The personal success of the two top learners nationally in the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) Class of 2017 will be South Africa’s gain, as the pair chase their dreams of becoming an actuary and a doctor. The hard slog was all their own, admit Makyle Naidoo and Nokwenama Gumede, but they attribute their impressive results to the commitment and support of their EMSS teachers, who tirelessly put in the extra effort to take the youngsters from great to exceptional. Today, Makyle and Nokwenama, both just 17 and flying the flag for KwaZulu-Natal, are at the start of their studies in actuarial science and medicine respectively – proof of the success of the Engen initiative which aims to help address key national skills shortages in engineering and other technical fields. Makyle, who came first in his matric class at Glenwood High School, took the top spot amongst the 555-strong EMSS class of 2017, followed closely by Nokwenama, a learner at Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi, who notched up seven distinctions in her seven matric subjects. The EMSS tutors assist learners at nine different centres across South Africa, offering extra instruction in English, maths and science. Two centres in KwaZulu-Natal and the one in Cape Town all achieved 100% pass rates last year. Makyle, whose parents divorced when he was a baby, lived with his mother and extended family in Mobeni Heights in Durban before his big move to the University of Cape Town earlier this month. “It’s not always easy when you have six people in the house to find the space and time to study, so I’d often have to lock myself away in a room to work. But my family are all incredibly proud of me today,” he says. He started attending the extra EMSS classes in matric and says they made a phenomenal difference to his marks. “The teachers were really dedicated to helping us, always going the extra mile and even lending us new textbooks to take home and giving us further extra help when . . .
Gauteng’s top Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) 2017 matriculant Esther Shuping had two secret weapons to ensure her success – her mother Puleng Shuping and the brilliant EMSS teachers who helped her secure a clean sweep of straight As. And although Esther begun her B. Pharmacy studies at Wits University earlier this month, she is still chasing her dream of becoming a doctor, and plans to swap to medicine in 2019. Sharing a small informal structure with five other people in Orange Farm made studying difficult, and she had to wait for everyone to go to sleep at night to get some quiet time, but it was worth every minute following her excellent results, says Esther, 18, who attended Leshata Secondary School. Esther beat out more than 70 fellow matrics at the end of last year to take the top spot in Gauteng in the EMSS programme, scoring 93% for science, 83% for maths and 86% for English. Every Saturday during Grade 12 Esther attended the Engen classes, and her advice for the matrics of 2018 is to take advantage of every opportunity for extra learning. “The secret to my success lay in hard work and putting in the extra hours, but also in asking for help and attending those classes. It’s vital to prioritise your time and to sacrifice for your studies if you want to do well,” she says. It is youngsters like Esther that the EMSS programme aims to assist by offering extra classes in English, maths and science. The ultimate goal is not only to see the learners themselves achieve personal success, but also to tackle the bigger issue of helping address key national skills shortages in the engineering, medical and other technical fields. A total of 555 matrics from across South Africa benefited from EMSS extra classes in 2017, achieving an impressive 94% pass rate. The Gauteng centre, one of nine in South Africa and which Esther attended, attained a 99% pass rate. The centre in Cape Town and two others in KwaZulu-Natal boasted 100% pass . . .
Twenty-six grade eight learners from Ndzondelelo Senior Secondary School in Zwide, Port Elizabeth received a year’s supply of sanitary towels donated by the South African National Roads Agency Soc Ltd (SANRAL) Southern Region (SR) in partnership with Vukani Multi Sport Club (VMSC). Sanitary towel drive benefit girls from impoverished communities Port Elizabeth, 15 February 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) Southern Region (SR) in partnership with Vukani Multi Sport Club (VMSC) embarked on a sanitary towel drive in Port Elizabeth. Twenty-six grade eight girls at Ndzondelelo Senior Secondary School in Zwide were identified as beneficiaries of this campaign and each received a year’s supply of sanitary towels, as part of the first leg of SANRAL SR’s and VMSC’s drive to donate personal hygiene products to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds around Nelson Mandela Bay. Dan Ngcape, principal of Ndzondelelo Senior Secondary School said the school served very poor areas including Soweto-On-Sea, Zwide and Veeplaas. “This is a quantile three school located in a very poverty-stricken area. A R10 to you will mean something different to the children at the school. The contributions made by SANRAL and Vukani Multi Sport Club are a huge deal to the kids. These kids will not forget this day,” said Ngcape. Currently it can cost between R10 and R60 for a pack of 10 sanitary towels, depending on which brand is purchased. The girls mentioned a number of adversities they faced when it comes to addressing their menstrual cycle such as making use of a towel or toilet paper or even sometimes having to cut a sock to prevent blood from dripping onto their panties. “Our national office had a sanitary towel drive last year and identified various schools where we wanted to donate sanitary towels to high school girls,” Michelle Ah Shene, SANRAL SR marketing coordinator said. “Ndzondelelo Senior Secondary School was selected after we were . . .
Four standout Western Cape matriculants, all named among the top 50 in the province, say they have Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) to thank for helping put them firmly on the path to career success. Huda Adams, Shazia Amoo, Meeka-El Hendricks and Zakiyyah Petersen, began their tertiary studies this month at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with nothing but praise for Engen’s national initiative, which aims to address key national skills shortages in engineering and other technical fields. Proof beyond doubt of the value of the hours they spent in the Saturday classes at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, most since Grade 10, is the swathe of distinctions notched up by the four, along with the enormous honour of receiving ‘Excellence in Academic Achievement’ awards from Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. These awards, which come with a R10 000 prize, are awarded to the Western Cape’s top 50 matric candidates annually. All four were also placed in the EMSS’s top 10 nationally for 2017, with Cape Town learners accounting for more than half the top spots. A total of 555 EMSS learners wrote the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate Examinations at the end of last year, with 366 achieving Bachelor passes. For Cape Town specifically, 46 of 49 learners involved in the programme achieved Bachelor passes. “We are so incredibly proud of these four learners, who epitomise the quality of the young people we work with around the country every year. Our ultimate reward is to help set them up to pursue stimulating careers that won’t only benefit them personally, but also the economy as a whole,” says Adhila Hamdulay, Corporate Social Investment Manager at Engen. Huda, who attended South Peninsula High School, will spend the next four years studying mechanical engineering at UCT, after coming second in matric at her school. She achieved seven distinctions, including 86% for science and 87% for maths. The 19-year-old Grassy Park . . .
The option of a No-Pay MBA might sound off kilter to many people, but thanks to open source technology it is now a reality. Self-motivated young professionals aiming to pursue a business education, without going into debt, can now access the innovative option through the guidance and tutelage of a South African NGO and one of South Africa’s leading innovators in the field of executive development. Research shows that MBA carrying professionals earn close to double compared to their peers. However, the option of taking on the MBA seemed only available to those few who can afford it. Co-designer of the renowned UCT’s Graduate School of Business’ pioneering Executive MBA, Tom Ryan believes this is something that can be changed. “I was inspired by the story of Laurie Pickard. In 2013, Laurie needed a business education to move forward in her career, but after researching the options, she was unconvinced that an investment of her life savings in a traditional MBA would pay off. She thought there might be another way and with the help of free online courses from the world’s top universities she began her self-taught journey. She documented her noble experience on her blog, No-Pay MBA, so that others could learn from her - and the public quest went viral. When I read about her experience I knew it could be replicated and even improved in South Africa,” says Tom. Tom began conceptualising what a low-cost MBA would look like and soon approached Cape Town based NPO, Salesian Life Choices to partner with him. Sofia Neves, Salesian Life Choices MD says; “When we heard the concept of the No-Pay MBA we knew we wanted to be part of it. Our mission as an organization is to tackle inequality and this concept excited us. The fact that only a few elite can afford the exorbitant fees required to pursue a MBA in South Africa feels unethical. Business skills are a scarcity, but they are essential to support SA’s economic growth, - something we are in desperate need . . .
Eastern Cape matriculant Lutho Jimana did not let his long daily walk to school, his overcrowded home where it was difficult to study, nor financial constraints due to his mother’s unemployment get in the way of studying towards his childhood dream job. This month Lutho began his studies at Rhodes University that will ultimately see him become a scientist. Lutho beat out nearly 100 fellow matrics at the end of last year to take the top spot in the Eastern Cape in the Engen Maths and Science Schools programme. Having scored 94% for science and 85% for maths, he credits the extra lessons provided by EMSS for his outstanding results Every day Lutho walked an hour from his home in Gqala, East London, to his classes at Tsholomnqa High School, never losing sight of his lifelong vision of wearing a white coat working in a laboratory. He is just starting the four-year journey to achieve his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, and says he will tackle the challenges ahead the same way he achieved such incredible success at school. “It’s all about hard work, managing your time and your priorities,” says the 18-year-old proudly, declaring further that he does not drink or smoke, and attends church every Sunday. He is however adamant that he could never have achieved such excellence without the commitment of the Engen programme teachers, who gave him the support he so desperately needed over three years from Grade 10. “I went to the classes every week and they taught me so much, especially the parts of the syllabus that my teachers at school never taught me. I realised I was missing out on so many things, and I don’t think I would ever have done so well if it wasn’t for the Engen teachers who filled in all the gaps,” says Lutho. He was also inspired by his principal, Uncle Sonwabo Jimana, who he says helped motivate him through all the difficult times, acting as a great role model and helping him apply for his place at university. It is exactly youngsters . . .
To access all features, students must download the Cad4ALL Mobile App through Google Play or App Store, Cad4all Career & Design College is now accessible at the palm of your hand as we have launched our new learner management application. Phase 1 of the application has been implemented and more features will soon be accessible. The CAD4ALL Mobile App is available now and includes features such as alerts and notifications, grades, class schedules, news, assignment and event alerts, messaging, attendance registers and building information. “You’ll have a central place for most of the notifications the College has for you,” said Ryan Woodward, lecturer and Architectural Technologist. To access all features, students must download the Cad4ALL Mobile App through Google Play or the App Store and log in with your student credentials. Once logged in, the application shows customized information pertaining to the student, which forms a link between student, parent and campus. Students as well as their parents receive daily notifications via SMS or email regarding all events, activities and class related matters such as absenteeism, assignments due and more. “It’s something we knew the students wanted, but we had to figure out the backends of the application first,” said Allan Meyer, the College Training Manager. The College hopes to expand the use of the app to different audiences, such as faculty, staff and college visitors. Developers of the App, Prosum Solutions, stated that the team hopes to have new features out every three months, of which the first update is planned for late February. These updates depend on the users’ feedback. “We want the users (students, parents, staff, etc.) to drive that; tell us what you would like to have or see imporoved and propose those features to us,” The implementation and the introduction of the app could not have arrived at a more opportune time for Cad4all Career & Design College. All this . . .
Claremont High School matriculant Uri Engelbrecht did it for the Western Cape when he was named the third best performer nationally - and tops in the province – beating out more than 550 other Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) participants. Aged just 17, the Lotus River learner attributes his excellent 2017 matric results to the crucial extra classes provided by the Engen-backed initiative. He began his engineering and mechatronics studies at Stellenbosch University earlier this month. Delighted to learn he cracked a position in the programme’s top three, Uri says he was among many learners at his school who had benefited from EMSS classes, held weekly at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology every Saturday morning during term time. He scored 92% for science and 95% for maths, results he says helped secure a four-year bursary covering his tuition and residence fees in Stellenbosch. He achieved seven distinctions in the nine subjects he wrote for matric. The Engen Maths and Science Schools, which operates not only in the Western Cape but also in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and in the Eastern Cape, aim to address key national skills shortages in engineering and other technical fields. Uri was among six Western Cape learners to make it on to the top 10 national EMSS list. A total 46 of the 49 participating learners in the province also achieved Bachelor passes. Other Western Cape pupils on the top 10 list included Uri’s fellow Claremont High learner Zakiyyah Petersen who came fourth, Meeka-el Hendricks of Livingstone High School (6th), Shazia Amoo of Rylands High School (8th), Raeesah Kenny of Islamia Girls’ College (9th), and Huda Adams of South Peninsula High School, who took 10th position. They all agree that taking advantage of the extra Engen sponsored classes in maths, science and English, offered an exceptional opportunity that helped cement their excellent year-end results. “They really built my confidence. By Grade 11, I was . . .
STRATEGIC CONVERSATIONS: A two-day strategic dialogue on issues and challenges faced by the community of Helenvale was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) in Port Elizabeth this week. MBDA think-tank explores the future of Helenvale Port Elizabeth, 7 February 2018 – Debating future strategies to curb gangsterism, reduce crime and enhance positive development in challenges neighbourhoods and communities was a key objective of the ‘Mandela Bay Think Tank Dialogue’ a multi-disciplinary stakeholder session hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) from Monday 5th till Tuesday 6th. The think-tank, aimed at exploring alternative approaches to development in volatile and fragile communities, brought together specialists and community members from around the country to discuss and debate some of the core issues affecting life and development in similar areas. Helenvale is currently the focus of the 5 million Euro German KfW Bank funded Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPUU). Crime, gangsterism, youth, education, a lack of social cohesion, identity dynamics, a lack of recreational facilities, the role of the shadow economy and the influence of urban design all emerged as important areas of concern during the full-day discussions. “There is a need for dialogue, a sharing of ideas and a disruption of the current systems. We need to break the generational trauma experienced by the people of Helenvale and move towards healing and inclusive development,” MBDA Board Chairperson Phil Goduka said. Adopting a scenario planning approach to the think-tank, participants engaged in robust discussions and debates around some of the core challenges and issues facing an area popularly nicknamed ‘Katanga’ after the war-torn province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prof Theodore Petrus, Research Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Forte Hare highlighted coloured identity dynamics and a ‘culture of . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa –Applications are now open for international chemicals and energy company Sasol’s all-inclusive bursary. The bursary programme is aimed at those top Mathematics and Science Grade 12 learners who want to study courses in engineering, science and accounting at approved South African universities and universities of technology in 2019. Rated by South African Graduate Employers Association as the employer of choice in Africa’s chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, Sasol offers one of the most comprehensive bursaries in Southern Africa, which covers the following for undergraduate studies: • Registration fees; • 100% of the university tuition fees; • Exam fees; • Accommodation; • Food; and • R12 000 for books and pocket money The bursary also caters for postgraduate studies. Postgraduate students receive a monthly allowance of R10 000 for up to 24 months while they complete their Master’s and up to 36 months for those doing studying towards their PhDs. Furthermore, Sasol bursars also have the opportunity to do paid vacation work during the holidays and also to be part of the company’s Graduate Development Programme after graduating. “With our bursary, we aim to put ambitious young South Africans on track for great careers in STEM-related fields,” says said Monica Luwes, Manager of the Graduate Centre at Sasol Corporate Bursary Services. “Students who receive our bursaries do not need to worry about their tertiary education costs—they can focus on achieving outstanding results. In addition to financial support, we give them career support as well as life guidance to help them succeed.” Sasol is looking for top performing learners who want to study towards a B Eng or BSc Eng in various engineering disciplines, BSc in Chemistry and Accounting (CA route) or learners interested in studying Instrumentation, Mining Survey and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering at a University of Technology. Applicants need to obtain 70% for . . .