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Supporting rural education in South Africa As part of the worldwide Mandela Centenary celebrations, over 100 people gathered at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy in education and raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development. Over 1 million Rand was raised in one night. Funds raised at the event will expand the pipeline of new teachers to rural classrooms, and contribute toward launching a new school demonstrating the power of public education that serves children effectively through their home language(s). Mandela founded the Nelson Mandela Institute (NMI) in 2007 just before his formal retirement, in response to the education crisis facing rural South Africa. His vision was to establish a sustainable research and development institute working in solidarity with rural teachers and communities to build sustainable solutions. One of the goals of the NMI is to launch a new school that will honour Nelson Mandela’s vision for the Institute; a school that will serve rural communities and demonstrate the far-reaching possibilities of inclusive public education. “There is nothing as positively explosive as a child who learns to read independently,” said Kimberley Porteus, the Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Institute, announcing the launch of the Centenary Campaign. “I was so moved by the support we received. It takes us a big jump forward toward reaching these goals.” This was the first-ever international fundraising event for the NMI,and was hosted and organized by Silicon Valley based South Africans, Vinny and Charlene Lingham. Charlene Lingham, the US-based ambassador for the NMI, says: “We organised this event because of our deep commitment to education as the basis of building democracy across the world. If ever there were a time to break down borders, we believe it is now.” The night paid homage to South Africa in a number of ways, including a performance by the Zulu Spear Band. Attendees included Roland Schoeman, four-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, and Andile Ncgaba, Founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners. “It’s gratifying to see the wide range of support shown for an international cause,” says Charlene Lingham. “Not only did we exceed our fundraising goal, but we have created a powerful network, which will support the cause far beyond donations” she concludes. Anyone who would like to find out more about the NMI or who would like to contribute in some way can contact Kimberley Porteus on kporteus@mandelainstitute.org.za .
As part of the worldwide Mandela Centenary celebrations, over 100 people gathered at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy in
14 Dec 2018
Disruptive Forces Set to Change Power Utility Business Models Utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change
It appears that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model as we know it. Distributed power generation, technological advances and
11 Dec 2018
Black Friday 2018 Why Black Friday volumes exploded in 2018
According to Google South Africa, Black Friday 2018 was a search success with the region topping the world’s charts for avid deal searching with 'Black Friday specials at
07 Dec 2018
Offshore Cash Investments Dollar-based notice deposits provide convenience for financial advisers to manage their clients’ offshore cash investments
In this turbulent world, financial services providers are seeing increased demand for an international offering from clients who see themselves as “global citizens”.
05 Dec 2018
The Business of Brand TowerStone Leadership Centre
A good definition of a brand is that it is a badge of origin, a promise of performance that differentiates it, used in pursuit of defined business objectives. The last part of
05 Dec 2018
Rational investors can benefit from emotional Mr Market The current market sell-off has all the hallmarks of the cycle of irrational panic that grips emotional investors
I recently came across an article in a local newspaper titled JSE nears worst monthly performance in 10 years. When headlines like these start appearing, I always think of
29 Nov 2018
African Energy Sector Challenges facing the African Energy Sector
Many African countries have seen rapid and meaningful economic growth in the last decade, and to ensure the continued sustainability of this growth, these economies rely heavily
26 Nov 2018
Chew on this What to eat while binge-watching SA’s favourite shows and movies
Are you among the 61% of South Africans who have admitted to binge-watching their favourite series on a regular basis? Or, have you taken this even further with
22 Nov 2018
No Silicon Valley for Africa say early stage investors There is opportunity, but it’s distinctly African say delegates from the 2018 Africa Early Stage Investor Summit
Cape Town welcomed over 300 active and aspiring investors representing Africa’s early stage investing ecosystem for last week’s two-day Africa Early Stage Investor
21 Nov 2018
85% of South African students aspire to go onto university 85% of South African students aspire to go onto university and follow traditional careers, according to new global research
85% of South African students aspire to go to university Most still aspire to pursue traditional, well respected careers as doctors, dentists, engineers and
21 Nov 2018
Online learning changing the face of education and training
Technology disrupts by its very nature. This is evident in many sectors where UBER, the biggest competitor to metered taxis - doesn’t own any vehicles. The hospitality
21 Nov 2018
Technology revolution is actually about people People working in the manufacturing industry tend to see the Fourth Industrial Revolution as yet another nail in the coffin of an already weakened industry
People working in the manufacturing industry tend to see the Fourth Industrial Revolution as yet another nail in the coffin of an already weakened industry. But without
21 Nov 2018
Power Projects in Africa Impact of Mini- and Off-grid Power Projects in Africa
Several exciting dialogues will form the focus of the discussions at the 11th edition of the Africa Energy Indaba, which returns to the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg
21 Nov 2018
Are We Moving Fast Enough? The race between agencies and culture in the connected age
As we approach the fourth decade of the ‘job bag’, it’s no surprise that the advertising industry is being disrupted, but are agencies doing enough to keep up?
21 Nov 2018
Understanding #BlackFriday and South African consumer behaviour PwC focus on the economic consequences of Black Friday and understanding consumer behaviour
Key points ·       Card transactions cleared on Black Friday 2017 were double the daily average. ·      
21 Nov 2018
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