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16 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 LOOKING ON: Soccer fans watching soccer matches at Dumpy Adams at the weekend Picture: ANDISA BONANI SWEET SHOPPING: Balmoral Girls’ Primary School pupils had fun in the sun with a cake sale at their school Picture: SUPPLIED HELPING HANDS: The Combined Methodist Church, Emmanuel Circuit, donated more than 10 pairs of shoes and school uniforms to a local primary school, Mthombowesizwe Primary at Thornhill Village with gratitude to the Women's Manyano and Reverend Nkululeko Qononda for the initiative Career guidance boost for Whittlesea THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER: The Chris Hani Development Agency presented a career guidance seminar in Whittlesea Picture: SUPPLIED THE Chris Hani Development Agency (CHDA), in partnership with institutions of higher learning, Setas, and the department of education joined hands in assisting Whittlesea pupils in terms of career guidance recently. The event was hosted at the Sad community hall with the initiative aimed at empowering Grade 11 and 12 pupils from Whittlesea about their career choices. Exhibitors included the Walter Sisulu University, Boston College, the National Youth Development Agency, MSC College, the departments of water and sanitation, transport, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Mining Qualifications Authority, Media Information and Communications Technologies Seta and Ikhala TVET College. According to CHDA, The objective of the seminar was to provide basic information to pupils on possible careers. TALKING BUSINESS: At the Border Kei Chamber of Business networking event, were from left, Tamlyn Snyman and Elise Naude Pictures: SONJA RAASCH NETWORKING: At the Border Kei Chamber of Business networking event were, from left, Ian van der Merwe of Lukhanji Superspar and Charodine Visagie of The Rep Be wise and rather use sage as deodorant A “SAGE” is usually meant to refer to a wise person. It is time to be a bit of a sage when you’re applying deodorant. The word sage is not commonly used, but there is a herbal plant named sage that should. Sage plants are often utilised for their detoxification and cleansing abilities. Some people burn sage to purify the air. Although this is an ancient attribute to sage and might be viewed as folklore, it has been proven by science to hold some truth. Sage burning (known as smudging) kills airborne bacteria and creates an antiseptic ambience. With its weak estrogenic and anti-inflammatory properties, sage can claim a spot as being medicinal. Sage has been effective in treating excess sweating, ideal for post-menopausal women. Regular sage ingestion is said to improve mental functions and memory as it enhances an important brain enzyme – acetylcholinesterase (great news as you age). This powerful herb also supports cardiovascular health and we all need that suppor t. Most deodorants contain aluminum. Aluminum is a strong anti-perspirant that seals off the sweat pores by forming a gel-like substance over your skin and decreases bacteria. Your body eradicates toxins via sweat and sweat helps keep us cooler in hot temperatures. However, body odour arises from bacteria, flourishing in moist, warm areas such as under your armpits. Aluminum (via deodorants) may be absorbed into your skin and your body does not want too much of it. Sweat can react with aluminum to create that yellowish gel that can really stain clothing. So aluminum-containing deodorants may not be the most ideal, but having unpleasant body odour emitting from under your arms is hardly acceptable. So what else is out there? There are natural based, aluminum free deodorants. No more yellow underarm sweat stains on your shirts. Some of the herbal-based deodorants may work just as well as any other deodorant. Mixing sage with lavender oils in a roll-on can provide you with smell-free armpits while naturally neutralising smelly bacteria. This sage herb really has some wisdom!

THE REPRESENTATIVE 16 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: sonjar@tisoblackstar.co.za - advertising: charodinev@tisoblackstar.co.za 17 HELLO! Megan Loest of the P l a y zo n e Educare and Af tercare during a recent dress-up day at the school Picture: SUPPLIED SUDOKU NUMBER 15 - Medium LET’S HAVE FUN: Thistledown Playschool parents helping their children in the sack race during a fun sports day at the school Picture: SUPPLIED IN DANCE: The Xhosa Society of Girls’ High School hosted a showcase in St George’s Hall. This was just a glimpse of the talent that lies with the youth and the evening was well-supported by parents and peers alike GOLD CERTIFICATE: Mnikina Junior Secondary School principal Nkosinathi Vuntu Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA Full STEAM ahead at Get Ahead ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA THE Canadian Leacock Foundation has embarked on establishing a STEAM Centre at the Get Ahead Project in Komani as part of an initiative to introduce local schools to the new advanced learning system. STEAM is an educational approach that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics as access points for guiding pupil inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. To channel the project, the school held a summit where teachers were given a chance to brainstorm and learn about it. On Wednesday, pupils from WB Rubusana, Kwakomani, Bulelani and Maria Louw were invited to experience STEAM learning, demonstrated by Eastern Cape director Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre and Nelson Mandela University professors Werner Olivier and Peter Weisswange. Leacock Foundation president and founder Peter Oliver said it had been a blessing to be associated with the school since its establishment. The Leacock Foundation had funded the construction of 46 classrooms in 2002 and had been providing ongoing support. “Education is not easy. There are all ADVANCED LEARNING: Get Ahead executive director Mariëtte Visser with Leacock Foundation founder and president Peter Oliver at the STEAM education summit last week Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA kinds of obstacles but perseverance and fundraising has helped get Get Ahead to its current position.” Oliver said he had decided to start a STEAM centre as he had faith in the leadership of Get Ahead. “The fundamental part is that the centre will belong to the community, run by Get Ahead. It will be a place to train pupils in STEAM learning and offer courses for the upliftment of teachers. Get Ahead will be a model for local schools and the Eastern Principal Vuntu is recognised ABONGILE S O LU N D WA N A MNIKINA Junior Secondary School principal Nkosinathi Vuntu of Komani was awarded a Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) gold certificate from the South African Council for educators (SACE) r e c e n t l y. The programme was introduced in 2013 for principals and deputy principals to promote professional growth and development and to ensure that all professional development programmes contributed to the improvement of teaching and learning. “I am proud of this achievement and to be among the few principals who obtained a certificate. I encourage teachers to continue to develop themselves through further studies and to keep informed of education developments.” In order to get a gold certificate, a teacher had to score above 300 points in the programme. “The points are attained through further studies, attending workshops and reading extensively on e d u c at i o n - r e l at e d development and issues. For a silver certificate a deputy or principal needs to score 150 to 300 points and for a bronze 150.” The programme was also created to bridge the gap of poor performance in South African schools. He said he was currently doing a dissertation in education policy studies and governance with the University of the Free S t at e . Vuntu has served the department of education for 30 years including 12 years as a principal and four years as a head of depar tment. Cape. This a way of helping schools to implement the new way of learning.” Get Ahead executive director Mariëtte Visser said there must be transformation in the education system as there were youths with degrees but without employment. “STEAM education will allow pupils the liberty to use their minds and innovation. Pupils will not merely rely on the teacher to give them information, but they will also be given the opportunity to come up with their own solutions to a problem.” She said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had announced that education needed to be steered in the direction of ST E A M . A total of 21 principals from the area were informed about the work which would be done from the STEAM centre with the head of Capitec Bank Foundation Neptal Khoza saying the bank had partnered with the UCT graduate school of business to do a school mentorship development programme. The programme would help support education leadership in Komani as part of an initiative to improve the matric pass rate in the Eastern Cape. Local principals would be invited to a six day course, valued at R1.1-million, during the school holidays. ANSWER NR 14 SEND in a completed Soduko #15 for a ch a n c e to win one of five ‘t wo coffees with muffins’ f ro m Sasol at 2 Cathcart Road. Drop off the solution b e fo r e 10am on Tuesday, March 20, at The Rep offices, 24 Prince Alfred Street in Komani, or scan a copy and send it to sonjar@timesmedia.co.za. Please include your contact number and full names. Please produce your ID when you collect your prize from The Rep offices. The winner last week was Berenice L eva ck . Name: ..................................... Phone: .................................... EC Premier Masualle applauds growth in agriculture LET’S TALK FARMING: Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle Picture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI SIMTEMBILE MGIDI THE Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle and MEC of Rural Development and Agrarian reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane paid a visit to local farmers during a session at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre on Friday. In the 2018 SOPA address, Masualle pronounced the provincial government’s plan to transform the agricultural sector to create much needed jobs by partnering with commercial farmers to boost the production of exports by planting 55000 hectares for grain production and to supply 25000 households with agricultural inputs. He said the purpose of the visit was to engage with farmers on some of their challenges and thus to pave the way for the premier, the MEC and farmers to see how they could work together to develop the economy. “We came to the farmers in Chris Hani district because we saw their capabilities. We realised that the economy of our province could do much better if we focused on the sectors in agriculture. “The farmers told us of things the government could do as a means to meet them half way in their pursuit to develop the standard of farming in the Chris Hani district.” Among the challenges were travelling long distances to find markets for products. Qoboshiyane said while the department could not cater for the full demands of every farmer, government was doing its best with 200 black farmers identified to participate in expor t. “The few resources that we have have to be shared broadly, one farmer wants a fence, the other a dam, while another farmer wants seeds… all those things cost millions in a province that has close to 7-million people.” The department was, however, pleased to see a renewed passion for farming. He said the premier gave R30000 worth of vouchers last year and also tractors. This year the premier set aside R18-million for the youth for farming ventures. Guba farmer Jackson Nofemela said government should give them their own grants so that they could farm lucerne. “Government is working, but what is hurting us is officials who take what the government is giving us to the people to whom they want to give.”

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