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Diepsloot Youth take over MediaTech Africa 2017

MediaTech Africa is a biennial media and entertainment Technology trade show held in Johannesburg South Africa. MediaTech Africa is a highlight event in the international exhibition calendar and gives a platform to showcase and purchase the latest in Technology. This year, the event took place from 19 – 21 July 2017 inside The TicketPro Dome and we made our way there with seven participants already within this value chain.

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Our Action Against Poverty during Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela Day has always been about contributing to the upliftment of human kind and the environment in which we live.

The Wot-If? Trust has expanded on the concept of 67 minutes into an event that extends well beyond Mandela Day. In 2017, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has made a call-to-action for #ActionAgainstPoverty on Mandela Day and beyond. In light of this The Wot-If? Trust will use five key streams to take action against poverty; technology, sport, food gardens, cooking and business networking. Corporates and the Deipsloot community members and community partners are invited to experience an impact-driven Nelson Mandela Day that kick starts our #67Days of #DigitalActivism.

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Participants are encouraged to donate equipment or tools (recycled or new) towards one of the above mentioned streams. Action on the day will engage with the present but keep the future and bigger picture in mind. Part of our focus will be on the “what now?” after Mandela Day.

Technology

As a facilitator and enabler, The Wot-If? Trust plays the role of providing shared platforms and facilities with skills, training andArtist Impression - Diepsloot tech hub opportunities. As part of a newly launched #eHubDiepsloot facility funded by Ericsson, participants will have the choice to:

  • Share their Tech Knowledge or join creating eco-bricks in our “Maker Space”
  • Support community members with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, website, SEO, social media and general computer challenges
  • There will also be ‘hour of code’ session – where youngsters learn the basics of coding (with Code4Change SA)
  • Worm farms will also be on display for teaching and learning purposes

Sport

ShumbashabaThis stream will run at Shumbashaba (a farm just down the road that guests will travel to). Activities include:

  • Donating towards and helping envisage sporting facilities
  • Playing netball and soccer with children who are a part of our Roots and Shoots SA programme
  • Get your hands dirty to fix bicycles, pick up litter and/or do some weeding
  • Walk and plan a mountain bike trail

Food Gardens

This stream will have visitors planting seeds in seedling trays and preparing the soil for planting. In preparation for this, participants are to bring tools, equipment and a keen interest for permaculture. Things such as compost, gardening implements and seeds form part of this. Preferably, bring heirloom, H1 hybrid or open pollinated seeds of the following vegetables and spices for continuity of existing produce:

  • Spinach
  • Chomolia
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  • Lemon thyme
  • Marjoran
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander
  • Bringal
  • Oregano
  • Rocket
  • Tomatoes
  • Green chillies
  • Rose polygonium
  • Carrots
  • Bulb onion
  • LettuceIMG_8031
  • Spring onion
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Green Beans
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Peppers (all robot colours)

 

Cooking

To feed our expected 250 guests – the most natural and nurturing stream of the day. Our guests will be coached by a local caterer on how to prepare shisanyama, pap, samp and beans and vegetables from our garden.

Business Networking

Networking will take place over the course of the day. The business networking segment forms the foundation of The Wot-If? Trust. As a civil-society organisation that supports small businesses and organisations, guests are invited to meet and greet the companies actively contributing to the Diepsloot economy.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is calling for #ActionAgainstPoverty! If you would like to contribution towards our #MandelaDay or #67Days of #DigitalActivism please feel free to contact gail@wot-if.co.za or nokwanda@wot-if.co.za using the details listed on our contacts page

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Permacultured

Permaculture derives from the words ‘permanent’ ‘agriculture’. It is a philosophy and practise that teaches farmers to cultivate land using whatever resources are available. Natural forces such as rain, direction of sunlight, water and wind are taken into consideration to ensure self-sustainable and edible gardens. To impart such knowledge, Food and Trees for Africa recently hosted a one-day permaculture workshop inside eHub Diepsloot.

Fifteen participants came together on Friday, 9 June 2017 to learn more about permaculture and how its’ practices could be used to their advantage. The Wot-If? Trust had approached Food and Trees for Africa to host this workshop to equip people interested in agriculture with the correct knowledge to become self-sustainable “farmers”.IMG_9843

Due to the lack of land, resources and education in an environment such as Diepsloot, The Wot-If? Trust ensured that the criteria of workshop participants was based on their existing interest or involvement in agriculture. Half of the participants in attendance are service-users from Bona Lesedi Disability Centre and are currently underway in an agriculture learnership which is funded by the AgriSETA with the training partner as VV Mashona.

The other half of participants included a local landscaper, a successful crop production farmer who owns 1,2 hectares of land on the Northern Farms as well as two “gardeners” from The Wot-If? Trust premises and from a nearby equine therapy farm, Shumbashaba.

The first half of the workshop was spent gaining theoretical knowledge inside the spacious eHub Diepsloot training room. Food and TreeIMG_9816s for Africa supplied all 15 participants with an informative permaculture workbook to be used as a reference well after the workshop ends. The second half of the workshop was highly practical as participants created an edible food garden around eHub Diepsloot. Following a well-deserved lunch break, participants left thrilled by their fun-filled and inclusive learning experience.

“It was lovely to work with people from different spheres of the world as I personally learnt so much as I interacted with people who are mentally challenged,” said Emmanuel Sinthumule the Food and Trees for Africa facilitator of the day.”

You can now find; mustard seeds, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, parsley, oregano, fennel and leeks growing in perfect conditions around eHub Diepsloot in Extension 10. Come and take a walk through the permaculture garden, as we will soon be cultivating this produce to consume inside our Cyber Café and to sell at nearby markets.
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The Evolution of MTN

IMG_9530On 1 June 2017, MTN Business hosted their second annual IoT Conference and Awards. The conference matured from a pure “challenge and awards” model into a broader event, including both an awards ceremony and a conference. To promote knowledge and best practice sharing for developers and buyers in the connected infrastructure and Internet of Things space.

MTN IoT Conference and Awards’ content and conversations was thread together as “Mind to Machine” solutions, searchable online as #M2MAwards. Submitted solutions focused on the potential transformation of sectors such as retail, transportation, business and our personal lives using technological advancements.

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Ericsson Take A Girl Child To Work Day

Leading Up to Take a Girl Child to Work Day 2017

.to-work-day-logo-bigIt has finally been recognised that the girl child has been socio-economically under-developed and under-resourced for decades. In an attempt to address this disparity, Cell C initiated Take a Girl Child to Work Day® on 8 May 2003. Fast-forward to 2017 and the business community will now celebrate the campaigns’ 15th Anniversary. On Thursday, 25 May 2017 businesses and organisations once again host and motivate a group of girls to “Dream, Believe and Achieve”.

Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® has become a respected movement aimed at imparting knowledge to girl children. Ericsson, as a participant, has recognised this and this year decided to have a series of events leading up to the 2017 Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®.

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Launching Nelson Mandela Day Beyond 2017

IMG_8861The Nelson Mandela Foundation is now calling for #ActionAgainstPoverty! Beyond #MandelaDay is the potential to change every day in an impactful way. Positively, of course, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has developed a more tangible direction for people’s contributions towards their global mandate. Their strategic shift is commendable as it relies on strengthening bonds with other civil society organisations. Networked communication.

 

To play the role of facilitator, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is using its strong identity to have influence and impact. On Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 23 years after South Africa democratically elected its first president; the Nelson Mandela Foundation honoured their namesake by presenting their strategic shift in approach to #MandelaDay! Asking for all stakeholders and supporters of #MandelaDay to focus their energy and efforts on taking #ActionAgainstPoverty.

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Diepsloot during the 2017 International Save The Frogs Day

2017 International Save The Frogs Day in SA

On the last Saturday of April since 2008, International Save The Frogs Day lives out its mandate as the worlds leading amphibian conservation organisation. To use International Save The Frogs Day as a means to raise awareness about the global endangerment of frogs.

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VAST Networks set to connect more than 1.5 million township residents

Township roll-outs aimed at driving inclusivity and economic empowerment

Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa: 25 April 2017 – VAST Networks (VAST), Africa’s first open access Wi-Fi provider, is set to give 1.5 million Gauteng township residents affordable alternative to access the Internet.  Currently in over 2,000 high-density locations in transport hubs, malls, office parks and townships, locations across South Africa, VAST is focused on providing more South Africans with an option for affordable internet access.

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The Wot-If Trust Partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha

Wot-If? women were no longer ‘Hidden Figures’?

On Thursday, 23 February 2017, The Wot-If? Trust was privileged enough to accompany twenty young women to watch the critically-acclaimed ‘Hidden Figures’ film. The film recently debuted on American big screens and has since been nominated for three Golden Globes, three Academy Awards and has won ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ at Screen Actors Guild. These accolades come as no surprise as Hidden Figures is…

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Big Five Duty Free Localise a Massive Order

Women’s Empowerment Through Localised Procurement

Big Five Duty Free is commonly known to the public for their exclusive and illustrious stores in South Africa’s major airport terminals. Big Five Duty Free’s operations however extend beyond gloss and glamour with their various CSI initiatives, including a campaign every year to distribute Teddy Bears (part of a Christmas Shopping incentive) to underprivileged children.

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