Mary-Ann Chetty, Senior Innovation Manager at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, returned from the United States this weekend after completing the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Selected as one of 500 fellows from over 30 000 applications from across Sub-Saharan Africa, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of President Barack Obama’s flagship programme. The Mandela Washington Fellowship was launched by President Obama’s administration five years ago, to support emerging African leaders as they drive economic growth, enhance democratic governance, and strengthen the civil society structures that will help the continent grow and prosper. When asked about the Fellowship, Mary-Ann said: “This programme was a life-changing experience. The work that we do changes lives through the creation of sustainable jobs and new industries. “I returned from the Fellowship feeling better equipped to lead initiatives within the NMMU and energised to do more to catalyse innovation nationally.” On completion of a six week academic component which consisted of specialised training in Public Management at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary-Ann travelled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Presidential Summit hosted by President Barack Obama where she took part in networking and discussions with the other fellows, and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. “It was an honour to be part of the Fellowship and a privilege to shake hands with President Obama. It is now up to each of us (Mandela Washington fellows) to lead the change we want to see in the world,” she added. Mary-Ann plays a vital role within the NMMU Innovation Office working with students, researchers and entrepreneurs to protect their Intellectual Property and commercialise their innovations. She manages a number of NMMU partnerships such as with the Giant Flag Project to be implemented in Graaff-Reinet. In addition, she assists other . . .
When a company has a history that stretches back 150 years, it is not surprising that it would take a long term view on a number of initiatives. “We like to help our staff achieve their personal career goals, and one of the staff development projects that we are most proud of is the work we are doing with our tea ladies, fondly known as the Divas,” explained Tanya Reeves, Training Manager at Fair Cape Dairies. In 2013, the company decided to celebrate Women’s Day by treating the Divas to a high tea at the Mount Nelson hotel, in appreciation for all the work that they do. “It gave us the opportunity to sit and talk to our Divas, in a relaxed environment. It made us realise that they wanted to make an even greater contribution to the work we do.” So, in 2014, all eight of the Divas started a series of training programmes, includinjg telephony, front-of-house etiquette, life skills and a computer introduction course. “This year two of the Divas have taken their training even further,” said Reeves. “They used their initiative to get more involved with the admin needs of the departments where they work.” Fair Cape Dairies is funding Jennifer Zothe’s Office Management Short Programme through Unisa, and Bronuta May is planning to embark on the same course early next year. “Before I joined Fair Cape Dairies, I was a domestic worker,” Zothe said. “When I finished matric I had high hopes and dreams for my future but I knew I could not afford to pursue these. “Then in March 2014 I was employed as a Diva and I began to see my dream come alive again. I felt hungry to study further and grow in the company, and now I am in the second semester of my course,” she said. “The biggest thing I have learned is about doing the right thing and believing in myself, that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.” Bronuta May who works with the executive Pas agrees. “The possibilities are endless. I’d encourage all the single mothers and young women out there . . .
Varsity College is proud to be the host of the sixth annual Inspired Teachers Conference to be held on the Sandton campus on the 18th of August from 08:00 until 16:30. The Inspired Teachers Conference provides a unique forum for educators and thought leaders from a variety of disciplines who are open to dynamic conversation. The conference also serves as a platform to recognise and learn from the teachers renowned for their ability to light up a classroom. Themes that will be discussed during the conference include: why teaching and leadership is interlinked, the best new ideas for engaging students, critical thinking – how to harness and teach the ability to think clearly and rationally, as well as the value of mindfulness. Says Kevin Johnson, National Stakeholder Manager at Varsity College, “Varsity College is proud of its involvement with the Inspired Teachers Conference as it aligned to what we look to achieve in education. We aim to inspire students to achieve their true potential and make a significant contribution in the world of education the best way we can. This conference provides Varsity College the unique opportunity to share knowledge with likeminded educators and to unveil the new IIE B.Ed in Foundation Phase Teaching degree, which physically illustrates our vision and commitment to education.” This year attendees can look forward to speakers such as: Dr Christopher Emdin who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at the Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also a public intellectual and science advocate who holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology. Chair of Alpha Media Holdings based in Zimbabwe, Trevor Ncube who holds a BA Honours (First Class) from the University of Zimbabwe and has completed various leadership programmes over the years. Ruda Landman who gained prominence as the co-anchor of M-Net’s Carte Blanche, a position she held for . . .
Courage, passion and tenacity. These are the characteristics that best define the VWV Phakama Women’s Academy 2015 cohort who recently graduated. Following an intense mentorship programme, VWV’s initiative has released 32 young women, who all received the necessary soft skills coaching to begin their journey; one of conquering the corporate world. And in the future it is hoped they will break the glass ceiling to occupy their rightful place in the C-suite halls of fame, with some even sitting at the heads of boardroom tables. For these young women are without doubt the future and represent the marketing and communications industry leaders of tomorrow. Not only was their graduation an inspiring evening, but it also gave mentors, parents, sponsors and academic partners hope. Hope that South African companies are yet to see a higher grade of women future leaders who are mature enough to understand that a sense of entitlement only means undermining one’s potential. After 21 years of freedom, the vast majority of South Africa’s young people still need to internalise the fact that the entire nation is heavily dependent on them for innovation, technological advancement, and solutions to national challenges. A mind shift from the entitlement syndrome to a dispensation of merited, earned benefits. Any forward thinking and developed nation will apply this norm - to prepare its future leaders. Phakama, which means “arise” in Nguni languages, is a fitting name for an initiative that is laying a foundation for a new breed of women future leaders, arising in a society that still has a large population of its young people trapped in the shackles of entitlement. The Phakama graduates bore testimony to this standard of progressive thinking and have displayed insights that will carry them forward to a brighter and more successful future where their EQ – and not their ego – will determine their success. Some of their most notable insights include: Accepting that every . . .
Levenhuk 625 Biological Microscope allows for bright field observations, and may be used both at home and in a professional laboratory. Its high-quality optics are fully coated, and deliver sharp and bright images of the observed object. Its binocular head reduces strain on the eyes and allows for lengthy observations. The Levenhuk 625 has a revolving nosepiece with four objective lenses that allow you to change the magnification on the fly, without interrupting your workflow. The interpupillary distance of the binocular head may be adjusted, which provides additional comfort during observations. The head itself also reduces stress on your eyes due to its binocular design, which means you can work longer without tiring. The eyepieces are inclined at 30 degrees, so that you can sit comfortably during observations. The microscope comes with two sets of eyepieces for increased scope of magnifications. In its basic kit, the Levenhuk 625 yields magnifications from 40x to 2000x. When working at high magnifications (1000x, 2000x), a special technique - oil immersion - is used to increase the quality of the resulting image. This is achieved by immersing both the objective lens and the specimen in a transparent oil of high refractive index. A vial of immersion oil is shipped with the microscope. Author: Ellie Marshall from Levenhuk. More Info link: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/microscopes/levenhuk-625/#more CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
650 delegates representing a number of local and international boys’ schools from junior to high school level attended the 22nd annual International Boys School Coalition Conference (IBSC). Recently held at Bishops in Cape Town, the conference was themed “Lessons from Madiba”. Varsity College was involved in the organising of the conference and exhibited what the brand has to offer. Says Kevin Johnson, National Stakeholder Manager Varsity College: “We have been involved with this conference for the past four years and our Varsity College Cape Town team did an outstanding job representing us. What a privilege to have been able to network with a number of local and international schools”. To support the theme, esteemed key note speakers were strategically selected. Included were Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Judge Edwin Cameron, a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and Wilhelm Verwoerd (grandson of late Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd), only well-known for his personal and professional journey of reconciliation and as author of several publications on the same topic. All three these speakers brought an encouraging view to an often bleak picture held in the minds of many South Africans. Their message was simple: "We are all Africans. Based on the studies showing civilians having the origins on this continent, we need to have empathy for all and stand for what is right and encourage the education of brave, strong and value based education”. The conference also exposed all delegates to some proudly South African experiences which included Wine Farm tours, authentic South African cuisine and tours of the Cape Town’s historical sites. Varsity College is excited about supporting this dynamic conference again in the future. Author: Sane Ndlovu from Varsity College. More Info link: http://www.varsitycollege.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/Varsity_College Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VarsityCollege?fref=ts CLICK HERE to submit . . .
Many young investors are making the wise decision to buy property rather than rent – and the current low interest rates mean lower installments and a greater chance of getting bond approval. Call them savvy! They often stay with their parents until they’ve saved up enough for a deposit. With rent becoming more expensive, they may even find that their bond installment is in fact less than the rent being charged in the areas they’d choose to live in. Pay Prop’s figures indicate that residential rentals rose by an average of 10.8% in 2013 and with a continuing shortage in rental stock expected, the figure is set to rise further this year. On the other hand, according to Absa, small house prices rose by only 4.3% for the whole of 2013 up to end-September, with growth up in Q3 to close to 2%. Young buyers are adding important impetus to the market. Security is top of their list and they tend to prefer property investments that require little maintenance with modern fittings and that offer a lock-up-and-go lifestyle. Homes in ‘good’ suburbs are also an option but they’re very conscious of what’s a fair price, security features and tend to look for well-maintained properties. Top tips on how to build a property investment portfolio When deciding how to buy investment property, young investors should: Take a long-term view with property investments – the market will move through cycles so sit tight and be patient. Consult the experts – IGrow Wealth can assist young investors in identifying distressed properties and below market value properties that will create income and offer capital appreciation in the future. Have a strategy – to create a successful property portfolio have a clear plan to steadily add property investments as your income increases. Take it slowly – start with one property, gear it right and when it’s working aim to expand your portfolio. Consider different types of property investments – from sectional title and freehold to . . .
Students graduate from the Careers24 Job Readiness Initiative Students from the Job Readiness Initiative, sponsored by Careers24 and implemented with partners Silulo Ulutho Technologies (Pty) Ltd and Learn to Earn (NGO-PBO), graduated in Phillipi and Khayelitsha in the first week of July. The pilot initiative focused on working with students who either are studying to improve their career prospects or to find employment in different sectors to where they are currently working. “It was important for us to launch a pilot initiative that offers practical, sustainable and significant assistance to the job seeker,” says Head of Careers24, Marc Privett. “We approached Luvuyo Rani, Managing Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies with the idea of forging a partnership with us to equip students to find employment post their studies.” “We saw the partnership as a key component for our success because while we continue to expand, our biggest challenge is trying to assist students in finding employment,” says Rani. “This initiative gave students a holistic view of what it involves to be a successful job seeker and also provided them with the right tools to become independent and to own their careers.” Learn to Earn was identified as the training partner and their Job Readiness Initiative was adapted to incorporate Careers24 content. The course aimed to upskill, empower and effectively equip students for the job market. “Over a period of four weeks, covering issues ranging from Personal Identity, Interpersonal Relationships, Workplace Communication, Career Goals and Work Ethics, we impacted the lives of 107 students,” says Lloyd Williams, Project Manager and Association Coordinator at Learn to Earn. “These students are now actively becoming contributors to the South African economy”. The latest statistics on unemployment by Statistics South Africa reported that the jobless rate increased from 24.30% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 26.40% in the first quarter of . . .
Col’Cacchio pizzeria has firmly established itself as a leader in the South African restaurant industry, renowned for its innovation, quality and outstanding customer service. The brand is now taking digital innovation to the next level with the launch of its e-learning staff training platform. This online training solution produced in conjunction with Fuel has been implemented in all 31 Col’Cacchio pizzeria stores nationwide and is offering all staff fundamental food safety, hygiene and customer service tools in an engaging, interactive and accessible format. All employees work through a series of video clips on dedicated iPads that have been installed in the stores. As they successfully complete a module and answer a series of assessments they progress to the next lesson. “Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s e-learning platform is used as a training tool to ensure training is consistent throughout the group, that information is available at the touch of a button at any time of the day or night, and provides our staff with the resources necessary to develop their restaurant and hospitality skills” explains Roslyn Mommsen, National Training Manager. Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s e-learning platform has also been designed to extend beyond the working environment with extensive information offered to equip staff with the knowledge, resource and support service information needed to help them improve their life skills. Modules include coping mechanisms when dealing with abuse, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, first aid basics and basic banking to name a few. Mommsen adds that Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s employees are part of their family and are their greatest assets. They are extremely proud of their staff and the mixture of talent, enthusiasm and experience they bring to the Col’Cacchio pizzeria brand. “Our goal is to inspire and support staff to grow in the workplace, but at the same time we would like to equip them with life skill basics that they may not necessarily . . .
Eastgate Shopping Centre presented Elandspark School in Bedfordview with a donation of R16 000.00 on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Elandspark School is a "special needs" school where their aim is to equip their learners with practical skills via vocational training that they can use in 'the real world'. Louise Duvenhage, Marketing Coordinator at Elandspark School says, "We are in the process of developing a gymnasium for the use of sport development with our learners. Bullying is a huge problem in many schools, therefore we would be able to eliminate these issues by having learners working together with the relevant educators in the gymnasium." Tshepo Monnamoroe, Operations Manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre says, "This donation was raised from our 'photos with Santa' that operated within Eastgate Shopping Centre in the lead up to the festive season. We would like to thank all the shoppers who made use of this service as their contributions are truly making a difference in the lives of people in our community." Participants at the hand over included Tshepo Monnamoroe (Eastgate Operations Manager), Louise Duvenhage (Elandspark School Marketing Coordinator), Josua du Plessis (Elandspark School Principal), Vincent Dlamini and Anne-Retha van Heerden (Elandspark Schoool youngest learners). For more information contact the Marketing Department on 011 479 6000 Author: Gerda Martin from DTM. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: DTM. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .