Libraries across South Africa will be the scenes of a new community activation in 2019. Nal’ibali, the reading for enjoyment campaign, has teamed up with Clowns Without Borders South Africa to produce a series of literacy-focussed shows. These free performances will tour four provinces to encourage people to see their local libraries as safe, exciting community spaces for people of all ages. The free 40-minute comedy shows are designed to encourage families to explore their local libraries, model good book borrowing behaviour and to encourage people to sign up for library cards. In addition to the performances, Nal’ibali will be offering free training and resources to library staff interested in running community reading clubs. The performances will take place throughout 2019, touring libraries in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng for one week at a time. Shows are designed to tie-in to reading-related national events as detailed below: • 11 -15 March: KwaZulu-Natal (ahead of SA Library Week) • 20 -24 May: Eastern Cape (to coincide with Get Caught Reading Month) • 19 – 23 August Gauteng (to celebrate Book Lover’s Day on the 8th) • 21 – 25 October: Limpopo (to coincide with International School Library Month) “At Nal’ibali, we want people to discover storytelling in exciting, meaningful ways, so collaborating with Clowns Without Borders made perfect sense,” says Nal’ibali Managing Director Jade Jacobsohn. “We recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day by holding a loud and joyful storytelling event for 200 children at Sandton Public Library – imagine what we can achieve in creative partnership with CWBSA!” Clowns Without Borders South Africa uses creative interventions to reach children and caregivers, in a bid to reduce violent behaviour, while raise awareness around developmental issues and spread joy. They have reached nearly half a million children to date. “We are excited to be raising awareness around an area of such importance . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre is delighted to announce the return of its monthly environmental lecture series, which will be hosted at the newly launched Fish Eagle Café. The first lecture in the series will take place on Saturday, 9th March. It will explore the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned Lesser Flamingo chicks at Kamfers Dam near Kimberley in the Northern Cape. According to Birdlife Africa, the Lesser Flamingo is listed as “Near-threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. This is mainly because of a declining population, few breeding sites, and human-induced threats to the breeding sites. Kamfers Dam is one of only four breeding localities for Lesser Flamingos on the African continent and the only breeding locality in South Africa. It supports the largest permanent population of the species in Southern Africa, with an estimated population of sixty thousand Lesser Flamingos. However, due to the severe drought, more than five thousand chicks and eggs were abandoned in January this year. The Kimberley SPCA approached various rehabilitation centres around South Africa, including the uShaka Sea World Animal Health Department, to assist in hand-rearing the Lesser Flamingo chicks. Since 27th January staff at uShaka Sea World have worked tirelessly to rehabilitate more than 250 chicks. According to Ann Kunz of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), staff and volunteers have spent hours feeding chicks special feed through syringes and constantly monitoring the birds, many of which were initially in uShaka Sea World’s hospital. “Last week, chicks were a delicate creamy white colour with some darker down feathers. Most of them are now sporting a pinkish tinge on their feathers with bright red faces and scarlet mouths. This week was a milestone as many of the chicks in special care have left the ICU and are spending a couple of hours each day in the high care enclosure . . .
Trade Conferences International is proud to announce that our Annual Debt Collection Conference will return this year on the 22-24 May 2019. The scope of this years’ Debt Collection Conference’s programme has been broadened to incorporate more presentations that will focus on technology, collection strategies, new regulations as well as customer engagement and data management. The agenda also uncovers major developments and challenges that can be expected in the near future. The conference will be address by industry leaders form organisations such as Registered Communication, Council for Debt Collectors of South Africa, Debt Rescue, Credit Intel, Shackleton & Mohapi Attorneys, Octagon Business Solutions, Arnoud van den Bout Attorneys, MCC Consulting and many more. Michandre Van Niekerk – Senior Project Manager at Trade Conferences International – said our Debt Collection Conference has attracted over 350 attendees and 20 exhibiting companies in the last three years. This year’s conference will also include a morning workshop on the 17th of May and the event is sure to attract the same number of professional as last year. Apart from debt and credit professionals from all over the world sharing their know-how, experiences and insights with high powered delegates, attending will also create an excellent opportunity for networking. Personnel from banks, financial institutions, and debt collection agencies, telecommunication companies, and attorneys, debt and credit industries respectively should be attending this event. For more information or to join the speaker panel contact Project Manager, Michandre Van Niekerk on 011 803-1553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Twenty climbers to scale Africa’s highest peak in support of literacy development and education in South Africa. On 26 February 2019, the Adopt-a-School Foundation hosted the #Kili4Kids Climbers Press Launch. Twenty volunteers are set to begin their hike of Mount Kilimanjaro on 11 March 2019. These brave and adventurous volunteers are attempting to raise R1.4 million to construct a library, inclusive of resources, library books and librarian training for Qhobosheane Primary School in Diepkloof, Soweto. Adopt-a-School Foundation, a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, and the Flight Centre Foundation (FCF) entered into a partnership 3 years ago. Through this partnership, FCF have supported the implementation of Whole School Development in Qhobosheane Primary School. The #Kili4Kids Climbers Press Launch provided the opportunity for the Executive Director for Adopt-a-School Foundation, Steven Lebere, to share the work and scope of Adopt-a-Schools work in over 498 schools across the country. Diane Cleary, Project Manager of Flight Centre Foundation spoke of their footprint in communities across the country as well as sharing the impact of the partnership. Following this, the profile of Qhobosheane Primary School and the #Kili4Kids campaign were shared. The attending Killi4kids climbers were invited to a panel question and answer session with the audience; they shared the training preparations and fundraising initiatives undertaken; they shared their excitement and nerves at the adventure that awaits them and highlighted the greater purpose of undertaking this initiative for education development. “We are very excited about this initiative. I remember when we started, I was very surprised by the number of people who actually wanted to sacrifice their time and go through so much as to climb a mountain. It really has been a great initiative to experience and seeing the individual commitment from the climbers has been priceless. We wish them all the . . .
No-one can deny South Africa has notched up some good successes over the years. From such diverse responses to the challenges of the day as the Truth & Reconciliation Commission to the Hippo Water Roller, South Africans are fixers. When it comes to the country’s marketing and advertising community, IMImobile SA believes we’ve often rolled out innovative products and services showcasing our client or employer’s brands using blended models when budget’s are tight. In practice, this might mean two or more brands sharing a platform or the need to somehow subsidise a creative campaign to bring down the cost to the client. I was recently reminded of subsidised marketing efforts while watching President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent State of the Nation Address. During his annual update to the nation, the President highlighted the sorry state of affairs in South African education. To remedy the dire lack of appropriate teaching materials and equipment in many schools, the President has promised to roll-out a tablet per learner over the next few years. Whether this promise will go the way of similar ‘laptop per child’ promises of the past remains to be seen, but we should all be hopeful and supportive of this latest initiative. Tablets are much more appropriate to the school environment compared to laptops, while offering lower cost as well. Tablets can be pre-loaded with all manner of educational software, however they do need access to mobile data for an optimal and up-to-date learning experience. This is where we go back to the subsidisation model so effectively deployed by the marketing and advertising community. The declining cost of mobile data following ICASA’s announcements around its market enquiry into the historically-exorbitant cost of mobile data is starting to see some pretty innovative rollouts of WiFi. One such model could be effectively used in schools to power President Ramaphosa’s promised tablet roll aout. Advertising is being used by . . .
The Lusito School is more than an institution that teaches and cares for differently abled children, it is a place where hope is infectious, and children’s lives are changed for the better forever, principal Deolinda Molina, says. One such example is Marco Gomes, who despite being differently abled, has overcome worldly expectations and progressed from being a student at the Lusito School to being an invaluable member of staff. “The human spirit can endure, but more so, it can soar despite adversity. Marco embodies this principle and is an inspiration to everyone else around him,” Molina says. Gomes (44) suffered from cerebral anoxia when he was a toddler. At the tender age of two months, doctors had to operate on his heart to assist his oxygen-starved brain. The cerebral anoxia affected Marco’s mental development, rendering him completely dependent on the aid of his mother and the assistance of his teachers at the Lusito School But in spite of this, Gomes managed to not only graduate, but has become a long-standing employee at the school. “Marco came to the Lusito School when he was five years old. He has been working there for 14 years. He is part of Lusito School, and Lusito is a huge part of Marco’s life, so much so that he struggles when it’s the holidays. His job fills him with so much pride. As a mother you always want the best for your children and having a purpose is important in a person’s life. This job offers Marco that,” Lourdes Gomes, his mother, says. Marco assists teachers in the classroom and feeds those children that are too young or incapable of feeding themselves, Molina continues. “He also paints and fixes whatever is broken around the school. Because he has been here so long, everybody in the community knows Marco. He gets along with everyone and you can see that he truly enjoys his job.” But his mom admits it hasn’t always been easy. “It has been a long road for all of us. I’ve had to teach Marco to read and handle . . .
Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 - World Information Architecture Day began in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1998 publication of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web—also known as “The Polar Bear Book,” and the bible for UX professionals. Now in its eight year, World IA Day has grown to 59 cities around the world, including Warsaw, Tehran, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. The celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and encourages the diverse thinkers in the celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute. “World IA Day brings local professionals together to learn through high-quality speakers, panels, and interactive sessions that examine the many ways IA principles can be used to solve problems in business, civic, and personal contexts,” says Mike Lewis founder of Origin Interactive. This year's theme is Design for Difference: As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole. Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally. Mike encourages and values independent thinking in his team members and this is why the full team from Origin will be attending World IA Day at the UJ campus. According to Mike some of the main questions he will be looking for answers to are “What is this difference that we’re . . .
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – Golden Key International Honour Society announces Elmie Castleman as the new director for the South African region of the Society. Elmie Castleman has a professional record as distinguished as it is diverse. Trained as a nurse and a health education professional, Elmie shifted her focus early in her career to management training and consulting. She served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Foundation for Professional Development for a decade, expanding and leading the organization’s portfolio of courses and programmes. Her work at FPD attracted the attention of the senior leadership of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, a traditionally governed community in the North West Province that uses dividends from platinum mining to implement an impressive array of social development prorgammes. Elmie was recruited to the Bafokeng Nation in 2009 to design and run a project and programme management system that could plan, track, and measure the Nation’s ambitious development agenda. Elmie built on this experience by leading the Royal Bafokeng Economic Development Agency, and was ultimately appointed Group Chief Operating Officer on the Royal Bafokeng Administration, a world-recognized leader in community-based development. Elmie earned her B.Cur from the University of Pretoria, and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of the Free State. About Golden Key Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honor society established to recognize college students for academic excellence. While membership in Golden Key begins with academic excellence, the Society’s core mission is to enable members to realize their potential through three pillars: academics, leadership and service. The Society, comprised of over 2 million members, has more than 400 campus-based chapters in eight countries that include Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States. For more . . .
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Mfundo is a young man who is considered to be a top academic and sporting high-flyer. He is in Grade 5 and has already won many awards for his achievements. Despite his top-of-the-class status, his parents and teachers are very concerned because Mfundo is making negative behavioral choices. He is often in trouble for bullying other children and his parents find his tantrums at home almost intolerable. Why would a child who seemingly has everything going for him, behave in this way? The answer is quite simple. According to Cindy Glass, Owner and Co-Founder of Step Up Education Centres, Mfundo, like so many children, has a very low sense of self. “If he is not at the top, he sees himself as being ‘nothing’, unworthy and even worthless! He is so afraid of making mistakes, that he finds life intolerable-unless he pumps-out perfection!” Cindy explains. She adds that the same can be said of children who struggle at school, who give up, dislike learning of an academic nature or are afraid of trying anything new. “They are so afraid of making a mistake that they would, subconsciously, rather get into trouble for their negative behavioural choices than allow someone to see that they need assistance. These children, too, develop feelings of unworthiness and their self- esteem is at an all-time low.” Cindy believes that it is time for parents and teachers to reconsider age-old patterns of previously learned behaviours which have made the making of mistakes bad, intolerable, reasons for (unnecessary) punishment and a tool to humiliate and embarrass children in the hope that they will change for the ‘better’. She gives parents the following advice on how to give their children the gift of mistakes: 1. It’s important to understand that making mistakes allows for effective learning, problem-solving and critical thinking. Allowing mistakes encourages imagination, creative thinking and the building of confidence! Mistakes are opportunities to experiment and learn. . . .