Growsmart is an inter-school literacy competition for learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6. It is a Growthpoint Properties corporate social responsibility initiative and is supported by the Western Cape Education Department. Two hundred schools have been selected by the WCED to participate in the 2015 competition, fifty schools per District. The broad purpose of the competition is to promote the importance of literacy in a practical and fun way that will benefit both the schools and their learners. The competition will focus on English literacy. Growsmart newspapers will be produced from which the bulk of the competition questions will be drawn, the content of which will include various subjects in the Curriculum. There will be a ‘practice’ edition which can be use for selecting teams, plus three other editions which will follow prior to each competition Level. The concepts will be expanded through stories and activities to be used for reading practice, enjoyment and comprehension. Each school may select three learners from the pool of learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6. This team will represent their school in the Growsmart literacy competition. The competition rounds will begin on 28th of March and will run over a number of months, culminating in the grand finale which will take place on Saturday the 5th of September 2015. The teams will compete at least once and, if they win that competition round, they will advance to a competition round in Level 2 to be held on a future date. If they win that Level 2 round, they will advance to compete in the final round. Growsmart is not intended to burden teachers with extra work or to interrupt schooling, but will seamlessly add value to literacy work being done in the classrooms. The newspapers will be distributed to the participating schools prior to each competition level in order to prepare all learners for the competition. As this is a whole school approach, there will be sufficient newspapers for each learner in Grades . . .
South Africa Education Market Outlook to 2015 – Opportunities in the Online Education and Teacher Training Market” provides a comprehensive analysis on various aspects such as market size of pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher education sector on the basis of learners, educators, educational institutions, total tuition fees spending. The report also entails market size of private tutoring, online education, teacher training and ICT segment and trends & developments in South Africa education system. The future projections are included to provide an insight on the prospects in the South African Education Market. South Africa education industry offers numerous growth prospects and opportunities in terms of the increase in the number of learners, educators and educational institutions. This sector has witnessed an enrollment of ~ learners in 2010. The industry is still at a nascent stage and has a huge scope for growth. The education sector is highly controlled by the state and central governments. Total number of learners in the industry is expected to reach ~ by FY’2015 with tuition fee spending of USD ~million. Pre-primary education is the education undertaken before entering grade R or Grade 0. Only a small proportion of children attend pre-primary schools due to diminutive provision by provinces, especially children below the age of 3 years. In 2010, Around USD ~ million was spent on pre-primary education as total tuition fees. The pre primary segment is expected to grow in the future attributed to the rising inclination of parents towards educating children from a young age. South Africa’s primary education sector consists of Grade R to Grade 7. Grade R is the reception year of a learner which precedes Grade 1 Primary education is the largest sector in the South Africa education system with maximum number of learners as compared to other segments. This sector held a share of around ~% of the total learners in South Africa in 2010. Secondary . . .
“To provide our delegates with a complete overview of the sector” “Success and sustainability within the power sector will demand a different way of thinking and strategic planning. It will also demand a different skills set from us. We need to empower ourselves and others to build a better future.” So says Daniel Swanepoel, lead facilitator of the upcoming Power & Utilities Management School that is taking place from 11-14 May at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May. The inaugural Power & Utilities Management School is a unique and specialised three-day course for power and utility personnel at all levels of management who want to develop a broad knowledge of the power sector, focusing on reducing risk, mitigating challenges and maximising opportunities. Skills gap in the sector It will also focus on addressing the skills gaps in the sector. Daniel Swanepoel explains: “we need our tertiary education institutions to certainly focus more on technical skills development and with specific focus on the power and utility sectors. This is our future. And this is a reality for the entire Sub Saharan Africa. At this point the utility sector is generally linked to governments and this often leads to political appointments being made whereas people with strategic outlook and the necessary skills set will be overlooked. In the developed world they have learned already that within the utility sector we have to allow public private partnerships in order to be successful. It is the combination that works.” He continues: “at the same time we also lack the skills of presenting a good business case when it comes to putting together a business plan and related documentation for finance. This is more a strategic focus and companies often fail to achieve success in this space.” Complete overview of sector Daniel Swanepoel has a solid background in corporate banking, is specialised in leadership and management development training in the energy sector on the . . .
The dream of winning a Performing Arts Scholarship from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) can become a reality for three young performers in 2015. In partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity - ACT, South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, presents the 7th Annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme. This premium arts tuition competition is open to Grade 12 learners and individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are not considered professionals and wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts. These individuals are encouraged to register for participation in the regional round of nationwide auditions. To afford this opportunity to as many aspirants as possible, auditions will be held in the following regions: 30 June and 1 July: Durban (KwaZulu-Natal) 3 and 4 July: Cape Town (Western Cape) 6, 7 and 8 July: Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) 15 July: Pretoria (Gauteng) 16 and 17 July: Johannesburg (Gauteng) 23 July: Kimberley (Northern Cape) 25 July: Bloemfontein (Free State) 28 July: Potchefstroom (North West) 30 July: Witbank (Mpumalanga) 01 August: Polokwane (Limpopo) "We are thrilled by the growing interest and participation of extremely talented aspiring performing artists over the past few years and we are delighted that for the first time since the programme's inception in 2009 ACT will be hosting auditions nationally,” said Pieter Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer at ACT. Participants will be put through their paces, showcasing their talents in acting, singing and dancing with an exceptional talent in at least one of these disciplines. In addition to preparing the prescribed performances, contestants will also have the opportunity to perform a monologue of their own choice. In previous years the finals have been judged by industry greats and experts such as; Gregory Maqoma, Kim Cloete, Nthati . . .
The 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, which took place from 8-10 March, has helped set the tone for creatives to continue to make things happen. The two and a half day conference entitled ‘Creatives Make it Happen’ presented delegates from different contexts with a platform to meet and learn from one another within creative industries. Thought-leaders and experts in their fields; Kathleen Stokes, Dali Tembo, Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi, Phiona Okumu, Joy Mboya, Michael Rubenstein, Sionne Neely and many others shared their wealth of knowledge with attendees and presented ideas to help them make better use of opportunities available within the industry. “Opportunities to access the broad range of innovative business and best practice ideas in contemporary creative South Africa that were presented by more than sixty dynamic role players at the conference are rare and ACT is proud to have had the opportunity to make it happen. We are privileged to have had a range of valuable partners who collaborated with ACT to share information, knowledge and research with stakeholders of the creative industries with a view to enable, advance and inspire the sector,” says Arts & Culture Trust CEO Pieter Jacobs. The conference gave delegates an opportunity to build relationships through an unprecedented networking feature on the opening night by FoodJams pioneer Jade de Waal. Jade was listed in 2013 in the Mail & Guardian as one of the top 200 Young South Africans. The cluster-based symposium, which covered a range of topics focusing on analysis of the current creative sector landscape, collaborations and creative entrepreneurship opportunities, provided attendees with a refreshing approach to discussions which filtered into social media. Conversations around the conference that trended nationally for two consecutive days on the social media site Twitter, included @rori_set’s reflection: “#Conference #ArtsAndCultureConference #CreativesMakeItHappen just been a . . .
Set to take place in a few days, the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference entitled Creatives Make It Happen, promises an engaging and stimulating programme. The line-up, which boasts a new format and exciting content, will have delegates engage with topics around creating and accessing opportunities presented in their industries, and how creatives can impact society by playing an economically important role. This year’s conference, which offers a different experience from previous years, has established itself as one where innovative and forward-thinking individuals will gather to share ideas that will help stimulate both business and creative sectors. In line with what the conference stands for, presenters opening the third conference are just some of the very people who have made a mark by pushing the boundaries in their industries. The opening cluster, entitled ‘Imagine it’ - taking place at the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) on Bunting Road Campus - will be emceed by international comedy sensation Tats Nkonzo, who will set the scene and ensure participants are well-prepared for the sessions to follow in the cluster-based conference programme. Nkonzo, who recently won the 2014 Montreux International Comedy Contest in Switzerland, is known for his work on stage and television on shows such as SA’s Got Talent and Late Night News with Loyiso Gola. He recently signed a deal with comedy promoters Mick Perrin Worldwide - responsible for South Africa’s very own Trevor Noah, Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Ross Noble and Reginald D Hunter. An address by visionary Dion Chang of Flux Trends will consider The Creative Economy 2.0, encouraging those present to ‘stop thinking out of the box and start rethinking the packaging’! Sharing his experiences in the industry as a leading creative thinker, his presentation will look at how a global and local state of disorder may be seen as an opportunity by repositioning . . .
‘Learn It powered by Business and Arts South Africa,’ cluster four of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference is geared towards the business-minded and inspired creative. Business and Arts South Africa (BASA NPC) has come on board for the third consecutive year as a partner of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. This year’s support has been extended to a partnership in the ‘Learn It’ cluster, dedicated to connections between brands, business and the arts; and considering shared values and opportunities. Curated in conjunction with BASA, this cluster will look at creative collaborations through partnerships, future markets, how to pitch perfectly and working with creatives, for non-creatives. Each discussion will consider practical examples and experiences, to help offer new perspectives, in the hopes of bridging the gaps between investors, enablers, creatives, and their markets. “Given the current economic challenges and climate both internationally and locally, Business and Arts South Africa continues to look for real engagement between the private and arts sectors. We have supported this cluster because we really believe that there are great opportunities of shared value, demonstrating the power and importance of the arts in society as a whole. There are so many lessons we can learn from the arts, and we hope the session can provide real opportunities of engagement, and ultimately enthusiasm,” says BASA CEO Michelle Constant. During this cluster, the ‘Creative Collaborations’ session will touch on the specifics of negotiation in the partnerships between corporates and creatives, while ‘Future Markets’ looks to empower creative practitioners to explore innovative ways of understanding their markets and making agile choices regarding their audience or buyer’s engagement with their creative product or service. ‘Pitch Perfect’ offers a practical session on how to pitch business ideas. The session on ‘Working with creatives, for . . .
Own It, the third cluster at the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, is aimed at helping creatives find new ways of approaching the business world. This cluster, taking place on the afternoon of Monday 9 March at the conference entitled Creatives Make it Happen, will be divided into four sessions that will host in-depth discussions with creative practitioners who have pursued different ways of engaging within their field. Looking specifically at curating creative output, creative social solutions, doing things differently, and connecting the dots; these sessions will give insight to artists and creatives as entrepreneurs and investors. The conversations all focus on different ways of cultivating business ideas and best practice in a contemporary creative South Africa. The first session in this cluster, ‘Curators of Creativity’ will focus on bloggers who began publishing online commentary on various topics of interest, and as a result, have built their sharing of ideas into successful online businesses. During this session, they will share a few of their secrets and how their gaze may have shaped online consumption. Following this, ‘Creative Social Solutions’ will see a panel of artists and social entrepreneurs share their successes and challenges in creating solutions for social needs; after which ‘Doing it Differently’ will present a creative panel who will share their ideas and experiences of doing business in alternative ways, allowing delegates and attendees to learn from their failures and successes. Lastly, ‘Connect the Dots’ will look at creative connectors and their processes of turning synergy into tangible opportunity. After using a different approach, carrying out successful campaigns by offering innovative solutions for challenges faced in the performing arts, City Soiree’s Gerhard Maree (2014 Young Creative Entrepreneur finalist in Live Music) comments: “It’s rather easy to look at something like the music industry and get . . .
The ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, taking place from 8-10 March 2015, offers great opportunities for entrepreneurs working in creative industries. As an exciting addition to this year’s conference programme, creative entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to learn the art of the perfect pitch. Participants will then have a chance to put this theory to the test in a Live Pitch session, competing against fellow delegates for project funding totalling R100 000. “This year’s conference has a strong thematic focus on the creative entrepreneur, and we would like to help ‘creatives make it happen’ in practical ways as well,” says Arts & Culture Trust CEO Pieter Jacobs. The presentation offered during the ‘Pitch Perfect’ session, presented by business guru Michael Rubenstein, will help the business-minded and inspired creative hone their idea-selling skills. Tying in with the conference’s overall purpose, the workshop will be utilised to present attendees with practical methods to maximise their own ideas, and how to put these into practice within their respective environments. Pieter Jacobs adds, “The practical application of theory is vitally important to the learning process, as personal experience often leads to a deeper understanding of a concept. ACT and Nedbank Arts Affinity are delighted to give conference delegates an opportunity to put their new pitching skills to the test.” Sponsored by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, three grants to the value of R10 000, R30 000 and R60 000, will be made available to the winning projects. Delegates registered to attend Cluster 4: ‘LEARN IT powered by Business and Arts South Africa’, or attending this cluster as part of the full conference package, are eligible to participate in the programme. Applicants are required to complete an online application form via www.creativeconference.co.za, no later than 27 February. Candidates will then be required to participate in the . . .
[February 2015] South Africa and the African continent as a whole is home to some of the world’s most valuable natural resources. From gold, to diamonds, chromium, cobalt, and hydroelectric power potential, manganese and millions of acres of untilled farmland Africa is in reality the world’s richest continent. Despite the potential of the continent’s natural resources and the incredibly skilled and talented people calling this continent home, leaders across the continent have failed to stimulate and retain the most powerful resource – the people. It is with this view in mind that the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation continue to promote the course of creating a culture of entrepreneurship amongst teens and leaders that influence the lives of the country’s youth. Since its inception, the Teen Entrepreneur Foundation has created a number of workshops, seminars and competitions in partnership with schools, to nurture and encourage entrepreneurial thinking. “We know that innovative thinking and business acumen can be developed through connection and learning from leaders that have gone before us and paved a way in business,” says Lydia Zingoni Founder and Director of Teen Entrepreneur Foundation. “For this reason, we have created the Awaken the Giant in You breakfast series, which aims to create a platform for leaders and mentors in business to practically share their journeys with South African youth to not only inspire them, but teach them that hard work, commitment and determination will reap a future reward.” She continued. The success of the breakfast series to date is the calibre of speakers that the foundation has managed to attract, to share their skills and expertise. The next speaker in the series is global business icon Gareth Penny. Gareth Penny is non-Executive Chairman of MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s biggest producer of nickel and palladium and a leading producer of platinum and copper. He has worked in various forms of mining over the . . .