"I didn't have money to study further" how many times have we heard that. its almost a cliche. These young people decided they wouldn't become a cliche and they are now on the way to starting their academic lives. This is their story. Imagine seven young people who have just matriculated and obtained six distinctions respectively, arrive at your doorstep with the news that despite their distinctions they will not be able to attend university because of financial constraints. All seven of them come from disadvantaged households in the Katlehong area in the east of Gauteng, but they have worked hard and have earned a place at some of South Africa’s prestigious Universities: 2 have been accepted at University of Cape Town, 4 at Wits University and the 1 at University of Pretoria. As luck would have they knocked at the right door. They knocked at the door of Lebohang Khitsane, a young businessman based in katlehong, popularly known for his charitable work in his community and his stint on the inaugural Big Break Legacy TV show. This is South Africa, big hearts lurk everywhere and anything is possible! Lebohang has managed to arrange bursaries for all seven students to study fields like actuarial sciences, medicine and Engineering. The bursaries were provided by the City of Ekurhuleni. Lebohang reached out to his network of friends and they have succeeded to kick start the dreams of these young people. To date accommodation for 3 of the Wits students has been paid for. But we still need to complete the job and ensure all of them have accommodation and financial support they will need to complete their degrees. Lebohang said “As an organization that works within the community, we have a social obligation and responsibility to contribute towards its development and progress by nurturing young leaders, however, we cannot do it alone and therefore appeal to you to assist us in this endeavor.” A cocktail event will be held on the 25th January at the Birchwood . . .
If you have started 2013 in the need for some motivation, you need look no further. Glen McQuirk, founder of Map4Life will be helping people find their purpose in life in a series of meetings to be held in Bellville from Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January. The Map4Life programme has been likened to a support group, but it is more accurately described as a purpose club that now has members in 75 countries, and encompasses the skills of coaches, authors, motivational speakers and trainers. Map4Life allows people to do more than dream about their purpose in life. It gives them the tools to turn those dreams into reality. The first thing it does is to actually answer the question so many of us ask ‘what am I doing here’. There are a series of meetings on offer, from the FastTrack sessions on Thursday 24, a motivational talk on ‘Pursuing your Purpose’ on Thursday evening, a workshop on Friday 25 to show you how to really get out of debt and generate wealth and a motivational talk on leadership with breakfast on Saturday 26th in the morning. There is no charge for the motivational talk on Thursday January 24. For the other three events, the organisers are giving away one free spot for each event. To stand a chance of winning, call Debbie at 021 975 5409 and quote the key phrase “I want to pursue my purpose with passion”. Call Debbie at 021 975 5409 or email email@example.com for more details about any of the events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Debbie Debbie from Hippo communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa is known to have some of the best universities on the continent. Search any global university ranking and you’re likely to find at least two or three South African universities listed. There are many that don’t make the cut but we at Africa.com believe that South Africa offers world-class learning experiences—so much so that they are sought out by other African students and thousands from abroad. Following our piece on the Top 10 Universities in Africa, Africa.com now brings you the Top 10 Universities in South Africa. 1. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN (UCT); CAPE TOWN South Africa’s oldest university is also often rated as the continent’s best. Established in 1829, initially as a high school for boys, the University of Cape Town (UCT) makes a regular appearance on international university rankings. Most recently, it secured the 113th spot on the reputable global Times Higher Education World University Rankings list. Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, UCT is the academic home to more than 25 000 students. Of those, close to 20 percent are international students who come from over 100 different countries, both on the continent (over 40) and from abroad. They’re taught by close to 1,000 permanent academics employed by the university. Apart from offering the best sports management diploma in the world—an honor recently bestowed by the Eduniversal International Scientific Committee—UCT is also one of the country’s most green educational institutions. Over the past five years a number of sustainability projects were launched, including Green Campus Initiative, an effort focused on making UCT more environmentally-friendly. Notable alumni include heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard and at least three Nobel Laureates, including biophysicist Sir Aaron Klug (also a WITS alum), the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack, and author JM Coetzee. 2. UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND (WITS); JOHANNESBURG Located in the heart of central Johannesburg, Wits is considered . . .
Early childhood development organisation The Unlimited Child recently took the opportunity to really spoil the caregivers from the crèches involved in their programme by hosting a festive Christmas party. The non-profit organisation provides equipment and training to boost early childhood development at over 310 crèches in the Valley of a 1000 Hills in KwaZulu-Natal. According to CEO Cassy Healey, the event, which was held at the City Hill Church in Waterfall was the perfect opportunity to show these hardworking women how much their efforts are appreciated. “These ladies put in an incredible amount of effort and make a huge emotional investment in these children to ensure that they will reach their full potential. They worked tirelessly throughout the year and we felt it was very important to acknowledge their contribution to the future of our country. One hundred top caregivers were nominated by their colleagues and fellow teachers for their exceptional performance, passion and commitment and were invited to join in our festive celebration,” mentions Healey. About 130 guests, including caregivers and generous project supporters joined the celebrations and award ceremony. Guests were greeted on the red carpet by CEO Healey, while local artists Nipho and Nomfundo Mthembu provided live entertainment. Each guest received a certificate recognising their involvement with the project and honouring their commitment to the cause of The Unlimited Child. Guests then sat down for a sumptuous lunch with performances by local musicians, while spot prizes and Nivea gift packs were handed out. “These caregivers are truly the heart of our organisation and are often from the poorest of our communities, so it was especially gratifying to be able to spoil them and show them our heart-felt appreciation. These amazing women are an inspiration to us on a daily basis and without them, many children would never reach their full potential,” says Healey. URL: . . .
Enter the exciting world of music production. Have you ever thought what rush you’d experience when seeing people move and dance to a beat you produced? Or what it must feel like to hear your musical creation on the radio? Imagine social media punting your name about the latest hot mix. Stop dreaming and take the first step to a career in music production and enrol now for the Complete Music Production Course (CMP100) at the Soul Candi Institute of Music in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The course starts the 4th of February and runs for 10 months. Class will consist of theory lectures and practical training. Through this academic and practical learning experience; integrating production and music theory, the CMP100 covers a variety of influential styles, relevant technologies and career opportunities open to today’s music professionals. The course is made up of three modules and includes: Music Theory; Synthesis; Routing; Dynamics Processing; Mixing and EQ; Arrangement; Effect Processing; Post-production; and Mastering. Since 2004 the SCIM has offered the most up to date training in music productions and DJ skills. SCIM’s mission is to educate, train and shape students to excel in music as a career, whilst optimising the opportunities, for the students and the industry alike, by integrating the platforms of the SCIM with those of Soul Candi the Record Label (Africa's biggest independent record label); hereby nurturing and developing talent to create long-term sustainability within the Southern African Music and Entertainment Industries. SCIM represents a growing network of industry professionals who use their openness, skill, and versatility to take music in new directions. Reflecting the interplay between music and technology, SCIM is an environment where aspiring music professionals learn how to integrate new ideas, adapt to changing musical genres, and showcase their skills in an evolving community. Visit http://www.scim.co.za/ for more info on . . .
29 November 2012, Cape Town – In collaboration with /A WORD OF ART, the CTC Ten Foundation (CTC10) and AMANDLA EduFootball, Plascon supported the makeover of the Chris Campbell Memorial Field (CCMF) clubhouse in Khayelitsha by donating 45 litres of paint for a mural covering the outside of the enitre building painted by local artist and art activist Ricky-Lee Gordon (aka Freddy Sam). “The aim of the initiative has been to improve the aesthetics at the CCMF and, more importantly, to engage the community in the process in order to give them ownership over the final product.” explains Eric Elicker of CTC10 and AMANDLA EduFootball. “Gordon’s mission of using art as a way to inspire positive change in communities demonstrated we shared a similar vision and this brought about the decision to bring color and positive energy to the space by painting a large scale mural on the clubhouse.” The project began with Gordon leading an art workshop on Saturday 10 November 2012 entitled What do you want to see? with the boys and girls from the local community to better understand what the community wanted to see on the wall. Gordon printed out images of the clubhouse encouraging the kids to illustrate with watercolor paints, pens, kokis and crayons how they wanted the clubhouse to look. He used the feedback as inspiration to create the theme and design for the mural and then gave the kids the opportunity to own the space by getting them to paint the mural alongside him with paint donated by Plascon. Says Lauren Shantall, Plascon’s PR and social media manager: “This project showcases Gordon’s commitment in using mural art as a means to beautify and create change in disadvantaged communities. This aligns with Plascon’s belief that colour and art has the potential to not only engage with the community and facilitate community upliftment, but also to give back to the community, particularly something everyone can be proud of.” Gordon, with four assistants Juma Mkwela, . . .
A unique map of South Africa produced 222 years ago for King Louis XVI and never before exhibited, will form the centre-piece of the exhibition, The King’s Map: Francois le Vaillant in Southern Africa, 1781 -1784. The exhibition, on show at the Iziko South African Museum from 30 November 2012 until 26 May 2013 forms part of the prestigious ‘French Season’ - the multifaceted bilateral collaboration between France and South Africa. This groundbreaking collaborative project links histories, art and nature. Showcasing rare historic artefacts, it reassesses Le Vaillant’s role as a critic of colonialism and a defender of human rights. Please join Curator, Professor Ian Glenn and exhibition designer Roger van Wyk for a media preview and walkabout of the exhibition, The King’s Map: Francois le Vaillant in southern Africa, 1781-1784 MEDIA PREVIEW: Date: 28 November 2012 Time: 11:00 Venue: Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town RSVP: Melody Kleinsmith on +27 21 481 3861 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org Event organised as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 www.france-southafrica.com More Info: Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko Museums of South Africa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Donation will reach 10,000 students on four continents MoneyGram hopes to put smiles on the faces of 10,000 children around the world, while bringing them closer to their education goals, through an effort with World Vision to provide new school supplies in more than a dozen countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. To kick off the new school year, which begins closer to the start of the calendar year in many countries, MoneyGram (NYSE:MGI) selected World Vision to receive a $100,000 donation in support of education in countries with the greatest identified need. “Education is the first step to a productive life, which is why many MoneyGram customers working in other countries use our service to send money home to help their families prepare for the new school year,” said Juan Agualimpia, chief marketing officer of MoneyGram. “We’re pleased we can bring families closer together through our services, and especially happy to support education in communities where we work and live throughout the world.” MoneyGram employees in Kenya, Romania, and the Philippines will personally distribute school supplies to students in need. Children in additional countries where World Vision works will also benefit from this donation, including children in Albania, Ghana, Haiti, Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam. “These areas are in particular need of school supplies, and we are so thankful for MoneyGram’s generous donation. It will give thousands of children the basics they need,” said Jeff Eichenlaub, the charity’s senior director of global corporate partnerships. “We’re also glad to see MoneyGram employees get involved in the distribution of supplies, so they can witness first-hand the important benefit of these efforts and see the difference they’re making in children’s lives.” MoneyGram donated to World Vision because of the organization’s focus on fighting poverty by increasing educational opportunities for children in more than 100 countries around . . .
The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services and new Global Partner of the UEFA Europa League, and the Western Union Foundation, today announced they will turn every successful pass in this season’s competition into funding to support one day’s education for young people around the world. Called PASS, the initiative will be fronted by former international football star Patrick Vieira and start during the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League Season 2012/13, which kicks off on September 20 across Europe. The initiative aims to reach one million school days over the next three seasons and builds on the work the company has already done to support education globally. “Moving money for better is at the heart of what we do, and education is one of the main reasons our customers send money,” said Hikmet Ersek, Western Union President and CEO. “According to UNESCO1, 71 million bright, hardworking students globally are not enrolled in secondary or vocational education. It’s a tremendous loss of economic and human potential, since each extra year of school can increase an individual’s potential economic opportunity. Through PASS, we intend to harness the power of football to build awareness of this challenge as well as deliver on-the-ground support that will make a difference to young people and their communities.” The initiative will provide teacher training and student scholarships through nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with an initial focus on eleven countries – Brazil, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, Russia and Turkey. “Where I come from, opportunities for a quality education are rare,” explained Vieira the former AS Cannes, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano, Manchester City FC and French international player, who was born in Senegal before moving to France at the age of eight and is currently football development executive at Manchester City . . .
Independent BBBEE Practitioner, Sibusiso Nkosi, has launched a web application called BBBEE LearnOnline. The web application contains various modules that present different topics relating to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. Unlike traditional BEE Consulting methods which are based on a one on one session, BBBEE LearnOnline prescribes topics that take place during these kinds of sessions, but ensures that they take place at the convenience of the client over the internet. One of the major obstacles for business to effectively implement strong BBBEE strategies is the convenience in accessing comprehensive information relating to BBBEE in a cost effective manner. This creates a huge challenge for the business community. Travelling to meetings during office hours or having meetings scheduled can be rather inconvenient as it takes up too much time. The cost factor also need to mentioned, meaning that one on one consultations with BEE consultants usually have a high rate and cost attached to them which creates a challenge for businesses to comply with BBBEE. These are obstacles that BBBEE LearnOnline aims to challenge. Unlike other BBBEE online resources, this web application provides broader topics relating to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment which are structured in a consultative manner. It also presents itself as a business opportunity in the sense that it allows for other entities to become resellers of the application by providing it as a service to their clients. For more information on the developer, visit www.bbbeeinfo.co.za. To view BBBEE LearnOnline go to www.learnonline.bbbeeinfo.co.za. Also follow BBBEE LearnOnline on twitter for updates and more information (@BEELearnOnline) More Info: http://www.learnonline.bbbeeinfo.co.za Author: Sibusiso Nkosi from Bizcomm Design. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .