Preserving our coastal heritage

CAPTION: In less than two hours, the stretch of beach at the Milnerton Lighthouse was cleared of all litter as Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages and community members from Joe Slovo Settlement joined forces to celebrate Heritage Day with a beach clean-up on Saturday, 24 September 2016. Photographer: Craig Wilson 

In commemoration of Heritage Day and in support of International Coastal Clean-up Day, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, together with residents of the Joe Slovo community, spent Saturday morning cleaning up a stretch of beach at the Milnerton Lighthouse. Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages regularly organises beach clean-ups in an effort to contribute towards environmental sustainability.

“Our beaches and oceans are home to a diverse range of oceanic life; it is our responsibility to keep it clean and avoid sea life being affected by or entangled in rubbish. By doing so, we will preserve our environmental heritage for generations to come,” said Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, as she welcomed everyone to the clean-up.

Everyone was briefed by Greg Player of Clean C on how to collect rubbish safely using the gloves and bags that they were provided with. Brightly dressed in red Coca-Cola t-shirts, the group enthusiastically began to clear rubbish from the beach.

In less than two hours and with the help of more than 150 people, a long stretch of Milnerton Beach had been cleared. Eighty-nine rubbish bags, weighing almost 600 kilograms, were collected.  A well-deserved Heritage Day braai lunch was enjoyed afterwards.

To further support education and awareness around the importance of recycling, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages is hosting a recycling competition at eight schools which will end on 31 October 2016. The winners will be announced during November 2016.

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.

Summit concludes with a celebration of innovation

After four days of igniting, innovating and accelerating opportunities to take our country and its innovators to the next level; South Africa’s favourite innovation conference, the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016, concluded on Saturday, 24 September 2016. The Summit mesmerised delegates by hosting various activities such as the Market on the Edge, the Inventor’s Garage, CEO panel discussions and the Ventureburn Pitching Den at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni from Thursday, 21 to Saturday, 24 September 2016.

“A key takeaway from the Summit is that there are a lot of opportunities in this country. All that we need to do is keep innovating and tap into our networks, such as the ones provided by the Summit,” says Audrey Verhaeghe, chairperson of the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Ventureburn Pitching Den. The pitching den provided bright startups with an opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges. After two successful days of presentations, delvv.io was awarded the winning pitch at the award ceremony. Delvv.io is a platform that provides professional feedback for creative concepts, in order for businesses or individuals to test the effectiveness of their concept before launching it.

CAPTION: Trevor Wolfe, winner of the Ventureburn Pitching Den, will be taking delvv.io to the Startup World Cup 2017 in San Francisco. [Photo credit: Vaughan Seale]

Trevor Wolfe, the brainchild behind delvv.io, will be representing South Africa at the Startup World Cup 2017, hosted by Fenox Venture Capital, in Silicon Valley, San Francisco on Friday, 24 March 2017. “In order to be considered for the Startup World Cup, Pitching Den finalists were evaluated according to their scalability, possible revenue, marketing strategy and expertise. Delvv.io fulfils all of these requirements,” says Azola Lojitza, SABC Education SA Innovation Summit coordinator.

Delegates were also introduced to paradigm-shifting ideas, products and prototypes of the top 30 finalists that participated in the Inventors Garage Competition. The overall winner of the Competition was the hearScreen smartphone application (app), designed by Nic Klopper, who won R10 000 in prize money to further his invention. The hearScreen app provides a mobile health solution for the early detection of hearing loss.

An additional prize was awarded by Innovation Edge, a social innovation fund that assists underprivileged children aged between three months and five years old. The organisation awarded R20 000 to Grade 11 student, Clarice Greyling, for compiling a box of educational materials that aims to teach young children about maths, science, technology and engineering in a fun way; while adhering to the South African school curriculum. The materials used are mostly made up of upcycled rubbish and is accompanied by a teacher’s manual.

“The youth was a definite focus point at the 2016 Summit,” says Verhaeghe. Educational activities that took place at the Summit aimed to stimulate innovation from a young age and included fun events such as: an interactive ‘MatheMagics’ show that teaches children about math in an exciting way; a Lego future city development area where young and old got together to build their idea of a future aerotropolis (a city developed around an airport); and a Lego robotics challenge to teach children critical thinking skills.

“Taking our future into account by concentrating on our youth led us to focus on green innovation as well,” explains Verhaeghe. “Thought leaders addressed the importance of finding sustainable and feasible environmentally-friendly solutions for business and the global society,” she continues. Chanru Wadhwani, Joint Managing Director of Extrupet (the largest and most advanced recycler of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle materials on the African continent), highlighted the fact that innovation has to be meaningful and sustainable. “Meaningful innovation is needed to ensure that solutions are scaled to address the growing environmental issues and problems that we are faced with; most importantly, it has to factor in efficiency,” says Wadhwani. “Luckily, events such as the SA Innovation Summit provide a platform where critical issues, such as the need for innovative green solutions, can be brought up and addressed,” he adds.

“This year was a very exciting year for us,” says Verhaeghe. “The 2016 Summit hosted very interesting discussions touching on the future of innovation in South Africa and provided exciting new possibilities to accelerate meaningful change.  We look forward to a bigger and better Summit in 2017!” concludes Verhaeghe.

 

Summit sparks innovation

As the penultimate day of the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016 takes place in Ekurhuleni today, there are still many exciting activities such as the Inventors Garage, Market on the Edge and the LEGO Future City Development to look forward to. Innovators, thought-leaders and inventors-in-the-making will once again gather at the Birchwood Hotel to learn about thought leadership, share innovative insights, pitch ideas and to connect with other businesses.

Today, delegates will be introduced to paradigm-shifting ideas, products and prototypes from the top 30 finalists in the Inventors Garage Competition. “These finalists will not only exhibit their innovative inventions; they will also stand a chance to win prizes that could transform their ideas from prototypes to profitable realities through funding, networking and marketing opportunities,” says Susan, organiser of the Inventors Garage Competition.

“A highlight of yesterday’s event would most definitely be the VentureBurn Pitching Den Competition,” says Audrey Verhaeghe, chairperson of the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016. The competition provides a platform for growth and start-up companies with tech-enabled solutions to pitch their exciting and innovative business concepts to a well-rounded panel of judges. “The Pitching Den Competition is designed to recognise game-changing innovators and entrepreneurs with outstanding leadership skills and strategic direction, financial accomplishments and innovating business potential – the judges have their work cut out for them this year!” adds Verhaeghe.

Some of the exciting ideas and concepts pitched at the Venture Pitching Den included: environmentally friendly roof tiles made from 99% recycled plastic and mine dump waste; an energy storage solution that provides long-term, high-density energy for any grid; multi-fuel converters for truck engines that make use of both natural gas and diesel; and high-performance insect-based animal feed protein.

“The winner of the VentureBurn Pitching Den Competition will be announced today at the awards ceremony taking place at 16:30 and will represent South Africa at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco. They will compete alongside 15 other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a $1 000 000 investment prize,” explains Chris Abshire, Executive Director of Startup World Cup.

Another valuable platform that the Summit provides to delegates is the Match and Invest Lounge where delegates are able to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs through meaningful and targeted conversions. “Match and Invest is more than just an opportunity to move money around. It is a place where businesses and innovators can connect, explore and stimulate future opportunities. It does away with the lengthy, tedious process of securing funding for a budding young venture. It opens doors and gives entrepreneurs quick access to companies that they would normally be unable to connect with,” says Margaretha van Schalkwyk, Match and Invest coordinator.

During her much-anticipated speech on ‘Building critical mass to develop the South African entrepreneurial eco-system’, Matsi Modise, Managing Director of Simodisa Startup, emphasised that innovation cannot exist in a silo. She mentioned that innovation needs entrepreneurs, a thriving environment, incubators, accelerators and much more to succeed. This all forms part of what she calls the entrepreneurial eco-system.

For more information on the not-to-be-missed SABC Education SA Innovation Summit: Ekurhuleni Chapter, taking place from 21 to 24 September 2016, please visit http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/, email info@innovationsummit.co.zaor call +27(0)82 708 1960.

Healing through art: allowing children to speak when words fail

CAPTION: One of the centres where the NCVT offers weekly art and storytelling therapy to traumatised children in Diepsloot, Alexandra and Nooitgedacht.

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Art therapy takes place when individuals are encouraged to express themselves through art as part of a healing process from emotional trauma. For children who experience violence or domestic abuse, drawing or painting provides a way to say what they cannot say with words. For the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT), it provides a unique opportunity to identify and assist children who are were traumatised by violence, poverty or other factors.

Gemma Tabane, an independent service provider for the NCVT, runs the NCVT Lotto project that provides weekly art therapy to children from 10 to 13 years of age in schools at Diepsloot, Alexandra and Nooitgedacht. The therapy is supplemented by storytelling.

“We currently provide therapy to 124 children,” says Tabane. “Although we are a bit under-resourced, we can see the therapy making a difference to the young ones. They are better and happier than when they started with us.”

In cases where a child is traumatised beyond what art can heal, he or she is referred to the professional psychologist or social workers at NCVT. “Last year, there was a case where a child was taken to a place of safety after the art therapy indicated recurring domestic abuse at home,” recounts Nokwazi Dlamini, senior social worker at the NCVT. “After three months, when the parents had attended the NCVT’s upliftment sessions, the child was allowed to go back home.”

“Most of these children come from poor backgrounds,” Tabane continues. “Sometimes they have no shoes or their socks are torn. With the National Lottery’s funding, we can assist with emotional healing and it gives us great joy to see the children grow happier as time passes; however, we really need stationery for the art therapy and it would be so special to be able to provide the children with food and proper clothes as well.”

Dlamini concludes: “The art therapy is just one way in which we serve our communities. All of the assistance we receive from partners and sponsors are appreciated and well spent – not a cent is wasted. We are honoured to be able to touch so many lives.”

For more information about NCVT or to make a donation, contact +27 11 705 1960 or visithttp://www.ncvt.co.za/. Join NCVT’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/The-National-Children-Violence-Trust-NCVT-197670257245796/ or tweet them @NCVT_ZA.

SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016 kicked off on a high note

CAPTION: South Africa’s highly anticipated innovation event, the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016, is in full swing. Taking place from 21 – 24 September 2016, the Summit kicked off yesterday at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni. Doctor Nkosindiphile Xhakaza (left), a member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development Finance and Information Communication Technology, welcomed attendees to this year’s event which promises to accelerate, innovate and ignite South Africa.

To drive innovation amongst the youth, the City of Ekurhuleni has installed Fabrication Laboratories (Fablabs) in Tembisa, Tsakane and Thokoza. These labs provide working spaces for inventors-in-the-making to explore and implement new solutions or ideas by using digital fabrications. Sherry Lassiter, head at the Fablab Foundation MIT in the United States, spoke about how Fabrication Laboratories have impacted the world with regards to improving education and creating entrepreneurship opportunities during her address. “Currently, there are more than a thousand labs in 87 countries. There is a lot that can be done to leverage off of this worldwide network of opportunity,” she explains.

Puleng Makhoalibe, Head of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at the Henley Business School, shared her passion for innovation in South Africa during her speech; touching on how to find creative solutions to everyday problems. “We feel very privileged to partner with the SA Innovation Summit, who strongly believes in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. We believe Africans are creative and that it is through creativity that new markets and new economies will be opened,” says Makhoalibe.

After the speeches, delegates could choose between five sessions, called Streams, to attend. In these Streams, speakers spoke about hot topics such as innovation entering South Africa, education in innovation and social innovation. “The only way we are going to solve social problems is through innovation. Social innovation holds a lot of promise in that it connects purpose and profits,” says Bridgit Evans, Head of the SAB Foundation and moderator of the Social Innovation Stream.

Yesterday concluded with presentations by prominent influencers from First National Bank, Edge Growth and the Department of Trade Industry, followed by a corporate networking session.

“The insights shared by the speakers demonstrate that innovators can inject the country with much-needed business, social and economic opportunities. The entrepreneurial journey, from a one-man-show to an established and successful business, is the golden thread throughout the Summit.,” says Audrey Verhaeghe, chairperson of the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016. “Attendees will not be disappointed and can expect to experience more exciting activities during the next couple of days,” she adds.

Today, attendees can look forward to the official opening of the Match and Invest Lounge, a platform for businesses to connect with each other, and the Ventureburn Pitching Den, where previously selected finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

For more information on the not-to-be-missed SABC Education SA Innovation Summit: Ekurhuleni Chapter, taking place from 21 to 24 September 2016, please visit http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/, email info@innovationsummit.co.zaor call +27(0)82 708 1960.

The world’s first flexible, continuous and uninterrupted bridge draws attention at Electra Mining Africa 2016

Caption: The world’s first safe and flexible walkway bridge prototype, developed by local engineering solutions organisation, SureGO!, was one of the main attractions at the Electra Mining Africa 2016. The exhibition took place from 12 to 16 September 2016 at the Expo Centre Nasrec in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Thousands of visitors made their way to the SureGO! stand to take a closer look at the intricacies of the flexible walkway bridge.

The patented flexible bridge solution is ideal for moving safely from point A to point B, whether walking or driving, over shifting surfaces such as areas with fluctuating currents, tides or water levels. It is also perfectly suited for swamp and marsh areas with sludge and sand. The key to SureGO!’s success is the unique bridge design that changes position and adapts according to the ever-changing environment, while ensuring continuous flooring and hand rail protection.

For more information about SureGO! contact 082 519 4839 or visit www.surego.co.za.

Circus unites diverse performers as one

CAPTION: (above) Three of Zip Zap Circus School’s top performers entertain crowds with their phenomenal juggling skills at the various performances. From left to right: Masixole Mbambatho, Lizo James and Mosuli Ntshonga. [Photo credit: Zip Zap Circus School]

Being part of a circus such as Zip Zap provides performers with many opportunities to develop skills that express their unique artistic talents in an entertaining and fun way while in the company of fellow performers. “A circus is a social activity that brings people from diverse backgrounds together. It provides performers with the opportunity to learn from fellow performers and it is very inclusive, anyone can join the circus,” says Laurence Estève, co-founder and CEO of Zip Zap Circus School. As South Africans celebrate Heritage month in September, Estève elaborates on how a circus contributes towards building the heritage of a country such as South Africa, “Various art forms and styles are welcomed at a circus: from dancing to storytelling, stick fighting to climbing, and gumboot dancing to jumping. Many of these art forms are part of South African cultures, the cultures of our performers. This makes the entire experience so much more enriching.”

Zip Zap was founded in 1992 with the intention to bring about social good and positive change through the medium of circus arts. Since then, two more social circus schools have been founded by two of Zip Zap’s very own graduates. The Sisonke Social Circus was founded in 2011 when community members felt a need to integrate children of the diverse communities in and around Stellenbosch and the Boland area. “Sisonke” is an isiXhosa word meaning “we are together”. The Tim Megaw circus in Cologne, Germany was founded in 2009. “The beauty of a social circus is how it brings diverse people together and transforms them into one family. A circus is about teamwork and it teaches life lessons while building trust, humility and dedication. It is also about having fun and working together to put on the best show possible,” explains Estève.

Masixole Mbambatho showcasing his juggling skills at Zip Zap Circus School.

Two of Zip Zap’s top performers have each changed their destinies by choosing to become involved with Zip Zap at a young age. “I moved from the Eastern Cape to Khayelitsha in Cape Town in 1998, where I attended school. During a performance in Khayelitsha on World Aids Day in 2006, I was amazed by the Zip Zap performers and I immediately wanted to join them,” says Masixole Mbambatho, one of Zip Zap’s best jugglers. Mbambatho became involved with Ibhongolwethu, Zip Zap’s outreach programme in Khayelitsha and on a weekly basis, he learned how to do circus acts. From 2008 onwards, he became actively involved with Zip Zap and after matriculating in 2011, he joined the Dare 2 Dream programme and started training as a professional juggler. “Today I am teaching other children circus skills and I love what I am doing, the team is really great! I enjoy travelling for shows and during my time with Zip Zap, I have visited Germany, Spain and Wales. Zip Zap has provided me with a new future as some of my friends, who did well at school, are still at home without work. I am able to impact other children’s lives now too and it feels great,” he continues.

“What I love about the circus is how we all look after each other like a true family, no matter where you come from or what your background is. For me it is very uplifting to be a part of Zip Zap,” concludes Mbambatho.

Lizo James joined Zip Zap when he was eleven years old, and in that same year he performed in his first international show in Denmark. “Thanks to my involvement with Zip Zap, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with international circuses such as Cirque Phénix in France and Cirquons Flex in Reunion Island. My years with Zip Zap have taught me the importance of being responsible, making the right choices and setting an example. Masixole used to be one of my students!” says James. “I want to encourage our youth to never stop believing and to work hard at achieving your dreams.” James is one of the leading performers in the La Pli I Donn show taking place on 21 September 2016 at the Zip Zap Circus Dome.

To make tax-deductible donations to Zip Zap, visit the website www.zip-zap.co.za or contact 021 421 8622 or donate via Thundafund here. Find Zip Zap on Facebook www.facebook.com/zipzapcircus and check out the Zip Zap YouTube channel here to find out more. Tickets for the La Pli I Donn show is available at www.zip-zap.co.za. Tickets cost R160 if purchased online and R180 if bought at the door. The show is taking place on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at 18:00 at Zip Zap Circus, Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town.

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages celebrates consolidation of companies

CAPTION: The new logo of Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (Pty) Ltd.

 

Peninsula Beverages, also known as PenBev, officially opened for business in 1940 with its first plant in Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland. Today, 76 years later, more than 1 300 employees work at the various depots and in the state-of-the-art manufacturing plants across the business.

“We are pleased to announce the successful consolidation of the three companies under the Forbes Group – Peninsula Beverage Company (Pty) Limited, Worcester Minerals (Pty) Limited and Koelbly (Edms) Beperk – into one company under a new name. We have been legally registered as Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (Pty) Ltd and will henceforth carry the aforementioned name throughout our business operations,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages.

This consolidation will benefit customers, optimise their network and commitment to excellence, and increase efficiency. “It was important to develop a new company name and logo that ensures a high degree of recognition among our employees as well as our customers and other stakeholders who have been with us on this journey under the previous companies. We have refreshed our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolise our dynamic future. We are proud of our rich history, and that is why our new logo retains a core element like Table Mountain,” explains Urquhart.

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages distributes products of the Coca-Cola Company across the Western and Northern Cape. The company remains committed to producing and selling products in a responsible and sustainable way while continuing to invest in skills development and education to uplift communities.

“Customer service excellence and continuous improvement are important for us, and we look forward to embarking on this new chapter in the company’s history with our stakeholders,” concludes Urquhart.

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.

Operational Capability: The right tools for the job

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” – Steve Jobs

Technology is a powerful tool that empowers people to do what they want to do and to do it better. “It is all about potential; the right tools provide the right people with multiple opportunities to improve their skills and capabilities, ultimately delivering higher quality work,” explains Regine le Roux, Managing Director at Reputation Matters. “Technology and a stable infrastructure play an important role when it comes to running an organisation and ultimately your reputation,” she adds.

When employers provide employees with the right tools, they empower them to be creative and productive in the workplace; it helps employees learn things that they didn’t think they could learn before. “Operational capability is the ability to align critical processes, resources and technologies according to the overall guiding vision of an organisation, coupled with the ability to deliver these processes effectively and efficiently,” says le Roux.

Having the right tools at your disposal is key. “An organisation’s technology does not need to be the latest and greatest investment. It does, however, need to work and be used properly,” says le Roux. “A chink in one part of your organisational armour, regardless of how small or insignificant you may think it is, could have a major impact on how you are perceived; ultimately affecting your reputation,” she continues.

One can only be so innovative or creative with limited tools at your disposal; investing in the right tools and infrastructure is therefore really important, especially when your reputation relies on it.

When it comes to investing in tools to do your job, consider the following:

  • Keep it simple; you can do amazing things with inexpensive technology ideas.
  • Align your organisation’s technology needs to your overall business strategy.
  • Let your technology choices be kind to the environment.
  • Don’t fall for the latest fads.
  • Consider your technology partners carefully.

You don’t need expensive tools to engage with your stakeholders. “You can do wonders with a single phone line and link to the internet (when they both work). Mind you, these days you can do amazing things armed with a smartphone and the right Apps at your disposal,” explains le Roux.

“In one of our research studies, it was clear that employees’ morale was quite low, and on further investigation, we saw that each branch felt quite isolated because none of the branches knew what the others were up to,” says le Roux. On an individual level, employees said that they felt invisible. “With a very limited budget, we tested two ideas, which once again proves the value of research and importance of technology. Firstly we sent an SMS to someone on their birthday from the MD’s office, and also a text to the rest of the organisation to let them know who was celebrating a birthday. We also introduced an internal mailer where stories across the divisions and branches were shared to keep everyone in the loop,” she adds. Both these initiatives are still being used successfully today and it did not cost an arm and a leg to set up or maintain.

Being innovative and investing in technology leads to better use of valuable time and resources. It is important to stay on trend, keeping up to date with the latest technological tools aimed at making your organisation more efficient. Do not, however, fall for all the latest technology fads; this can be quite an expensive investment financially and a waste of work hours if not managed strategically.

“Technology, as Steve Jobs says, is nothing; it is about arming your troops with the right tools and believing in their skills. Having the right support, infrastructure and technology opens your world to new possibilities and proves that anything and everything is possible if you have the right mental attitude and the right tools,” concludes le Roux.

For more information on managing and investing in your reputation, visitwww.reputationmatters.co.za or call +27 (0)11 317 3861. Reputation Matters is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yourreputationmatters) and Twitter (@ReputationIsKey).

SA’s favourite innovation event is only a few days away

South Africa’s favourite innovation event-of-the-year, the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit 2016: Ekurhuleni Chapter, is set to take place from 21 to 24 September 2016 at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni. The Summit invites all entrepreneurs, innovators, thought-leaders, inventors and policymakers to secure their seat at this prestigious four-day event.

The SA Innovation Summit provides an opportunity for South Africans to rub shoulders with like-minded individuals every year. It provides the tools, knowledge, competitions, discussions, networking and funding opportunities necessary to help take innovations from a simple idea to the market.

This year’s theme, ‘Accelerate-Innovate-Ignite’, aims to move South Africa forward through thought-leadership and innovation. “With fantastic sponsors, media partners and enablers on board, we are once again able to host a memorable event that promises to accelerate, innovate and ignite economic growth in South Africa,” says Audrey Verhaeghe, Chairman of the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit.

The mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele, will deliver a thought-provoking opening speech focussing on ‘a city with a vision to be a city driven by innovation’. Other renowned local speakers include Craig Wing, partner of FutureWorld International; Matsi Modise, managing director of Simodisa Startup; Dion Chang, owner of Flux Trends; Jason Goldberg, co-founder of Edge Growth and Peter Alkema, Chief Information Officer at First National Bank (FNB). Topics range from artificial intelligence in the job space to how to develop your prototype.

Aside from the local talent, the stellar line-up includes international speakers, such as Sherry Lassiter, head of the Fablab Foundation from the United States; Lydia Ofori, founder and CEO of Victoria Lion Partners in the United Kingdom and Dimitrios Noukakis, director of MOOCs for Africa.

Specialist workshops and CEO panel discussions are some of the highlights to look forward to. These sessions will keep delegates entertained with insightful topics such as Innovation in Education: Reach and Access, Social Innovation, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Innovations entering South Africa.

Other not-to-be-missed activities that will accelerate innovation in the City of Ekurhuleni include:

  • The Match and Invest Lounge, a platform that matches business opportunities;
  • the Pitching Den, where entrepreneurs or upcoming entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of judges; and
  • the Santam 24 hr Blockchain Hackathon, inspiring teams to strategise, code and mull over a specific challenge pertaining to the insurance landscape.

The Market on the Edge, the official exhibition area of the SABC Education SA Innovation Summit, will open on Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 17:30. The interactive exhibition platform brings innovation alive through the senses. “This is done by providing an organic innovation experience that encapsulates the activities, ambitions and business approaches of South Africa’s foremost thought leaders and innovation drivers,” adds Verhaeghe. Another reason to visit the Market on the Edge is to see the finalists of the Inventor’s Garage competition who will be displaying their inventions.

The Summit will conclude on the fourth day with a vibrant youth programme where large groups of learners will attend workshops on innovation and creativity. The youth day includes fun-filled activities such as LEGO robotics, solar kit constructions, science exhibitions, as well as design thinking and mathematics activities. “The youth is a key focus area for us as they are the leaders, innovators and inventors of tomorrow,” says Verhaeghe.

“With a jam-packed Summit programme, delegates can expect to be inspired by life-changing innovations and thought leadership at its best, as well as have the opportunity to see and hear some of the most inspirational innovation speakers,” concludes Verhaeghe.

For more information on the not-to-be-missed SABC Education SA Innovation Summit Ekurhuleni Chapter, taking place from 21 to 24 September 2016, please visit http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/, email info@innovationsummit.co.zaor call +27(0)82 708 1960.