Female entrepreneur leads the way with new reading and learning centre in Krugersdorp

Nicolene Potgieter proudly opened the doors of the first Edublox reading and learning clinic in Krugersdorp earlier this month.

Potgieter, who was an administrative manager for many years in the gas industry, identified the opportunity of opening a reading and learning clinic when it was discovered that her third child had a ‘learning disability’.

“Our life was turned upside down when it became apparent that our youngest had a learning problem; we went from one specialist to another without any success,” says Potgieter.

“None of the drama and frustration would have been necessary if we had discovered Edublox sooner. When I saw how effective Edublox is in helping children overcome learning difficulties, I realized that I had to help other children in a similar situation as well,” Potgieter adds.

Subsequently, Potgieter has qualified as an Edublox tutor, is in the process of completing her three year degree course as a counsellor and opened the first Edublox franchise in the Krugersdorp area on 23 April 2012, offering classes in both English and Afrikaans.

Despite the difficult economic times, Potgieter recognised the value of opening her own business and saw the opportunities to be gained by investing in an Edublox franchise. There has been a steady increase in the number of women franchisees in South Africa and currently 23.28% of all franchisees are women.

With a literacy rate of only 48% at grade three level and language competency of only 46% at grade six level reported in the Gauteng Province in 2011, it is clear that the province would benefit from additional learning programmes such as Edublox.

For more information about Edublox in Krugersdorp, contact Nicolene Potgieter on: 011 954 3867 or nicolene@edublox.com or visit www.edublox.co.za .

References:

Education statistics: South African Department of Basic Education report on the Annual National Assessments of 2011.

Franchise statistics: “The Franchise Factor 2010” © Bendeta Gordon, conducted by Franchize Directions.

 

 

Female entrepreneur leads the way with new reading and learning centre in Polokwane

Lizani Muller proudly opened the doors of the new Edublox reading and learning clinic in Polokwane earlier this month.

Muller, who was a Primary School teacher for many years, identified that there was a specific need to help children with learning difficulties.

Initially Muller presented only a component of the Edublox product range (Audiblox). Wanting to do more to help learners overcome the stigma of ‘learning disabilities’, Muller decided to open an Edublox reading and learning Centre in Polokwane, providing the full spectrum of Edublox products to help learners with ‘learning problems’. The centre was opened on 16 April 2012 offering classes in both English and Afrikaans.

Despite the difficult economic times, Muller recognised the value of opening her own business and saw the opportunities to be gained by investing in an Edublox franchise. There has been a steady increase in the number of women franchisees in South Africa and currently 23.28% of all franchisees are women.

With a literacy rate of only 39% at grade three level and language competency at a shocking 15% at grade six level reported in the Limpopo Province in 2011, it is clear that the province would benefit from additional learning programmes such as Edublox.

“Many parents are faced with being told that their child has a ‘learning problem’. They then don’t have any idea what to do or where to turn to. I have seen tremendous success on a daily basis with learners who follow the program and are able to overcome their learning problems,” adds Muller.

For more information about Edublox in Polokwane, contact Lizani Muller on: 015 291 4099 or lizani@edublox.com or visit www.edublox.co.za .

References:

Education statistics: South African Department of Basic Education report on the Annual National Assessments of 2011.

Franchise statistics: “The Franchise Factor 2010” © Bendeta Gordon, conducted by Franchize Directions.

Beach clean-up for Earth Day

Western Cape – Youngsters from Sivile Primary School in Khayelitsha and Xolani Primary School in Gugulethu were eager to play their part in this year’s 42nd Earth Day celebrations and they did so by picking up waste on Strandfontein Beach on Saturday 21 April 2012.

The City of Cape Town’s WasteWise project in conjunction with Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape, worked together to recognise Earth Day this year by hosting the beach clean-up on Strandfontein Beach.

The Earth Day 2012 campaign, which took place on 22 April 2012, was designed to provide people with the opportunity to unite their voices in a call for a sustainable future and direct them towards quantifiable outcomes.

In honour of Earth Day, learners from Sivile Primary (Khayelitsha) and Xolani Primary (Gugulethu) participated in a beach clean-up project on Saturday 21 April 2012 – the day before Earth Day – on Strandfontein Beach, which is situated on the False Bay coastline. This beach is well known for having the biggest tidal swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere.

The beach clean-up project formed part of PenBev’s “Live for a Difference” campaign, where caring for the environment is one of the many focus areas.

Stuart McLeod, Managing Director of PenBev said, “We are very happy to be collaborating with the City of Cape Town and teaching the learners about the importance of looking after the earth. It is important that the youth play a role in keeping our environment clean and by participating in initiatives such as Earth Day, they are doing just that.”

Learners from across the Peninsula have been actively involved in cleaning up beaches in Cape Town since 2004. These clean-ups have been made possible by PenBev, who provide transport, health and safety equipment as well as refreshments at each of the clean-ups.

For more information on PenBev’s beach clean-ups contact PenBev 021 936 5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za.

For more information about the City of Cape Town’s projects visit: www capetown.gov.za

For more information about Earth Day – visit: www.earthday.org

 

Sea Point Rotary and Bonaqua bring joy to little ones

Photo caption: Little ones from the Ilitha Crèche in Khayelitsha and the Ruth First Crèche in Philippi could hardly contain their excitement when they visited the Rotary Club of Sea Point’s Blue Train Project last week. Gavin Schachat, Director of Projects Sea Point Rotary, said, “We were delighted to host these children from disadvantaged backgrounds and to witness their joy when riding the train, jumping on the jumping castle and in some cases, seeing the sea for the first time!

“We are very grateful to Peninsula Beverages (PenBev) for their continued assistance with our projects and for sponsoring Bonaqua water to keep the children and teachers hydrated during their visit.” Schachat added.

The Rotary Club of Sea Point’s Blue Train Project has been bringing joy to communities through similar excursions since 2008.

For more information on the Sea Point Rotary and the community projects that they are involved with visit: www.seapointrotary.org.za

For more information on PenBev and the community projects that they are involved with, visit www.penbev.co.za or call 021 936 5500

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