Bags full of litter at Woodville Primary School Clean Up Day

 

Woodville Primary School Grade 6 learners (L – R) Zaakirah Sydow, Tahryn Williams and Leah Manne collected rubbish at the school’s Clean Up day on Wednesday last week. The school is competing in a month-long competition to recycle as much as possible during World Clean Up Month. [Photographer: Craig Wilson. Permission for children to be photographed granted by parents. High resolution images available on request.]

It’s hard to tell which school is in the lead for the Clean Up and Recycle Competition taking place this month. On Wednesday last week Woodville Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain cleaned up their school and their community, collecting 537 kilograms of waste at the Clean Up day.

Imperial Primary in Beacon Valley, Cascade Primary in Tafelsig and Woodville Primary are competing for the grand prize. The school that collects the most waste at their Clean Up day and recycles the most plastic bottles, cans, paper and glass bottles per learner during the four week competition will win a grand prize of R10 000 to be spent on school improvements. The winner will be calculated by weighing the total amount collected and divided by the number of learners at the school. Woodville Primary School Principal Keith Riddles said that the school needed to replace doors and that there was extensive maintenance work to be done in the toilets.

At the Clean Up Day the school listened to an informative talk by WasteWant Director of Sales and Marketing, Luther Müller. He told the learners that informal collectors can make R3500 a month through collection of recyclable items and that waste is valuable because it can be re-used. The learners enjoyed a snack and refreshment before they put gloves on and began to gather rubbish. For twenty minutes the younger children combed the inside of the school grounds collecting litter while the older grades, accompanied by their teachers, went into the area surrounding the school to clean up. After the hard work was done the children celebrated their efforts by dancing with Mpact recycling mascot, Ronnie Recycler.

The Clean Up and Recycle Competition is organised by Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape). “This competition is about encouraging recycling and respect for the environment which is an important value at PenBev. All three schools have responded so enthusiastically to the challenge which is very impressive,” commented PenBev Corporate Communications Manager Denise Behrens.

In order to encourage learners to bring in items for recycling, staff at Woodville Primary have arranged a school based competition between the classes. On Wednesday last week, Grade 3A were in the lead, having brought in 77 bags filled with paper, cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. “Parents have arrived at the school with bakkie-loads of plastic bottles,” reported one teacher.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Reading difficulties and dyslexia

“Your child is dyslexic.” A parent’s worst nightmare may be to hear these words. This October, known as Dyslexia Awareness Month, Edublox urges parents to find out more about the reading and learning problems their children may have, so that they are better equipped to help them read, learn and achieve their highest educational potential. “A severe reading problem may be described as dyslexia, however what’s more important is knowing how these problems can be solved and that there is hope,” says Susan du Plessis, Edublox Director of Educational Programmes.

Switching the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’ or reading the word ‘bog’ instead of ‘dog’ are well-known as typical signs of dyslexia. When children are labelled dyslexic their failure at school is often excused because their problem is considered incurable. People may say that their brain is “wired” in a certain way and it cannot be changed. Du Plessis encourages parents not to give up on their children.

“Dyslexia is just a label for a cluster of symptoms of reading and spelling problems. The science of neuroplasticity proves that the brain can change. Often what appears to be dyslexia is a lack of certain cognitive skills which include laterality, form discrimination, auditory sequencing and phonemic awareness. If these cognitive skills are practised, a reading problem may become a thing of the past,” say du Plessis.

Even if a child is performing above average at school, compared to international education standards their relative ability is somewhat deceiving. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) comparing the reading abilities of Grade 4 children in 40 countries ranked South Africa worst in 2006. A follow up study in 2011, which found Hong Kong to achieve the best standard globally, revealed that our Grade 4 learners were “still performing at a low level overall on an easier assessment compared to their counterparts internationally.”* Research conducted by Edublox in Singapore last year confirmed this concerning situation. “A child whose reading level is considered acceptable for their age in South Africa may be diagnosed as dyslexic in Singapore,” says du Plessis. “A diagnosis of dyslexia is therefore relative to the specific country and environment. Instead of limiting academic performance with a loosely-defined label we should focus on developing potential.”

The mother of a nine-year-old girl who was diagnosed with severe dyslexia had been told that there was no hope for her child’s academic success. “I was extremely worried when she had to copy ‘discover’ and wrote, ‘coversid’. How could she ever manage to write exams next year in Grade 4? Whenever she read the letters would move on the page,” says her mother. According to du Plessis, this is a sign of a severe reading problem. After a ten day intensive programme in cognitive development, the Grade 3 learner had overcome her first hurdle and informed her mother that the letters had stopped moving. “She has much more self-confidence and is actually enjoying reading now,” reports her mother. As her cognitive skills are further strengthened with exercises that ‘build’ her brain she will be able to beat her reading difficulties completely, says du Plessis.

This October, during Dyslexia Awareness Month, Edublox franchisees, registered with the International Association for Cognitive Education in South Africa (IACESA) will offer at least 44 free information sessions for parents and teachers across the country and in Namibia. As educational practitioners, they work daily with children who have reading and learning difficulties and can provide hands-on advice. Visit www.edublox.co.za or call 0861-EDUBLOX to find your nearest branch and register to attend an information session. Brain Food a newsletter with more valuable information about beating reading difficulties will be distributed at the information sessions and at schools and consulting rooms.

Edublox are leading specialists in cognitive development with 22 reading and learning clinics across Southern Africa. Edublox offers multisensory cognitive training, aimed at developing and automatising the foundational skills of reading, spelling and Mathematics. For more information about Edublox visit www.edublox.co.za or contact 0861-EDUBLOX / 0861 338 256.

*http://www.up.ac.za/media/shared/Legacy/sitefiles/file/publications/2013/pirls_2011_report_12_dec.pdf

Cascade Primary School cleans up Tafelsig

Grade 6 learners from Cascade Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain (L- R) Geovandre Abrahams, Darrion Lope, Zukhanye Mbeki, Suhail Wagiet, Taireece Williams, Chelsea Jaffa, Tanin Langeveldt and Jiyaad Samodien collect rubbish at a Clean Up Day on Monday this week. The school is participating in the Clean Up and Recycle Competition taking place in September which is World Clean Up Month. [Photographer: Craig Wilson. Permission for children to be photographed granted by parents. High resolution images available on request.]

The Clean Up and Recycle Competition taking place this month is well under way at three schools in Mitchells Plain with tonnes of rubbish collected by enthusiastic learners hoping to win the prize for their school. On Monday learners from Cascade Primary School in Tafelsig participated in a special Clean Up Day event where they learnt about recycling and then picked up litter in and around their school.

Imperial Primary in Beacon Valley, Woodville Primary in Woodlands and Cascade Primary are competing in the competition, arranged by Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape). The school that collects the most waste at their Clean Up day and recycles the most plastic bottles, cans, paper and glass bottles per learner during the four week competition will win a grand prize of R10 000 to be spent on school improvements. Imperial Primary School collected 1224 kilograms of waste at its Clean Up Day two weeks ago. Woodville Primary will participate in their Clean Up Day tomorrow (Wednesday 23 September 2015). The competition ends on Friday 9 October 2015.

WasteWant director of Sales and Marketing, Luther Müller taught the Cascade Primary School learners about recycling and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is used to make some plastic bottles. “PET is baled then reduced to PET resin, and can further be refined into polyester. Polyester can be used to make clothing like your school tracksuits,” he told the learners. He also said that that white paper can be recycled up to six times before it is used again to make the paper that newspapers are printed on.

Commenting on the value of recycling and how it can generate income for the school, Principal Gale Adriaanse said, “We are sitting on a goldmine, there is so much that we can recycle.” Adriaanse said, “We have already collected a large amount of recyclable goods and are really hoping to win the competition.” She said that classrooms needed to be repainted and that repairs were needed to the buildings.

PenBev’s Corporate Communications Manager Denise Behrens comments, “It is inspiring to see how enthusiastic the learners are about this competition. We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and encouraging recycling is a key aspect of that.”

The children enjoyed refreshments and a snack before they put on gloves and began to fill bags with litter for 20 minutes. Teachers accompanied the older learners who cleared the area outside the school premises while the younger grades picked up rubbish within the school yard. After the clean up the learners placed their bags full of litter in a large pile and danced to celebrate their efforts. The rubbish which was removed by WasteWant weighed 1123 kilograms.


With just over two weeks until the competition ends, it is unclear which school is leading the competition and cleaning up and recycling the most. Learners will continue to bring in plastic bottles, cans, paper and glass bottles for recycling until 9 October.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

World-class reputation conference to be held in Cape Town

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett.

Reputation management company, Reputation Matters will host a riveting one-day conference on the nuts and bolts of building a positive reputation on Friday, 06 November 2015 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Cape Town. Local and international speakers including Andrew Boraine, CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) will grapple with the key building blocks associated with reputable organisations.

Just as you are inseparable from your shadow, so an organisation cannot be severed from its reputation.  An organisation’s reputation precedes success or failure.

Why is reputation such a powerful force? Regine le Roux, Managing Director at Reputation Matters says, “Understanding reputation is a strategic imperative; it is something which is influenced by every dimension and activity of an organisation. It’s a virtuous circle: A positive, strong reputation attracts and keeps top employees. Having the right team on board helps you to improve your service or product offering, which helps you to attract the right kind of attention. As a result, people will invest in your offering and ultimately you will be able to see how a good reputation positively impacts your bottom line.”

So how does one build and maintain a solid reputation? “It helps to get advice from the experts,” smiles le Roux, which is why we’re hosting our inaugural reputation management conference on 06 November 2015 in Cape Town.”

Featuring influential speakers from South Africa and around the globe, the conference will walk attendees through the key elements of building and fostering a reputation. Best practices and case studies shared will equip attendees with a basic understanding and exciting ideas that they can customise for their particular business case. As le Roux puts it, “With our tools, team and track record, we can help companies to take their reputations to the next level.”

World-renowned motivational speaker Braam Malherbe will be the master of ceremonies for the day and promises to inspire attendees with his infectious energy and passion.

“A company’s reputation can be tarnished in seconds, and we invite all businesses to come and share in the wealth of knowledge speakers have to offer,” concludes le Roux.

The fantastic speaker line-up includes: Andrew Boraine, CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP); Mothobi Seseli, CEO of Argon Asset Management; Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, journalist at the Sunday Times; Prof Ronel Rensburg, Head of the Communication Division at the University of Pretoria; Huma Gruaz, Founder and CEO of Alpaytac Communication in the USA; Nicole Webb, Founder and Director of Impact Communications in Australia; Lutz Cleffmann from ECCO International Communication Network in Düsseldorf, Germany and; Norbert Ofmanski, Managing Director at Onboard Communication Agency in Poland.

For more information on the conference, please email: conference@reputationmatters.co.za.

Early bird bookings close at the end of September.

Click here to register.

For more info on managing and investing in your reputation, visit www.reputationmatters.co.za or call 021 790 0208. Reputation Matters is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/yourreputationmatters and Twitter @ReputationIsKey.

Imperial Primary School celebrates World Clean Up Month

Caption: Almost 2000 learners from Imperial Primary School in Beacon Valley got involved in cleaning up their community today, Friday 11 September 2015. The school is participating in a Clean Up and Recycle Competition this September, which is celebrated globally as World Clean Up Month. [Photographer: Craig Wilson – High resolution images available on request]

To celebrate World Clean Up Month learners at Imperial Primary School are collecting and recycling as much plastic, paper and glass bottles as possible. The school is competing in a Clean Up and Recycle Competition arranged by Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) and facilitated by [dot]GOOD, a leading for good marketing agency.

Today the school participated in a special Clean Up event. A representative from recycling partner, WasteWant gave an informative presentation to the learners about recycling. The children learnt about how plastic bottles are recycled and that the recycled plastic can be used to create various items. Then it was time for everyone to put into practice what they had learnt. Everyone received gloves to protect their hands and bags for collecting waste. Together with teachers, the older school children went into the area surrounding the school to clean up, searching for discarded rubbish and items that could be recycled. The younger grades picked up waste on the school premises.

By the end of the morning a large amount of rubbish had been collected and the containers for plastic, paper and glass, supplied by WasteWant were filling up fast with recyclable material. The learners got involved with much excitement. The school will continue to fill the recycling containers throughout this month during the four week competition.

Three schools in Mitchells Plain will compete in the Clean Up and Recycle Competition; Imperial Primary, Cascade Primary in Tafelsig and Woodville Primary in Woodlands. The school that collects the most waste on their Clean Up day and recycles the most, per learner, between 9 September and 9 October 2015, will win the grand prize of R10 000. The prize will be paid to a contractor to perform refurbishments at the school.

PenBev’s Corporate Communications Manager Denise Behrens comments, “This competition is all about caring for your environment by keeping your neighbourhoods clean and recycling various items that can then be re-used.”

Imperial Primary School Principal, Colin Baron said that he was confident that the enthusiastic learners would collect as much as possible. “It is wonderful to see how excited the learners are about this competition. It is not only an opportunity for them to learn about recycling but also to practically clean up with a great incentive. Of course we would love it if Imperial wins the competition.” Should Imperial Primary win, they will arrange for much needed maintenance repairs to the school’s prefab buildings.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.zaor contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Adults rise above daily challenges through the gift of literacy

Mustadafin Foundation is helping adults in gang ridden areas in the Western Cape to rise above daily challenges through their adult literacy programme.

In communities where struggles and poverty are rife, learning to read and write later in life takes a certain amount of courage and will-power. Originally implemented as far back as 1988, Mustadafin Foundation’s adult literacy programme has helped over 1000 illiterate adults aged from 17 to 60 years in Athlone, Crossroads, Montrose Park, Philippi and Heinz Park to read and become more confident and independent.   

The programme, run by Mustadafin Foundation’s Literacy Coordinator, Jasmina Salie takes place every week, for up to four hours at a time at the Foundation’s centres in Delft and Sherwood Park.

“The programme starts with a six month pre-abet course, which is equivalent to Grade R to 3. Students can then move on to abet classes which is the equivalent to Grades 4 to 6. Thereafter, they can complete their schooling up until Matric. The foundation phase of learning is very important, so we teach each student in their mother tongue and adapt to their unique method of learning,” explains Salie.

The Delft programme currently has 11 adults in the class and they are showing significant progress. One enthusiastic student mentioned that she is now able to help with her children’s administration and homework – something she could not do previously.

“It is wonderful to see the change this programme has had in these adults’ lives. We cover reading subjects and also discuss daily struggles in class, from domestic violence, drug abuse and HIV. The class becomes a support group where they give and receive advice to handle the challenges they face each day. As a result they have developed confidence through learning but also know that they are not alone in their trials,” reflects Salie.

At the Sherwood Park centre in Manenberg, the learners are a little bit older and struggle with concentration, making the learning process longer. “The area is afflicted by gang violence leaving people in a constant state of shock and trauma, however shootings and drugs in the community haven’t deterred them from learning and pursuing their goals,” says Salie.

Many of the women in the class have sons and family involved in gangs. One woman in the programme has already made progress with her son by building up her confidence and setting an example for him. 

“It is so refreshing to see how the literacy programme has helped these people. One gentleman in the group is very pro-active in seeking out his education and wants to be a librarian one day. He is pursuing his goals and wants to help the youth do the same,” mentions Salie.

After the students complete the programme, Mustadafin Foundation helps them further by assisting with job opportunities.   

“I always say to my students that if you are committed, change will come – and that’s exactly what they are proving,” concludes Salie.

Ghairunisa Johnstone, Founder of Mustadafin Foundation has put out an appeal to Capetonians for assistance, “There is a very high demand for this programme and without residents’ help we won’t be able to continue with this much needed programme. If you are able to help, please make contact with us.”

If you are able to help out with funding or if you would like to find out more information, contact Mustadafin Foundation on 021-633-0010 or visitwww.mustadafin.org.za. Join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation.

Cape Town set to host the last exciting SMME Opportunity Roadshow

The time is finally here – on Wednesday, 09 September 2015, the SMME Opportunity Roadshow will make its last stop for 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This inspiring small business event takes place from 08:00 to 17:00 and promises a full and informative programme, hosted by none other than SAfm Radio Anchor, Ashraf Garda.

Small business development is one of South Africa’s visions for economic development. When businesses are empowered, employment opportunities are created, and this in turn helps to curb the rising unemployment rate.

To this end, event organisers, Cape Media, are eager to see what the Mother City has in store and which new ventures will be born from the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. “We successfully hosted more than 300 entrepreneurs in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and in Durban. We encourage all Cape Town based small business owners to register on time to attend this once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Greg Penfold, Head of Events Division at Cape Media.

The objective of the SMME Opportunity Roadshow is to provide guidance for SMMEs to mainstream their competitive advantage as effectively as possible. The all-day event is packed with information, advice, ideas, strategies and of course, networking opportunities with key players from every economy sector. Speakers include Chris Louw, Regional Manager: Western Cape National Empowerment Fund, Lesley Waterkeyn, Founder and Mentor: Over the Rainbow and Justin Asher, Head of Operations: Picup Technologies.

Ethel Nyembe, Head of Small Enterprise: Standard Bank, will be one of the key speakers, looking at financial challenges faced by small business. Small businesses face various challenges associated with their particular industry; whether retail, manufacturing or service provision. It is vital that financial institutions partner with small businesses and assist the owners in understanding the fundamentals of running a business; from opening a bank account to accessing finance. Whether your business needs to purchase property, finance equipment or fund operating expenses, there are always a number of options and solutions for consideration that can suit your specific needs.

There will be a number of exhibitors, including BMW, Cape Winelands District Municipality, MTN South Africa, Standard Bank and National Empowerment Fund, amongst many others.

Four master classes will also be offered – in HR, Financial Management, Information and Communications Technology, and Sales and Marketing. As an “outbreath” after all the hard work, and to ensure ample networking and discussion opportunities, the day will end with a cocktail function and light entertainment.

SMMEs should register online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Visit http://www.smmesa.co.za/registration and select ‘Cape Town’ to secure your free registration in time.

Event details of the last SMME Opportunity Roadshow:

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2015

Venue: Cape Town, CTICC

Time: 08:00 – 17:00

RSVP and exhibition opportunities: Zama Hlekani | zama@capemedia.co.za | 021 6817000

If you can’t be at the venue, you needn’t miss out – watch the live stream on http://www.capemedia.tv/ throughout the day. You can also join the discussion on Twitter @SMME_Roadshow and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smmeor.

IWMSA to launch integrated new Waste Management Training Programme

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has re-developed their IWMSA Recognised Waste Management Training Programme and will be launching the new curriculum in September 2015.

Prof Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA, says the training programme has been redeveloped to be more current, more specific to South Africa’s waste landscape, and up-to-date with regards to the National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA).

“We are very proud of the new programme and excited to be able to offer waste management training of this quality to the industry. This world-class training will benefit anyone involved with waste, by providing them with a more integrated understanding of all aspects of waste management,” explains Oelofse.

The training is conducted by highly experienced facilitators, providing attendees with a wealth of up-to-date information.  The new programme also encourages critical thinking and healthy debate.

The programme is made up of several modules, which together amount to a coherent, comprehensive Waste Management Training Programme. At the same time, each module is also offered individually for those who wish to learn only about specific aspects of waste management. These modules are: Introduction to Integrated Waste Management; Legal Requirements; Waste Management Planning; The Responsible Handling of Waste throughout the Material Cycle; Different Approaches towards the Rendering of Waste Management Services; and Beneficiation Opportunities.

The new material was developed by Prof. Oelofse, Susanne Karcher, Kobus de Meyer, Sue Benningfield, Belinda Berry and Nomakhwezi Nota, and reviewed by Linda Godfrey, Principal Researcher at the CSIR. It is the only training of its kind in South Africa and, according to Oelofse, expected to make a positive impact on the country’s waste management landscape.

“The more people in the waste industry are educated, trained and informed, the more likely they are to engage in more environmentally-acceptable, cost effective and appropriate waste management practices,” says Oelofse. “If the country’s waste management practises are consistent, there will be a huge impact, not only on the environment, but also on the people of South Africa who are being adversely affected by poor waste management.”

Training is one of the core functions of the IWMSA, and the redevelopment of the IWMSA Recognised Waste Management Training Programme is just one of the ways the IWMSA contributes to transforming the South African waste management industry into a world class industry.

The new training programme will be available on 28 – 30 September 2015 in Gauteng and 05 – 07 October 2015 in KwaZulu-Natal. Individuals with at least a matric certificate, engaged in any aspect of waste management in South Africa are encouraged to register.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is a multi-disciplinary non-profit association that is committed to supporting professional waste management practices.

For more information on the IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za or contact 011-675-3462. The IWMSA is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA).

SA’s best inventors win big at the SA Innovation Summit

Moses Kebalepile, winner of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage Competition at the SA Innovation Summit. [Photographer: Freda Roetjens]

School children build computerised Lego robots at the Market on the Edge of the SA Innovation Summit 2015. [Photographer: Francois Rossouw]

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An early warning device to predict asthma attacks was the winning invention of one of the SA Innovation Summit competitions, namely the Inventors Garage competition. The 8th SA Innovation Summit which took place at the Cape Town stadium last week brought entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, thought leaders and government together to share ideas, collaborate and support innovation.

PhD student, Moses Kebalepile was the overall winner of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage competition for his prototype, the Asthma Grid. He walked away with R25 000 cash, incubation support from Standard Bank and an iPad. “I was surprised to win! There were so many good projects showcased at the TIA Inventors Garage; it just goes to show the incredible potential and talent that we as South Africans have. I think the work that we do locally is as good as what comes from the West, if not more inspired,” says Kebalepile. “The ecosystem for technological entrepreneurs is right; with platforms and opportunities like this we have a chance to positively impact the economy.” Kebalepile plans to further his research and explore other designs for the Asthma Grid with the prize money he has won.

Christo Rossouw came second with RE-LIT, his rechargeable light design that uses a solar panel. Billy Hadlow came third with the FAABulous Stove which burns combustible agricultural material and can also charge a cellphone or power a light.

Adriaan Padt, designer of the Rocket Works won the Climate Innovation Centre prize of a R100 000 grant for commercialisation support for the best green solution, a high-efficiency biomass fuel stove that reduces harmful emissions and fuel usage by up to 87%. Santa Scheepers came second in the same category with the ZingCo Electrical Vehicle Project, a car battery drawer solution. Both Padt and Scheepers were finalists in the PwC Pitching Den competition for Start Ups.

The Market on the Edge of the Summit attracted families and children to be inspired by the inventions and get involved practically. School children built their own solar panels and constructed Lego robots which they programmed to perform basic functions. A 24 hour Hackathon competition at the Summit brought techies together to design software to solve challenges in early childhood development. The winning group, Kanya Msila, Batandwa Baba, Sello Lehong, Samuel Molahloe and Mapaseka Dipale designed a tech solution, NappiDaddi to empower fathers to be more involved in the life of their young children.

“It’s vital that we inspire the next generation to be innovative from an early age,” says SA Innovation Summit Chairperson Dr Audrey Verhaeghe. “The 8th SA Innovation Summit brought all the role players together to invest in brilliant ideas and inspire even more creative thinking. We want to turn all these brilliant ideas into new products for the market that ultimately create employment and elevate the country both socially and economically,” concludes Verhaeghe.

See below for a full list of winners announced at the SA Innovation Summit.

For more information on the 2015 SA Innovation Summit, please visit http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/ email info@innovationsummit.co.zaor call +27 (12) 844 0674.

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Winners of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage Competition

  • Winner: Moses Kebalepile with Asthma Grid
  • Second: Christo Rossouw with Re-lit
  • Third: Billy Hadlow with Faabulous Stove
  • Most votes on Facebook: Josua Nghaamwa with Master Terminator

SABS Design Institute awarded 10 prizes to the following inventors, to attend a one day design workshop:

  • Faabulous Stove
  • Master Terminator
  • CRIPS fluidized bed fast pyrolyser
  • Polyhammer
  • Pop up hydroponic garden
  • Asthma Grid
  • Mabu casing soils
  • Omniharvester
  • Esentry
  • Braaitool

PwC Pitching Den competition for Start Ups

  • Winner Johann Kok with K-measure – R25 000
  • Second: Jasper Pons with Drone Scan – R15 000
  • Third: Jean Pierre van der Spuy with Callpay – R10 000

Climate Innovation Centre Best Green Innovation Grant Winners

  • Winner: Adrian Padt with The Rocket Works – R100 000
  • Second: Santa Scheepers with Zing Co – R 70 000
  • Third: Deon du Preez with Solazela – R30 000

PwC 2015 Vision to Reality Top 10 finalists announced at the SA Innovation Summit

  • eMoyo
  • Telemedicine Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • PayFast
  • 10X Investments
  • BabyGroup
  • Nomanini
  • Origin Dynamic Systems (Pty) Ltd
  • Everlytic
  • InfoSlips
  • Xpitec (Pty) Ltd

SA’s best inventors win big at the SA Innovation Summit

Caption: [LEFT] Moses Kebalepile, winner of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage Competition at the SA Innovation Summit. [Photographer: Freda Roetjens] [RIGHT] School children build computerised Lego robots at the Market on the Edge of the SA Innovation Summit 2015. [Photographer: Francois Rossouw] High resolution photos available.

An early warning device to predict asthma attacks was the winning invention of one of the SA Innovation Summit competitions, namely the Inventors Garage competition. The 8th SA Innovation Summit which took place at the Cape Town stadium last week brought entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, thought leaders and government together to share ideas, collaborate and support innovation.

PhD student, Moses Kebalepile was the overall winner of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage competition for his prototype, the Asthma Grid. He walked away with R25 000 cash, incubation support from Standard Bank and an iPad. “I was surprised to win! There were so many good projects showcased at the TIA Inventors Garage; it just goes to show the incredible potential and talent that we as South Africans have. I think the work that we do locally is as good as what comes from the West, if not more inspired,” says Kebalepile. “The ecosystem for technological entrepreneurs is right; with platforms and opportunities like this we have a chance to positively impact the economy.” Kebalepile plans to further his research and explore other designs for the Asthma Grid with the prize money he has won.

Christo Rossouw came second with RE-LIT, his rechargeable light design that uses a solar panel. Billy Hadlow came third with the FAABulous Stove which burns combustible agricultural material and can also charge a cellphone or power a light.

Adriaan Padt, designer of the Rocket Works won the Climate Innovation Centre prize of a R100 000 grant for commercialisation support for the best green solution, a high-efficiency biomass fuel stove that reduces harmful emissions and fuel usage by up to 87%. Santa Scheepers came second in the same category with the ZingCo Electrical Vehicle Project, a car battery drawer solution. Both Padt and Scheepers were finalists in the PwC Pitching Den competition for Start Ups.

The Market on the Edge of the Summit attracted families and children to be inspired by the inventions and get involved practically. School children built their own solar panels and constructed Lego robots which they programmed to perform basic functions. A 24 hour Hackathon competition at the Summit brought techies together to design software to solve challenges in early childhood development. The winning group, Kanya Msila, Batandwa Baba, Sello Lehong, Samuel Molahloe and Mapaseka Dipale designed a tech solution, NappiDaddi to empower fathers to be more involved in the life of their young children.

“It’s vital that we inspire the next generation to be innovative from an early age,” says SA Innovation Summit Chairperson Dr Audrey Verhaeghe. “The 8th SA Innovation Summit brought all the role players together to invest in brilliant ideas and inspire even more creative thinking. We want to turn all these brilliant ideas into new products for the market that ultimately create employment and elevate the country both socially and economically,” concludes Verhaeghe.

See below for a full list of winners announced at the SA Innovation Summit.

For more information on the 2015 SA Innovation Summit, please visit http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/ email info@innovationsummit.co.zaor call +27 (12) 844 0674.

#SAIS2015