Connecting people

Published 12 December 2016 by Adri Senekal De Wet, Independent Online at 07:40am

It is almost 140 years since Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone to Queen Victoria followed by the first installed telephone in Britain.

Telephone exchanges followed, allowing cities to connect. The National Telephone Company was formed, then the General Post Office. In 1896, the National Telephone Company was taken over by the General Post Office. In 1912 it became the primary supplier of telecommunications services. Today it is known as British Telecommunications, or BT.

More than a decade ago, BT’s vision for Africa led the company to partner with a (then) medium size black-owned and managed diversified public company, Sekunjalo Investments. BT rooted their business expansion objectives on partnerships with visionary, trusted and sustainable business partners and networks.

The proof of that successful partnership is clear: BT grew to become a dominant-leading telecommunication provider on the African continent. At the weekend, I spoke to BT’s Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific President, Kevin Taylor,during his visit to the country. He told me he was extremely excited about Africa and the strategic relationship with Sekunjalo.

Heartbeat

Networks are the heartbeat of any economic growth strategy for any country, company, government, household or individual. Everybody wants to be connected – from the president of a country to a sweeper. Some need the connectivity to implement strategies, others to protect their countries, while some just want to share feelings.

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Friday Files – 90 years of excellence at Livingstone High

Published 02 December 2016 by Cape Argus, Independent Media at 11:27pm

Livingstone High School principal Theo Bruinders and his staff live up to the school’s motto of embracing excellence, writes Gasant Abarder.

You may miss it when you’re driving down Imam Haron Road, Claremont, as right now it resembles a construction site. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Inside the modest buildings and grounds lies a centre of excellence for maths and science.

This Friday Files edition is not about a single person, but rather about a passionate principal and a team of dedicated teachers.

As I enter Livingstone High School I am welcomed by principal Theo Bruinders. He is a serious man with a frown etched on his face as he reflects on the 90th anniversary of the school.

Livingstone is proof that you don’t need state-of-the-art facilities to compete with the best – although it’s much needed.

For decades the school has consistently produced matriculants in the top 20 or 30 achievers in the province, has more than 80 bachelor passes and the cream of the crop when it comes to maths and science results.

“Our alumni are all over the world. In fact, they are true to our school song, We roam the wide world over’,” says Bruinders.

Livingstone was founded in an era when high school education for black and coloured children was an afterthought for the government of the day.

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Support the Indy ‘Don’t Look Away’ campaign

Published 25 November by Zodidi Dano, Cape Argus at 06:59am

Local celebrities and Capetonians have pledged their support for the Don’t Look Away campaign, Independent Media’s official 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children initiative.

Don’t Look Away is in support of the worldwide campaign to highlight gender-based violence from Friday, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Singer Chad Saaiman said he fully endorsed the campaign.”We need to spread the word against violence. People need to support the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Speak against it, be open. People need to know there is support for them; they are not alone.”

Radio personality Liezel van der Westhuizen and Ryan O’Connor also pledged their support.

“Today I visited a school in Sir Lowry’s Park where children as young as grade one told their stories of when they were assaulted. A lot still needs to be done in the fight against women and children abuse,” said Van der Westhuizen.

O’Connor said: “It is good media houses focus on the 16 Days of Activism campaign and issues such as violence against women and children.”

The social change initiative calls on people to paint their index finger with orange nail polish or wear something orange to show support. Orange is the colour identified by the United Nations to symbolise a brighter future without violence.

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