07 April 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.

05 April 2015

Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town 2015

Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Photography
Canon DSLR Cameras / Photography
For taking self-satisfying and quality (nature) photos with your Canon PowerShot / EOS DSLR camera it is required to have a reasonable understanding of photography fundamentals and to know your way around your camera / lens settings.

Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops
With an ever-evolving photographic body of knowledge and advanced camera settings for Canon DSLR and PowerShot cameras Vernon Chalmers is now offering on-site beginner workshops to individuals who are keen to learn more about:

  • Canon camera functions, menu settings and controls 
  • Photography exposure fundamentals (Aperture / ISO / Shutter Speed) 
  • Shooting Modes (Automatic vs P / Av / Tv / M Modes) 
  • Understanding Canon EF and EF-S lenses (for EOS cameras) 
  • Image Stabilisation (IS) and camera shake (using a tripod / monopod) 
  • Portrait and landscape photography (focal lengths, aperture and lens selection) 
  • Close-up / Macro photography (focal lengths, aperture and lens selection) 
  • Low light / flash photography (on-camera vs Canon Speedlite hot shoe flash) 
  • Lonng exposure photograpy
  • Canon APS-C (crop sensor) vs. full frame cameras 
  • JPG vs RAW file formats (if required) 
  • Your camera and HD video 
  • Memory cards, downloading and computer post-processing software 
  • New camera trends / camera and lens buying decisions 

The onsite workshop is also aimed at individuals contemplating the upgrade decision from a Canon compact / bridge camera to a Canon EOS (APS-C) DSLR camera. Content and presentation will be arranged around specific photography and camera requirements.

Cost of the workshop: R500-00 per person. Duration +- 6 hours. I am prepared to travel to deliver this onsite to individuals or small groups (in / around Cape Town and Cape Peninsula). Field trips for specific application can be arranged.


Setting for one-on-one demonstration: Discussion and camera / photography demonstration across a table setting (with downloads to computer). Small group pricing negotiable.


More Information:  Canon Camera News Cape Town >>

Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town
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Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Long Exposure Photography
Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town
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Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town
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Introduction to Photography Workshops - Cape Town
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01 April 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

Advanced Social Media Training / Workshops Cape Town 2015

Advanced Social Media Workshop Cape Town
Advanced Social Media Training for non-technical website / blog managers

Advanced onsite Social Media workshop training  facilitated by Vernon Chalmers are structured around specific client / corporate training requirements. The advanced Social Media workshops are facilitated from an Internet Marketing, SEO and Social Media perspective with specific emphasis on leveraging and maintaining current Social Media Visibility.

Onsite pre-workshop no-cost visit [Cape Town]


Core Social Media learning areas (structured around specific requirements)
  • Understanding Social Media Marketing
  • Measuring Your Current Social Media
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Improving Your Social Media
  • Content Syndication
  • Social Media Advertising

Visit the Vernon Chalmers Internet Marketing / SEO / Social Media Website for more Information >>

18 March 2015

French Language Lessons - Cape Town

French Lessons in Cape Town
French lessons in the greater Cape Town area offered, for all ages and levels

11 March 2015

Radio Presenting Course - Cape Town

Radio Presenting Course, Cape Town
If you have decided to become a radio presenter, this course will be ideal for you! You will learn how to ... Radio Presenting Course, Cape Town.

07 March 2015

Marketing Internship Opportunity at UCT / University of Cape Town

Marketing Internship Opportunity at the University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town has a Marketing Internship within the Department of Research and Innovation.

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.