The world is spinning with new technologies and we, the human inhabitants, are the willing prey! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says “With ever-increasing time spent on smartphones, iPads and in front of live-streamed TV, we are in danger of losing our humanness. Teeny toddlers, vulnerable teens, exhausted parents and even bored grandparents can be seen, heads-down, shoulders bent and disengaged from the real world as they spend endless hours scrolling through their devices. Losing a smartphone is a big deal and people often feel a loss which is akin to losing a much-prized body part!” Cindy highlights the following negative effects of too much screen time and says that they are serious enough for us, as parents, to STOP and take note! • It affects cognitive development in young children as it literally effects the way in which our children’s brains develop! • Too much screen time stifles creativity, imagination and playfulness which are essential to the wholesome development of children. • Concentration, critical thinking, memory and other learning skills are effected as children focus mindlessly on information (whether real or not) as it just pours effortlessly into their subconscious! • It affects mental and physical health as people become increasingly inactive and detached from the real world. • It will harm your relationship with your children. With parents and children spending too much time on their devices, they run the risk of losing the positive human connections that are key to happy relationships! Children feel unacknowledged, unheard and unnoticed and this leads to negative behaviours, anxiety, stress and depression. Cindy goes on to explain “We cannot ignore the dangers of too much exposure to the non-real world that the internet offers. We cannot afford to lose the beauty of life because we did not take a stand against the media (in all its forms)!” Consider the following tips in reducing the amount of . . .
Tune into ETV’s morning show in collaboration with Printing SA who are showcasing the importance of the printing and packaging industry in a humorous yet real life setting. Without the printing industry providing things like labels and price tags, clothes shopping could be frustrating. Very frustrating! Catch ETV morning presenter and well-known local actress Michaella Russell from the morning show trying to indulge in some fashion based retail therapy where there is no pricing and sizing! Just how would she be able to shop? Tune in between 6am – 8am on Tuesday, July 24th to see just how difficult it is. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The annual Engen KlevaKidz launched in Limpopo this month with super hero safety educator, Mr Wise in the starring role. KlevaKidz is an educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. Engen KlevaKidz 2018 launched at Manyemathula Higher Primary in Polokwane on July 18th and will visit 60 schools in Limpopo, including primary schools in Polokwane, Tzaneen, Greater Giyani and Palaborwa over the next month. Engen are South Africa’s leading supplier of paraffin through the Laurel Paraffin brand. Engen KlevaKidz takes the form of an interactive educational stage drama using engaging characters to relay key safety messages in the learners’ mother tongues including Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and English, combined with jingles to reinforce the theme. In 2017, in partnership with The Communication Firm, the campaign visited 112 schools in four regions, reaching out and educating 53 714 learners. Since its inception in 2008, Engen KlevaKidz has reached over 198 714 learners in 548 schools across South Africa – from rural villages deep in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape to townships in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Free State. In this year’s show, Mr Wise is once again the super hero and main character who educates young learners about how to identify and use paraffin safely. Mr Wise interacts with learners Bongi and Junior and urges them to be careful when using paraffin. Stories are used to explain to the learners what to do if paraffin is ingested or inhaled. Mr Wise also focuses on the importance of being clean and washing hands after contact with paraffin, and how to store paraffin safely. Prizes, including super hero masks and funnels, will be handed out to all learners. This is because we believe that the learners are all heroes who have the inner strength and ability to take care of themselves, says Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila . . .
Mandela Week demonstrates the power of shared goals and determination as an eventful July reveals that corporates and volunteers long to make a difference in their communities and pay their respects to the legacy of Madiba. Every July, South Africans around the country are urged to plan a 67-minute long good deed for Mandela Day on the 18th. So, every year on Mandela Day each of Afrika Tikkun’s Centres of Excellence are abuzz with activity as sponsors, donors and volunteers gather in Joburg and Cape Town to do good, beyond the monetary donations; so much so that not all activities can take place in one day and the entire week of the 18th has been dubbed Mandela Week. During this week several hundred people from organisations across the country undertake a wide variety of activities from interacting with our young people by way of feeding babies, reading stories to toddlers and doing mock interviews with skills development learners; to refurbishing the spaces in which our young people play by cleaning and painting, and further uplifting the people of our communities by distributing food parcels, learning more about the challenges faced by families of children with disabilities and spending time with the elderly. In Diepsloot, Motivational Speaker, Billy Selekane explained why he was there for his 67 minutes: “The African child must understand that the world is their oyster and they must never believe anyone that tells them otherwise. We are all born to be great and although it might take longer at times greatness can be achieved if we believe and work at it.” Lizelle Pretorius of Retail Capital also had some gold: “We should do this every day – not just one specific day. It’s getting everyone together from the young to the old and creating a future for them. Young people are our future. We need to make sure they are kept off the streets and away from drugs and bad influences. We need to give everyone a fair chance in life. It was amazing for us to do this . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 18 July 2018: The late Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. On Mandela Day, Mall of the South in association with Pam Golding Properties Johannesburg South, South of Johannesburg Business and Tourism (SOJO) and Howden Africa celebrate Madiba’s centenary by empowering the youth through education. The 2018 #HelpThyNeighbour Stationery Drive, which was hosted at Mall of the South, was aimed to collect a variety of stationery materials for Rosettenville Central Primary School and Turffontein Primary School as well as granting their items on their wish list. These items included internet connectivity, maintenance of the palisade fences and bathroom facilities, furniture for the staff rooms, additional stationery and books and feeding of the children on Mandela Day. Mall of the South, Pam Golding Properties Johannesburg South, SOJO and Howden Africa are pleased to announce that over R200 000.00 worth of sponsorship was contributed towards the schools. This included additional books for the school libraries from Bargain Books, over 2000 stationery packs and material that were collectively donated by, Crazi Erazi's, H&M Mall of the South, Howden Africa and staff members, Mall of the South, PNA, Radical Products and The Educare Foundation. Plumbing materials sponsored by DMS Plumbing, palisade fencing and maintenance from Anglo American and iProp; Hyper Paint sponsored the paint and painting materials for the school building and Aspen Hills Development gave their #67minutes to paint the fence. Butcher Block, Charmer Beef and Cater 2U together with Pick ‘n Pay Mall of the South will be feeding all 2280 children a scrumptious boerewors roll with a cordial drink. EasyWeb has committed to connect both schools to the World Wide Web. Both schools will have unlimited internet access and will stay connected to the digital world. Golf Reef City will donate their . . .
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, according to respected statesman, Nelson Mandela. In the spirit of a man who took humanitarianism and transformation to a whole new level globally and in celebration of Mandela Day today (July 18th), Pine Walk Centre adopted the SOS Education Campaign – which stands for Support our Schools - in an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country, with their main focus being specifically on their community. In doing so, they aim to provide hope to future generations. Pine Walk Centre and its full staff complement implemented the SOS initiative by partnering with Vezamafa Primary School in KwaDabeka, where they refurbished one of the schools Grade 1 classrooms. The class which accommodates 33 students, saw a complete overhaul. The Pine Walk team stripped the damaged ceiling and installed a brand new one featuring cavity bat insulation, new LED lights, varnished all the brick walls, painted and provided a fresh look chalkboard as well as repaired the door with locks and thus providing a safe learning environment for the Grade 1 students at Vezamafa Primary. Note to reader - SA Corporate Real Estate launches SOS Education Campaign on Mandela Day Pine Walk Centre is owned by SA Corporate Real Estate Limited, one of the oldest and most established companies within South Africa’s property sector. The company created the SOS Campaign – which stands for Support Our Schools – which is an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country and provide hope to future generations. It is also a tribute to the legacy left by Nelson Mandela who would have been 100 on July 18. SA Corporate Real Estate Limited owns 21 shopping centres across the country. Each of these centres has identified and adopted a school within the community in which it is situated and will work with this school for the next three years. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
This year marks the 100th centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth date. To celebrate the legacy of this great man was the annual Mandela Day to pay it forward and try change the world, no matter how small, making it a better place. Musgrave Centre, along with 21 other SA Corp shopping Centre’s in South Africa, has embraced education as its long term, ongoing, community outreach program, which they have called the SOS (Support Our Schools) initiative. Ultimately, education will allow our children to have better futures. For Mandela Day, July 18th, Musgrave Centre called for the public to support the children of Berea Primary School by donating books and stationery to these young primary school learners, Along with the stationery donated by the public, Musgrave Centre also donated R5000 worth of stationery. These basic educational items are taken for granted by many of us, yet there are still thousands of children that don’t have access to these basic classroom necessities. On the day, members of the public were also invited to join the staff members of Musgrave Centre and the team at Alexander Caruth, who donated their time and R10 000 worth of paint, for one of the Berea Primary aftercare classrooms, as well as one of their school passages, to help brighten up the area. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Wednesday, Mandela Day, July 18th, Davenport Square in the heart of Berea, tended to the need of their community by donating 10 concrete benches to Open Air School which will be a valuable addition to the Primary School learners' lunch area for years' to come. The donation was part of the SOS Campaign (Support Our Schools), which aims to help improve the quality of education in the country and provide hope to future generations. Open Air School caters for approximately 260 learners, from pre-primary to grade 12, providing education to children with Special Educational Needs. Apart from the bench donation, Davenport Square also spent more than 67 minutes of their time treating the children to boerewors rolls, cake and cool drink provided by tenants including Dirks, Thompsons Security, African Bank, and Checkers. To add to the cheer of the day, renowned Durban graffiti artist, Ewok, created colourful murals on two of the benches to mark the celebration of Madiba's 100th birthday. Note to reader: Davenport Square is owned by SA Corporate Real Estate Limited, one of the oldest and most established companies within the South African property sector. The company created the SOS Campaign – which stands for Support Our Schools – is an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country and provide hope to future generations. It is also a tribute to the legacy left by Nelson Mandela who would have been 100 on July 18. SA Corporate Real Estate Limited owns 21 shopping centres across the country. Each of these centres has identified and adopted a school within the community in which it is situated and will work with this school for the next three years. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, according to respected statesman, Nelson Mandela. In the spirit of a man who took humanitarianism and transformation to a whole new level globally and in celebration of Mandela Day today (July 18th), Umlazi Mega City adopted the SOS Education Campaign – which stands for Support our Schools - in an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country, with their main focus being specifically on their community. In doing so, they aim to provide hope to future generations. Umlazi Mega City and its full staff complement implemented the SOS initiative by partnering with its local community hospital, Prince Mshiyeni. They took to renovating and redecorating the children’s playroom in the pediatric ward. This particular ward heals children suffering from malnutrition and who are generally hospitalised for long periods of time without any mental or educational stimulus. The room was decorated with colourful murals and loads of colouring notepads, reading and educational books as well as toys for the children to enjoy. Umlazi Mega City has been instrumental this year in a number of community projects, from that of the Rise Against Hunger feeding programme, where they hosted a food packaging event. This provided meals for Tholulwazi Creche in Umlazi and iKwezi crèche in Lamontville. Apart from today’s pediatric hospital visit, Umlazi Mega City are also running an ongoing charity driver where they will be collecting books and toys for the rest of the children’s ward at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital , with the support of local entrepreneurs, tenants and celebrities. Note to reader: - SA Corporate Real Estate launches SOS Education Campaign on Mandela Day: Umlazi Mega City is owned by SA Corporate Real Estate Limited, one of the oldest and most established companies within the South Africa’s property sector. The company created the SOS Campaign – which stands for Save Our . . .
Cisco Systems Inc, a global leader in Digital Business Transformation is on a mission to empower South African girls in ICT. The corporation has partnered with the Sibulele Sibaca Foundation, 1873FM, MathsGee and GirlsCode in its efforts to diffuse digital skills among school girls across the country. “We are very delighted to be partnering with Cisco in our quest to level the playing field in the ICT sector, we see equality and diversity as the pillars of success in product and market development for any serious organisation”, said Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MathsGee. The 16th of July 2018 saw the partners converge on the Cisco offices in Bryanston, Johannesburg where 17 top performing high school girls were taken through an intensive one day conference on skills of the future and how to succeed in life as part of a 12 months ICT training under the Sibulele Sibaca Foundation The renowned 1873FM disc jockey, WildFire gave an amazing talk to the girls on the need for more girls to code. He emphasized that app development should be motivated by a yearning to solve real life problems that the girls would have identified. Zandile Keebine, a mathematician and computer scientist who as a young girl started GirlsCode reiterated on the fact that problems should be the foundation of app development. “Once you have identified a problem, take time to understand it and then come up with a solution for it, technology now allows us to imagine and turn those imaginations into products”, said Zandile. Edzai Zvobwo stressed on critical thinking as a basis for idea generation and innovation. “You must look at the world and ask questions, do not just accept status quo, ask why things are the way they are”, insisted the Chief Genius. The partners agreed that the day was a success and this intervention should go beyond the one day conference. The program should take the girls to a stage where they are digital skills wizards. It was agreed that these girls would form . . .