Learners transported back in time with an educational historic walking tour at the V&A Waterfront

Caption: Renowned historian and author Willem Steenkamp, dressed as Jan van Riebeeck, educates learners from Nu Hoop Primary School, Porterville about life in Cape Town during the 1700s.

Only a few South Africans know that the V&A Waterfront is home to the oldest working harbour in South Africa along with 22 cultural landmarks. PenBev (Peninsula Beverage Company – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape) in partnership with The Chavonnes Battery Museum, V&A Waterfront and the ‘Partners in Education Project’ sponsored a historical walking tour to educate Nu Hoop Primary School learners from Porterville about Cape Town’s rich history.

Excited learners from Nu Hoop Primary in Porterville, arrived at the V&A Waterfront’s Chavonnes Battery Museum, where the ruins of an original Dutch Fort, which was completed in 1726, is carefully preserved. The pupils listened intently to their period dressed tour guide ‘Jan van Riebeeck’ as he reminisced about South Africa and the significance of Cape Town during the 18th century. This unique historical walking tour specifically focusses on life during the 1700s, the different historic points at the V&A Waterfront and how the Dutch Fort ruins at the Chavonnes Battery were only discovered in 1999, after being buried for 140 years!

‘Jan van Riebeeck’ renowned historian and author Willem Steenkamp, and his period clad assistants educate learners about Cape Town and specifically, historic points at the V&A Waterfront such as the Clock Tower, the Robinson Dry Dock (one of the oldest operating docks dating back to 1882), the SAS Somerset (the only boom defence vessel remaining in the world that is permanently moored for viewing) and Cape Town’s first power station.

“The walking tour is an interactive and exciting initiative that teaches learners about South Africa’s rich history. Most of the schools we sponsor for the tours have never been to Cape Town, let alone seen the ocean. We contribute to youth education by exposing these learners to the history of South Africa and ultimately broaden their knowledge. We also encourage them to read by having English, Afrikaans and Xhosa information boards,” comments Dale Dodgen, Business Executive for Chavonnes Battery Museum.

PenBev (Peninsula Beverage Company – local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape) began sponsoring the historical tour in May 2012. Niqui Smit, OnCon Channel Manager from PenBev says, “We are delighted to be partnered with the V&A Waterfront and the Chavonnes Battery Museum. The pilot project in 2012 proved to be a huge success and we therefore continue to expand the number of learners that would not only have a great experience but also understand the history of Cape Town. This initiative forms part of PenBev’s community focussed programmes which serve to uplift the communities in which we operate and who continue to support us.”

The Historical Walking Tour operates daily on request and departs from the Chavonnes Battery Museum which is open 7 days a week 9:00 to 16:00. During the coming winter holidays, learners under 16 can visit the museum free of charge, when accompanied by an adult. For more information contact 021-416-6230 or visit http://bit.ly/MuseumFacebookPage or http://www.waterfront.co.za/Pages/VandAWaterfrontHistoricalWalkingTours.aspx

For more information about PenBev contact 021-936-5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za. Join PenBev’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PenBev

Photographer: Craig Wilson

Innovative Medical Surgery Changes Faces

The following steps were followed by the CRPM’s research team:

Segmentation of CT data: The above images show the software that was used to segment the bony features from the soft tissue in order to prepare a 3D computer model from the patient’s CT data.

Generation of 3D computer model: The 3D model of the patient’s skull and upper jaw clearly shows the affected area. This 3D model was loaded onto a 3D printing machine to be manufactured from plastic powder and laser sintering process.

Innovation at Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) enabled a medical first in South Africa, when Ennica Mahkge, a young woman from Gauteng who was born without a nose and nasal passages received extensive jaw and facial surgery and a new nasal prosthesis at Mediclinic Kloof in Pretoria on Saturday, 22 June 2013.

To allow Mahkge (19) to breathe, an opening in her windpipe was created at birth, which unfortunately increased her tendency to develop upper respiratory tract infections, and ultimately caused a chronic infection. This resulted in the need to do a nose replacement operation, where nasal passages were created by moving Mahkge’s jaw forward and down, in order to create space for the new nasal passages.

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), together with a team of specialists from the University of Pretoria and Mediclinic Kloof has been working tirelessly for months to make this life changing surgery possible.

The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at CUT played a vital role in the reconstructive surgery by using Additive Manufacturing technology, better known as three dimensional printing to construct two models of Mahkge’s skull so that the team of doctors could carry out pre-operative planning and simulate the operation.

“These models were essential for the success of the operation, as the patient was born without a nasal passage. Without these models the operations would have been impossible”, said Dr van den Heever from the Department of Prosthodontics of the University of Pretoria (UP).

“With only about 50 documented cases in the world and the first in South Africa, there is no absolute protocol in place for the surgeons to draw from,” says Gerrie Booysen, the Director of the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at CUT. “That is why the pre-operative models played such a vital role in empowering the doctors to plan and simulate the operation in the finest detail.”

The pre-operative model assisted the surgeons to determine where the upper jaw needs to be cut in order to place it in the correct position and to prepare the titanium plates that was used to reconstruct the upper jaw. This shortened the operating time considerably, which reduces the chances of complications due to a prolonged operation such as infections or excessive blood loss.

For more information about the CRPM and CUT please visit www.cut.ac.za.

More about CUT

CUT is a leader in many technology fields ranging from learning programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a broad field in which CUT has about 45% of its enrolments, much higher than many other South African universities. Further, CUT’s research and innovation leadership in many areas, more especially in rapid prototyping and manufacturing is world class. The latter has been honoured by both the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its National Medical Device Platform and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with the latter having granted CUT a Chair in this area. Through its social and technological innovations CUT aims to contribute towards the social-economic development in the region as well as in the rest of South Africa and internationally.

Young volunteers from Mustadafin Foundation’s Youth and Mental Health Development programme make a difference in their communities on Youth Day

Caption: Earlier this week (17 June 2013), in celebration of Youth Day, volunteers from Mustadafin’s Youth and Mental Health Development programme set out to truly make a difference by initiating positive social change in their communities from cleaning up litter in their neighbourhood to spending time with the elderly; these 300 youths made an active social change in six areas across Cape Flats.

Mustadafin Foundation’s Youth and Mental Health Development programme arranged inspirational activities in their local communities for Youth Day. “For Youth Day this year, we wanted to allow the youth to make a difference in their own communities instead of organising an event where we bring youth together in one area as we had done previously,” commented Mustadafin Youth and Health Development Coordinator, Fidaah Edries.

The social projects were implemented by young volunteers aged between 10 – 20 years, whilst Mustadafin’s 30 trained volunteers, who have been working with the youth in these areas over the past few months, merely supervised their activities on the day.

The six areas that benefitted from these programmes include Edenvale Primary School, where a school clean-up was arranged with soup and bread given to the needy thereafter. Grade 7 learners from Huguenot Primary School visited Beaconvale Frail Care Home in Mitchell’s Plain where games were played and snacks were served. In Hanover Park, the young volunteers went to ‘Paradise 4 Kids’ where Irshaad Ally (Pasella presenter) gave a motivational speech followed by games with the children. Kewtown youth visited Leliebloem Children’s Home where games were played and they educated the children about the dangers of gangs, drugs and teenage pregnancy. The Delft youth presented a play to their community which also focussed on the dangers of gangs and drugs, while in Crossroads, young volunteers visited an old age home in the area where they played games and distributed food.

Mustadafin’s Youth and Health Development Department currently helps 300 youth in six areas in the Cape Flats with youth programmes. These include life skills workshops, mentorship, tutoring programmes and reading classes to name a few.

If you would like to volunteer contact Fidaah at Mustadafin on 021-633 0010 or email yhd@mustadafin.org.za.

For more information contact Mustadafin on 021-633-0010 or visit www.mustadafin.com. Join their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation?fref=ts


The Mustadafin Foundation was established in 1986 as a result of political unrest and violence in the Crossroads Township. Crossroads, at that time was isolated and violence that erupted was due to faction fighting. It had a devastating effect on the local community, particularly women and children.

In order to support the community, a group of professionals offered their expertise, skills and resources. They provided medical care, trauma counselling, accommodation, food and clothing. This group encompassed such a wide range of people working constructively towards a common goal that it was decided to formalise the situation in the hope that this initiative could be maintained – this saw the birth of the Mustadafin Foundation.

Peer pressure education programme gives learners the upper hand

Our youth, especially teens, are faced with serious challenges on a daily basis. From browsing the Internet, to bullying, joining gangs and drug abuse have grave consequences; unfortunately our youngsters are not necessarily equipped emotionally to stand up for themselves and realise their dreams when faced with these pressures from their peers.

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) takes this very seriously and have partnered with Life Talk to sponsor life skills and educational talks to previously disadvantaged Western Cape schools about the dangers of modern day temptation, and how to deal with these situations.

Almost 90 Grade 7’s from Wavecrest Primary School in Mitchells Plain were recently treated to a talk by industry experts about the dangers of peer pressure at school. The learners, aged between 11 and 13, talked actively about the challenges they face in their everyday lives, and learnt a few techniques to help them deal with adverse situations in the future. The talk was hosted at PenBev’s Coke Zone, in Parow which is an auditorium dedicated to educational programmes.

Priscilla Hendricks, PenBev’s School Co-ordinator of the Life Talk sessions comments, “We are concerned about the difficulties facing the youth of today – our future leaders, so we place great importance on conducting these educational programmes, to help the learners cope with peer pressure and to know how to deal with challenges that they may, or may already have faced. We have offered these talks to disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape for the past 2 years and look forward to touching the lives of many youths in the future. This initiative forms part of PenBev’s ‘me (people), we (community), world (environment)’ initiative, which aims to uplift the people and environment in which we operate in and who have supported us for many years.”

During the talk, learners had to envisage who they wanted to be when they grew up (their goal person) and base all decisions on whether their actions will help bring them closer or further away from achieving this. Life Talk focusses on challenges such as peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, precarious information found on the Internet, chat room risks, hubbly bubbly, sexual activities and gangs. The dangers of each of these are elaborated on and methods to overcome these issues are provided during the talk.

“We predominantly target pre-teen learners for the talk, before they reach the age where the real dangers in life are introduced to them. It’s important for us to make them comfortable to talk about these matters in an environment where no judgement is made,” says Natasha Swift, Life Talk’s Cape Town representative who conducts the talks.

After the talk, learners are given refreshments while listening to an overview of how the production process works at the bottling plant, and how their favourite drink is made.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za.

Widespread Access To Higher Education


Bloemfontein, Free State: (Front from left to right) Mr Tate Makgoe, MEC of Education; Prof. TZ Mthembu, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT; (Back from left to right) Mr. TS Letho, Director of Flavious Mareka FET College; DR LM Fourie, Director of Goldfields; FET College, DR SD Manese, Director of Maluti FET College and Mr JS Tladi, Chief Director: FET Colleges. The Free State Provincial Government, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), and Further Education and Training Colleges (FETC) in the Free State pledging their commitment to collaboration at the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which took place at the CUT main campus in Bloemfontein today, 06 June 2013. The signing of the MoU is the first step to the realisation of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s efforts to revitalise the FETC sector in the Free State through systematic, coordinated and meaningful collaboration with universities, which aims to create the opportunity for FETC students to further their studies at higher education institutions.

The Free State Provincial Government, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), and Further Education and Training Colleges (FETC) in the Free State pledged their commitment to collaboration at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, which took place at the CUT main campus in Bloemfontein today, 06 June 2013.

The MoU stipulates a working relationship between CUT and the FETC sector, which will provide and improve access to further education and training institutions, including universities in the province.

Until now, there has been a mismatch between the courses offered at FET colleges and the entry requirements into higher education institutions, which resulted in FET qualifications being disregarded when prospective students’ applications were considered for admission.

“CUT will assist the FETC sector the development of bridging courses, the launch of new NQF level 5 curricula programmes and will contribute to the improvement of FETC staff training and education. These advancements and the development of articulation and credit transfer instruments, will make it easier for FETC students to gain admission into CUT”, said Mthembu.

The signing of the MoU is the first step to the realisation of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s efforts to revitalise the FETC sector in the Free State through systematic, coordinated and meaningful collaboration with universities.

The MoU also aims to further promote specific learning areas, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“This partnership will assist victims of our system who did not have mathematics and science up to matric to bridge the gaps in their education and will develop the opportunity for these learners to enrol at higher education institutions”, said Mr Tate Makgoe, MEC for Education.

“We believe that we have a critical role to play in the development of highly skilled graduates, specialising in STEM focussed careers, to ultimately create wealth for the country,” said Prof Thandwa Mthembu, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of CUT.

For more information about CUT visit www.cut.ac.za