Swart Maandag (Black Monday) Drive

PRESS RELEASE

The organizers of the Swart Maandag (Black Monday) peaceful protest drive based in the beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape would like to inform you of the following.

We are a small town with a BIG voice, but also known to the rest of the world as one of the best surfing spots ever. Every year the best athletes (surfers) come from all over the globe, to compete in the most prestigious surfing competitions the world has ever seen.

It is with that in mind that we would like to invite you to cover our peaceful protest event.

We are expecting a good turnout for our peaceful protest drive as we are surrounded by an enormous farming community.

The village of Jeffreys Bay is supported by our farming community, as that is where they shop. We, in turn, support our farming community as we are dependent on one another.

OUR CAUSE

  • To stop the farm killings
  • To create awareness that without our farming communities there will be a food shortage
  • We would like our government to commit themselves to improve the security of our farming communities with urgency
  • We would like our government and our local communities to know that the farmers are not our enemies but rather the people that feed us

and finally

  • We would like our government to consider the farm killings a PRIORITY crime.

We would also like to invite all the media to cover our peaceful protest drive to help highlight the plight of our farmers.

Kind Regards
The Organizers
Swart Maandag
Jeffreys Bay

Black Monday

 

Warning to estate agents

Kouga Municipality - logoEstate agents are reminded that it is illegal for the municipality to supply them with the details of property owners in the region.

Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said CDs with this information were available to estate agents in the past.

“This practice was, however, ceased three years ago due to legislation protecting the privacy of property owners,” he said.

“Estate agents already in possession of these CDs were also cautioned at the time that they were no longer legally allowed to use these to obtain the details of property owners.”

He said that should anyone be aware of estate agents making use of these old CDs or the municipal database to contact property owners, it be reported to the municipality’s Revenue Manager, Ria van Heerden, at rvanheerden@kouga.gov.za.

“Should anyone be aware of municipal officials making this information available to estate agents, we ask that this also be reported to the same email address as above.”

Good rain, but dam levels remain low

Kouga residents and businesses have been urged to continue using water sparingly.

“Some much-needed rain has fallen in the catchment areas, but not enough to make a significant difference to the dam levels.

“This means we cannot relax yet and must continue doing all we can to save water,” cautioned Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

He said the level of the Kouga Dam had increased by almost two percent this month following some rainfall in the Langkloof catchment areas .

Kouga Dam levels end of September

“The dam level was at 8,09% at the end of September. This climbed to 9,03% on Monday this week, with further inflow expected.

“While this brings some relief, the level remains dangerously low and is not expected to increase far beyond 10%,” he said.

According to the latest information from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the level of the Impofu Dam inched up from 18,55% at the end of September to 18,97% this week.

The level of the Churchill Dam increased from 53,08% to 62,92% over the same period and the Loerie Dam from 29,97% to 44,84%.

Kouga Dam

Photo by Jacques van der Merwe: The level of the Kouga Dam has increased slightly over the past week.

Africa’s First Adaptive Learning Online High School Launches

PRESS RELEASE

Prestigious, independent school, Bridge House and award-winning EdTech company, Digemy, have joined forces to create ConnectEd – the first Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum online high school in Africa to utilise a dynamic adaptive learning platform. The school will launch initially for Grades 10 and 11, with other grades to follow next year and into 2022.

Bridge House and Digemy have an aligned vision to change the traditional teaching model and, in the process, enable a first-rate education to be accessible to a much wider audience. “A key issue with the current education system is that all students are expected to work at the same pace,” says Kate Cowling, Head of College Academics at Bridge House. “This system does not allow for students with differing abilities to engage and absorb information at different rates, nor does it acknowledge that each student comes with their own unique background and prior knowledge. Teachers, therefore, spend a lot of time repeating content until all the students have a solid understanding of the work. A second issue is that teachers are currently unable to make real-time data-driven assessments to identify which concepts individual students may struggle with as these insights are not automated and readily available.”

As Kobus Louw, CEO of Digemy, explains, “The adaptive learning approach provided by Digemy and utilised by ConnectEd addresses both of these issues. The ConnectEd platform is powered by neuroscientific algorithms that identify each student’s knowledge gaps and adapt the repetition of questions and content accordingly, providing a tailored and effective personalised learning plan. The result: a decrease in time spent learning and an increase in retention.”

World-class academic content based on the IEB curriculum created and developed by experienced Bridge House School staff will be provided to students via multimedia micro-module lessons. Personalised support will be provided through a bespoke facilitators’ programme and timetabled weekly live group meets for all subjects, both of which will provide a collaborative learning community.

ConnectEd will also empower students to take ownership of their personal, non-academic development with access to experienced professionals and inspiring mentors who will present masterclasses to expand students’ knowledge of the world beyond school. Students will have the opportunity to learn essential life skills and undertake curated supplementary courses in a number of subjects including personal financial management, memory mastery and entrepreneurship, amongst others.

“Bridge House School holds true to the core values of its founders in providing a pioneering, dynamic and forward-thinking education for our students. “We are truly delighted to be launching ConnectEd, which will adhere to the intrinsic philosophy and offering of our campus school and which will enable us to significantly extend the reach of our successful brand of education. Ultimately, we hope to engender a transformational impact. With ConnectEd, students will be carefully supported on each step of their academic journey and will have every opportunity and resource to fulfil their individual potential and prepare themselves for success in our rapidly-changing world,” concludes the Head of School, David Clark.

To apply for ConnectEd or learn more about Bridge House and the Digemy platform, visit

connectedschool.africa.

About ConnectEd

ConnectEd is the first IEB curriculum online high school in Southern Africa to be hosted on an adaptive learning platform. By combining world-class academics from Bridge House School and Digemy’s data-driven learning methodologies, students and teachers are provided with a unique adaptive learning experience that optimises time, increases learning retention, and provides tailored opportunities for personal growth.

Kouga residents and businesses have been urged to continue using water sparingly.

“Some much-needed rain has fallen in the catchment areas, but not enough to make a significant difference to the dam levels.

“This means we cannot relax yet and must continue doing all we can to save water,” cautioned Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

He said the level of the Kouga Dam had increased by almost two percent this month following some rainfall in the Langkloof catchment areas .

Kouga Dam levels end of September

“The dam level was at 8,09% at the end of September. This climbed to 9,03% on Monday this week, with further inflow expected.

“While this brings some relief, the level remains dangerously low and is not expected to increase far beyond 10%,” he said.

According to the latest information from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the level of the Impofu Dam inched up from 18,55% at the end of September to 18,97% this week.

The level of the Churchill Dam increased from 53,08% to 62,92% over the same period and the Loerie Dam from 29,97% to 44,84%.

Kouga Dam

Photo by Jacques van der Merwe: The level of the Kouga Dam has increased slightly over the past week.