Nal’ibali, the national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced 14-year-old Sabelo Khomo from Hammarsdale, as the KwaZulu-Natal provincial winner of its annual storytelling contest, Story Bosso. Chosen from over 6 000 entries collected from across the country and over 1 000 entries in KwaZulu-Natal, Khomo’s winning entry, Ugogo nengane, is a folktale told to him by his grandmother. Each year Nal’ibali hosts its month-long Story Bosso drive in September (Literacy Month), to encourage members of the public, young and old, to get storytelling in their home languages. A simple yet effective method to lay the literacy foundations that children will need to learn to read and write; storytelling is something that anybody can do: anytime, anywhere. The sharing of stories is also part of the collective culture and heritage of all South Africans. This year the talent search attracted a record number of entries and included a provincial road-show with celebrated storytellers, including Gcina Mhlope and Sindiwe Magona, giving special demonstrations of their craft to adults and children in different parts of the country. Driving the initiative at local level, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors held over 100 audition and entry events in seven provinces to source stories directly from communities and from Nal’ibali’s network of over 1 000 reading clubs. Sanelisiwe Ntuli, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor says Khomo is a natural storyteller with a strong sense of creativity – he enjoys telling stories and making up new ones from folktales his grandmother shares with him. “Sabelo’s story is my favourite because it has not one, but two elements of storytelling in it: song and education. Him, or the story having music in it, works for him,” commented Mpumy Ndlovu, a Story Bosso judge, actress and storyteller. Khomo is joined by seven additional provincial winners: Java Hoy in the Eastern Cape; Lethuxolo November in Gauteng; Dimakatso Letsoele in Mpumalanga; Annah Gumbi in North . . .
ZEISS GIVES BRILLIANT YOUNG MINDS A FINANCIAL LEG-UP Multinational optical and optoelectronic technology company, ZEISS South Africa, granted bursaries to two brilliant young South African students, Loretta Magagula and Sthembile Mbotwe, this year to assist them in completing their doctoral studies. ZEISS Strategic Project Manager, Vani Naidoo says the two beneficiaries were selected for their outstanding work in physiology and biomedical sciences. “Sthembile and Loretta both belong to research teams doing ground-breaking work in their respective fields. They are rising science stars and we are delighted to be sponsoring their studies. After all, we have a vested interest in encouraging the next generation of scientists.” Magagula’s is pursuing a Phd in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town within the Biomedical Translational Research Initiative (BTRI). Her project focuses on identifying and visualising specific breast and colorectal cancer-causing mutations within the South African population in a field that is almost entirely populated by Eurocentric data. She was awarded a ZEISS bursary in 2017 to assist with her doctoral studies. “I have used ZEISS equipment throughout my post-graduate studies at the University of Pretoria (UP) and UCT. “French-American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer, Marcel Duchamp, once described artmaking as "making the invisible visible”. My only goal as an aspiring cellular biologist is to do the same. This has been realised by using powerful microscope created by ZEISS to visualise discrete and stochastic transcriptional events at nanometre range. I look forward to uncovering more of the invisible as I progress through my career,” adds Magagula. The second recipient of a ZEISS bursary is Sthembile Mbotwe, who is investigating the effect of aspirin and lipid binding protein in hypercoagulability induced by lipopolysaccharide for her Phd at the University of Pretoria. While completing her . . .
Johannesburg –12 December 2017: Servest joined the sixth annual, Steyn City ‘Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot’ campaign, to bring some festive cheer to school learners in Diepsloot. The annual CSI project continues to bring cheer and joy ahead of the Christmas season to 12 000 primary school children in Diepsloot. “People are at the heart of our business at Servest, and we believe in relationships and human partnerships to create mutual success.” says Kumaran Pillay, Marketing and Sales Director for the Office Services division of Servest. Servest invests in local communities through the Lesipho Trust, a non-profit organisation, that provides bursary and business opportunities to previously disadvantaged individuals. “We have the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we operate in. Let’s seize the moment and build our nation, by investing in the education and happiness of our children” says Kumaran, on Servest’s involvement with the annual project. Servest joined forces with Steyn City Properties and other sponsors to donate food, beverages and stationery to fill the school bags with treats for each learner. These gifted school bags will provide learners with a sense of dignity and pride for the coming school year. Celebrity appearances added an extra touch of energy to the proceedings. This year, TboTouch, along with soccer legends Shaun Bartlett, Mark Williams, Marks Maponyane, cricketer Heino Kuhn, Man Cave presenter Janez Vermeiren, and DJs from Touch HD, including Sammy Sosa, Kyle Worde, and popular TV Chef Benny Masekwameng all attended. “We look forward to taking part again next year and creating more awareness around the initiative.” says Kumaran. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest joined hands with Steyn City Properties, Sponsors, South African Personalities, and the Community to Deliver Happiness to Diepsloot Learners. here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
The #AdventureFundraising campaign is off to a daring start as adventurous heroes start signing up and donating to SA’s youth community. Afrika Tikkun's recently launched Adventure Fundraising digital campaign is for people who want to make a real difference in South Africa but don’t know what to do or where to start. Almost everyone has an adventure or goal they’d like to kick-start, be it losing weight or climbing Kilimanjaro, and so many conscious South Africans want to raise funds for charity to incentivise them on their own personal missions. Anyone can get involved with Adventure Fundraisers by setting their goal and getting their friends and community to support them – and the best part is they will have a lot of fun doing so whilst making a real and lasting difference to the youth of South Africa. All money raised will go towards the critically important work that Afrika Tikkun does in supporting our young people becoming economically empowered. Their holistic approach provides essential support from cradle right through to career. It is a model that begins from Early Childhood Development and takes beneficiaries on a journey to becoming fully fledged productive, responsible citizens after completing their development programmes. #AdventureFundraiser 1: At this year’s Staten Island Marathon, Lee Ann Finlay Vermaak successfully completed the grueling race while raising funds for Afrika Tikkun. As if that wasn’t a fantastic achievement for the Acceleration Cape Town employee, she exceeded her fundraising target and raised R15,347.00 for the cause. “I strongly believe in education to ensure the country has a solid foundation for future economic success and growth, this is an organization near and dear to me” Lee Ann’s #adventurefundraising target = R15,000.00 #AdventureFundraiser 2: On 5 November 2017, fitness instructor, personal trainer and sports ambassador from Rosebank, Johannesburg; Temotio Jacopa ran the Soweto Marathon for Afrika . . .
Less than half of South Africa’s children play sport - this is according to a 2017 study conducted by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and with even fewer doing physical education in schools. Steers along with Supersport set out to make a real difference with the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge with the support of key stakeholders including the Department of Basic Education, Sports and Recreation, the Physical Education Institute of South Africa and UNICEF SA. Globally, less than 20% of children and youth are meeting recommendations for physical activity. The decline in the state of physical education has inspired Steers, a brand that is passionate about youth development, nutritional awareness and physical education, to continue their support of the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge – a challenge that promotes a more active and healthier lifestyle amongst primary school pupils. Steers continues to support youth development through its sponsorship of various sporting codes under Varsity Sports. However, it saw the need to reach the youth while they are still at an early stage of development to drive within them a passion for playing and imbue a love of sport that will last a lifetime. “With the vision of fully enabling school children to become more driven, active and successful in their lives, we are very humbled and excited to be a part of this year’s initiative. As the saying goes, a healthy body equals to a healthy mind and we aim to change how physical education is viewed and to make it more accessible, particularly in rural communities,” said Steers Marketing Executive, Adolf Fourie. After 108 towns were visited and a total number of 108 735 kilometers were clocked in, the Let’s Play Challenge reached its peak on October 27th when Gauteng’s Laerskool Jan Van Riebeek was crowned the fittest primary school in the country. The school will be awarded with an all-purpose, all-weather, multi-use sports facility worth R1.3 million . . .
Extramural educational weekly sessions to make children excited and interested in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 4 December 2017 – CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA – e² Young Engineers, a company that provides a simple learning solution for complex educational subjects in Science, Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering and Mathematics, is excited to announce the opening of a new learning centre. Opening in Doringkloof Mall in Centurion (Pretoria), the learning centre is aimed at children ages 4 – 14. Neuroscientists studies shows that our minds absorb new information through sensory integration. Feelings and sensations are critical in our thinking patterns and feelings draw our attention and give meaning to our memories which are based on pleasant or unpleasant experiences. Complex thinking processes are encouraged by challenges and discouraged by negative emotions, such as fear and pressure. e² Young Engineers’ approach provides a fun and interactive learning experience, installing positive memories and ensuring a positive connection is made with learning. In addition to educational benefits the e² Young Engineers programmes also contribute to Early Childhood Development. e2 Young Engineers' programmes prepare children for the unknown future by developing their: • interest and love for STEM • independent, critical and creative thinking skills • sense of curiosity • problem solving skills • team work capabilities • self-confidence and a sense of self-efficacy • computer orientation Programmes on offer at Doringkloof learning centre for 2018: Big Builders: Children aged 4 – 6 years Programme Summary: Provide a hands-on educational experience – discovering basic engineering solutions. The course exposes children to engineering terminology, as well as terms taken from the animal kingdom, science and their current world. • Curriculum Price: R4 500.00 per year Bricks Challenge: Children aged 7 to . . .
It is with pleasure to invite you to SS Mendi exhibition launch. The exhibition memorializes the more than 600 Black South African men who perished when their ship was struck by SS Darro in 1917. The men volunteered to assist Britain against the Germans during the Great War (1914-1918). The launched will be accompanied by a performance “Sabamnye no SS Mendi” directed by Mandla Mbothwe. Date: 7 December 2017 Venue: Bayworld Museum Time: 10h00 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Last week Shoprite hosted a graduation ceremony for 20 learners who lost their school due to arson earlier this month. The learners of Under the Tree ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centre in Markman, together with their teachers and parents, were all invited to celebrate their successful completion of Grade R. “We didn’t want the children to think that their hard work was in vain because the school burnt down. We wanted to end the year properly and give them the graduation they deserve. Thanks to Shoprite we were able to do that. Their donation of refreshments, certificates, photographer and transport costs as well as party packets are much appreciated,” says 80 year-old Tia Wessels, Director of Family Restoration Services, an organisation that runs numerous children empowerment programmes, including Under the Tree ECD. As a business with heart, Shoprite is committed to support those who #ActForChange in their local communities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of the country’s leading early childhood development organisations, The Unlimited Child is having a profound impact on the lives of thousands of young South Africans through their early childhood development programme currently implemented in seven of the nine provinces. Launched in 2008 with the support of Durban-based financial services provider The Unlimited, The Unlimited Child had engaged with 757 early childhood development (ECD) centres by 2015 to provide access to quality educational programmes. During the past two years however, the organisation has shown meteoric expansion, scaling up to reach an additional 464 ECD centres. According to The Unlimited Child Chief Executive Officer Candice Potgieter, this rapid growth is the result of newly established social investment streams through funding partnerships. “The Unlimited Child is a non-profit organisation and without the support of funding partners, we will not be able to realize our Vision 2021 of expanding our footprint to 5000 ECD centres across South Africa. In addition, we partner with like-minded NGO’s involved with community and social upliftment to complement our core offering of providing access to quality and sustainable early childhood education to children between the ages of 0 and 5 years in order to reach their full potential, ” states Potgieter. The Unlimited Child’s model is an integrated, rapid impact Early Childhood Education (ECE) stimulation programme that equips practitioners in disadvantaged communities to use high quality training and resources. The programme is aligned with national and current policy standards and is available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi and Afrikaans. “We aim for 100% support of ECD centres particularly in previously disadvantaged areas across South Africa, as this allows us to provide ongoing support through specially trained and locally community based field monitors that mentor practitioners within geographic clusters of ECD centres. . . .
With two months of freedom from exam papers and classes ahead of them, many Matriculants and students are wisely opting to use their time to gain some cash and experience. But there are ways to turn a summer job into more than the sum of its parts – to not only earn an income, but also to ensure that you enter the new year wiser and more empowered, an expert says. “Getting a summer job is a great way to spend the holidays, and it can help open doors for you in future when you can use it to demonstrate that you have gained experience and handled your responsibilities well in the past,” says Zabo Mhleli, Team Leader in the Student Advisory Department at Oxbridge Academy, which serves more than 20 000 South African distance learning students every year. “Young people often complain about the catch-22 of needing experience to get a job, and needing a job to get the experience that employers want. With a summer job, you can get a foot in the door at junior level and, just like with capital gains, you can build on this experience with every new job or responsibility you take on. Down the line, when you want to apply for your first big job, this will put you in a much better position than someone who was committed to holidaying during the holidays, and who now needs to try to land a job with zero experience,” he says. Mhleli adds, however, that those opting to gain experience need to use the time wisely, and not just rock up for work, do the job, and go home. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build a portfolio of experience, with concrete evidence to demonstrate your track record,” he says. It goes without saying that young people should get the basics right: being on time, being neat and presentable, and performing their responsibilities to the best of their ability. But more than that, some strategy can go a long way in making your holiday job a legacy project. Here are some strategic tips to take into account: 1. FIND A JOB THAT HAS SOME . . .