Author Archives: Ciaran Maidwell

Ventureburn Coverage: GirlCode – Payfast mentors SA’s next generation of women in tech

Women only hold 23% of jobs in tech locally, according to Women in Tech ZA. To combat this, organisations need to drive more diversity, by investing in and uplifting young women interested in the sector. Software development skills organisation GirlCode, is working to make an impact by hosting their annual Hackathon. As part of the&nbspREAD MORE >

iAfrica coverage: End of Affirmative Action in the US: What this means for SA students

The United States Supreme Court’s decision to ban affirmative action in college admissions has raised red flags for universities and prospective students across the globe. Predictions are that the decision will heavily impact racial diversity in US universities. For South African, and other international students hoping to apply to the US, the decision is unlikely&nbspREAD MORE >

IOL coverage: Workations: Adopting the Gen Z approach to maintaining a healthy work-life balance

Between interest rate hikes, load shedding, and record-cold temperatures, South Africans deserve a holiday. Unfortunately, for most of the population, the rising cost of living doesn’t allow for much flexibility when trying to achieve a work-life balance. Enter the workation – a way to break the monotonous cycle of work, by turning any location, anywhere&nbspREAD MORE >

Design work: SmartStart celebrates Mandela Day 2033

Nelson Mandela left a legacy of creating a just and equal society for all. To celebrate, we assisted client SmartStart with design work this Mandela Day, let’s celebrate his life, and the values he stood for, by standing together to improve the lives of children all over South Africa. It is through education that children&nbspREAD MORE >

IOL coverage: Forensic DNA symposium kicks off in Cape Town

.Local and international experts in forensics and related fields gathered for the third Forensic DNA Symposium in Cape Town. The two-day symposium by lobbyist DNAforAfrica and event partners the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Committee of the Red Cross commenced at the President Hotel in Sea Point. To learn more about&nbspREAD MORE >

IOL coverage: Energy Observer lab docks in the Mother City

The first hydrogen-powered and zero-emission vessel made its 80th stop, docking in the Mother City, as its first major stage in Africa. The first-of-its-kind vessel has already sailed over 50 000 nautical miles since 2017, and visited over 40 countries, on renewable energy. To read more about how client Air Liquide and their partner Energy&nbspREAD MORE >

Daily Maverick coverage: Driving action for women’s health in rural South Africa

Women in South Africa, especially those in rural communities, need better access to specialist healthcare and awareness of how and when to seek treatment. Medical volunteering non-profit the Tshemba Foundation is calling on obstetric and gynaecological specialists to step up and take action for women everywhere. Daily Maverick unpacks Tshemba Foundation’s mission, vision, and key&nbspREAD MORE >

Cape Talk coverage: PIRLS Study findings

The new Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2021 reading results show that South African children performed the worst of all participating countries, with 81% of Grade 4 learners unable to read for meaning in any language. Click here to listen to a Cape Talk interview with Justine Jowell, Programme Design and Development&nbspREAD MORE >

IOL coverage: Skip winter by teaching abroad

Winter has arrived in South Africa. Locals keen to escape the cold – and dark – can take advantage of the global need for English teachers in countries like Italy and Thailand. IOL unpacks how teaching abroad provides an opportunity to chase summer around the globe, while earning a solid income. To read more, click&nbspREAD MORE >

Good Things Guy coverage: Africa Education Award

The Africa Education Medal 2023 – Africa’s most prestigious education accolade is given to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated impact, leadership, and advocacy in the field of education. Grace Matlhape, CEO of early learning programme SmartStart, is one of two South Africans named as a top 10 finalist for this year’s award. To read more&nbspREAD MORE >