Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 August 2017 - RS Components the global distributor for engineers recently partnered with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to kit out their new engineering labs in Bellville, Cape Town. RS Sponsored equipment to the value of R250 000 to be used in the project labs which are run by the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (DEECE). The four project labs will be used by over 450 students annually, to learn about electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering. The students will get the opportunity to learn about and work with actual engineering equipment by doing various assignments and projects according to their course curriculum. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest higher education institution in the region. The equipment supplied to the labs is from RS’s private label range, called RS Pro – short for ‘professional’. This range has grown to more than 50 000 high-quality, competitively priced industrial products and electronic components that have been developed over a period of 80 years in conjunction with global manufacturers. “RS Components has always been engaged in developing and supporting engineers and in recent years our involvement with education has grown in line with the demand for young people with STEM skills in South Africa,” said Brian Andrew, GM of RS Components South Africa. “Being the global distributor for engineers and technical professionals, it made sense to partner with the CPUT as they are developing the next generation of technicians and technologists who are going to be required to be multi-skilled across engineering disciplines. We wanted the students to have access to the necessary tools and equipment so that they could practically put the theory they are studying into practice and have a taste of what the professionals use. Our RS Pro range matched the requirements of the . . .
The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) announced this week that ten outstanding educators from around the country have been selected as finalists in its long-running ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards. Set to take place as part of next month’s annual iWeek Internet industry gathering, the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are a highlight of South Africa’s ICT in education advocacy community. The iWeek event will be held from 4 to 7 September 2017 at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, a spectacular landmark on Durban's Golden Mile. The competition is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), a non-profit educational organisation. The 2017 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competition gives educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the educational environment in their classrooms, schools or communities. According to Project Manager, Milford Malunga of DEI, “The required projects submitted by the ten ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year finalists reflect the growing influence and importance of the wider, all encompassing digital environment. The judges were impressed by the ability of the finalists to translate global technological advances into local practical applications.” The ten educators selected as finalists will compete for the titles of ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year, ISPA TechTeacher of the Year and ISPA MobileTechTeacher of the Year and are as follows: Anel Flack (Hoerskool Standerton), Peter Lekolwane (Diopong Primary School), Mokhudu Machaba (Ngwanamago Primary), Matema Jacobeth Malatji (Diopong Primary School), Marina Myburgh (Crawford College Sandton), Dimakatso Sefora (Saron), Mokgethoa Ingrid Sethemane (Mashile Primary), Amandla Vinjwa (Sivile Primary School), Mmatjie Olivia Rasehlo (Toronto Primary) and Flora Lepota Mokaba (Badimong Primary). Several teachers are top achievers in previous ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competitions. After . . .
Midcomp's Goodwill Ambassador, Delta Choshi, with children at the Margaret's Education Centre in Diepsloot, Gauteng. Delta attended the opening of their new classroom on 16 March 2017. The container was purchased by Visions of Joy, an NPO that we, at Midcomp, support. The Margaret's Education Centre was started to assist children with their homework and to offer them a decent meal. All the classroom still needs is some furniture. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The GLBA: Branding Alliance International Professional Exchange Program for strategists, designers and managers has commenced. The exchange internship is currently underway between Stratcom GLBA Johannesburg and Depot WPF, GLBA Moscow. At Stratcom Johannesburg, we welcome Anna Bolshakova who hails from one of the from the most prominent and recognized brand and packaging GLBA agency in Moscow. The internship involves 100% dive into the agency work process. Anna Bolshakova joins our projects as a full-time Creative Director, her crafted designs will be shown to clients together with others members of the GLBA. For the duration of the program Senior Designer, Isaac Pheefo from Stratcom GLBA Johannesburg and Depot WPF GLBA Moscow, Creative Director, Anna will exchange experiences in terms of the GLBA's international exchange program. Anna and Isaac have exchanged continents and will soon expand their designer experience to almost intergalactic! Isaac is a strategic graphic designer, who’s vast skill set derives from the diverse projects he has been involved in. These vary from advertising, digital, front end website and application design, brand identity development as well as packaging design. Anna graduated from the St. Petersburg Art and Industry Academy named after A. Stieglitz, specialising in Graphic Design. Her work has been repeatedly celebrated at international festivals, and in 2014, the treasured "point" of the prestigious Red Dot prize was added to the awards for one of its own projects. According to Anna clarity and simplicity are one of the main criteria in design. The project can be non-standard, creative, impressive and aesthetically beautiful, but what use is it if it cannot solve the client's business problems? “Stratcom’s humble beginnings from a desk in the kitchen 21 years ago and to embrace 6 continents and 7 leading regional specialist offices under the alliance is an inspiration to other entrepreneurs in Africa”, said Gail . . .
This Women’s Month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has joined forces with young author and activist, Buhle Ngaba, to bring the power of stories to girls across the country. Buhle’s acclaimed children’s book, The Girl Without a Sound, is a moving story about the importance of hearing the stories and voices of girls and comes at a time in South Africa when the stories of women need to be heard. Originally available in English and Ngaba’s home language, Setswana, the Nal’ibali campaign has translated the story into SA’s two most widely spoken languages: isiXhosa and isiZulu, and is making it freely available for download from its web- and mobisites, www.nalibali.org and www.nalibali.mobi, for the month of August. “It means a lot to me to have done this in collaboration with Nal’ibali,” says Ngaba. “It started off as me writing a story about how I felt voiceless as a little girl but, as I shared the story with others, I was overwhelmed by their support as they recognised the same feelings within themselves. I began to realise and see the need to make space for the voices of girls and women to be heard and I hope that more writers and creators will join me!” Literacy is a powerful tool for upliftment and, when children are presented with books and stories that they can identify with, they can quickly grow to love reading. In the process, they discover a world of possibility that extends beyond their current circumstances and which offers them choices and opportunity for an independent future. Launching the month-long sharing of her story with the campaign, Ngaba gave a special reading to young girls at the Seaview Primary in Mitchell’s Plain – a Nal’ibali supported township school. Impressing on the young pupils the need to let their voices be heard and to dream big, Ngaba gave each girl a piece of paper and encouraged them to draw a picture of their dreams after the reading out loud session. Further supporting Ngaba in her drive . . .
Bethelsdorp, Eastern Cape: Sapphire Road Primary School in Booysen Park, Bethelsdorp, has received a boost from the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), which contributed much-needed supplies and equipment as part of its corporate social investment initiative. At an event held at Sapphire Road Primary School recently, GEMS contributed 20 computers to the school’s existing computer laboratory, where computer literacy is taught not only to the school’s pupils but also to members of the community to empower them with new skills. Speaking at the handover event, Zandile Nqweni-Chamane, Acting Executive: Communications and Member Affairs of GEMS said: “With computer literacy increasingly becoming a big part of our society, where the idea of a paperless society is slowly becoming a reality, it is important that we build capacity even in the most remote areas, in order to provide equal opportunity for innovative access to education to begin to groom young people for future skills and employment opportunities,” said Nqweni-Chamane. “As GEMS, our aim is to help scale up the computer centre at Sapphire Road Primary, in order for the school to continue contributing towards skills development in the community, and enhancing its efforts in grooming a generation of tech-savvy young people.” In addition, GEMS donated 115 full school uniforms, including shoes, to pupils who have the greatest need. At least 90% of Sapphire Road Primary School pupils’ parents are unemployed, and the school has 40 volunteers who assist in various roles to gain new skills and work experience. Teaching assistants translate lessons into various languages so that children who do not share the teacher’s mother tongue are not disadvantaged. Other volunteers are responsible for cleaning, security, maintenance, administration, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children and taking care of the mobile library, and assisting with other extra mural activities. The school has two thriving . . .
Grad Coach, a leading postgraduate support provider, has launched a first of its kind Master’s dissertation and thesis service. More than a traditional editing service, the Grad Coach’s service allows Master’s level students to receive critical feedback and recommendations regarding their work, allowing them to improve the overall quality prior to submission. Traditionally, Grad Coach’s core services have been tutoring, support and guidance for Master’s students. In other words, turnkey assistance. Founder, Derek Jansen, notes however, that due to financial constraints, many students sought once-off review of their near-completed dissertations and theses. “Students want more than just plain language editing and proofreading (which they can get anywhere) – they want someone to give them critical feedback on the overall academic quality of their work”, Jansen said. Accordingly, Grad Coach developed a dedicated dissertation and thesis review and critique service for Master’s-level students. The service evaluates, among other things, the: Suitability, justification and relevance of the research topic and questions Quality, diversity and depth of the literature review Appropriate use of description and analysis Quality of arguments Suitability, justification and relevance of the methodology Overall structure, presentation and readability Students can expect not only in-depth critique but actionable recommendations on how to improve the quality of the work. “Essentially, we critique each dissertation to distinction-level – it’s up to the student how much they want to integrate, depending on their academic goals”, says Jansen. The service is the first of its kind. While there are an abundance of dissertation and thesis editing services available both online and offline, the Grad Coach service is unique in that it goes beyond basic English editing and, instead, evaluates the overall quality of the document. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
Port Elizabeth – Hardworking teachers stand to be rewarded with a share of R20,000 worth of essential classroom supplies when they visit the PnA Stationery Festival at Baywest Mall on Friday, August 11. The festival, which will be held in the Centre Court, will showcase the latest back-to-school products, office consumables, and related supplies and services from a range of national suppliers. Baywest Mall marketing manager Lindsay Steele said the festival was an important initiative to recognise dedicated teachers who often invested their own time and money in teaching materials and classroom stationery. “Aside from the competition for educators, all shoppers are welcome to walk through and see the latest stationery offerings. The festival runs until the Saturday and one lucky shopper could walk away with a Baywest Mall voucher worth R1,000.” As far as the teachers’ competition was concerned, festival organiser and PnA Baywest owner Francois Steenekamp said there would be 10 product hampers to the value of R1,000 each, plus the grand prize of a R10,000 PnA voucher, up for grabs. “To enter, teachers can collect an entry form at the festival, complete it by visiting each of the exhibitor stands, and drop it into the entry box provided.” Steenekamp said 11 entries would be drawn on the Friday evening, and those finalists would be contacted to return for the attendance draw at noon on the Saturday. For more information, follow the mall on Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Imagine for a moment what it must be like to be a child growing up in a time where technology seems to overrun just about every aspect of our lives. Smart TV’s, smart cell phones, social media, 3D games, YouTube, Google – the list seems endless. It is no wonder that it is becoming increasingly difficult to instil a love of reading books in our children. Yet, according to Cindy Glass, ex-teacher and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres, reading remains one of the most important skills for your child to master. “Reading develops the mind, the imagination and language skills. Reading is key to discovering new things and it assists in mastering the essential skill of comprehension (understanding and applying what is being read). In addition, reading is fundamental to developing creativity, self-confidence and independence,” Cindy says. It’s no secret that both parents and teachers alike want their children to reach their full potential and reading plays a massive part in that. So, how do you ignite a passion for reading in your child? Cindy provides the following tips that will help foster a love for books: Set the example: Children who resist and defy what we say are more likely to do what we do. You will achieve greater success in encouraging your children to read books, if you read books. Take some time to get to know your child: Find out what he/she finds interesting and exciting. Then, help him/her seek out books that align with these interests. Your child is more likely to read and enjoy books that support his/her interests. Show a sincere interest in what your child is reading: Ask questions. What is your book about? What is the best part so far? Do you think I would enjoy reading this book? Bedtime stories: Remember the days when you looked forward to being read to? Read to younger children. Be enthusiastic. Have fun! Be patient: Every child is different. Children who struggle to read will benefit from audio books –they can follow along . . .
SEESA and Hot91.9FM are giving one lucky candidate the opportunity to win a bursary to the value of R100 000 to study towards a degree in accounting. On 3 August 2017, Hot91.9FM’s Breakfast Show with Darren Scott announced that nominations are now open to stand a chance to win this bursary as part of Hot91.9FM’s #JoburgsHottestBursary campaign. For the entire month of August 2017, listeners from the public can nominate candidates for this bursary by sending an email to email@example.com (subject line: SEESA Bursary) with their motivation as to why they must be awarded the bursary or visit http://www.hot919fm.com/joburgs-hottest-bursary/. “Our goal is to contribute to South Africa’s future through tertiary education. We are starting with Accounting bursaries and hope to develop the successful candidates to Chartered Accountants.” – Roelof le Roux, SEESA Financial Director Candidate nominations are open until 31 August 2017, after which Hot91.9FM will announce the bursary winner in September 2017. For more information about this initiative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .