced by his motivational works across schools in South Africa. He has participated in intervention programs in the townships through workshops and camps assisting struggling learners. Edzai called himself The Mathematical Evangelist on a Mindset TV programme. A lot of MBA students from leading institutions of higher learning have benefited from his tutoring of research methods and statistics. His dream is to demystify mathematics and ensure that learners become good problem solvers. Edzai is a firm believer of the theory that Africa can be liberated if her people are mathematically literate and apply the problem solving thinking methodology to find solutions to social, political and economic problems that have long hounded the “Mother-Continent”. Good problem solvers will eradicate poverty in Africa. To become a good problem solver, one needs to be trained to think like a mathematician to achieve this. Edzai is a . . .
MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI), a quantitative leadership startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa has launched an audacious program entitled "The Mothers for STEM Initiative".This initiative seeks to empower 150 women with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tutoring businesses by the end of 2017. South African learners perennially do badly in maths and science subjects compared to their peers in other countries as shown by the low ranking in both the TIMSS and WEF reports on educational quality. On this background, MathsGenius a STEM advisory start-up saw it fit to address some of the fundamental problems associated with this failure in STEM. A study done by MGLI in 2014 showed that the weakest link in the maths and science education learner spectrum were rural and township girls. They are the one who were seen to pose the greatest threat to success of the country in STEM subjects and careers. Upon further analysis a strong correlation between a mother's belief system around maths and science and their daughter's performance was established. "The best way to get more girls into STEM is to involve the community especially the mothers", stated Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MGLI. To put these sentiments into practice, MGLI has embarked on an ambitious project to provide motivation, training and support to 150 mothers who will become STEM tutoring business owners within their communities. MGLI is looking for willing partners to come into fray and contribute towards the achievement of this goal. The model will see MGLI setting up an online education ERP system and LMS that will allow continuous monitoring of the entrepreneurs and learners and measuring progress and impact as the project goes on. MGLI will provide the prospective entrepreneurs with a "school-in-a-box" solution that they can simply plug and play to the benefit of learners. For information on this initiative you can visit Mothers of STEM - . . .
15-02-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI GOOGLE has announced that it will be shutting down Helpouts on the 20th of April 2015. Helpouts is a Google service that connects users with experts on topics (health, home improvement, beauty, academic, etc.) which went live in 2013. The service allows users to get real-time video advice and solutions from experts who actually know the subject content for free or at a fee. Real-time video streaming provides a tutoring solution that is personalised and is closest to physical human contact. In the announcement, Google stated that the Helpouts community had not grown at the pace they had expected. With the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi pushing for paperless classrooms it is important to reflect on the risks and challenges faced by Helpouts to understand the online learning space so as to mitigate them optimally for the South African context. History has witnessed big corporations and start-ups like Skype and Tutorspree shut down live tutoring services as a result of low viability. In the cases of Helpouts, Tutorspree and Skype it was never a shortage of money but the low appetite for the service that has led to shut downs. The general sentiment amongst South Africans is that data costs are too high and they need a “real person” to teach, making these the major drivers for lack of interest in live video tutoring and streaming in general. It is necessary and sufficient that government and other educational technology service providers diligently measure the return on investment of the different technologies being deployed into schools. Critical questions ought to be addressed on the optimal usage of these technologies and infrastructure. Are the technology solutions a correct fit for the intended beneficiaries? How does the economic status of learners affect their usage of these technologies? Are teachers and learners fully utilising them? Is the curriculum being aligned with the technological improvements? Is there . . .
10-01-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI Mathematical anxiety is one of the diseases that have surely spread through the human race without being detected and treated as a pandemic. MATHS anxiety is real; it spreads like a plague and is highly infectious. Little has been done to awaken people’s attention towards the deadly implicit and indirect disease that more than 60% of the world suffers from. Nelis Vermuelen, a member of the Faculty of Education and Social Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology says, “Many people have negative feelings towards mathematics. In a number of cases these negative feelings turn into real fear of anything mathematical. We have learners suffering from mathematical anxiety in our schools”. Mathematical anxiety has shaped the way society views the subject for centuries and this has constricted humanity’s ability to manipulate the subject so as to harness the possibilities that its mastery presents. It is a disease that emanates from the school system as currently configured. According to Wikipedia, Mark H. Ashcraft defines maths anxiety as “a feeling of tension, apprehension, or fear that interferes with maths performance” (2002, p. 1). Ashcraft (2002) suggests that highly anxious maths students will avoid situations in which they have to perform mathematical calculations. Unfortunately, math avoidance results in less competency, exposure and math practice, leaving students more anxious and mathematically unprepared to achieve. The direct effects of maths anxiety are one of the main reasons why the proficiency is low in South Africa. The sources of this disease are all around us in the form of parents, brothers, teachers, friends, movies and other sources of information who push the notion that one ought to have special genes in order to be a maths genius. This false notion has been spread through society since the pre-Renaissance period. The subject has always been viewed as a preserve of a few talented, special . . .
Mathematics’ contribution to the country’s innovation process has been overrated as it is only a part of the process. 09-01-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI South Africa’s cry for improvement in maths and science performance has been unprecedented as a result of learners’ poor performance as reflected in various international ranking systems. With maths and science proficiency being used as a proxy for educational quality, this has led to members of the public distrusting the government’s ability to deliver worthwhile education to their children. Is maths and science proficiency South Africa’s answer to its complex socio-economic problems that range from unemployment to innovation and complex problem solving? Speaking at the inaugural DST Innovation Bridge, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor said, "Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. If South Africa wants to continue to compete in the 21st century, we must support research and innovation that will generate growth and jobs, now and in the future”. Mathematics education has always been seen as the key driver of innovative problem solving for the country. Maths education in South Africa is packaged wrongly and does not serve the country much good as it is not contextualised for optimal utility value and meaning for both learners and society. The country needs to position maths education so that it capacitates learners with skills for creative problem solving and innovation in all sectors of the economy. The country’s issues are complex and require experts who can navigate through the fuzziness to effectively cure society of its ills through creative and unbounded problem solving. The generalised model of a typical maths lesson in South Africa is that a question/problem is provided and learners have to solve the problem using learnt principles and formulae. This model is firmly rooted in the rationalistic tradition that emanated from the mechanised industrial age problem . . .
By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 2015-01-27 | MGLI | Johannesburg On Monday, 5 January 2015, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results for the country and the provinces. The results were received with mixed feelings and in the spotlight was the national retention rate. According to Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson for Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education, the matric results have to be interpreted in a holistic manner that clearly summarises the learning journey of the Class of 2014 through focusing on two indicators, retention and number of bachelor degree passes. Are these indicators enough to tell the whole story? Shelver stated that Western Cape had achieved the highest retention rate of 63.8% using Grade 10 as the baseline year in the learner survival analysis. The table below outlines retention rates per province over two years (2012 – 2014). % of numbers enrolled in 2014 compared to 2012 per province: Eastern Cape - 46% Free State - 44.5% Gauteng - 52% Limpopo - 40.7% Mpumalanga - 47.6% North Wes t- 38.5% Northern Cape - 43.5% KwaZulu-Natal - 55.4% Western Cape - 63.8% With the government pushing for Universal Primary Education (UPE) access, the enrollment at Grade 1 has significantly increased therefore a closer analysis of the key drivers of learner churn should be conducted on a continuous basis. The national education plan assumes that primary school progression will improve automatically as a result of interventions designed to improve initial access and educational quality, however, improving the quality of education alone does not imply that learner survival will be improved as shown by the data from the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) that exhibits a very high variation between mathematics test scores (a crude indicator of educational quality) and survival rates to Grade 5 (mainly determined by the cumulative dropout . . .
“South Africa needs to step up in women empowerment in ICT if meaning development is to be achieved”, Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) stated at the GSMA Mobile360 Connected Women North America event held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Edzai was sponsored for the trip by Pattern Matched Technologies™, a South African technology company that specialises in the intersection of the telecommunications and finance industries through various customised solutions. The Atlanta event which was hosted by the veteran South African broadcaster Siki Mgabadeli focused on closing the gender gap in STEMI (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation) under the theme “Accelerating the female mobile economy”. His presentation was entitled “Empowering the future female global workforce” which focused on girl child empowerment in maths and science as a way of supplying human resources in the engineering and telecommunications space. The GSM Association (GSMA or Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardising, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. The GSM Association was formed in 1995. The GSMA organises the large annual events in the mobile industry among them, the GSMA Mobile World Congress and Mobile360 whilst Connected Women is the arm of GSMA responsible for female empowerment in the industry. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. In his speech, Edzai advocated for sustainable, attainable and transformative growth strategies to ensure access and retention of women in the STEMI careers specifically within the telecoms industry. Edzai highlighted best practices on strategies . . .
26-06-2014 | Johannesburg | MGLI Bring our South African girls now! The World Cup has seen its fair share of drama, from cannibalism to shock defeats. Brazil has been the epicentre of the world’s attention as nations battle it out for soccer honours. Now to divert your attention from the “so-called” beautiful game, I hereby re-announce the imminent arrival of maths geeks from all over the world to participate in the annual International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) to be held at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 3 - 13 July. Now this is the world cup of mathematics that will see geniuses going head to head for maths bragging rights. The South African team is ready to take on the world and I hope that, like in soccer home advantage will favour them. I am not sure how but am crossing my fingers that our South African geniuses will not perform dismally like Bafana Bafana in 2010 (Specifying 2010 is for delimitation of scope as Bafana Bafana are known to be perennial strugglers). The IMO is a problem-solving contest for high school learners, held in a different country in July every year. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959, with seven countries taking part. Today, more than 100 countries take part, representing over 90% of the world's population. The IMO is the oldest, biggest and most prestigious of all the international science Olympiads. 2014 is the first time it is being held on African soil. The 2014 IMO is presented by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and will take place at the University of Cape Town. The event is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa. The South African team is composed of: - Tae Jun Park, Grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town - Sanjiv Ranchod, Grade 10, Westerford High School in Cape Town - Bronson Rudner, Grade 10, South African College High School in Cape Town - Robin Visser, Grade 12, St George's Grammar School . . .