Aug 22
Maragon teacher awarded coach of the year
During the school holidays, Maragon Private Schools teacher, Marelise Lombard, attended the KFC Mini Cricket National Seminar at the Oubaai Hotel in George.

At the seminar, Marelise received the KFC Mini Cricket SA Coach of the Year Award.

In May, she received the Gauteng Mini Cricket Coordinator of the Year Award at the Gauteng Lions Awards evening.

Coaches, players and clubs were invited to this prestigious evening to acknowledge their contributions to the sport.

WJ Esterhuizen, Marelise Lombard and Z Modiselle (Public Affairs Director – KFC). Photo: Supplied.

Aug 22
High School student wins Capsicum bursary
Camelle Naidoo a Grade 12 Consumer Studies learner from Kloof High School recently participated in an online competition run by Capsicum Culinary Studio. Camelle had to cook a meal with red pepper in it, representing their logo, and post the meal on Instagram and tag Capsicum Culinary Studio. Capsicum then selected 10 meals from each region and on the 3rd of August Camelle had to prepare the meal in front of the judges.

A winner was then selected from each region and Camelle was the winner for KZN and won a R90 000 bursary. This is only the beginning of the competition and next month the 6 regional winners will cook at either Johannesburg or Cape Town branch. The ultimate winner there will be a R200 000 bursary!

Camelle is extremely excited for the next phase of this competition and dreams of becoming a famous chef one day. Camelle’s teacher Mrs Deborah Van Jaarsveldt is extremely proud of Camelle and says she is definitely one to watch.

Aug 22
Stellenbosch Masterclasses with MasterChef Ben Ungermann
Exciting news for Stellenbosch foodies! MasterChef Australia 2017 runner-up Ben Ungermann will be in town next week to host a Chicken Masterclasses and a Dessert Degustation Masterclass. Both two-hour masterclasses will take place on The Private Hotel School campus from 18:00 to 20:00, with the Chicken Masterclass happening on Tuesday, August 20 and the Dessert Degustation Masterclass taking place on Thursday, August 22.

In the Chicken Masterclass, Ungermann will demonstrate how to break down a chicken and use every single piece of the bird and those taking part will then be shown how to make three chicken dishes – Chicken Liver Parfait with Rosemary and Smoked Bacon (starter),  Deconstructed Chicken Caesar Salad (entrée) and Chicken with Black Garlic Asparagus (mains).

And, because it just wouldn’t be the same without a dessert from the ‘King of Ice Cream’, Ungermann will also throw in a how-to-make his amazing Vanilla Bayleaf Ice Cream with Pumpkin and Dutch Spice. 

For those more interested in something entirely sweet, Ungerman’s Dessert Degustation Masterclass is a must and the Masterchef will provide tips, tricks, and hacks regarding everything to do with desserts.

For starters, Ungermann will do a step-by-step guide to making Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream with Goat’s Cheese and Basil. This will be followed by his Layer Dutch Spice Cake and then his Deconstructed Carrot Cake and finally his Forest Log LAW Dark Chocolate and Truffle.

Says Ungermann: “These Masterclasses will give amateur chefs some excellent insight into creating simple yet mouth-watering dishes as well as cool tips and tricks along with a delicious four-course degustation to enjoy with me afterward.”

Tickets for the Ben Ungermann Masterclasses cost R580 per person and include all the ingredients as well as a sit down with Ungermann at the end of the class to enjoy the meal or desserts prepared.

The Ben Ungermann Masterclasses are presented by Capsicum Culinary Studio and The Private Hotel School

Aug 21
SENS Announcement

ADvTECH Limited

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)

(Registration number 1990/001119/06)

Share code: ADH         ISIN: ZAE000031035

("ADvTECH" or "the company")


In terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, a listed company is required to publish a trading statement as soon as it becomes reasonably certain that the financial results for the next period to be reported on will show a 20% or more difference from those of the previous corresponding period.

ADvTECH advises shareholders, with reasonable certainty, that basic earnings per share ("EPS") and Headline earnings per share ("HEPS") for the six months ended 30 June 2019 will be between 25% and 35% higher than the comparative reporting period for the six months ended 30 June 2018 ("the comparative period"). EPS is expected to be between 42.0 and 45.4 cents per share as compared to 33.6 cents per share (restated from 34.8 cents per share as a result of the implementation of IFRS 16) for the comparative period. HEPS is expected to be between 42.3 and 45.6 cents per share as compared to 33.8 cents per share (restated from 35.0 cents per share as a result of the implementation of IFRS 16) for the comparative period.

The company has consistently reported normalised earnings per share ("NEPS") as a way of omitting the effect of one-off transactions and corporate action costs from its results. In the current year, these include foreign exchange and bargain purchase gains on the acquisition of IIE MSA, insurance proceeds received in relation to the previously reported fraud event and other corporate actions costs. Omitting these aspects from consideration will result in NEPS being between 5% and 9% higher than the comparative period, resulting in NEPS of between 41.7 and 43.3 cents per share for the six months ended 30 June 2019 as compared to 39.7 cents per share (restated from 40.9 cents per share as a result of the implementation of IFRS 16) for the comparative period.

The company has implemented IFRS 16 using the retrospective approach which requires the results for the comparative period ended 30 June 2018 to be restated. Based on the previous published EPS of 34.8 cents per share and HEPS of 35.0 for the comparative period ADvTECH expects an increase of between 21% and 30% in EPS and HEPS. Based on the previous published NEPS of 40.9 cents per share for the comparative period, ADvTECH expects an increase of between 2% and 6% in NEPS.


The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed, or reported on, by the company's external auditors.

ADvTECH expects to release results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019 on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange News Service ("SENS") on or about Thursday, 29 August 2019.


21 August 2019


Sponsor: Bridge Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited

Aug 15
An all-female group from Vega is heading to the Microsoft Design Expo
Five female students from Vega – a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) – have been chosen to present their ideas at this year’s Microsoft Design Expo, taking place at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington USA.

Students at Vega were challenged to design a user experience prototype that addresses a real-world problem, with Amy Burrow, Madelene Cronje, Luani Matthyser, Sandra Pavic and Keitumetse Pole standing out for their innovative ideas.

“We are grateful and extremely excited that we have been given this opportunity to represent our country,” said Matthyser. 

“As young females, the opportunity to present our ideas on an equal platform to that of the rest of the world inspires us to pioneer change in our industry,” she added.

In keeping with the theme of empathy, the students’ idea incorporates Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 360-degree cameras and other technologies, such as immersive mixed reality technology, to help people experience different cultures and actively engage in events and activities from anywhere in the world.

“We are so proud of Amy, Madelane, Luani, Sandra and Keitumetse, who worked together to come up with an incredibly insightful and well-thought out design solution for a challenge that many people in the world face,” said Shevon Lurie, the Managing Director at Vega.

“One of our biggest priorities is ensuring that the students are exposed to great opportunities outside of the classroom. Careers should begin on campus, not after graduation, and opportunities like these truly help broaden students’ perspectives of industries and prepare them for the complex world of work,” added Lurie.

The Microsoft Design Expo was established to ensure that technology becomes part of curriculum’s at design schools worldwide. More than 50 design schools have already participated since the Expo was established in 2010, with Vega being the first school in Africa to take part.

“The Microsoft Design Expo provides students with a platform to share ideas that will make a big impact on the world around them, encouraging them to think outside of the curriculum to understand how design can make a difference,” said Lillian Barnard, Microsoft South Africa’s Managing Director. 

“It’s also a great stepping-stone for students as it puts them in a position to launch their careers long before they graduate,” concluded Bernard. 

From L to R Madelene Cronje, Keitumetse Pole, Luani Matthyser, Amy Jane Burrow and Sandra Pavic. Picture: Supplied

Aug 12
Kick-start your career in 120 hours (or fewer)

In our tough economic climate, employers – from small start-ups to major corporations – want to be sure that people are equipped to carry out the roles they need performed.

Sometimes this requires a specific qualification, but, often, particularly after graduation or once a person is already working, a short course that is relevant and specific is a far better indicator that the person has current skills than a qualification achieved years ago.

A short course normally takes anything between eight hours for a workshop to a few months to complete. The time varies, but what is normally needed is between eight and 120 hours of commitment from the person, although some are considerably longer. Today, many short courses are offered online, but there remains an ongoing interest in those that are presented face-to-face in groups because it is hard to match the interaction, collaboration and networking achieved this way.

In a recent review of the short courses that continue to attract enrolments on a face-to-face basis, the Independent Institute of Education’s key providers of short courses – Vega School and the Business School at Varsity College – confirmed that most students enrolled with the aim to ensure their skills were up to date and immediately applicable in the workplace, as it improved their career prospects.

There is a direct correlation between the demand for short courses and the corporate world’s demand that staff quickly take up a new role or responsibility. This is where short courses come into their own, as they give ambitious people what they need when they need it in an immediately implementable way.

There is no doubt that short courses are very much focused on career progression and new skills, and that few people have the personal resources or can get funded by their employers for “vanity courses” solely focused on personal growth. This is because of the state of the economy, but also because of the rapidly changing demands in the world of work.

Employers reward staff and seek new candidates who can demonstrate that they have achieved a solid grounding in a specific niche field, and that they are able to perform specific duties from the beginning.

Boosting your career or getting a foot in the door doesn’t always require full-time study over several years. Short courses are therefore a fantastic option for those people who need to upskill or wide-skill within a limited time; whose time to study is limited; or who need to demonstrate that they can meet a business need right away.

The most popular short courses at the moment are:

Business management

Short courses in business management remain very popular with those individuals who are progressing up the ladder at work and feel the need for a sound and quick exposure to key functional areas of responsibility for managers.

Many may go on to acquire more formal education or may already have a foundation that they are consolidating, but there is a strong correlation between workplace opportunities and enrolment in this short course.

Marketing management

In a tough economic environment, many existing managers and others recognise the potential that an ability to analyse and solve marketing challenges gives to achieving strategic advantage for business and for themselves.

Small business owners understand the need to market effectively, but do not always know how. Finally, those with a sales background find that a foundation in marketing is an effective way to increase their value to employers and enhance their earnings.

Project management

Given the complexity of virtually all environments, project management methodology continues to gain traction as a core competency for those who want to help move a company forward effectively and efficiently. There is broad recognition these days that project management is a skill set that can be taught and, if applied well, can result in success in difficult situations.

It is not surprising that this course, which gives core skills to those who are required to plan and complete projects in time and on budget, continues to be one of the most popular.

Supply chain and logistics management

Ever more managers understand that logistics and supply chains can make or break a growing business, so the demand for training in this core function continues to grow.

Brand management in a digital world

It is equally not at all surprising that several of the institute’s short courses that embrace technology for improved effectiveness are experiencing a surge in enrolments. These include short courses in digital brand strategy, desktop publishing and design, web design, copywriting for brands and gamification in brand building, as well as strategic brand leadership.

Companies that do not embrace these opportunities find that their grow will stall, while ever more people in small, medium and large businesses want the skills to manage their own brands in a digital world.

Peter Kriel is general manager of the Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider

Aug 12
Maths doctor spreads knowledge in Russia
Dr Belinda Huntley from Trinityhouse Little Falls represented the South African Mathematics Society (SAMS) at the third BRICS Conference at Innopolis University in Russia from 23 to 26 July.

Belinda went there as a member of the BRICS Core Committee, representing South Africa.

As part of her trip, she presented a maths education workshop on bridging the gap between secondary school level and tertiary level mathematics.

It was noted with interest that most BRICS countries experience similar challenges in this transition period.

Belinda also had the privilege of networking with other mathematicians in the BRICS countries, and many ideas were exchanged and discussed to address real-world economic and scientific problems.

She observed secondary school children involved in a summer robotics and IT camp. With her passion for mathematics competitions and olympiads, she networked with the Director of Maths competitions and Olympiads from the institution to investigate the possibility of collaborating with Innopolis University to invite a group of gifted SA learners to a summer camp in robotics and artificial intelligence in Russia.

South Africa will be hosting the 5th BRICS conference in 2021 and as an ambassador for South Africa, Belinda was able to create strong ties with the other BRICS countries to plan for the 2021 BRICS conference.

Dr Belinda Huntley (fifth from left), who represented the South African Maths Society (SAMS), posed for a photograph with the BRICS 2019 Core Committee which she is also part of. Photo: Supplied.

Aug 12
School for children who need extra attention
The Bridge Assisted Learning School provides specialised education for Grade 0 to Grade 7 children with a range of academic challenges that have necessitated intervention, for example ADHD, anxiety, dyslexia, slow processing, poor working memory, auditory processing, sensory integration, trauma, dyscalculae, barriers to learning regarding Mathematics or English, slow pace etcetera.

Through small classes and individual intervention they are able to instil in our pupils, not only the skills, but the self-esteem that will allow them to take on their learning journey with confidence. This purpose built assisted learning school is situated in a safe and tranquil environment where the needs of our pupils have been taken into account from the design of the building to materials that were chosen.

Their ‘Ethos’ underpins all that they do at The Bridge.

They have a holistic approach in their pupils’ education where they strive to overcome the children’s specific barriers to learning in a multi-disciplinary, nurturing environment while still celebrating individuality.

In their journey with both the parent and the child, they honour a philosophy of a life-long love of learning using innovative teaching approaches to accommodate each individual, making it easier to learn.

Both assisted and remedial/special education programs are specialised, structured programs that are designed to help students who need extra attention to succeed. The target demographic and the delivery of the material vary between each specialisation, as do the certifications that you need to teach in these programs. Put very simply, assisted learning education applies to children who have average to above average intellectual abilities, but do not perform according to their potential as a result of difficulties with reading and/or writing and/or arithmetic. Whereas remedial or special educational facilities cater for children with extreme intellectual and physical disabilities.

Visit them during their open week 12-16 August. You will have the opportunity to see how The Bridge is changing and impacting young lives with their approach and it truly is a partnership in discovery.

Aug 12
One degree or more? Making the call on postgraduate study options

As the soon-to-be-graduates from the Class of 2019 near the end of their studies, they need to start considering their options for next year. While many are getting ready to enter the workplace, the question about whether they should pursue postgraduate studies or not will be on the minds of tens of thousands of students.

“Graduating from your first qualification is an important milestone, but it should be viewed as just that – a milestone, not the end of the road,” says Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director of The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution.

Coughlan says one’s first qualification should be considered a foundation upon which to design and build one’s vision of the future.

“Your success now depends on what you build on top of that foundation, and for successful people that often includes further study and development of skills. In a world where demands on professionals in the workplace change constantly, this is even more true than it was even a few years ago. Success will, for most people, require them to keep building on their foundations and to commit to an attitude of lifelong learning,” she says.

Coughlan notes that while being a graduate significantly improves a person’s chances of finding employment, holding a postgraduate qualification significantly boosts their prospects in a tough job market.

“It is all about differentiating yourself from your peers,” she says.

“So it is really important to understand that your next steps will make a difference.”

Particularly those graduates with relatively generic undergraduate qualifications must seriously consider investing a little more time to earn a postgraduate qualification. For many, a Postgraduate Diploma may well be the next best step, she says.

“Postgraduate Diplomas are intended to help you focus, diversify your skillset and even change direction, so the entrance requirements are often more open than would be the case for an Honours degree,” says Coughlan.

Aug 02
The difference between part time studies and distance learning
Pursuing the career of your dreams starts with knowing what you want to study and which method of study will work best for you. Whether it’s time, money, personal choice, or physical obstacles that prevent you from enrolling full-time at a traditional campus-based university or college, you have the option of obtaining a qualification through part-time studies or distance learning.

One thing that stands out about both part-time study and distance learning is that there is flexibility in these options. You don’t have to leave your job to study, and you often have the advantage of paying less to complete your qualification.

Studying part-time:
The option of part-time studies can either take the form of distance learning, or it can be classroom-based.

Classroom-based part-time courses require you to attend some classes, which are usually held during the evenings and/or over weekends.
Part-time courses done through distance learning give you the option of studying in your own time completely and do not require you to physically attend classes. This allows you to study around your other commitments.

Studying via distance learning:
Distance learning, which is also known as correspondence learning, can be done on either a full-time or a part-time basis. It is done in your own time completely, and there are no classes that you need to attend. This means that you have a large degree of control over how long it takes to complete your course.

Your study material is physically sent to you or made available to you via the internet, and you submit your assignments online or via post. While you don’t have a teacher or lecturer, you usually have access to academic support from a tutor, who may be available to assist you via telephone or e-mail.

Consider the following before studying part-time or via distance learning:
While both these study options allow you flexibility and have the potential to be an economical way to study, they require a certain level of commitment from you as the student.

Your study environment is entirely up to you. You decide when to sit down to work and how long you will work. Both of these require self-discipline.

When studying in your own time, it is easy to fall into the procrastination trap. Here are a few tips to help you manage studying part-time and/or via distance learning:

Stick to a timetable
Set time aside for completing assignments and for studying.

Avoid procrastination
Make use of the student support options available to you
Take advantage of the face-to-face time you do have when attending part-time classes

Distance learning and part-time study are an ideal option if you want to keep your day job while you study, and they often present a more economical way to get the qualification you want. Distance learning, in particular, is also a good option if you don’t have ready access to transport, or if you have an irregular schedule that prevents you from committing to attending regular classes. But distance learning and part-time study are not the easy way out. They demand a lot of self-discipline. Remember, when studying via distance learning or on a part-time basis, your time is an important asset. It will determine your outcome. Use it wisely.

Would you like to start studying through distance learning? Click here to view the distance learning courses at Oxbridge Academy.

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