Schools in the cities of Johannesburg, Midrand, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay have again been invited to participate in the Ronnie Recycler school’s competition for 2017. Schools in each city will be eligible to win prizes to the value of R20 000*. The competition is organised annually by Mpact Recycling. The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of the environmental benefits and importance of paper recycling. It instils lifelong positive habits amongst young learners who participate. This year’s competition, which officially launched on the 1st February and runs until the end of September is open to nursery schools, primary schools and high schools in each city. Through Mpact’s Ronnie Recycler programme 169,000 learners were reached last year, compared to 143,000 learners in 2015. Mpact’s friendly Ronnie Recycler mascot visits schools across the country educating learners on the importance of recycling, which encourages them to recycle and to participate in the annual recycling schools competition. Donna Noble, Mpact Recycling communications manager, says: “To win our fantastic prizes, your school must collect more paper than any other school in your area. The minimum entry requirement is a collection of ten tonnes over the eight-month period – just over 1 tonne per month.” All types of paper based packaging is recyclable in the schools competition – paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal and egg boxes, old school books, junk mail, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, shredded paper, toilet roll holders, envelopes, telephone directories and most recently, all your milk and juice cartons! Prizes for the top schools are: R10,000* as the 1st Prize; R5,000* for the 2nd Prize; and R3,000* for the third position. Additional prizes include R1,000 for the ‘Green Ambassador’ and R1,000 for the ‘Green Student’. “To win, all you have to do is encourage your family, friends and fellow students to recycle their paper by filling their bags . . .
Submission period for Green Talents Award now open • Become a Green Talent and promote your sustainability research in Germany • Become part of an exclusive network of excellent young researchers • Enjoy a two-week visit to German sustainability hot spots, individual appointments with experts and a fully financed research stay of up to three months Johannesburg: Sustainable development means finding a balance between the need for socio-economic development, the protection of the environment, and the preservation of our earth for present and future generations. These topics of global political relevance demand international research cooperation. The 2017 Green Talents competition will address these topics with a special focus on the theme of “Sustainable Production and Consumption”. The “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials is Sustainable Development” was launched in 2009 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and honours 25 young researchers each year. “Long-lasting contacts between up-and-coming talent and established experts have an important role to play here. This is why the Green Talents competition aims to build up an extensive, interdisciplinary network of experts from science and industry to work together on the opportunities, and creating liveable and decent conditions for all” explains Minister and patron of the award Johanna Wanka. Since its inception, the award has recognized 182 young researcher and scientists from 51 nations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to making their communities, countries and societies more sustainable. The award-winners are selected by a jury of renowned German experts and are granted unique access to Germany’s research elite. The 2017 Green Talents award includes: an invitation to the fully funded two-week Science Forum 2017, consisting of a visit to leading German science and research facilities with unique insights from experts at these institutions individual . . .
A new way of learning using “virtual training” for those interested in careers in banking, accounting and management. Guarantee Trust Institute of Business (GTIB), which has placed more than 10,000 graduates in employment over the last 13 years, has launched a unique series of qualifications aimed at those seeking a career in, financial services, accounting or management. Barbara Calvin, with a background in international banking, micro-lending and education, Is Executive Manager of Qualifications. “What is unique about our training methods is that we focus on turning a qualification into a skill, so that our graduates are able to perform the functions expected of them from the very first day of employment. In addition to that, we have an in-house recruitment team that assists in placing our graduates in employment. Historically, we have placed more than 90% of our graduates.” Another unique aspect of GTIB is its virtual learning environment. Students across Africa looking for a career in banking, for example, are able to cut their teeth in a “virtual banking environment” that simulates actual banking tasks, such as credit assessments, loan approval procedures and foreign exchange transactions. All of this is done online using exactly the same procedures that are used in an actual banking environment. The system was developed with the assistance of seasoned bankers. Similarly, accountants are trained in a “virtual office” environment where they are expected to take an actual company’s accounts to the trial balance stage. This means that on graduation, they are able to enter employment and perform the functions expected of an accountant from the very first day. “All too often, accountants graduate from college or university but they have no practical experience, nor do they understand the office environment. Our training is designed to give them these work-readiness skills so they are able to hit the ground running when they enter employment,” says . . .
Learners of today – South Africa’s future leaders – are entirely different to learners of yesterday. Most are part of a new, always-connected generation that has moved beyond textbooks. These students are racing ahead (or trying to), but the way they are taught hasn’t changed since the Industrial Revolution. In a Google-powered world, remembering has become obsolete. The lack of a skilled workforce is rated as the third-most problematic factor for doing business in South Africa – after government bureaucracy and restrictive labour regulations – according to the WEF. SA's education system is rated 134th out of 138 in the WEF’s 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Report. This atrocious rating comes despite spending R213.7bn on basic education in 2016, or 15% of the total budget. This is a higher proportion than the US, UK and Germany. Something clearly isn’t working. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.” The WEF refers to this phase of humanity’s development as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanise production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics, information technology and robotics to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. To prepare for the realities of the future workplace and the rapidly changing technological landscape, it is critical for learners to become proficient at future-fit skills such as critical thinking, curiosity, communication and entrepreneurship. A group of South African educators believe that . . .
Hundreds of school children from disadvantaged communities in Soweto and Benoni will experience the best of French arts and culture as they attend a special performance of renowned play, Tartuffe, at the Soweto Theatre this Friday. The performance is part of a national tour that has come about through a partnership comprising Total South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa, Alliance Francaise South Africa, BNP Group and Mazars. Believed to be best work French playwright Molière – often described as France’s own Shakespeare – the play is a production of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company and acclaimed theatre director Sylvanie Strike. Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa says that heritage and arts are a key area of focus for Total South Africa and it continually seeks for ways to bolster the development of these areas by identifying projects such as this one. “When a company like Total has roots in France, a country steeped in a rich history of celebrating the creative arts and an inimitable flair for the refined, it was inevitable that the regional office located in the southernmost tip of Africa would mirror this cultural affection,” says Makonya . Total South Africa was recently awarded the Long-Term Partnership Award by Business & Arts South Africa for its 20-year investment in Buskaid which includes a partnership with Buskaid Soweto String Academy – a programme which provides string music lessons to the impoverished and underprivileged youth from Diepkloof and neighbouring communities. Another programme funded by Total South Africa through its corporate social investment programme is the Sibikwa Arts Centre which uses arts as a tool for community development, which aims to nurture and develop the creative talent of young people under the age of 35. Total South Africa’s support of the Centre has enabled this community collective to perform at festivals around the country, and even across the globe, . . .
To mark World Book Day on 23 April, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is giving away books to the value of R250 000. A specially curated list of titles of different South African authors and languages, these books will be gifted to the campaign’s literacy development partners, reaching 20 000 children across South Africa. Nal’ibali is calling on the support of the public to help increase the number of books per child by donating new or gently used books, at special readings taking place on Friday, 21 April. Nal’ibali has been supporting a growing movement of South African children and caregivers who enjoy reading and sharing stories, since 2012. This is done by providing free access to good quality stories in English and home languages through its web- and mobisites; through its bilingual reading-for-enjoyment supplement, and on more than 11 different radio stations each week. The donation aims to celebrate the work of its partners by helping to create a print rich environment, and recognising the joy and value of reading storybooks. Handling and paging through printed storybooks, especially for children, feeds into their emotions and intellectual wellbeing. From an early age, children can fall in love with books and enjoy the sensory experience of handling them. Evidence shows that children who regularly read and hear engaging stories, in languages they understand, are well equipped and motivated to learn to read and write. “The most inspiring part of promoting a reading culture in South Africa is that many parents, caregivers and community-based organisations are already reading and telling stories to their children! Now, through this generous donation by the DG Murray Trust – an initiating and funding partner of the Nal’ibali campaign, we are able to gift the children supported by our partners with hard copies of books,” said Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director. Special handover events with more than 100 partners will be . . .
Open the door to a better future with a Japanese government scholarship Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 April 2017 - Awardees of the 2018 Japanese Government MEXT scholarships will develop the power to transform both their future careers and their lives, says Mr Fujiu, the Cultural Attaché from the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria. Since 1994, 74 South African graduates have been able to take advantage of this opportunity to study in Japan and have received scholarships in fields such as science, technology, law and literature. The scholarship is administered through the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and covers flights to Japan, tuition and examination fees as well as Japanese language classes. Each scholarship holder also receives up to 145 000 yen (currently about R16 860) a month, depending on their study level, for living expenses. “We are eager to help develop human resources as a contribution to building more productive economies in the MEXT recipient countries – subjects for current and recent recipients have included Robotics, Animation and Electrical Engineering,” says Mr Fujiu. “We also value the way the MEXT programme builds bridges of friendship between Japan and recipient countries. “We appreciate how scholarship holders contribute to the internationalisation of Japan by participating in community activities. We hope that they will also return to their home countries enabled to make Japanese culture better understood at all levels.” Being awarded a MEXT scholarship was the realisation of a childhood dream for Lwando Lawrence Moshani, who initially studied Multimedia at the University of Johannesburg. Lwando has been studying in Japan since April 2014 and is currently in his first year of a Master’s in Visual Design at Kyoto Seika University. “Since I was at primary school, I had dreamed of coming to Japan to study animation,” he says. “I grew up watching animated shows from Japan such as Kimba the . . .
More and more people are looking for alternatives as governments seem to make decisions that have a burdening impact on its citizens in the end. The world has witnessed first-hand the Greece banking institution collapse in 2013, the Brexit issue uncertainty with UK leaving the EU, the fall of the value of the Nigerian Naira and the latest in South Africa with the recent axing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his assistant by President Jacob Zuma, flinging SA into a downgrade junk status last week by two major rating agencies. The recent cabinet re-shuffle, has seen SA go from a progressive economy to an unstable one, in less than a week. What this actually means for South Africans, is that life just got more expensive and the value of the rand shrank. Shireen Ramjoo, Founder of Liquid Crypto-Money, says: “Traditionally when there are political or economic uncertainty in a country, people usually invest in gold as a safe-haven. However, as Bitcoin is now an alternative and a new-class asset, that stores value over time like gold but is a liquid as fiat currency, more people are opening to this new trend. And as digital currencies are becoming stronger in mainstream market as they are not affected by and political or economic issues, more people are looking for alternatives to ensure that they are safer in turmoil times.” Decentralised currencies are not owned by any government. Bitcoin is the world’s first decentralised digital currency, which is also rated the highest currency in the world for the fourth consecutive year outperforming all worldwide currencies. “The fact that a decentralised currency, has outperformed all major worldwide currencies shows us that there is an increasing number of people that are looking for alternatives and are losing confidence in our controlled systems. They also highlighting that there are currencies that can work independently as normal money that are independent from governments. More people should be open to . . .
We are now living in a data driven world - almost! A global where computers have become a vital section of lives, any type of data loss can cause more problem in addition to tress. Data loss is controlled by many factors including physical, logical and mechanical problems. 99% of the changing times, data recovery is possible but 1% times the data can't be recovered especially if the hard drive is wholly damaged. There's also several types of data recovery programs available on the internet that will help you to recover your entire important data within no time. These specific programs can initiate data recovery on various storage devices like the hard disk drive, CD, DVD, USB drive, Zip drive and other media devices. The most common factors causing data loss are hard disk drive malfunction and virus attack. The surface of the line data recovery software can retrieve all the data from a disease infected CD or hard drive and even when your hard disk drive has crashed. There are numerous companies who develop, their very own data recovery programs, that they use for retrieving lost data and for minimizing the damage caused to your hard disk drive or system. You can use the following procedures if you feel problems in accessing your data: All the data loss occurs as a result of hardware failure and hence you will need to spot the reason for data inaccessibility first. This will help you to understand what process needs to be followed for data recovery. If the data loss is of minor proportions then you don't need to consult a technical expert. Data recovery companies can charge a lot to even retrieve a little bit of data. If the data loss is a result of accidental delete or because of a virus problem then you can always download certain programs from the Internet and run them. All the free programs available on the internet will be able to retrieve data with ease. If you are looking for data recovery software over the internet, look for programs which . . .
Johannesburg – April 9, 2017– MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) is pleased to announce that it has launched Diretsa, https://www.diretsa.com a crowd-sourced course marketplace for 21st century skills in order to meaningfully contribute to the skills development goals as set out by United Nations and the African Union. The platform intends to lower the barrier of entry into knowledge creation sharing and acquisition thus has been structured in such a way that every user will be able to create their own customized website and share knowledge with the world. As a global education marketplace, Diretsa is focused on securing partnerships with top educators from around the world in order to provide African learners with access to leading educational programs and information. The call for content publishers is not limited to top professors but is open to anyone who feels they have a skill to share with the world. Most African countries are suffering from infrastructure deficits and this is directly impacting learning for the continent that has the highest youth ratio in the world. It is exciting for Diretsa to be a strategic partner to content publishers and consumers and hopefully it will have the intended impact. Diretsa has begun to drive awareness of the MGLI’s vision to democratize education for emerging markets by engaging various stakeholders in the African continent. Diretsa also looks to be a sponsor one of Africa’s largest education conferences, EduWeek that brings together educational movers and shakers from around the world to Africa. To educate the people in developing countries, they require access to global educators’ programs and this conference is a massive opportunity to network and exchange value. Anticipated strategic partnerships with various leading institutions in the USA and venture capitalists will further bolster Diretsa’s ability to add value in Africa’s education ecosystem as the platform of choice. By bridging the access gap, . . .