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 . . .
Edzai Conilias Zvobwo also known as “MathsGenius” has been selected for the prestigious Tutu Fellowship run by The African Leadership Institute (AFLI). Edzai is the only representative from Zimbabwe for the 2018 cohort. Former Zimbabwe fellows are well decorated individuals who include Natalie Jabangwe, CEO of EcoCash Zimbabwe, among others. The AFLI released the list of the 2018 cohort of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship on the 5th of April 2018. The Tutu Fellowship is a flagship leadership programme that seeks to nurture young and distinguished Africans into global leaders. The fellows have been described as an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, representing a wide range of sectors. The programme is offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty. These are intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility (South Africa), and the other split between Oxford University and London (UK). The fellowship provides participants with intensive learning and broad experience on the principles and application of leadership, an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, including the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader. Upon completing the programme, Tutu Fellows return to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence. As part of this network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, including functioning as ambassadors for the Fellowship across all segments of society. The 2018 participants, numbering 27, were selected from among 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, including those nominated by sponsoring organisations – Allen & Overy, Barclays Africa Group, Centum, GlaxoSmithKline, Investec, Rio Tinto, and Thomson Reuters. They . . .
Zimbabwean born mathematician and author, Edzai Conilias Zvobwo, affectionately known as “The MathsGenius” has been selected as one of the 1 250 entrepreneurs to attend the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) programme. Zvobwo made the cut out of 150,000 Applicants from 114 countries globally who had applied for the 4th cycle of The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Zwobwo is entitled to $10 000 and has opportunities and stand a chance to qualify for venture capital amounting to $300 000. Speaking to Sandton24 on Friday, Edzai Zvobwo said, ” This is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited to be part of this prestigious programme. I take the selection as a validation of the social entreprise that I am doing. At times during my discharge of duty, I meet challenges and naturally may get a little disappointed but it is recognition like these that makes me believe I am on the right track towards growing the enterprise and empowering communities to be able to scientifically and mathematically address social ills.” Edzai Zvobwo is running a social entreprise that is focused in educational technology. “I am also grateful that I will now be part of a network of more than 4 000 entrepreneurs who have gone through the programme. I will be able to continuously share best business practices within the network towards honing my skills and enhancing my knowlege.” Edzai Zvobwo said. Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian business tycoon has committed to empowering African small business people through his ideology called africapitalism. Africapitalism is an economic philosophy that is predicated on the belief that Africa’s private sector can and must play a leading role in the continent’s development. The 2018 cohort includes an additional 250 entrepreneurs to the standard selection of 1,000 – thanks to a $1,000,000 partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support 200 entrepreneurs in conflict and fragile . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa 23/12/2017 - Everyone knows something that the next person doesn’t thus it is important that everyone shares their experiences with the world. Spurred by a deep yearning for freedom of expression and for the African story to be told from the African perspective, Edzai Zvobwo, founder of NdiribhoTV set out to create a video hosting and distribution platform primarily geared for Africans to share their knowledge with world and stand a better chance at optimally monetizing their video assets. Coming from Zimbabwe, a country that has seen its ruling elites trample upon basic liberties like freedom of speech and association, Edzai sought to correct the wrongs that have been committed by politicians in the country and the continent of Africa as a whole by facilitating p2p knowledge transfer through video. The name NdiribhoTV came out of need to proclaim that even as the people’s rights have been denied, people are still fine and live another day to fight for justice and development of the continent. “Ndiribho” is a Shona statement that translates to “I am fine”. NdiribhoTV currently has offices in Johannesburg and will be opening up feeder offices across Sub-Saharan Africa during the course of 2018. The feeder offices will serve as client liaison centers for content developers. NdiribhoTV will strive to sign up all the influencers in the video content development space as anchor creators whilst also harnessing the power of the ordinary African citizen. As long as an African has a device with a camera then they are welcome onto the NdiribhoTV platform. The platform is a user generated vehicle that connects video content creators and consumers by providing an easy to use live streaming and video on demand platform. NdiribhoTV lets anyone with a channel broadcast live videos and upload videos straight from their camera device. This allows African people to share or watch in real-time when news is breaking, visiting a new place, or . . .
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng, Sandton City, 2017/11/28 - African Dermal Science, a black South African female owned startup has developed and launched a premium facial product range for fellow African women which is the first local premium skincare range for women with darker skin tones. Uso, by African Dermal Science is an advanced skincare range scientifically formulated for darker skin tones. This is the first local premium skincare range for women with darker skin tones. Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo, an African Medical Doctor and Pharmaceutical Expert founded African Dermal Science and her founding partner Kagiso Musi an experienced marketing and communications executive have over the past 3 years, worked with renowned local Cosmetic Scientists, medical doctors and women with darker skin tones to research and develop a world class proudly South African skincare range: Uso by African Dermal Science. Both women are holders of MBAs and have extensive experience in the corporate world thus form a formidable team to take this brand internationally and grow the company. In an exclusive interview with NdiribhoTV, Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo mentioned that the business really took shape as she based her GIBS MBA on cosmetic affinity studies. “We need products for African women by Africans and we are taking Uso internationally”, said Kagiso, the founding partner. The launch of the brand is being held in the plush Sandton City Diamond Walk and will be available through a luxurious launch retail skinbar where they will introduce customers and retail brands to their range of products. African Dermal Science is inviting all beauty and lifestyle bloggers, vloggers and enthusiasts to come and be the first to experience the beauty of science for African Skin. The retail skinbar will be situated in Sandton City South Court, on the top floor, next to Mont-Blanc. It will be open between 28th November and 4th December from 9am to 8pm daily. Let’s support African entrepreneurs for . . .
MathsGenius to host talk show on 1873FM radio 24 October 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa - “Maths is to the mind what love is to the heart”, Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI) strongly stated in his seminal book entitled The Mathematical Genius in You. The self-anointed maths genius has graced many a stage in South Africa and beyond in his bid to change people’s attitude towards mathematics and has used all sorts of platforms to preach the gospel of mathematics. The 1873FM, an online radio station run by the leadership development network, The 1873 Network, announced on its social media pages that Edzai Conilias Zvobwo a.k.a MathsGenius will be joining the lineup of hosts as he tackles issues pertaining to problem solving and critical thinking for success. According to the reports, the MathsGenius will have the first show on the 24th of October 2017 at 9 PM South African time. The show will be run every day at the same time. The show is a culmination of his efforts and passion for mathematics; this is evidenced by his motivational works across schools in South Africa. He has participated in intervention programs in the townships through workshops and camps assisting struggling learners. Edzai called himself The Mathematical Evangelist on a Mindset TV programme. A lot of MBA students from leading institutions of higher learning have benefited from his tutoring of research methods and statistics. His dream is to demystify mathematics and ensure that learners become good problem solvers. Edzai is a firm believer of the theory that Africa can be liberated if her people are mathematically literate and apply the problem solving thinking methodology to find solutions to social, political and economic problems that have long hounded the “Mother-Continent”. Good problem solvers will eradicate poverty in Africa. To become a good problem solver, one needs to be trained to think like a mathematician to achieve this. Edzai is a . . .
MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI), a quantitative leadership startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa has launched an audacious program entitled "The Mothers for STEM Initiative".This initiative seeks to empower 150 women with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tutoring businesses by the end of 2017. South African learners perennially do badly in maths and science subjects compared to their peers in other countries as shown by the low ranking in both the TIMSS and WEF reports on educational quality. On this background, MathsGenius a STEM advisory start-up saw it fit to address some of the fundamental problems associated with this failure in STEM. A study done by MGLI in 2014 showed that the weakest link in the maths and science education learner spectrum were rural and township girls. They are the one who were seen to pose the greatest threat to success of the country in STEM subjects and careers. Upon further analysis a strong correlation between a mother's belief system around maths and science and their daughter's performance was established. "The best way to get more girls into STEM is to involve the community especially the mothers", stated Edzai Zvobwo, Chief Genius at MGLI. To put these sentiments into practice, MGLI has embarked on an ambitious project to provide motivation, training and support to 150 mothers who will become STEM tutoring business owners within their communities. MGLI is looking for willing partners to come into fray and contribute towards the achievement of this goal. The model will see MGLI setting up an online education ERP system and LMS that will allow continuous monitoring of the entrepreneurs and learners and measuring progress and impact as the project goes on. MGLI will provide the prospective entrepreneurs with a "school-in-a-box" solution that they can simply plug and play to the benefit of learners. For information on this initiative you can visit Mothers of STEM - . . .
15-02-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI GOOGLE has announced that it will be shutting down Helpouts on the 20th of April 2015. Helpouts is a Google service that connects users with experts on topics (health, home improvement, beauty, academic, etc.) which went live in 2013. The service allows users to get real-time video advice and solutions from experts who actually know the subject content for free or at a fee. Real-time video streaming provides a tutoring solution that is personalised and is closest to physical human contact. In the announcement, Google stated that the Helpouts community had not grown at the pace they had expected. With the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi pushing for paperless classrooms it is important to reflect on the risks and challenges faced by Helpouts to understand the online learning space so as to mitigate them optimally for the South African context. History has witnessed big corporations and start-ups like Skype and Tutorspree shut down live tutoring services as a result of low viability. In the cases of Helpouts, Tutorspree and Skype it was never a shortage of money but the low appetite for the service that has led to shut downs. The general sentiment amongst South Africans is that data costs are too high and they need a “real person” to teach, making these the major drivers for lack of interest in live video tutoring and streaming in general. It is necessary and sufficient that government and other educational technology service providers diligently measure the return on investment of the different technologies being deployed into schools. Critical questions ought to be addressed on the optimal usage of these technologies and infrastructure. Are the technology solutions a correct fit for the intended beneficiaries? How does the economic status of learners affect their usage of these technologies? Are teachers and learners fully utilising them? Is the curriculum being aligned with the technological improvements? Is there . . .
10-01-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI Mathematical anxiety is one of the diseases that have surely spread through the human race without being detected and treated as a pandemic. MATHS anxiety is real; it spreads like a plague and is highly infectious. Little has been done to awaken people’s attention towards the deadly implicit and indirect disease that more than 60% of the world suffers from. Nelis Vermuelen, a member of the Faculty of Education and Social Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology says, “Many people have negative feelings towards mathematics. In a number of cases these negative feelings turn into real fear of anything mathematical. We have learners suffering from mathematical anxiety in our schools”. Mathematical anxiety has shaped the way society views the subject for centuries and this has constricted humanity’s ability to manipulate the subject so as to harness the possibilities that its mastery presents. It is a disease that emanates from the school system as currently configured. According to Wikipedia, Mark H. Ashcraft defines maths anxiety as “a feeling of tension, apprehension, or fear that interferes with maths performance” (2002, p. 1). Ashcraft (2002) suggests that highly anxious maths students will avoid situations in which they have to perform mathematical calculations. Unfortunately, math avoidance results in less competency, exposure and math practice, leaving students more anxious and mathematically unprepared to achieve. The direct effects of maths anxiety are one of the main reasons why the proficiency is low in South Africa. The sources of this disease are all around us in the form of parents, brothers, teachers, friends, movies and other sources of information who push the notion that one ought to have special genes in order to be a maths genius. This false notion has been spread through society since the pre-Renaissance period. The subject has always been viewed as a preserve of a few talented, special . . .
Mathematics’ contribution to the country’s innovation process has been overrated as it is only a part of the process. 09-01-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI South Africa’s cry for improvement in maths and science performance has been unprecedented as a result of learners’ poor performance as reflected in various international ranking systems. With maths and science proficiency being used as a proxy for educational quality, this has led to members of the public distrusting the government’s ability to deliver worthwhile education to their children. Is maths and science proficiency South Africa’s answer to its complex socio-economic problems that range from unemployment to innovation and complex problem solving? Speaking at the inaugural DST Innovation Bridge, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor said, "Knowledge is the currency of the global economy. If South Africa wants to continue to compete in the 21st century, we must support research and innovation that will generate growth and jobs, now and in the future”. Mathematics education has always been seen as the key driver of innovative problem solving for the country. Maths education in South Africa is packaged wrongly and does not serve the country much good as it is not contextualised for optimal utility value and meaning for both learners and society. The country needs to position maths education so that it capacitates learners with skills for creative problem solving and innovation in all sectors of the economy. The country’s issues are complex and require experts who can navigate through the fuzziness to effectively cure society of its ills through creative and unbounded problem solving. The generalised model of a typical maths lesson in South Africa is that a question/problem is provided and learners have to solve the problem using learnt principles and formulae. This model is firmly rooted in the rationalistic tradition that emanated from the mechanised industrial age problem . . .