Galway, Ireland – 23 March 2017: South African people are taking to the internet in greater numbers than ever before to gain workplace skills, according to new figures released by Alison. The organization, which is one of South Africa’s largest free e-learning providers, revealed that a small majority (57%) of its users in 2016 were female, and that the site is most popular in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “South Africa has been quick to take up online learning. The feedback we’re getting from learners here suggests that they value the flexibility and breadth of subjects we can offer. It’s not a surprise to us that the majority of our South African learners are women; this reflects a pattern we have seen in other parts of the world.” According to newly released figures for 2016, the most popular courses including Touch Typing Training, Diploma in Project Management, Human Resources and Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Other top courses South African learners took included Web Design, Workplace Health and Safety, Psychology and Customer Service. Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “Increasingly, we’re seeing learners turn to us for skills that are vital to the workplace but don’t tend to receive much focus in schools – South Africa is no different. The range of free courses we’re offering is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months, and we expect to grow our learner-base in South Africa in tandem with this. “We would encourage students, jobseekers and workers who want to upskill to consider how a course might help them achieve their goals.” Alison will celebrate its 10th birthday next month. The site currently boasts almost 10 million individual learners studying hundreds of courses. WHAT THEY SAY What our South African learners say about Alison: “There are so many great options that I am excited about. I’ve just completed the Microsoft . . .
(Pretoria) – Grade 10 pupils from three of Pretoria’s historically disadvantaged high schools have relived the age of dinosaurs thanks to the interactive DinosAlive Exhibition at Forest Hill City shopping centre in Centurion. One hundred sponsored life sciences pupils from Seshegong, Olievenhoutbosch and Steve Tshwete secondary schools were among the thousands of visitors getting up close to the prehistoric creatures during the five-week expo which wraps April 17. Forest Hill City general manager Annah Moremela said the centre management team enjoyed hosting the eye-opening exhibition, which featured 25 animatronic dinosaurs that blink, move their limbs and emit lifelike sounds. The moving models include the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops as well as lesser-known species such as Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus. “For us as a mall, it perfectly captures our twin objectives of providing great family entertainment and supporting education in our community.” Moremela said the Grade 10 pupils had been specifically selected, as the history of the earth formed a core component of the life sciences syllabus. “For pupils at under-resourced schools, the expo makes learning come alive in a fun, real and interactive way, and there will be special info boards to explain concepts like the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. “Every info board contains a QR code linked to a We Chat application – scanning the code provides access to audio files with more info on each dinosaur.” A fossil display from the University of the Witwatersrand and a 20-minute movie about dinosaurs roaming the American national parks completed the educational experience, she said. “But aside from that, it’s an amazing adventure for the whole family – and a great way to spend the day during the school holidays.” Younger members of the family could look forward to “meeting” a baby dino, riding on a T.Rex’s back and having their faces painted like their favourite . . .
(East London) – More than 500 of East London’s poorest pupils in Duncan Village have received a boost in the form of new school shoes. The campaign is the culmination of a R200,000 national rollout by major malls in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape owned by South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, Rebosis Property Fund. Earlier in March, the Rebosis-owned Hemingways Mall, in partnership with celebrated local NGO, Sakhisizwe, handed out 532 pairs of new school shoes to five schools in the Duncan Village area. These were Nontutuzelo, Makinana, Nompumelelo, Lujiza and Masakhe primary schools. “We are honoured to be making a difference to our underprivileged pupils by gifting them with a sense of self-confidence and belonging as they walk the road to an education. The young pupils of East London are our city’s future,” said Hemingways Mall general manager Reinette van Tonder. Instilling pride among pupils would help them to succeed in often-difficult circumstances, she added. According to Rebosis group marketing manager Deborah Bailey, providing school shoes was a tangible and practical solution, giving relief to the children – many of whom cannot afford public transport and are forced to walk long distances each day. “As part of our social and ethical mandate, Rebosis Property Fund has recognised an overwhelming need to contribute positively to communities surrounding its shopping centres,” said Bailey. She said each of Rebosis’s four major malls – Forest Hill City in Centurion, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, and Hemingways Mall and Mdantsane City in East London – had carefully selected their beneficiary schools according to need within their respective communities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 22 March 2017 -- A new study (download full study) by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School provides businesses who are keen to succeed in African and emerging markets with a leadership framework. By examining the leadership approaches of senior leaders and executives operating in multinational corporations in four Sub-Saharan African countries, the study found that despite their significant differences, Western and African business leadership styles can be blended to form an entirely new construct. This hybrid approach, which combines Western pragmatism and African humanism, recognises the importance of fact, logic and the nature of reality, but also promotes the recognition of human-focused and collectivist forms of leadership. While African leadership approaches have often been criticised for being poorly adaptive to increasingly complex globalised economies, empirical data in this study presents an entirely different picture – one of confident, self-assured African leaders effectively heading businesses that are part of Western multinational corporations operating in emerging markets. “The findings of this research point to the fact that senior executives and leaders have moved towards a more humanistic culture without compromising their drive for results,” Paul Poisat, Professor and researcher at the NMMU Business School said. Commenting on the leadership approaches of the senior executives and leaders, Professor Poisat described the new leadership style as a crossvergence of Western and African culture and as the African way of Western leadership practices. Crossvergence refers to an individual’s ability to merge national culture with economic ideology in a way that allows for the creation of a unique value system that is based on harmonious interactions between the two, he explained. “It requires the adoption of certain African leadership characteristics which are used together . . .
An urgent need to provide greater access to funding By Lindani Dhlamini, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SekelaXabiso (SkX) and winner of the AABLA Southern Africa Business Woman of the Year Award in 2016. The right to education doesn’t just mean access to learning – it also means a quality education that adequately prepares students for the journey ahead. The provision of funding to students is a way of strengthening the talent base South Africa so needs to put us on the global map. The education gap I’ve had experience with both private and public schools. Growing up, I attended a government school, while my children have been fortunate enough to attend a private school. They’re worlds apart – and it all boils down to resources. The private school system gives learners critical skills that equip them for later in life. For example, my 10-year-old son is already learning how to put together presentations. The first time I had access to a presentation was at university and I had no clue what I was doing – I had to learn those skills at the age of nineteen, which was daunting and difficult. There’s no doubt the public school system is trying to provide the best they can with what’s available, but it’s a resource issue – until the resources become available, education levels won’t improve and there’ll always be a gap between public and private. This gap, however, should never be perceived as an inhibitor to succeed. Building a future SekelaXabiso (SkX), SA’s leading black-owned professional services firm, has partnered with the St Mary’s Foundation and other schools around the country to fund children throughout their high school education. The ripple effect of this work is phenomenal. The St Mary’s Foundation bursary recipients wouldn’t have access to the opportunities afforded to them at a school like St Mary’s. St Mary’s Waverly, through the St Mary’s Foundation, opens its doors to girls who are academically talented and have the ability to . . .
The Sibikwa Arts Centre will come alive between 27 and 29 March, when 38 schools from around Gauteng will come together for the annual Artists in Schools Festival, which is held in partnership with the National Department of Arts & Culture. Inaugurated in 2013, the programme sees artists take up residence-type positions in public schools, where over the course of their stay, they focus on bolstering the performing and visual arts within that school. This programme culminates in a three-day festival where all involved are afforded the chance to show off what they have learnt. The Artists in Schools Programme has the power to positively impact on the physical and organisational environment of the school. As one of the very few CATHSETTA accredited performing arts organisations in South Africa, the Sibikwa Arts Centre has vast experience in providing training in various art forms. Through this project, arts practitioners are trained by Sibikwa to be invaluable resources in the teaching and delivering of arts, culture and heritage training in public schools. Artistic Director of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, Phyllis Klotz says this Programme strongly implements the country’s arts and culture curriculum and offers participating schools a multitude of opportunities. “The Artists in Schools Programme, has grown from 25 participating schools in 2013 to 38 in 2017, it offers skills development for teachers and provides the teacher with a vocabulary of teaching strategies in the classroom. It also encourages teachers to bring experiential learning into the classroom. Not only is this beneficial to the curriculum, it’s an experience which the learners will carry with them forever.” During the Programme, capacity building workshops are convened between the artists in residence and the educators. These workshops facilitate dynamic partnerships and allow the needs of each particular school’s creative departments to be identified. Both parties then work together to . . .
Community arts centres are integral to fostering a culture of creativity and inclusion. With this in mind, the Sibikwa Arts Centre is proud to announce that they will be hosting the Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Conference in Benoni from 22 to 24 March 2017. The National Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with the Sibikwa Arts Centre to realise a sectoral dialogue between Irish, Flemish, French and South African Community Arts Centres with the purpose of increasing institutional capacity, policy implementation and best practice. Above all, this conference is a starting point for new perspectives, new challenges and new objectives. “Research shows that communities who have access to the arts are more cohesive,” says Phyllis Klotz, the director and cofounder of the Sibikwa Arts Centre. “With this in mind, we are happy to host the conference as it forefronts community arts and community arts centres, which, for too long, have been neglected in South Africa.” The Shukuma Mzansi! project consists of three segments: a pre-conference study tour by South African delegates to Ireland, Flanders and France which took place in January; a pre-conference study-tour by EU delegates to South Africa which took place in February; and the International Conference on Community Arts Centres. The conference comprises presentations by Irish, Flemish, French and South African experts that will focus on policy implementation, the role of government, audience development and programming, and the creation of a national cooperative Community Arts Centre platform. The conference will also feature practical case-studies, round-table discussions and showcases by community artists. The main objective of this interactive conference is to assemble all Community Arts Centres stakeholders – practitioners, policy-makers, donors, officials, and academics – to interact and engage with the critical challenges and innovative solutions that are part of the . . .
The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign has broken its World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) record for the third year in succession; reading out-loud to an incredible 719 627 children across South Africa on Thursday the 16th of February. Encouraging adults to join them in reading the same special story out loud to children on the day, the campaign commissioned award-winning children’s author, Niki Daly, to write a brand-new story for its celebration. Titled, ‘The Best Sound in the World’, the story was translated into all 11 official languages and made available to adults and caregivers nationwide free of charge. “Each year we call on adults to join us in reading aloud to children, and, each year South Africans join us in their thousands. We are fortunate to have a great number of partners support us, but it’s the participation of families, caregivers, educators, librarians, reading club leaders and caring individuals that join in and carry the read-aloud torch long after the day that makes the lasting difference we want to see for our nation,” said Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director. This year partners helping to reach massive numbers of children included the Department of Basic Education (DBE); the Department of Social Development; Lima Rural Development Foundation; Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA); Rotary; Volkswagen South Africa; The Bookery; and Zisize Ingwavuma Educational Trust. And, championed by Nal’ibali’s WRAD 2017 ambassador, Buhle Ngaba – a young author and actress, as well as players from the AmaZulu Football club who lent their support as reading role-models, read-aloud events big and small took place in communities throughout the country. “It was wonderful to see so many people sharing their WRAD 2017 moments on social media. Everyday reading heroes and the people of South Africa: You did it – you read aloud to more than half a million children! And, you helped encourage the practice of reading in home . . .
Ameera Conrad (director) Photo: Jesse Kramer The Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) is calling for applications for the 2017 Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary – in partnership with the Distell Foundation. This year, TAAC are offering two bursaries to emerging Cape Town-based black women directors. Students at both an undergraduate and post-graduate level will not be considered. As Caroline Calburn, director of TAAC, explains; “Young black women directors represent a small percentage of the overall profile of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary (ETDB) winners over the last seven years. This has to change. There are so many astounding and highly talented black women with the potential to be groundbreaking directors. All they need is opportunity. May this bursary be the springboard to realise that.” The bursary was pioneered in 2010 and has since provided opportunities to nineteen young directors, most of whom are prolific directors making a wide range of work and winning numerous awards. Notable winners include, Kim Kerfoot who won the Fleur du Cap Best Young Director for Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act in 2013, Nicola Elliott who went on to win the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, Khayelihle Dom Gumede who won the Naledi Award for Best Director in 2016 for Crepuscule, and Jason Jacobs, a 2016 winner, who has been named the Featured Young Artist for KKNK for 2017. Previous winners of this bursary also include Amy Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Pusetso Thibedi, Thando Doni, Alan Parker, Phala Ookeditse Phala, Bulelani Mabutyana, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, Wynne Bredenkamp and Ameera Conrad. The Bursary offers emerging theatre directors a mentor, a small budget, a month’s rehearsal space, and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work. Amy Jephta, the first recipient of the . . .
The 7th Annual Career and Training Expo (CTEX) will take place on Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th July 2017 at the LOOK-Out, V&A Waterfront. The CTEX Career Expo provides the perfect opportunity for organisations to promote their courses, employment opportunities, products or brand to a large captive audience. This event is one of the largest Career and Training Expo's in South Africa. What are the benefits of exhibiting at the expo? * Interactively demostrate courses and course content * Recruitment Agencies and Companies can Recruit new staff on the spot * Build brand awareness for your organisation * Promote your organisation through your stand * Exhibitors are able to Create a quality database * Interactively demonstrate course content * Network with other exhibitors and organisations * Enhance PR Opportunities * Get immediate feedback on your course range For more information on making a booking for the expo or to receive further information contact CTEX on +27 21 465 3425 or E-mail email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .