05 March 2015

Oxford University Press to sponsor major African Literacy Conference

Oxford University Press Southern Africa will sponsor the ninth Pan-African Literacy for All and 10th Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) National Literacy Conference this year.
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The conference will take place from 2 to 5 September in Cape Town, and the theme for this year’s event is Imagination and Literacy: Theory and Practice.
Keynote speakers will include International Literacy Association director Marcie Craig Post, Gcina Mhlophe, research professors Barbara Comber (Australia), Viv Edwards (UK) and Kieran Egan (Canada), as well as principal of the St Mary’s Junior School in Waverley, Johannesburg, Desiree Hugo.
Press Release:
Oxford University Press Southern Africa today announced that it will sponsor a major African literacy conference in 2015. The 9th Pan-African Literacy for All and 10th Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) National Literacy Conference will host some of the leading thinkers on literacy in Cape Town from 2-5 September.
The conference theme is Imagination and Literacy: Theory and Practice. It will provide a forum for teachers, teacher educators, writers, librarians, researchers, academics, publishers, parents, children, and local and international development workers to showcase research, practice and innovative literacy strategies that imaginatively engage literacy development across Africa.
The event will begin with three days of talks, academic papers, and workshops on classroom practice. The final day will be open to the public and aimed at community involvement through a series of events including stalls, installations and practical sessions around the theme of igniting imagination.
Keynote speakers will include International Literacy Association Director Marcie Craig Post, South African activist and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, research professors Barbara Comber (Australia), Viv Edwards (UK) and Kieran Egan (Canada), as well as principal of the St Mary’s Junior School in Waverley, Johannesburg, Desiree Hugo.
Oxford University Press Southern Africa is sponsoring the event in line with its commitment to education in Africa. The South African branch of OUP is celebrating its centenary this year – a 100 years of publishing for Southern Africa – through support to initiatives like this conference.
Steve Cilliers, Managing Director of Oxford University Press Southern Africa notes that: “South Africa’s continued challenge to turn the corner in improving literacy rates requires a redoubled commitment from all role-players which include curriculum developers, teachers and publishers. The challenge of preparing most South African learners for English as the language of learning while they are still mastering their mother tongue makes this particularly challenging. OUP is a global leader in emerging literacy and commit ourselves to sharing this expertise as widely as we can.”
Pan-African Literacy for All conferences, are important literacy events in Africa, providing a platform for literacy professionals and researchers to interface with policy makers in government and the donor community. They have taken place every two years since 1999 in countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda.
This year’s event will be run in association with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the International Development Committee-Africa (IDC-A). It will be organised by RASA — a leading South African literacy organisation which regularly organises conferences that draw together most of the South African experts on literacy.
Associate Professor Karin Murris, Chair of the RASA/Pan-African 2015 Literacy Conference Committee, said: “To raise standards worldwide it is essential that everyone involved in teaching literacy learns how to engage the imagination systematically and to its full potential. The imagination is tied up with feelings and images, with wonder and excitement. From making learning engaging to making it possible to comprehend and critique a text, the imagination is an educational tool that needs to be nurtured, nourished and invested in. The conference will provide the theoretical and practical ideas to bring more imagination into your teaching, whether in school or at university.”
For further information about the conference go to www.rasa2015.co.za.

04 March 2015

SimplyBiz Shift Questions Workshop To Assist Entrepreneurs

Following the success of this first-ever Shift Questions workshop held by Raizcorp in September 2014, Raizcorp, in partnership with Nedbank, is proud to announce that the SimplyBiz Shift Questions workshop will be hosted in four major cities this year.

The workshop was developed to equip entrepreneurs to think differently about their businesses in order to ‘unlock’ new opportunities and accelerate their success. It will teach them how to shift their way of thinking by simply asking the right questions, at the right time, and in the right sequence. More Information / Booking >>

Cape Town City Ballet celebrates 21st Open Day

The Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) popular annual Open Day will be celebrating its 21stBirthday on Saturday, 14 March at the University of Cape Town (UCT) CTCB School of Dance in Rosebank.

Starting at 10:00, the action packed day is a major highlight on the ballet calendar in Cape Town. It provides excellent entertainment for the whole family and offers a rare behind the scenes glimpse into the daily life of a professional dancer.

This year’s Open Day, organised by CTCB’s Keith Mackintosh for the 21sttime, promises to be a bumper edition, showcasing the work of the Cape Town City Ballet, the UCT School of Dance, the Cape Junior Ballet (CJB) and ZAMA Dance School.

Visitors can begin their day by watching the professionals in Company Class taught by Tracy Li, or visit CJB dancers in a Pre-Professional Classical Ballet Class which includes repertoire and coaching, conducted by Daniela Di Lorenzo. The latter is suitable for all budding ballerinas to observe. Read more>>

03 March 2015

Mechanical Engineering Internship Programme Cape Town

Mechanical Engineering Internship Programme Cape Town
Must be studying towards a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering requiring in service training; Drawing as well as Revit exposure preferable.

25 February 2015

IT Learnerships in Cape Town / Tech and System Support

IT learnership in cape town, 2 tech support and 3 system support learnership available
Twelve month IT Learnership available in Cape Town. This is an opportunity to bridge the gap and gain workplace experience in the field.

Academic Professional Learning Opportunities 2015: CHEC Short Courses

Academic Professional Learning Opportunities 2015: CHEC Short Courses
The Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) is offering five short courses this year on a range of aspects of university teaching and learning. These unique professional learning opportunities for academics are a joint initiative of Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
The first short course, Developing a Teaching Portfolio, consists of four contact sessions offered on 18 and 25 March, and 8 and 15 April, from 15:00 to 17:00. The sessions will take place on the Bellville campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
The above four institutions may each nominate ten lecturers for participation. If you would benefit from attending this growth opportunity, it is therefore essential that you submit your details as soon as possible.
Course fees for SU lecturers will be paid by SU.
The other short courses in 2015 are:
  • Emerging technologies to improve teaching and learning in HE;
  • Transforming tutorial programmes in HE;
  • Assessment in HE, and
  • Writing for Publication in HE in Teaching and Learning.

Mosaic Workshops - Cape Town

Mosaic Workshops - Cape Town
Mosaic workshop classes held in Kleinbosch, Plattekloof Road. Monday to ... Mosaic Workshops | Northern Suburbs, Cape Town | Services

06 February 2015

Seed Academy opens in Cape Town - Free training for entrepreneurs

Seed Academy opens in Cape Town - offers R2.4m of free training for entrepreneurs
Cape Business News
Seed Academy is offering entrepreneurial training in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and has more than R2.4m of sponsored training available for early stage tech and women entrepreneurs. Applications are open with courses starting regularly.

Seed Academy provides fast-track and practical training and mentoring to startups and early phase entrepreneurs. The focus is on the tech space but other ideas which are scalable are also considered. Seed Academy is also strongly committed to the development of women entrepreneurs.

Read More >>  cbn.co.za

05 February 2015

Business Internship - Cape Town

LocationWestern Cape, Cape Town, Plumstead
Stipend: from R3500
Duration: 3-6 months
Date: ASAP

Number of interns: 2

Overview:
Fetola, South Africa's leading independent Small Business Development agency urgently needs an intern for their active internship programme. Fetola is well known for its innovative and exciting working environment, and the Fetola internship has helped to launch graduates from all over the world into successful careers.
The position provides an exciting opportunity for high performing graduates to experience all aspects of business, and work closely with a team that is making a visible difference to the future of South Africa.

Requirements:
  • Degree in business, development, international relations or any related field is required. Honours an advantage.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and good inter-personal skills.
  • Must be computer literate, with advanced MS Office skills preferred
  • Research skills and report-writing capabilities
  • Interns must be prepared to seek solutions to diverse challenges in a dynamic work environment.

Characteristics: Well-spoken, have a passion to learn, quick-thinking, intelligent high achievers with a desire to contribute to our success!

How to apply:
To apply for this opportunity please send CV's to hr@fetola.co.za

04 February 2015

Strategic Business Management Online Short Course

Strategic Business Management Online Short Course
Strategic Business Management online short course

Course modules
  • Introduction to strategic management
  • Theory and evolution of strategic management
  • Organisational goals and values
  • Environmental analysis: Internal and External
  • Competition assessment
  • Strategy selection and systems
  • Formulation of a forward-thinking strategy
  • Strategy implementation
  • Evaluation and control
  • Strategic alignment and ensuring sustainability

More information >>  www.getsmarter.co.za