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Coleen Cronje, Homeschooling Company CEO, Explains the Increased Popularity of Homeschooling (Podcast)

Homeschooling High SchoolHajra Omarjee recently hosted a conversation about homeschooling on her Power Drive radio show on Power FM.

Omarjee cites a newspaper article which suggests that violence, overcrowding and poorly trained educators in schools have resulted in more and more parents deciding to homeschool their children. In 1997, 2 000 children were reportedly taught at home, and by 2011 the number had reached 57 000.

Coleen Cronje, the CEO of Brainline Learning World, was on the line to speak about homeschooling. She says that “many homeschoolers are very active in the community”. Distance learning allows many learners to compete in sports or keep up with school despite illness.

Listen to the podcast:

 

For more information about the hows and whys of homeschooling, read Homeschooling High School by Shirley Erwee.

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Coleen Cronje, Homeschooling Company CEO, Explains the Increased Popularity of Homeschooling (Podcast)

Homeschooling High SchoolHajra Omarjee recently hosted a conversation about homeschooling on her Power Drive radio show on Power FM.

Omarjee cites a newspaper article which suggests that violence, overcrowding and poorly trained educators in schools have resulted in more and more parents deciding to homeschool their children. In 1997, 2 000 children were reportedly taught at home, and by 2011 the number had reached 57 000.

Coleen Cronje, the CEO of Brainline Learning World, was on the line to speak about homeschooling. She says that “many homeschoolers are very active in the community”. Distance learning allows many learners to compete in sports or keep up with school despite illness.

Listen to the podcast:

 

For more information about the hows and whys of homeschooling, read Homeschooling High School by Shirley Erwee.

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Homoseksualiteit: Gays dalk tog nie welkom in NG Kerk

HomoseksualiteitHomosexualityDie geskiedkundige aankondiging van Septembermaand – dat gays verwelkom sal word in die NG Kerk – kan moontlik terug getrek word na appèl aangeteken is.

“Die NG Kerk se geskiedkundige besluit om gay lidmate toe te laat om in dié kerk te trou, is nou weer uitgestel. Dr. Gustav Claassen, algemene sekretaris, het aan Rapport bevestig daar is appèl aangeteken en die hele historiese besluit is in die weegskaal,” skryf Jean Oosthuizen in ‘n artikel wat die afgelope naweek in Rapport verskyn het.

Oosthuizen verduidelik hoe en waarom appèl aangeteken is en doen verslag oor die verskeie gemeentes wat sedert die sinode se besluit “rebelleer” en amptelik beswaar gemaak het.

Lees die artikel:

Dit is sover bekend die eerste keer dat ’n besluit van die algemene sinode op appèl geneem word, en dit sal hoog op die agenda wees wanneer die moderamen môre vergader. Die algemene sinode wat die appèl moet oorweeg se volgende vergadering is egter eers vir oor twee jaar belê.

Nóg ’n topkerk­leier wat hom nie in die openbaar mag uitspreek nie, sê hulle is uiters gefrustreerd omdat die appèl nou die kerk ­terugplaas in die posisie wat dit was voor die besluit oor gays.

Predikante van die NG Kerk sal intussen ook nie verbintenisse tussen gay paartjies kan bevestig nie.

Afgetrede predikant Jan Louw het verslag gedoen oor die “emosionele manipulasie by die sinode” in ‘n artikel vir Glo die Bybel. Hy skryf dat “die leiers van die NG Kerk die afgelope aantal jare baie beplanning insit in die ‘ontwerp’ van Sinodes” en verduidelik hoe dié leiers afgevaardiges “voorberei” het om uiteindelik ja te stem vir gays.

Lees Louw se artikel waarin hy puntsgewys verduidelik wat hy bedoel:

Selfs pro-gays is verbaas oor die besluit van die Algemene Sinode van 2015. Wie het kon dink dat daar ‘n dag sou kom dat die NG Kerk sou besluit dat praktiserende homoseksuele mans en vroue as leraars bevestig kan word? Hoe het dit gebeur dat die NG Kerk by sy belangrike beleidsinode met 114 stemme teen 63 (‘n meerderheid van 64%) so ‘n besluit kon neem?

Dit is duidelik dat die leiers van die NG Kerk die afgelope aantal jare baie beplanning insit in die “ontwerp” van Sinodes. Ons kry bv die volgende woorde in die Agenda van die Sinode van 2015:

Die Moderamen het besluit om ‘n Ontwerpspan saam te stel wat die beplanning vir die Algemene Sinode sal doen. Die Ontwerpspan het aan die Moderamen en die Bedryfspan verslag gedoen van sy werksaamhede.

Die personeel was die volgende: dr Kobus Gerber (sameroeper), me Rinel Hugo (skriba), mnr Gerhard Potgieter, me Ester Steyn, di Nelis J van Rensburg, Norma Rossouw, drr Johan Ernst, Gustav Claassen, Roelf Opperman, ds Fay van Eeden en me Hermien Swart saam met ander verteenwoordigers van die Noordelike Sinode: dr Kobus Myburgh, di Lizl-Louise Schoeman, Attie Nel, Daniël de Vos, Wynand van Niekerk, Fritz Snyman en Pieter Visser. Die Noordelike Sinode het ook ‘n span wat die boek Rut deur die loop van die vergadering hanteer.

Op sigself is daar niks verkeerd daarmee dat daar soveel voorbereiding ingaan om van die Sinode ‘n sukses te maak nie. Die Algemene Sinodes is immers die NG Kerk se vlagskip geleenthede. Die pers is daar en die Kerk trek ‘n gehoor veel groter as net die lidmate van die NG Kerk. Dit moet ‘n afgeronde en inspirerende geleentheid van die kerk wees.

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Nikki Bush's Advice for Parents on "Suicide Hour" - That Tricky Time at the End of the Day

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, recently shared advice about effective parenting during “suicide hour” with Redi Tlhabi on CapeTalk / Talk Radio 702.

In the podcast, Bush says that the last few hours of the day are hard on parents because they might be tired from work, and “a lot of stuff needs to happen in the last two to three hours of the day”.

Bush advises that parents do what air-hostesses always say: “You must use your oxygen mask first.” Parents need to be able to inhale when they are “feeling pap” before they can care for their children. She gives a few practical tips for getting this right.

Listen to the podcast:

 

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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The Rise and Fall of Mxit, South Africa's Social Media Messaging Start-up (Podcast)

Really, Don't Panic!Moenie stres nie!Mxit, South African-made social media messaging platform once hailed as “a success story the likes of Facebook in its own context”, has been closed down as a commercial operation.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, internet entrepreneur and editor of Really, Don’t Panic! (Afrikaans: Moenie stres nie!), acquired Mxit in 2011. But he was not, for a number of reasons, able to innovate fast enough to safeguard the company’s user share against the rising tide of smartphone messaging and social media apps.

Knott-Craig Jnr recently resigned as Mxit’s CEO. Read Stuart Thomas’ article about what he did for the company:

It makes sense then that he describes thinking of the maverick entrepreneur as a “breath of fresh air” at the time.

While Marshall acknowledges that there was a little bit of organised chaos, largely down to each of the World of Avatar CEOs wanting a slice of Mxit’s resources, he says he was inspired by the sense that Knott-Craig was there to knock down all the old walls at Mxit and was willing to try new things.

He’s not alone either. In an article published on Memeburn shortly after Knott-Craig’s departure, former Mxit employee Frans de Villiers describes him as “Mxit’s Barack Obama”, there to bring fresh ideas to a company that had “lost a lot of its amazingness”.

Despite his initial optimism, it’s clear that Knott-Craig knew that Mxit was up against it from the start of his short tenure as CEO. In early 2012, he told a press conference that Mxit had “one last chance” to get back on track or the company would collapse.

Ben-Carl Havemann, spokesperson for Mxit, spoke to Mike Wills on CapeTalk about the commercial closure and the future of the messenger as part of the Reach Trust, a charitable arm of the company.

Listen to the podcast:

 

 

Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck, tech-expert and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was asked to comment on the closure of Mxit by Sibusiso Tshabalala for Quartz Africa.

Goldstuck said that the closure of the messaging app was not surprising, but there is still much that other start-ups could learn from the rise and fall of Mxit.

Read the article:

“The first thing [Mxit] did wrong is that they became complacent when they were at their peak. They made the same mistake Netscape made in the 90s— it underestimated Microsoft, and two years Netscape was wiped out. It was not only the rise of smartphones that led to Mxit’s decline, it was also the rise of other social networks. They woke up too late,” said Goldstuck.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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Don't Miss Jenny Crwys-Williams Chatting to Tim Noakes About His New Book, Raising Superheroes

Raising SuperheroesProfessor Tim Noakes is in town! It’s all about healthy eating and Banting.

Join Jenny Crwys-Williams for an early evening event with Noakes on Tuesday, 3 November, at Delta Cafe in Craighall Park.

Crwys-Williams will be chatting to Noakes about his latest book, Raising Superheroes, and he will answer all your questions about food, Banting, and anything else you’d like to ask him.

Tickets cost R220. Wine and delicious snacks will be served.

Parking is inside Colourful Splendour Nursery – if you get lost please call 079 482 5286.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: Delta Cafe
    20 Marlborough Road
    Craighall Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Refreshments: Wine and delicious snacks will be served
  • Cover charge: R220
  • RSVP: bookings@jennyandco.co.za

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