Tech set to improve maths and science results in SA schools

In the next decade, 80% of all jobs will require skills in maths, science and technology.* In order to keep up with changing times, South Africa needs to invest in methods to drastically improve its current ranking as one of the worst in the world for math and science education.**


In response to this challenge, the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial governments are in talks to pilot the introduction of Virtual Reality (VR) learning solutions in selected government schools. This new way of teaching and learning through Virtual Reality helps to close the gap between knowledge and understanding. Learners can experience the immersive VR world in which they can travel to New York to see the Statue of Liberty, take a virtual train ride to learn about the concept of relative motion or step inside a green leaf to see the production of oxygen through photosynthesis.


Initial results from the inclusion of this technology in South African classrooms has led to positive development in learner behaviour and attitude with 70% of learners indicating that the addition of VR to their syllabi would motivate them to take science and maths related subjects in the future. In addition, 98% stated that learning these subjects through VR has increased their confidence in their abilities.***


“If you plot historic innovation on a timeline, the results are astounding. Innovation is happening more rapidly than ever before,” says Tanya Jackman, Event Director of EduWeek Africa. “This has led to a massive shift in education practices worldwide. Suddenly, with the use of technology, we are able to pick up learner’s problems long before any human intervention could; enabling educators to meet learners where they are and allowing them to learn at their own pace,” she adds.


“We as educators need to develop an attitude of ‘lifelong learning’ allowing us to constantly adapt and adopt innovations within our classrooms and teaching practices. It is imperative for us as a country to facilitate and support these developments as effectively as possible,” says Elijah Mhlanga, Chief Director for Communications at the Department of Basic Education.


On 15 and 16 June 2018, Spintelligent, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and other sponsors, is hosting EduWeek Africa at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg. Exhibitors and guest speakers will tackle issues and solutions surrounding ‘Education 4.0 for Industry 4.0’. Content will address education’s response to increased automation and data exchange in most industries and the creation of careers that do not yet exist. Visitors can expect hands-on-experience of education’s 170 latest innovations such as:


  • Veative’s VR learning solution that enables learning through Virtual Reality;
  • Edit Microsystems’ eSight glasses, which enables the visually impaired to see;
  • OverDrive’s professionally narrated audio Read-Along Audio Books, which aid in learning to read;
  • Retrain’s all-inclusive differentiated-learning-techniques assessment and training instrument that allows educators to tailor their teaching-style to suit their students, to name a few.


“Continued investment in educational technology will enable South Africa to become an economic global competitor and facilitate the bridging of gaps within our country, and between us and the rest of the world,” concludes Mhlanga.


For more information on EduWeek and for registration details, visit

Fire & Feast meat festival is the best place to “sauce” fathers day

If you’re searching for a way to spice up Father’s Day with the ultimate gift, then get to Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June. At Fire & Feast Meat Festival, we recognise that dads come in all shapes and sizes with a range of interests to match - which is why we’ve tried to find a dynamic list of gift suggestions for this Father’s Day.  And none of them is socks. Here are our top 10 gift items:


1. Engrave a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey


Buy a bottle of Tennessee’s finest from the Jack Daniel’s family for dad this Father’s Day. Select from the double mellowed Gentleman Jack, the smooth sippin’ Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey or even the uniquely crafted Single Barrel Select. Why not take it a step further and have a personalised message, or dad’s name, engraved onto the bottle. The Jack Daniel’s team will be onsite at Fire & Feast to put this personal touch on your purchase.




2. Get inked


For a gift with a bit of edge, consider getting dad a tattoo for Father’s Day. Renowned local tattoo artists from Awhe Tattoo & Lifestyle Studio will be featuring at the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave at Fire & Feast, ready to customise a design or replicate any creation on skin. If tattoos aren’t his thing, then an I ‘heart’ dad tattoo on the upper arm is always a classic.




3. Time for a groom


Treat dad to some traditional styling at Barnet Fair Barber Shop – old-school charm with a modern twist. They offer traditional hot towel shaves, beard shaves, head shaves, beard maintenance and haircuts…all right inside the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave at Fire & Feast. Keep dad in style beyond Father’s Day by investing in some premium-crafted beard care and grooming products from The Bearded Man.



4. Wear it right


‘A bru maak a plan’ for Father’s Day with May Bru’s awesome range of trendy clothing and accessories, all for sale at the Fire & Feast Jack Daniel’s Man Cave. Get dad styling in their uniquely-designed hoodies, T-shirts, vests or caps. All ‘locally bru’d’.



5. Keeping it retro


For a truly timeless gift, there’s nothing quite as original as a handcrafted wall clock from the artists at Vinyl Record. Each vintage record is recrafted into a stylishly retro wall clock depicting anything from a favourite superhero to a more whimsical forest scene. These reconfigured retro pieces – located in the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave - will keep dad on time and in style.




6. Chad-O-Chef braai


What better place to find the ultimate braai than Fire & Feast Meat Festival? Leading gas braai manufacturers, Chad-O-Chef, will be featuring their in-demand range which includes drop-in gas braais, built-in gas braais and retro-fit gas braais. Visitors will even get to see the exceptional Chad-O-Chef Hybrid braai in action at Braaitology, as well as in the four meat theatres, brought to you by Chad-O-Chef. This can braai using gas, wood, charcoal or even smoker chips. What’s not to love?



7. Braai accessories  


It’s time to accessorise dad’s braai and Fire & Feast has everything he’ll need …braai thermometers, ignitors, braai covers, aprons, and so much more. He’ll be kitted out for that Father’s Day braai.


8. Quality-crafted accessories


If leather and canvas resonate with your dad, then stop by Knap Sak within the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave and you’ll be sure to find a quality gift. The company specialises in handmade items such as satchels, belts, suspenders…even leather bowties and ties.



9. MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing Theatre tickets


South Africa’s premium online butchery, MyBraai, has joined forces with the one of the country’s leading wine producers, Leopard’s Leap, to offer a juicy inclusion on the Fire & Feast menu – the MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing Theatre. Buy dad a ticket to the demonstration where he’ll get to sample five incredible meat dishes accompanied by Leopard’s Leap range of wines. There’ll also be free giveaways at the event. Tickets of R150 are available through giving access to the entire Fire & Feast Meat Festival.




10.  Go big with a Ford


If you’re looking to really make an impression this Father’s Day, Ford will be showcasing the new Ford Fiesta, Ford Mustang and Ford Ranger at this year’s Fire & Feast. These beautiful machines, boasting the latest in technological features and accessories, will be on show… and available to purchase if you feel the drive.


In addition to the incredibly products available for purchase, visitors to this year’s Fire & Feast will be treated to a full menu of tasty features, including:


• Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant

• Craftology

• The Sparta Beef Theatre, The Poultry Theatre brought to you by County Fair & Festive, The Pork Tasting Room and The Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre

• Braaitology brought to you by Chad-O-Chef

• BRM Bistro

• Wine Tasting Area

• Live entertainment daily

• SA’s Winning National Butchers Team supported by Crown National

• A range of exhibitions which complement the ultimate South African meat and braai experience


Eat, meat, feast and repeat at the ultimate meat, braai and music celebration. Tickets are available from or at the door. No alcohol will be served to U18’s.


For more information follow Fire & Feast Meat Festival on:

Facebook: Fire and Feast Meat Festival

Instagram: @fireandfeast

Twitter: @fireandfeastSA


Fire & Feast Meat Festival Schedule


Exclusive Trade Morning on Friday 8 June:    10am – 12pm

Open to the Public                Friday 8th June:       12pm – 6pm

Saturday 9th June:    10am – 6pm

Sunday 10th June:    10am – 6pm




Ticket price:       Adults R100

Trade:                R100 at the door

Pensioners:       R80

Children:            R20


Engen Celebrates South Africa’s talented Youth

This Youth Day Engen is celebrating the beautiful game for the many bright futures that football has afforded many of the 30 000-plus players who have participated in the Engen Knockout Challenge, South Africa’s most prestigious youth football initiative, which celebrates its 16th birthday this year.


Since 2003 the Engen Knockout Challenge has formed part of Engen’s Youth Development Program. The tournament, which takes place in five provinces across South Africa and culminates in the Engen Champ of Champs, specifically targets players under the age of 18.


An incredible 181 Engen Knockout Challenge alumni have gone on to play professional football for top local and overseas teams, including Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo who took part in the Engen Knockout Challenge in 2005.


Another success story is Phakamani Mahlambi, who was spotted by the CEO of The Players Club, Glyn Binkin in 2015 at the Engen Knockout Challenge. Phakamani is now an international superstar and plays for Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.


Phakamani cannot believe that all his dreams have become a reality.  His message for South Africa’s youth is that education comes before anything else.

“Youngsters must understand that you won’t play football for many years. You need to have something to fall back. My message to them is to keep on working hard and never give up. They must stay away from drugs and alcohol, and always stay away from negative people,” says Phakamani.

Phakamani grew up in Johannesburg and started playing football at the age of six. He says his football coach father helped him to stay focused on his game.

On days when he needs a bit of inspiration, Phakamani says it’s his family that keeps him going.  “They inspire me to achieve even more in my career, especially my daughter”.

His dream for the future is to play for one of the big international teams and definitely to be part of the Bafana Bafana team for a longer period.

“What I love most about South Africans is that we have Ubuntu and our country is beautiful.”

Glyn Binkin is a firm supporter of the Engen Knockout Challenge and the petroleum giant’s commitment to youth development. The acclaimed soccer agent believes it gives players like Phakamani and others an opportunity to be scouted by local and international professional teams.


“The Engen Knockout Challenge and Engen Champ of Champs have a country-wide approach and ensure that players from all backgrounds are given an equal opportunity to achieve greatness. Engen is not just playing lip service about development, they are actually out there making a difference.”


It seems anything is possible if you dream big enough and there is no reason why South Africa’s youth should not strive to achieve the very best that life has to offer them.



The hottest meat-lover’s gettogether, the Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National, has a mouth-watering line-up of new features that will be showcasing at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June. A proudly South African affair, the Fire & Feast Meat Festival is a celebration of all things fired, grilled and braai’d with something on offer to satisfy every appetite.


Sizzling features to sample




Certain to fire up the hearts of most South Africans is the smoking new Braaitology arena, proudly sponsored by leading Gas Grill & Hybrid Braai manufacturer, Chad-O-Chef. Hungry visitors will find a home at Braaitology where 10 chefs brought to you by the South African Chef Association (SACA) –- will make meat the hero of 10 delectable dishes using the versatile range of Chad-O-Chef braais. This saucy feature will excite the taste buds incorporating pork, chicken, beef, lamb and even fish dishes evenly spread across the 10 appetizer-size offerings, giving meat-lovers an extensive taste experience.


Adding to the Braaitology flavour is South Africa’s braai superhero, BraaiBoy, who will be demonstrating his tong-yielding antics on the Chad-O-Chef Sizzler Hybrid Braai. Enter the scintillating social media contest and you could even stand a chance to braai with the braai wonder himself at this year’s Fire & Feast. No ‘braai’bery required.


With so many tasty food and beverage options at Fire & Feast, you don’t want to be boggled down with maths. To make this a smooth experience, Fire & Feast has introduced BraaiBucks which can be bought on arrival and redeemed for the tasters you wish to sample within Braaitology. One BraaiBuck = R25 = 1 taster. Simple.


  1. Craftology


All this meat munching builds up an incredible thirst which is why Fire & Feast has introduced the thirst-quenching Craftology. Leading craft beverages can be generously enjoyed while listening to live music and plotting the next meaty dish. Visitors can sample a number of locally brewed delectable drinks from Soweto Gold Beer, Optium Craft Brewery (OCB) and Qualito Craft Distillery whiskey to name a few. There’s no watering down this full-bodied line-up which also includes the popular High End Brands featuring a selection of drinks overflowing with flavour, among them Hellfire and Moonshine whiskeys from The Dead Rabbit Distillery; De Groot Komunis Vodka, Die Warm Rasta Rum and La Sanat – a tasty tequila – all from DeVry Distillery. If you’re looking for a drink with a more international aroma, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey will also be served.


  1. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant


This smooth-drinking whiskey, which is the perfect accompaniment to all your meat dishes, can also be found in this next Fire & Feast feature. The Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant will serve innovatively prepared meat dishes and Jack Daniel’s range of Tennessee whiskey, providing festival-goers with a delicious dining option within the Fire & Feast meat mayhem.


  1. Jack Daniel’s Man Cave


Everything the modern man wants can be found in the well-stocked Jack Daniel’s Man Cave. This well-crafted area offers men the chance to…

…get inked by artists from Awhe Tattoo & Lifestyle Studio…

…enjoy a cut and a shave by the maestros from Barnet Fair barber’s shop…

…discover the latest petrol-head accessories from Knap Sak…

…get all the best grooming equipment from The Bearded Man…

…grab something casual from May Bru clothing & apparel…

…invest in a stunning bicycle from Ubuntu Bike Boutique…


The Jack Daniel’s Man Cave is the perfect place to source the ideal gift for Father’s Day - conveniently taking place the weekend after Fire & Feast Meat Festival. In fact, if you’re really wanting to spoil the ultimate dad and get ahead of the competition, consider the generous gift of Fire & Feast tickets!


  1. Poultry Theatre brought to you by County Fair and Festive


You will most definitely flock to the newest feature where poultry experts will be demonstrating useful methods for preparing juicy poultry dishes using their quality County Fair fresh and frozen products, including the popular chicken schnitzel, as well as Festive’s premium fresh chicken range.


  1. The Sparta Beef Theatre


Local experts in quality beef products, Sparta have come on board as sponsors for the satisfyingly enlightening Sparta Beef Theatre. Here you will get the chance to glean tips on how to get the most out of your beefy buys as well as the selecting the healthiest cuts for the tastiest dishes.


  1. The Pork Tasting Room


Pork 360 has put its weight behind Fire & Feast Meat Festival with the introduction of The Pork Tasting Room. This tasty new feature will introduce all you meat-lovers to crispy, cured and crackling pork-tasting varieties while industry experts share useful tips on all things pork.


  1. Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre


You will find fulfilment for body and mind in this seasoned theatre which welcomes the mature wisdom of Lamb and Mutton South Africa, an entrenched organisation responsible for consumer awareness on all lamb and mutton products. Chefs in this experiential zone will demonstrate tantalising techniques on ways to prepare and cook these iron-rich cuts of meat.


You’ll be delighted to discover that every dish prepared in the four meat theatres will be expertly cooked on one of Chad-O-Chef’s braais – quality guaranteed – with @home sponsoring their exclusive range of Breville, Robert Welch, Baccarat and Smeg cookware products for theatre use.


  1. MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing


This elegant feature, sponsored by MyBraai online butchery, is a dedicated meat and wine pairing theatre where you’re invited to de-cant and devour while learning about the importance of flavour fusion. Here, chefs from MyBraai will team up with Leopard’s Leap sommeliers to discuss the perfect drinking wines to compliment four meaty dishes – beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Book tickets for the MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing at before they sell out and get your show tickets included.


  1. BRM Brands Bistro


For some really fall-off-the-bone tender, fully-marinated meats, stop in at the renowned BRM Brands Bistro featuring at this year’s Fire & Feast Festival. Chefs with intimate knowledge of the bistro have perfected a menu that will give all festival-goers a real taste of their mouth-watering meats…including their famous rib options.


  1. Meet SA’s World Butchers’ Challenge Team


Fire & Feast promises you only the industry’s best which is why South Africa’s World Butchers’ Challenge team, fresh from competing at the illustrious World Butcher’s Challenge in Ireland, will be in attendance at Braaitology. They will use this platform to showcase their craft by taking on a promising development side in a friendly challenge. The six-man Mzansi team – who won the National Butchers’ Challenge, presented by Crown National at last year’s Fire & Feast – will put on a cutting-edge performance for the crowd. Anyone looking to enter the 2019 National Butchers’ Challenge, presented by Crown National, can register at Fire & Feast. You might just make the cut.


  1. Wine Tasting Area


South Africa’s deep-rooted wine industry is renowned for producing internationally-acclaimed wines and Fire & Feast will be celebrating this culture in the Wine Tasting Area. This full-bodied feature will let you indulge in a truly sensory evaluation of the country’s best local wines.


Eat, meat, feast and repeat at the ultimate meat, braai and music celebration. Tickets are available from or at the door. No alcohol will be served to U18’s.


For more information follow Fire & Feast Meat Festival on:

Facebook: Fire and Feast Meat Festival

Instagram: @fireandfeast

Twitter: @fireandfeastSA


Fire & Feast Meat Festival Schedule


Friday 8th June:              12pm – 6pm

Saturday 9th June:          10am – 6pm

Sunday 10th June:          10am – 6pm



Ticket price:                     Adults R100

Pensioners R80

Children R20

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