Placing a Focus on Animal Conservation – Check out my Conservation News Site

This Site focuses on Conservation and the World of Wildlife. So before we go too much further, we’d love to know what you think.
Animals Africa launched the online news site, Since then, we’ve travelled across the world, to different places, to find some unexpected wildlife-inspired stories and conservation programs that promotes change.
On this site we share advances in rhino and elephant conservation, and talk to people fighting for wildlife. We’ve once again given outside experts a forum to speak on an issue we all care about and shared our own perspective on what they have to say.
And we know you are reading and the issues we highlight sparks a lot of discussion and showed us that we must continue to strive to deliver the most thoughtful, insightful and inspiring window possible into our shared natural world.
Now we want to hear from you: Send us a letter or an email, a note on Facebook or a tweet. Let us know how we’re doing and tell us what you’d like to see. It’s your news site after all.

Thank you

http://www.animalafrica.com/

http://www.animalafrica.com/

Do your Part towards Wildlife Conservation!!!

We know that conservation efforts save species.

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Rhinos would not exist today if it were not for the work of a few determined people within Africa and across the world, doing their part towards conservation.

With more money, we can support more programmes, we can come up with more initiatives and more ways to save the rhino and not just save rhino populations, but increase numbers and develop populations.

 Rhinos might be endangered but it is never too late to save the rest.

Let’s all get involved; Inverdoorn has designed new flip-flops to promote RhinoProtect. With these skilfully designed flip flop sandals, you will be able to walk on the beach and make a statement without having to say a word because the imprint of Rhino Protect will be imprinted in the sand.

You can help us raise awareness of the plight of the rhino…

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Enjoy your day at the beach and contribute towards wildlife conservation

The more we do all together, the more people will learn about rhinos and the more field projects, such as Implementing drones to keep our rhinos save,  we will be able to support.

Spread the word! Share this message and wear your Rhino Flops Proudly!

Remember that Rhinos desperately need your help! Join us in protecting rhinos by contributing today. Every gift, no matter the size, helps.  Every gift allows us to do more towards wildlife Conservation.

So if you are looking for a way to make a difference, go and get your flip flops today.

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Flip Flops perfect for the beach or safari sand

If you have any suggestions, comments or fundraising ideas, feel free to contact us

Gay Pride Parade 2015 – Cape Town

Since 2001 there have been a week-long Gay Pride summer festival that has filled the streets of Cape Town year after year.

The Gay Pride event celebrates the diversity and also creates awareness around issues impacting on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities locally and throughout Africa in a fun gay pride fashion. A place where people can be themselves or even be straight and support their fellow friends in embracing each other, no matter, your sexual preference. With parades, shows, extravaganzas and a string of fringe parties including awesome events, the city buzzes with excitement and smiles with pride. For the 12th Consecutive year, the Cape Town Gay Pride comes with a bang to Town. On the 20thFriday 2015 until the 28th of February 2015 to celebrate and embrace cultural diversity and to create awareness for LGBTQI issues within South Africa and throughout the continent of Africa.

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Gay pride 2015 – Cape Town

There will be parties and events scattered all over Cape Town for this nine day period. Even though the events are vast and varied one important aspect remains is the encouragement of LGBTQI, and straight folks can participate too.

What is to be expected at the 2015 Gay Pride parade and events?

The Highlight of the event, as always proceeds as follows, with a big march in the CBD and then De Waterkant festival anticipated appearance and new faces popping up. The festival will also include the old time favourites Ms Cape Town Pride and Pink Party. The Event also has fun outdoor beach picnics and sports days at Camps Bay Beach.

Yet for all these nine days will focus on the rights, pride and freedom. If you are into the more serious forums of getting a message across there will be LGBTQI freedom talks discussions etc. As soon as the full 2015 Gay pride programme will be realised we will inform you.

If you are interested in the events mentioned above tickets for Pride events are priced separately and on sale at the individual venues. Entry to the events ranges between R30p/p and R450p/p depending on the event. For more information checkout Capetownpride.org. This includes pageant, volunteer, stalls and floats applications.

Useful information about Cape Town – The Place I Call Home!!!!

Situated between the mountains and oceans, with many nationals parks it is truly the heart of South Africa and there is no place Like Cape Town. Therefore it is called the Mother City. It is the oldest city in South Africa which spans about 300 years.

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A view of Cape Town

South Africa officially has 11 languages, which most people are capable of speaking English, Afrikaans and xhosa and these languages are widely used in Cape Town, the Western Province.

Cape Town has an population of about 3.5-million people that lives here this makes this city the  second most-populated city within South Africa.

The climate in Cape Town is similar to California and the Mediterranean weather .The winter starts in May and ends in September which is generally a wet and windy time. Temperatures are cool which ranges between 7°C and 17°C . Summer usually lasts from November to March and temperatures ranges between 19°C and 35°C . The summer time is very hot and sunny and can be windy, but it doesn’t usually bring much rain.

If you are interested in knowing the time in South Africa, this city lies in the GMT +2 time zone and does not have daylight saving time.

When entering South Africa, the currency used is Rand(ZAR). But don’t doubt this country, the exchange rate is favourable to most currencies and many restaurants, shops etc. accept international credit cards.

Political Facts within South Africa – Cape Town

  • The Mayor of Cape Town is Patricia de Lille.
  • The Premier of the Western Cape is Helen Zille.
  • Cape Town is also the legislative capital of South Africa.
  • The South Africa’s Parliament is situated in Cape Town.

Brief History of Cape Town:

In 1652 Cape Town was founded, when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company based in The Netherlands arrived and they set up a halfway point for ships travelling to the East. Portuguese explorers and travellers arrived in the Cape around the 15th Century and the Khoisan people populated the area before the European arrival.

So if you have family in this City, South Africa or wanting to send your digits to tell them about your great experiences, remember that the country code is 0027 and the City Code for Cape Town is 021.  For visa requirements click here.

Quick Facts to take home:

  • This City is the Capital city of the Western Cape.
  • The City has a motto – Spes Bona, which means Good Hope.
  • Cape Town is sometimes also called the “Tavern of the seas”. Have a look around and you will find out why.

To be ranked first out of all cities in the world, and against global destinations of this calibre, speaks volumes about the strength of our offering. It is especially exciting for me that these results are based on the experiences of travellers who have visited the various destinations. – Western Cape Tourism Minister Alan Winde, on the announcement that CPT was the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice No.1 destination for 2011

Nelson Mandela – We Thank You !!!

25 years ago today, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison in the Western Cape and made his way to City Hall in Cape Town to deliver his iconic speech from the balcony of the building.

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison. He was imprisoned for 27 years.

Quote for the day :Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

Nelson Mandela

The Eye Catcher Blog 2014 Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

ANC Bows Its Head In Honouring Our Mother, Stalwart And Icon

Epainette Mbeki was the mother of former president Thabo Mbeki and the wife of the late ANC and SA Communist Party stalwart Govan Mbeki. Epainette passed away at St Dominic hospital in East London after being sick for a while.

According to a statement made by Zizi Kodwa, Her passing has made South Africa Poorer given her long history of activism and her contribution in the struggle against apartheid.

Read more: http://thesaobserver.com/anc-bows-its-head-in-honouring-our-mother-stalwart-and-heroine/

 

By Lauren Leonard

A Tribute To Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a global icon, born in 1928 and who passed on May the 28th.
Her parents separated when she was very young which made her move in with her grandmother in Arkansas, this is a city where exclusion was rigidly enforced. At the age of seven she had been raped by one of her mother’s boyfriends, this traumatic event silenced until the age of 13. Later difficult circumstances also meant that Maya Angelou had spent her early adult years working in the entertainment industry as a stripper.
However being the person that she was, her traumatic history only made her stronger, not allowing anything to break her.  Angelou was a singer and a dancer who toured Europe, she was also an incredible cook who wrote exceptional cook books that are treasured among many of her other writing pieces.
According to President Barack Obama, he described her as “one of the brightest lights of our time”, calling her “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman”.
Angelou made name with the memoir – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which followed a childhood of cruelty and abuse in the 1930’s.
According to BBC News, her family described her as a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. Her life was lived to serve humanity.In 2011, President Obama handed over a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award to her.
Obama adds “Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer above all,  was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true.”
Former President Bill Clinton said “America had lost a national treasure and he and wife Hillary had lost “a beloved friend. The poems and stories Angelouwrote and read to us in her powerful voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, bravery and grace.”
One of her tweets that stood out read as follows “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
Her career had many openings, straddling television, theatre, film, children’s books and music. BBC adds that, Angelou was also a prominent civil rights activist and a friend of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
Her writing, her strengths and her elegance as a role model for those fighting for overcome inequalitand injustice was where she received her admirers.
In one of her final Facebook post, she said that due to an unexpected medical emergency, she had to cancel an engagement.
We quote from Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that wheneverI decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
By Lauren Leonard, The SA Observer

The pace of change within AFRICA – My Urge to foreign investors.

To alleviate poverty and the huge technological gap in Africa, is no small challenge.

The positive aspects of technological change in Africa is that it drives environmental change. When the demand for natural resources increases, their application affects the integrity of the ecosystem. This creates efficient use of cleaner production techniques and natural resources. However this new technologies can also cause harm to human health. But why look at one cause of harm to the human health system, when your health is always at risk. Whether the technology affects you or not.

If we look at the key success stories in Africa, we see that change is definitely taking place at a faster pace.

Thanks to the AfricaCom and other conferences bringing innovation and investors together, to speak about developments that need to take place to better Africa. We now have effective assessment techniques, like remote sensing, ICT, biometric engineering, bio technology, genetic modification and faster more advanced ways of transportation.

Therefore technological innovations can bring change and opportunity to many sectors like health, education, energy etc.

My urge two foreign investors is to take the risk and help Africa enhance availability of products and services required for growth within Africa.

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Pictures – http://www.frontlines.com / http://www.blive.co.za

Lauren Leonard

Where to find Wifi hot-spots in City Centre Cape Town

Over the past few years, Cape Town has turned into a Wi-fi hot-spot paradise.

Coffee-shops, restaurants and other eating places are all offering connectivity to the internet.

In South Africa there are still a few obstacles that needs to be overcome, like the speed of the internet. Yet we appreciate it, that we get to connect to the world wide web.

So if you are on your way to a meeting, need to update your social statuses or even waste a few hours browsing, Cape town has a few places to go and enjoy a cup of coffee while at that.

Here are a list of places to visit:

– Mac Donalds

– Blues Restaurant

– Cafe Neo

– Loading Bay

– Long street Cafe’

– Truth Coffee Cult

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Lauren Leonard

John 15:9-17 

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Lauren Leonard

Empowering women in Technology

If you educate a women, you are educating a family, community or even society.

Let’s gather women from all over the world and start a movement/Group or friends cycle.

Let’s start off by discussing the factors that puts women in a disadvantage position in your community.

Our focus is education and technology, getting everyone to a higher level of understanding in this industry.

This is my email: laurenleonard17@gmail.com

Share yours, comment or follow me.

I’m excited are you?

Lauren Leonard

Steps to her heart<3

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shes my everything…

If you want a women whose special- Treat her that way.

Step 1 – Make her feel beautiful…. Okay okay, I get it. Guys be like “hey, I tell her that everyday” but that’s mere words.

I mean make her deeply feel in her beautiful heart that she’s worth that title.

It’s not just in what you say – it’s in what you don’t say.

Step 2- Honesty is the best policy.

Being honest to the girl you love will show her that you respect her enough to be open and straight with her.

Step3- Kiss her with your soul.

Behave, behave… Take your mind out of the gutter.

Kiss her on places like her forehead,hands and arms etc.

Did you know, that to a women it has a meaning.

Step4- Compare, No!!! Don’t compare her.

We all know you have had girls in your past. There’s no point in mentioning it again.

Step5- Its the small things that matters most.

The smallest things you do for a women are the things that matters most.

My bf gets irritated by me when little things like putting my picture on his bbm profile, makes me feel special. When staying up late, talking to me, makes me happy. Small stupid things, yes but it means the world to me.

Step6 – Listen to her and give feedback.

We rely on you for your love, guidance and support.

Guys need to realize how important taking time to listen to her is.

Remember:

If a woman is complaining to you, remember that it means she trusts you enough to express her feelings to you. Don’t betray that trust.

Step7- Respect her

I say no more. We should all know how to do that right?

Step8 – Remember the facts

Don’t forget what her favourite chocolate or cupcake is.

This shows that no matter what goes on in your world. She will always hold a special place in your heart and mind.

By Lauren Leonard

Lauren Leonard

Love a mindfield of confusion

Do you appreciate me?

Do you appreciate me?

My love

My love

Did you know, if you are un -affectionate, your partner may think that you don’t love them.

Ever wondered why u get more taken for granted than your friend?

So why do we get taken for granted by our partners?

According to lovepanky.com, “not all lovers take each other for granted. But most of us do, even if we don’t realize it. Ever since both of you started dating, you may be doing something special for your partner all the time, like planning a surprise birthday party or cooking them a hearty four course dinner each time they come home.

And at some point of time, your partner may turn this romantic gesture of your affection into an expectation.

If you plan an elaborate birthday party for your partner every single year and surprise them with a big gift on each birthday *you save for months to afford it!*, and one birthday, you decide to take it easy and just take your lover out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, you may still find that your partner may be slightly annoyed with you! And that’s a clear case of being taken for granted in the relationship.

Well I have a solution, here are a few fixtures to our lil problem.

I know you love him, but once in a while you need to put your foot down. Turn him down, when he asks you out on a date.

Take a wild trip with your friends and make him worried. He might think you are with a hot stud, that is making you breakfast in bed.

Become independent. Come on, say it ” I don’t need you”, those words, will make him think twice.

Let him be the one who initiates physical contact. Let him be the one to hold your hand in public first.

If he wants you to chill with him, very politely turn him down. He needs to start up his game. Chilling all the time on sofa ain’t fun all the time.

That’s it from me, The Eye Catcher.

Remember you are way better than how he treats you. You don’t deserve being put second. You are a women. You have the POWER.

By Lauren Leonard
@laylalaurenleo

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the best gift ever

Lauren Leonard

Social media sites you may not know

Big social networks you may never heard of before.

The ever changing Digital Social Media Platforms.

We are curious creatures, we constantly searching for new ventures and new ideas, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

If you can`t figure out the algorithm, your next door neighbour just did. Same goes with the Internet, people are consistently updating and creating new social platforms so that we can get and stay connected.

We have all been introduced to Facebook, twitter and Google plus with millions of friends, circles etc. on there. But sometimes we get tired of friends cluttering up our page with things we don’t care about.

Recent figures shows that Facebook has reached over a billion people globally, we have seen a number of new and intriguing social sites appearing and their numbers are definitely increasing.

Here is a list of secretly big social networking sites that takes socializing to the next level.

-If you looking for something private, group centric, Sgrouples is the site to visit.

-If you are neighbours or a community group ,get Nextdoor , all you need is your real address and get cracking .It`s a great site to get people off the internet and let them social face to face . We only use the site to say when and where.

-If you interested in Lifestream on your mobile, Path is now able to post and update status, share music, photos etc.

-For the online bucket writers, there is a new IOS app that connects us with people around the world. It is based on questions, like, what you would like to do before you die. It`s simply questions like these that gets people talking, check out My Last Wish.

-MySpace, we all heard of it but we are not all using it. MySpace was the number one site before Facebook took over. It is now slowly but surely regaining its strength in numbers.

Social networking sites are trying try to change their focus to a specific niche, to look deeper into what our online friends needs and wants .Thanks to the new mediums put on the internet , it`s up to us to choose which social site we would want to join or subscribe to . E.g. If you a businessmen and would like to choose a site where you can advertise, simply search and subscribe.

By Lauren Leonard

Lauren Leonard

Brief history of the WEB

From 1990, http and html were developed, this is considered as the building blocks of the web.

In 1993, Mosaic web browser was launched, this happened 3 months before Cern made the www public.

Then in 1998, a office was opened in a garage in California called GOOGLE.

When 2005 arrived, Youtube launched.

In 1991, www project announced the collaboration. Researches asked for the first sign of the web becoming global.

Later in 1995, Yahoo was founded, then the dot-com boom began. This led to a surge in websites.

When we reached to the year 2001, the Dot-com bubble burst and stock prices crashed.

sources : http://www.computeractive.co.uk

Lauren Leonard

Disadvantaged by lack of funding for African Entrepreneurs

At the Africa Com Entrepreneur Incubator hub, freelancer, John Causey spoke about why it’s so difficult to get access to funding.

John asked and answered meaningful questions about domestic and international investors. However the main question was not answered. “What can we do to get funding?”

But here is my take on the matter.

As a young person we are faced with many challenges when dealing with entrepreneurship. From being inexperienced to gaining access to funds. These factors affects us greatly.

– Getting a loan at an financial institution can become a problem.

You need to have a good proven track record and experience, which most if us don’t have. Even if we have the greatest ideas and solid business plans they will still deny you funds, because we are inexperienced and freshly out of university.

Here is an idea for you:

Apply for loans at institutions or funding organizations. There are many. With good research, you will be one step closer to reaching your entrepreneurial goals.

Have a look at the following:

National Youth Development Agency

The second challenge faced by young aspired entrepreneurs are the lack of business plans and the way it is drawn up.

An business plan is a guideline. In the entrepreneurial industry it is your best friend.

A business plan will supply your investor with the following details:

-What are your goals?
-Your investors will be able to see if you will be able to make an profit.

The problem occurs with drawing up an business plan is that many young people do not know how to draw one up, which all comes back to education. In Africa there is an lack of business training which causes funding problems. To find a solution to our problem, young people can approach incubators that focuses on drawing up business plans to attract investors. The main factor is that your business plan needs to look professional and comprehensive .

Here are a few ways to easily gain knowledge and experience as an aspired entrepreneur.

-Improve your knowledge and apply for a loan to further your education.

-Find yourself a mentor

I am a young journalist and I know by experience, that we as young people struggle to attain mentors that will guide us in the right direction. There is an lack of support and exposure to the environments that will bring us knowledge. Remember that a mentor is a person that went through challenges, overcame it and mad success out of the life.

Good luck with your future!!!

Lauren Leonard

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#AfricaCom

The Africa Com conference – The programme covers the most current topics in today’s telecoms, media and ICT market, from operator strategies to alternative players, networks & infrastructure, content services, convergence, apps, customer experience management, mobile money and more.

Over 300 speakers are booked to share their expertise and inspire you to improve your business in Africa. Check the programme now and plan your visit to make the most of it!

AfricaCom Speakers include:

Brett St Clair,
Head of New Products Sub Sahara,
Google, South Africa 
Romeo Kumalo,
Chief Operating Officer: International Business,
Vodacom Group 
Marc Rennard,
EVP, Africa, Middle East & Asia,
Orange Group 
Pieter Verkade,
Group Chief Commercial Officer,
MTN 
Jose Dos Santos,
Chief Commercial Officer,
Cell C 
Chris Daniels,
VP Business Development,
Facebook
AfricaCom Pre-Show Workshops & Networking Events… 

Monday 11th November

– 07:30 Registration opens for WiMAX Forum’s Operator Summit – for more information about the summit, click here
– 07:30 Registration opens for Corning’s annual Fibre Optics Summit – for more information, about the summit, click here
– 18:00 Mobile Monday Free Networking Party taking place (at the Shimmy Beach Club). For more information about the networking party, click here

AfricaCom Opening times & Agenda…

Tuesday 12th November

AfricaCom Conference Sessions
–   08:00 AfricaCom Registration opens
–   08:50 AfricaCom Conference Begins – Day 1 Keynote session (Auditorium 2)
–   11:45  Africa Cast (Strelitzia Restaurant)
–   12:00  LTE@AfricaCom Executive Briefing (Room 2:6)
–   12:00  AfricApps (Jasminium Restaurant)
–   12:00 Mobile Money Africa (Room 1:6)
–   12:10 Digital Music Africa (Roof Terrace)
–   12:10 Cost Efficient Networks ( Auditorium 2)
–   12:10  Entrepreneurs’ Incubator Hub (Room 1:4)
–   18:00 End of Conference sessions 

AfricaCom Exhibition
–  10:00 Exhibition opens
–  11:30 MasterClass Theatre – Master Evolution session (Exhibition Hall)
–  14:00 MasterClass Theatre – Customer Experience Management session (Exhibition Hall)
–  18:00 Exhibition Closing Time

For more information, check out the finalised programme here

Wednesday 13th November

AfricaCom Conference Sessions
–   07:15 AfricaCom Registration opens
–   08:00 AfricaCom Conference Begins – Day 2 Keynote session (Auditorium 2)
–   11:45  Africa Cast (Strelitzia Restaurant)
–   11:45  Cloud@AfricaCom (Room 1:4)
–   12:00  AfricApps (Jasminium Restaurant)
–   12:10 Mobile Money Africa (Room 1:6)
–   12:10  LTE@Africa (Auditorium 2)
–   12:30  Customer Experience Management (Roof Terrace)
–   18:00 End of Conference sessions 

AfricaCom Exhibition
–  10:00 Exhibition opens
–  11:00 MasterClass Theatre – VAS & Content-M-health/Education/Government session (Exhibition Hall)
–  18:00 Exhibition Closing Time
AfricaCom Awards Show
– 19:00 AfricaCom Awards drinks reception
– 19:30 AfricaCom Awards Show begins
– 22:30 PCCW Global AfricaCom Awards Free After party – FREE FOR ALL – (The Waterfront Lookout, Granger Bay

Interview with Former CEO of Mxit (Allan Knott Graig Jnr)

Alan Knott Graig Jnr Founder of World of Avatar and former CEO of Mxit, started from nothing – Just like us!

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He shares with us some of his personal thoughts, life’s challenges and lessons as he becomes this successful entrepreneur.

Alan was born in North Pretoria, he had an unremarkable life until qualifying as a CA in 2002. He says “ there was no signs of entrepreneurship unless you count selling icies on the playground. I worked part-time from the age of 10, until I started my articles at the age of 23.

He went from being a packer at Spar, to an usher at Nu Metro until he reached his pinnacle. “From 2003 things started to become interesting, mainly because I had the opportunity to start my first business called Cellfind”, says Allan.

Since then Allan haven’t looked back at the corporate life with no pangs of regret.

Before Mxit came into the picture , what did you want to become?

My dream has always been to take over the world, seriously. I have been unclear as to exactly how to achieve that picture, but it’s funny how things have come my way which seems to help. I somehow came through school and university on time and without a criminal record. I started Cellfind, I ran iBurst and moved to Stellenbosch . I then founded World of Avatar and finally I bought MXIT.

As I get older I find that the path becomes clearer, but most of it is just dumb luck  combined with an appetite for risk .

Many of us know that there are software and App developers out there but how does one get involved if you have this brilliant idea . E.g. , if you come from an disadvantaged community, you get this awesome idea that might work, you put your plans on paper but now the question remains, who do I take it to? What do I do next?

Firstly learn how to code, it’s not hard, go to http://www.codecademy.com/ and get cracking. A great way to get into this industry is to play PC games. That’s how I got into it . My addiction to games led me into computer science at school and at University .

I don’t write software anymore, but it`s difficult to get into this game without at least a basic understanding of software programing.

Secondly hang out where programmers hang out and make friends.

Thirdly don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. You would be surprised how few people have ideas they want to chase, but don’t have the skills to make them happen. Shine a light on your ideas and wait for someone to come and say “that sounds cool, need help” Of course, don’t be cold, no one likes to date an asshole.

In this specific technological world , what would you say are the hidden careers in this sector, which the youth are not aware of or that are not spoken much about?

Programing, programing, programing.Once you learnt the language you can gravitate into any of the major areas of the future.

Education is big, Games are big.

What would you say to people that discourage the youth , saying things like if you don’t have a degree behind your name ,you won`t get anywhere in life?

Ignore the critics but listen to your elders. I have a CA. I didn’t even want to become an accountant but my parents forced me to qualify (with many a threat and big stick). In retrospect I am eternally grateful. A degree (especially a professional qualification), gives you a safety net. This net lets you take risks , knowing that you can get a job if all fails. Do not underestimate the fear of failure. Having said that, don’t sweat the lack of a degree to much .

Entrepreneurs without a degree outperform those with degrees in the long run. Why? Because they have no choice.

The degree is not the important part. Hunger is the key. Are you hungry enough?

What lessons in life have you learned that you would like to share with us?

Firstly money comes and goes, reputation is forever. Secondly as Shrek once said. Your life is like an onion. It has layers, the innermost is you. The next is your husband/wife, then your kids, then friends etc. Your outermost layers are worthless without a strong core. Thirdly you must be an excellent communicator, if you want greatness.

If the audience doesn’t understand you. The problem is not the audience, the problem is you.

If you would like to know more about Allan Knott Graig or have any questions  feel free to contact us and we will get back to ASAP .

 

 

 

 

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A free party For Everyone – Cape Town Street Carnival

Ubunti, diversity and a much needed party hits the citizens and visitors of the mother city. On Saturday the 14th March 2015 the sixth annual Cape Town carnival will be held in the heart of Cape Town.

Touring all way down the Fan Walk, from the start of Somerset Road to Main Road Green Point, the vibrant street party and parade celebrates diversity, creativity and cultural uniqueness with vivid demonstrations of magnificent floats, vibrant designed dance routines and remarkable costumes.

Cape Town Carnival
Cape Town Carnival 2015

What has Cape Town planned for you?

The Theme for 2015 is and elemental theme featuring fire, water, air and earth, which different artist, musicians, entertainers will use their talents to portray. Through these performances, this will truly show mzanzi’s Creativity in a different light  to people visiting Cape Town for the first time.

At 4 pm the procession begins, when you see the fireworks you will surely know that the fun has begun. The process will end at York Road in Green Point.

What can be expected at the procession? Spectators can expect to see a life-sized elephant walking through the festivities and a 10-meter long snoek puppet, operated in Chinese dragon form . Once the parade is over, don’t let that kill your vibe. We got good news for you . “The Party Goes on” There will be a huge party beneath Green Point Circle pass way, unfortunately this is a party so no under 18s.

If your stomach does start to talk, there will be a huge variety of foods and drinks available from various stalls.

Hitting the 6th year, the Cape Town Carnival doesn’t only strive to celebrate diversity but also focus on cultural understanding and acceptance with vivid colours and various displays from all over the western Region

Best news is that the access to the family-friendly festivities and end-party is absolutely free!

Please note: Because of the parade road closures will affect public transport services and traffic flow in the Green Point and CBD areas from 2pm on Saturday, 14 March 2014.

 

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State Of the Nation Address – My Thoughts

You can either agree or disagree, but last night was a complete disgrace.

Fact is – We need a new #President ….. “Een met n bek” … en nie een wat speech writers het nie! ….. Our country needs order …. Our country needs a strong president to deal with all these strong personalities in government. Looking Past all these issues… ‪#‎Zuma‬ You have to go ,,,‪#‎MyOpinion_Hate_it_Or_Love_it‬

The points that Zuma mentioned, sounded similar to last years speech that he made. What changed this year.

He laughed about what had happened in parliament and did not mention anything about the happenings.

#SONA2015

#StateOfTheNation

#Zuma

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Our country needs Order.