Category Archives: Member achievements

Snapplify selected for World Bank’s accelerator programme, XL Africa

ADESSA congratulates Snapplify on being selected from over 1000 applications as one of the top 20 digital companies to participate in XL Africa – the World Bank’s new accelerator programme for Africa’s top digital entrepreneurs.  This programme begins November 2017  in Cape Town, with interaction with international
investors and potential partners.

Over five months, the 20 growing businesses will move through
a rigorous programme designed to generate further capital to catapult growth and expansion to new territories.  XL Africa is supported by the World Bank Group, with financial assistance from the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden, and managed by implementing partners IMC Worldwide, VC4Africa and Koltai&Co.

Snapplify’s Growth Director. Tarryn-Anne Anderson, says:

Snapplify is proud and excited to have been included in this important pan-African initiative. We look forward to connecting with other companies who are using technology to tackle social problems, and with investors looking to drive innovation in Africa.

Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge Takes Off

Following a successful project facilitation and software training for teachers for the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge (JPSC) during the month of October, two official races have taken place at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg.  This programme, facilitated by Sangari Education (a member of ADESSA), saw 14 teams from various primary schools across Gauteng partake in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) challenge.

The challenge is open to students aged 5-11 years and involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies such as Jaguar Cars.  Each team designs an F1 racing car using 160gm/s cardboard paper created on 2D drawing software. After manufacturing teams race their cars on a 20 metre race track powered by gas chargers.

Pieter du Plessis, F1 in Schools programme manager at Sangari Education, said:

At first it was a challenge getting both learner’s and teachers to buy into the concept of designing and racing a miniature F1 car. But the concept has now caught on and interest is growing rapidly.  The JPSC-F1 is literally STEM education in action. Teacher involvement is critical for learners, who need both emotional and physical support. The JPSC offers primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in a fun hands-on STEM activity, tackling real-life problem solving, design, manufacturing, team work, communication and business skills.

Involvement of teachers and parents is an integral part of the programme as it motivates children to maintain their focus and determination in the challenge.

Christo Jones, deputy chief education specialist for Technology, Gauteng Department of Education said:

Partnering with Sangari Education to bring active STEM education to primary schools is a good starting point towards improving the education system in the country. Seeing young people design F1 model cars on computers, manufacture and then race them is really inspiring.

The competition is open to all primary school children from grade 5 to grade 7. Teams wishing to be part of this competition can register on the website at: www.sangari.co.za or contact Pieter du Plessis on +27 11 466-1440.

ITSI wins EduWeek 2017 award

Wikus Breetzke receives the award from Jacques Zakarian, Chairman of the ADESSA Executive Committee

ADESSA congratulates one of its members, ITSI on winning the Supplier of the Year Award in the Basic Education category during the EduWeek 2017 awards event in Cape Town on 4 October 2017.

The EduWeek awards recognise excellence across the African education ecosystem.

ITSI’s platform provides a unique way of simplifying, enhancing and unifying a single point of entry for teachers and learners – irrespective of the origin and variety of content and actions they employ in order to achieve mastery. It has the additional advantage of making learner activities, such as engagement with textbooks, visible and transparent to teachers and parents.

The ITSI platform works within any education environment, with any content, on any device. It provides an easy to adopt approach to 21st century teaching and learning, without sacrificing the rigour associated with traditional teaching and learning.

 Dr Lieb Liebenberg, founder and CEO at ITSI, commented:

We are delighted to have been honoured with this award. The teaching environment is increasingly fragmented in terms of the content and activities which teachers need to employ. The fragmentation stems from teachers having to use textbooks from different publishers, a variety of other printed and online resources, and a range of educational apps – the vast majority of which operate in silos. This is what we strive to overcome.

From being the first-mover in the South African market, ITSI has expanded to over 180 public and private schools, with more than 80,000 full-time users. The company also has an office in the UK, as well as one in the Middle East.

ITSI brings the future of education to schools – delivering an exceptional tailored learning experience to any teacher and any student with any content, anytime.

You can follow ITSI on its website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Record page hits for ADESSA website

On one day, last week, we had over 6 000 page hits on our website!  We now regularly have over 1 000 individual visitors per day looking at our website … this means that people in education are interested in what ADESSA members have to say.

The ADESSA website is dedicated to its members and provides a platform on which they can let the world know about their products, services and achievements.

Another 2 awards for Computers 4 Kids

ADESSA congratulates one of its members, Computers 4 Kids, for scooping up another two awards

Computers 4 Kids was placed third in the ‘Job Creation’  category at the  Premier’s  Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) at a gala event hosted by the Premier and Minister Winde on 23 November 2016. This recognition was based on the Internet Champion programme that Computers 4 Kids is rolling out as part of the Western Cape’s Broadband initiative.

Russel Pengelly proudly receives the award

And then, on 6 December2016, the company won the SMME of the year award at the South African Premier Business Awards gala event in Gauteng. Once again the Internet Champion programme was key to the company being awarded this prestigious accolade by Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry.

Well done folks … we’re proud of you!

Edit Microsystems scoops two top awards at EduWeek 2016

Edit Microsystems, one of the founding members of ADESSA, was recently recognised for their work in providing life changing assistive technology to persons with disabilities at the 2016 EduWeek Awards held in Johannesburg.

Edit Microsystems received two awards; the Community Award and Supplier of the Year for Special Needs Award. Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director of Edit Microsystems said: “We are honoured to receive these prestigious awards particularly as 2016 is our company’s 25 year anniversary.”

The proud Edit Microsystems team with their awards
The proud Edit Microsystems team with their awards

The Community Award is awarded to an educational establishment or individual who can demonstrate real value to the community it serves through the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically.  The Supplier of the Year is a company that supplies educational institutions with high quality, safe products that meet the needs of teachers and learners in the classroom.

Both of the awards were motivated by the life altering work that the company does in promoting inclusion in education. “Every person, regardless of ability, should be given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and be able to live a life of dignity and self-worth,” said Pieter Labuschagne.   One of the projects recognised at the event was the eBraille project, implemented by Edit Microsystems in partnership with the Department of Education, which is revolutionising teaching and learning for visually impaired learners across South Africa.

Computers 4 Kids awarded DEDAT tender

ADESSA congratulates Computers 4 Kids, one of its members, on being awarded a 3 year tender to train 500 000 Western Cape citizens on how to connect to and use the limited free wi-fi access at the 384 Neotel / WCG hotspots across the Province.

logo - computers4kidsThe impact that Phase 1 has made in the Cape Town Metro has been phenomenal and we are looking forward to the next two Phases where the impact will be even bigger. Citizens have the option to complete a quiz and receive an electronic certificate signed by Minister Winde.

Visit www.computers4kids.co.za/online to complete the quiz and get your certificate!