South Africa’s longest-running national ICT in education awards are imminent and ten finalists from an outstanding crop of educators have been selected by the judges. The finalists will soon be on their way to the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards that are scheduled to take place as part of the annual iWeek Internet industry conference and exhibition. This year’s iWeek event is taking place in Cape Town - earlier that usual - from 20 August to 24 August 2018. The ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are a highlight of both iWeek and the country’s ICT in education advocacy calendar and see the ten educators selected as finalists competing for the titles of ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year, ISPA TechTeacher of the Year and ISPA MobileTechTeacher at a gala dinner that will conclude iWeek held this year at the Westin Hotel. The names of the ten finalists, in no particular order, are: Leanne Bishop of Grantleigh College, Mabore Lekalakala of Mapudithomo Primary School, Matthew Hains of Saheti School, Fiona Beal of The Rock Academy, Matema Jacobeth Malatji of Diopong Primary School, Peggy Jona of Bakuba Primary School, Dimakatso Sefora of Saron Primary School, Khatija Osman of Durban Girls’ College, Nombuso Precious Thobela of Vulamasango Primary School, and Cyril Nkosana Nkabinde of Zonkizizwe Secondary School. The competition is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), a non-profit educational organisation. The 2018 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competition gives educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the educational environment in their classrooms, schools or communities. According to Project Manager, Milford Malunga of DEI, “The required projects submitted by the ten ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year finalists reflect the growing influence and importance of the wider digital environment. The impact of our digital world can clearly be seen in the improving quality and scope . . .
14 AUGUST, 2018. Johannesburg, South Africa – MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA) Managing Partner Mansur Nuruddin has authored a new book entitled: “Get Money: A Practical Guide to Capital Raising for African Companies and Entrepreneurs”. This book codifies the author’s last seven years on the front-lines in Africa assisting African companies and entrepreneurs in raising capital. As the Managing Partner of MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA), the author has helped African companies and entrepreneurs raise hundreds of millions of dollars. From a hydro-power plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a leasing company in South Africa to a dairy processing plant in Zimbabwe to relatively large banks in Nigeria and Ghana, MNCAA has assisted a wide-array of companies in a multitude of industries raise capital in some of the most difficult jurisdictions on the African Continent. Based on this experience, this guide (1) outlines the types of financing available to African entrepreneurs and explains where and when these types of capital may be accessible, (2) outlines the process for raising capital – including a discussion of the documentation required and suggestions for drafting this documentation and (3) provides a brief discussion on Term Sheets (including a sample Term Sheet) and some advice on negotiating Term Sheets. This guide also lists six tips to assist African entrepreneurs in the capital raising process. This guide ends with a case study of a successful capital raise, which reinforces the importance of and demonstrates many of the tips listed herein. Finally, the Appendices include several on-going funding briefs outlining funding available from funding sources with which MNCAA works. Purchase Options: Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720902313?ref_=pe_870760_150889320 Kindle Version. MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA) is an African focused financial advisory firm offering corporate advisory, capital raising and market entry services. . . .
Bulldozing through stereotypes and breaking down gender barriers, two young South Coast women are proving there’s nothing they can’t do. Amandawe residents, Londiwe Buthelezi and Nonhlanhla Hlongwa, have just completed the Renishaw Hills-funded Construction Education & Training Authority (CETA) learnership programmes in Building and Civils Construction. Renishaw Hills is a mature lifestyle development near Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Phillip Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments, said a priority of Renishaw Hills’ development has been engaging with the local KwaCele community and finding ways to empower the residents through the development. “The CETA training programme, which was initiated in June last year, forms part of that commitment,” said Barker. “We ensured that 13 of the 25 available positions were filled by women and this has proved to be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved.” Londiwe and Nonhlanhla, both 21 years, successfully completed the year-long programme which involved five months of theory, followed by seven months of practical training in bricklaying, plastering, paving and carpentry (among others), all performed at Renishaw Hills. Following a stringent assessment of their knowledge and skills, the two will now be awarded with the National Certificate: Building & Civils Construction, NQF Level 3. “Since high school I have wanted to get into the construction industry,” said Londiwe. “When I saw the notice for the programme, I applied, and was so happy and excited when I was selected from such a large group.” More than 100 unemployed residents from the KwaCele Traditional Council applied for the 25 sought-after posts: “I wanted a career in something that was different and challenging,” she continued. “I want to get some experience and then start my own company.” The ambitious candidate admitted there were some quizzical looks from men when the women arrived onsite: . . .
Our Grade 9 learners are currently standing at the crossroad of having to make subject-choices. This, in itself, does not seem to be too big a deal... EXCEPT that the subject choices that they make now will impact their path into the future. In addition, many, if not most, Grade 9 learners are not yet sure of what they want to do when they have finished school. Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres explains “Learners who are sure of the career they wish to pursue will inevitably source subject-packages that support their requirements for Tertiary entrance. We need to remember that career choices are infinite in number and, as a part of the human species, we also know that we can change our minds about where we want to go many times over.” So, how can we help our not-sure-of-career-children make the most out of the subjects offered at school and how would they know that they have made the most effective subject-choices? Cindy offers the following tips: 1. Talk to your child about career choices and discuss what they may wish to pursue in the future. Keep an open mind. There are many paths that lead to success. Listen without judgement, your intention will be to assist your child in making subject choices that will support a variety of options. Ask: What would you like to spend every day doing? Work together to learn about the daily activities of potential career-choices. Would this make you feel happy and fulfilled? 2. Discuss their strengths and weaknesses. What subjects do they enjoy most? Why is this? What subjects do they get the best results in? Why is this? Which subjects best suit their learning style? 3. Encourage your child to focus on what they enjoy most. Once such a subject-package has been identified, do some research. What career options can be supported by those subjects? 4. Do not allow your child to choose subjects based on peer pressure or on a negative teaching experience. 5. Be careful of making a . . .
The overall winners at the ninth annual Youth Citizens Actions Programme (Y-CAP) National Championships held in Hoedspruit on Saturday, 28 July 2018 were Gauteng’s De Deur Primary School and the Eastern Cape’s Solomon Mahlangu High inKwanobuhle, Uitenhage, which both focused on food security projects. The event forms part of an initiative by Empowervate Trust – in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education – to provide young learners with project management, social entrepreneurship and life skills through the Y-CAP Toolkit and workshops, as well as give them a platform to showcase their impactful and sustainable projects at district, provincial and national level. Although South Africa’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), administered by the Department of Basic Education, is currently feeding an estimated 9,2 million learners in 19 800 schools across South Africa, the learners noted that schools do not provide enough food as the learners only receive one meal a day. They believe their food security solutions will help their peers cope academically and live a well-balanced life. Y-CAP Founder and CEO, Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, says more than 700 schools, comprising thousands of primary and secondary school learners from the country’s nine provinces, registered to participate in Y-CAP in 2018. “District and provincial events took place during Youth Month and Mandela Month to identify the most impactful and sustainable projects in each category in the various provinces. The 18 provincial winning teams in the nine primary and nine secondary school categories presented their projects in Hoedspruit.” Blankfield-Koseff says the event is the highlight on the Y-CAP calendar as it inspires, motivates and acknowledges South Africa’s future leaders. “This is a celebration of active citizenship which will move our country forward. All finalists are already winners because of the upliftment they brought to their schools and communities. The . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith and Newcastle. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Allan Hodgson and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the African Enterprise Conference, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 20 August 2018, the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith on . . .
Clicks store staff and management visited Amari School for the mentally handicapped in Welkom on 7 August and assisted them by donating medical supplies and toiletries. This forms part of Clicks 50th birthday and is one of 50 charitable causes identified by Clicks staff nationwide as their way of giving back to the community they serve. A total of 34 projects have been earmarked to receive support through donations of much needed toiletries, infrastructure and basic essentials. A further R1 million worth of reusable sanitary pads will be donated to 16 schools across South Africa to reduce absenteeism in schools. “Seeing the huge need at Amari School is very humbling, but also rewarding,” says Donna Davids, CSI Co-ordinator at Clicks. "We are happy to assist where we can and have enjoyed engaging with and helping the residents here.” Amari School is a school for disabled children based in Welkom, Free State. The school is not divided into grades, they have different phases in which the children are divided according to their abilities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of gender-based violence in the world; one in five South African women have suffered physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime*. In Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, this rate is nearly double the national average, with 56% of male residents admitting to committing a physical or sexually violent act against a woman. 60% of these individuals said they had done so multiple times.** “Research has indicated that poverty, high unemployment and low levels of education are main contributors to the prevalence of gender-based violence. This is quite evident in Diepsloot, with only one in two male residents reporting full-time employment**,” says Banyana Mohajane, Adopt-a-School Foundation head of department: social and skills development. On 03 August 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation hosted a career expo in Diepsloot as part of its Thari programme, in response to concerns raised by local schools that learners lack knowledge about further education and career path options and the link low levels of education has to gender-based violence. Thari is a school-based programme that is implemented by Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation’s partner entity, Adopt-a-School Foundation, to address women and child abuse in schools and related communities. The expo was attended by learners in grades 10, 11 and 12, and parents and educators from surrounding localities. Learners received information from tertiary education institutions, public sector organisations, bursary funds and private companies such as Rosebank College, City of Joburg Social Development, Bulidula Beads, the Department of Labour and MerSETA. “The sad reality is that at least half the women living in Diepsloot experience violence on a regular basis,” says Bernice Maponyane, Adopt-a-School Foundation programme manager: social and skills development. “The challenges are complex; social and economic dominance by men and sexual entitlement are spurred by under education and . . .
Students encouraged to adapt studying methods for new knowledge learned to be stored in long-term memory 2 AUGUST 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, today announces that the company has added an enhanced feature to its e-learning platform. Built to enhance learning, teachers can create flashcards to simplify revision for their learners, while learners are encouraged to study using these flashcards (or create their own), enabling them to identify more easily certain facts and subject area they struggle with. Typically, most students try to cram as much information as possible into their brains in the few hours prior to the exam takes place. The knowledge is temporarily stored in their short-term memories where most of it can be recalled during the examination. This may work well with subjects where facts can be learned and recited on request. However, students should be encouraged to adapt their studying methods so that new knowledge learned can be stored in the long-term memory instead – a long-term solution that will help in future when it is exam time again, and they must only revise information, instead of burning the midnight oil before the examination. The use of flashcards Over the course of an examination period, a student must remember a vast array of information over a variety of subjects. Crammed learning may be a short-term solution when a student must narrate certain facts learned, but to remember a lot of information over various subjects effectively, flashcards is one learning tool that students can effectively utilise to store information in their long-term memory. Used in the classroom or during self-study, flashcards can be used to test facts over many different subjects. The use of flashcards is not a new method of studying but is perhaps one of the most effective studying tools. Further, the process of . . .
The Engen Computer School in Wentworth recently held a graduation ceremony for 80 proud community members who received certificates for completing various computer and business skills courses. The Engen Computer School offers members of the local community introductory-level computer skills training, which cover nine units of the National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing. Over the past decade, Engen’s free computer skills training school has transformed many lives in South Durban by giving over 1 700 students the confidence and knowledge to go out and secure jobs that would otherwise never have been possible. To attend the Engen Computer School, applicants must be unemployed school-leavers and reside in the South Durban area. While matric and age criteria are not prescribed, most students who attend the school are aged from 20 to 40. While statistics are incomplete due to the difficulty of keeping track of everyone who graduates, over the past two years 77 students have secured jobs or have been accepted into learnership programmes after completing the course. Last year 12 students found jobs during their training. Sheryl Casalis, training director of Added Advantage Academy, which has provided the training since 2009, says two four-month courses are offered per annum each accommodating 80 people. Engen invests approximately R15 000 per student to attend the course. “The competency rate for students is between 94% and 96% by the time they complete the course,” says Casalis. “Upon graduation they are computer literate individuals able to work independently using the most common computer programmes utilised in offices today.” The second course for 2018 commenced on 2 July and has 79 attendees. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay says the Engen Computer Centre is well known in the community and always has a waiting list of people wanting to upskill themselves by attending the course. Hamdulay . . .