Living waters of hope: Living Waters of Hope is a Non-Profit Charity Organisation (NPO), situated in Roodepoort, West Rand, Gauteng. These are the current projects for the less fortunate in our community: Aid to the elderly (manicures, pedicures, visits), Stationary at the start of a school year, Soup kitchens in various areas, Distributing warm clothing and blankets in winter, Sandwiches to unemployed people on street corners, waiting for work opportunities, Monthly food parcels to needy families in crisis. We welcome any donations in the form of money donations, clothing and blankets. Section 18a certificates are available upon request, for tax purposes. www.lwoh.co.za or email@example.com
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Kriek said that the information alleging that the incident was racially-motivated was not conducive to nation-building, but instead led to the polarisation of communities. Agri SA has lashed out at the police for reporting inaccurate details to the media around the brutal shooting of a farm worker in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg.
Emfuleni mayor, Mayco and senior members of the financially vulnerable municipality have barricaded the entrance to Rand Water following water cuts due to debt. . Johannesburg Frustrated Emfuleni mayor Jacob Khawe barricaded the gates of Rand Water's Glenvista head office in Emfuleni, Vereeniging on Tuesday morning, following the interruption of water supplies due to debt to the water board.
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Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days.
Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax.
“We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.”
Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017.
Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.”
Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is an integral component of Tetra Pak’s commitment to the cycle of innovation surrounding the sustainable benefits of milk. Tetra Pak‘s focus is on protecting what’s good. The nutritional benefits of long life milk during the formative years of a child’s life are crucial elements to protecting our futures by promoting sustainable education at grass roots level in our communities.”
“We introduced new mechanics this year,” says Gruber. “The SMS lines made it easy for people to donate R20, i-Pay contributed to the success of EFT donations via the Web, and Spartan Truck Hire once more stepped in to assist delivering donated long life milk cartons to Feed SA’s warehouse. Schools and corporates also brought in healthy donations considering the limited number we were able to get on board in a relatively short timeframe.
“We also learned that schools are a crucial factor in the success of campaigns like this. School children are the conscience of our country, of the communities, they see through the clutter and strive to make a difference where it impacts most. Our message resonates strongly with them because we’re directly benefitting their peers.”
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With more than 23,000 employees based in over 80 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,” reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.
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Krugersdorp – January 22 2017: All over the world, Mathematics is one of the most failed subjects and is usually used as a benchmark in rating a country’s education system together with literacy or English. This is because the Maths requires a lot of critical thinking, logical reasoning and custom thinking. Employers have also recognized that applicants with good Maths passes are more successful and tend to be more logical and strategic in their thinking.
South Africa’s Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy
South Africa however has not improved when it comes to Maths passes but actually studies show that the country has plummeted further into chaos. Maths results are still appalling.
Mathematical Literacy: This is the simpler version of Maths and usually most learners gravitate to it. This type of Maths usually deals with more real life scenarios such as budgeting, finance etc that learners face in everyday life.
To look at these Curriculum Documents visit here: www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/CurriculumAssessmentPolicyStatements(CAPS).aspx
With the two types of Maths in place, what has naturally occurred is that Pure Maths has been dropped and most learners forced to do Maths Literacy producing a generation that is weak and poor when it comes to workplace solutions.
Department of Basic Education fully aware of its failure
The Department of Education is fully aware of and fully responsible of its failure. The problem starts as early as Grade 4. There are four exit phases in the life child of a child studying towards their first certificate which they obtain after 12 years. For example, a child who completed and passed their Matric (Grade 12) in 2016 started their Grade 1 in 2005, and only twelve years later got their first certificate.
The first phase is the Foundation Phase which is grade 1-3
The second phase is Intermediate Phase which is grade 4-6
The third phase is the Senior Phase which is Grade 7-9
The fourth phase is the Further Education and Training which is Grade 10-12
The crises starts as early as grade 4
In all these phases, the crisis starts in Grade 4. In the foundation phase, most kids are taught Mathematics in their mother tongue. They are 11 official languages in South Africa and kids learn Maths in their own language. By the time they graduate to the next phase in Grade 4, most of these kids are suddenly faced with what I can term a language shock because all of a sudden, everything that was learnt in their mother tougue is now switched to English.
And many start to fail from this point, not because the kids are stupid or incapable, but mainly because the major barrier is the language-English. Their maths struggles also start at this point too.
Department failure further drops Maths passes
In 2016, the department sent out a circular to pass learners who got 20% pass in Maths. Read here: http://www.education.gov.za/Portals/0/Documents/Publicati…
The department of basic education having seen the crisis with Maths especially in the Senior Phase has succumbed to pressure and further lowered the requirements for a child to be promoted to the next grade. A Maths mark as low as 20% has been accepted by the Department arguing that if a learner managed to pass all the subjects but failed Maths and only obtained 20% and above, that learner must be allowed to progress to the next grade. However that learner must not be allowed to continue studying Pure Maths but must change to Mathematical Literacy.
Matric poor Maths Marks are no shock at all
When you look at the learner Maths marks by the time they reach Grade 12, most of them are barely at 30% and their mindset is set in such a lower mark that anything slightly above this is celebrated. What a shame and set up for failure the country is preparing future.
But what do we do?
De we allow our future to be bleak?
Absolutely NOT. We can take responsibility and accountability as a collective and take positive steps towards change.
Take your kids to extra Maths interventions
The solution however is inclusive of both parents and teachers. As teachers administer extra lessons to their learners, parents must also enroll children for extra lessons if they want to see notable changes in their children’s performance.
Extra tuition is currently the best way to help improve Maths passes as the normal notional time currently is not enough to remedy the content gaps these learners are having. Accept it or note, but drastic situations calls for drastic measures as well.
We at Ekurhuleni Tech College have also decided to help solve this crisis regarding Maths. We have opened a Maths Saturday School in Krugersdorp for Grade 10-12 in order to assist kids struggling with maths and ensure they reach their goals in life. For more information you can visit
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