Daily Archives: August 10, 2016

Nova Academies Brings Flagship Campus To Rendeavour’s Tatu City In Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Students will soon be resident at Tatu City, the satellite city development near Nairobi, Kenya.

Nova Academies, a leading Kenya-based education provider, has announced that it will establish its flagship East African campus at the 2,500-acre mixed-use development.

Nova Academies will begin construction of its 25-acre site this year, with plans to open its Girls High School to over 120 students in 2017.

“We have found the ideal location for Nova Academies’ flagship campus,” said Chris Khaemba, Director, Nova Academies. “We’re delighted to be the first school to open at Tatu City and to widen the offering of our unique learning model to even more future innovators and leaders of Kenya.”

Nova Academies’ first school in Kenya launched in 2016, as a secondary boarding school for young men that uses the Kenyan national curriculum (8-4-4) integrated with methods from top schools from around the world. The same curriculum will be used at the Tatu City campus. Nova Academies also operates three schools in South Africa, ranging from pre-primary to secondary.

“Providing an education platform for residents is vital to the Tatu City community,” said Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer. “It is clear that Nova Academies’ leadership team has decades of experience working with some of the leading educational institutions and companies, both in Africa and around the world. Nova Academies is a perfect fit with the ethos of Tatu City.”

By 2019, the campus will welcome pre-school, primary and high school students. School fees will be affordable to middle class Kenyan families.

Tatu City has continued to roll out its mixed-use development in recent months, announcing new residential areas, as well as well-known local, regional and international companies moving to Tatu Industrial Park.

About Nova Academies ( www.novaacademies.com/ )
Nova Academies is a rapidly growing education company developing and operating world class, affordable secondary, primary, and pre-primary schools across the African continent. Nova Academies is currently operational in both Kenya and South Africa and will have five school campuses by 2017. The schools learning approach prepares students to be globally competitive innovators and leaders in the 21st century. Their signature pedagogy weaves together techniques used by the most forward-thinking schools globally to develop critical thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills, in addition to the exceptional exam results students need to secure top university places.

About Tatu City ( www.tatucity.com )
Tatu City is a 2,500-acre, mixed-use and mixed-income development with residential, commercial, industrial, tourism, social and recreation amenities for more than 100,000 residents and 30,000 day visitors. Underlying Tatu City’s design is a visionary concept aiming to shift urban development in Kenya from the familiar single node model to a decentralized urban environment. By doing so, Tatu will significantly de-congest the City of Nairobi by offering a unique live, work and play environment.


Tim Beighton
Email: tbeighton@rendeavour.com
Phone: +234 8070 992 935
+234 8094 000 065

The University of Liverpool Celebrates Graduation of over 1,300 Online Students Worldwide

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — More than 600 graduates from the University of Liverpool’s online programmes celebrated their graduation during ceremonies and events in Liverpool between 18 and 22 July 2016. They are part of a graduating class of over 1,300 students, representing 126 countries, who have recently completed University of Liverpool masters and doctoral degrees, and postgraduate certificate programmes online.

University of Liverpool Online Programmes.

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“We are honoured that our newest alumni who chose to study online with the University of Liverpool also made the trip from around the world to join us in the celebration on campus. This is testimony to the importance of the occasion in their lives,” said the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer. “We are so proud that many of our online graduates are already applying their new knowledge, skills and research in their workplaces and communities globally.”

In addition to attending the campus ceremonies, the graduates, their family and friends, and faculty members, were welcomed at the Online Graduates’ Recognition Ceremony & Reception, at the Lutyens Crypt (next to the university campus) on 20 July. The event honoured graduates from several online programmes receiving the Student of the Year and Dissertation of the Year awards, and provided an opportunity for all online graduates to meet and network with their peers from around the world.

The Student of the Year Awards – for outstanding performance throughout an online degree programme – were awarded to:

The Dissertation of the Year Awards – for an outstanding dissertation – were awarded to:

  • Ignas Galvelis, an MSc in Software Engineering graduate in the UK
  • Angela Naa Saku Okai, an LLM in International Finance Banking Law graduate in Ghana
  • Hayley Jean Rahman, an MSc in Clinical Research graduate in the UAE
  • Fayyaz Samji, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate in Canada
  • Sabrina Spangsdorf, an MSc in Applied Psychology graduate in Denmark

“What I enjoyed most about studying online with the University of Liverpool was gaining an international perspective on a variety of current public health topics and issues through weekly module discussions with my fellow classmates. These invaluable experiences can only come from studying with professionals from around the globe who are actively working locally in their respective fields,” said MPH graduate Fayyaz Samji, Youth Employment Consultant and Job Developer for 360°kids, a non-governmental organisation in Toronto, Canada.

Graduates from online programmes have the option to receive their degree certificate in person (alongside campus graduates) at graduation ceremonies held twice a year at the University of Liverpool. Designed for working professionals, the University of Liverpool’s fully online learning model enables students to earn an advanced academic degree without interrupting their career – from wherever they are based in the world. Students enjoy an engaging, global and highly collaborative learning experience that provides them with the knowledge and skills to achieve immediate professional impact.

For more information about the University of Liverpool’s online programmes, visit www.online.liverpool.ac.uk.

About the University of Liverpool Online Programmes
The University of Liverpool ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide as listed in the International Handbook of Universities, published by the International Association of Universities (2014), and is a member of the UK’s Russell Group of research-led universities. More than 10,000 students from more than 160 countries are studying for postgraduate certificates, masters and doctoral degrees online with the University of Liverpool. These programmes are provided in partnership with online learning expert, Laureate Online Education. For more information about Laureate, visit www.laureate.net.

Africa: Only 5 Percent of CEOs in Africa Are Women – McKinsey

There is a business case to have women in leadership. According to the McKinsey Women Matter report for Africa, released recently, there is a link between companies which perform better financially and that have gender diversity.

The report shows that in the past 10 years Africa has made progress in terms of gender diversity in leadership. However, only 5% of CEOs in the private sector in Africa are women, compared to 4% globally. This indicates that achieving gender equality is still an issue, according to Lohini Moodley, partner at McKinsey.

“In terms of gender diversity, one of the key findings is that we [Africa] are doing well compared to the rest of the world and we have made progress but we are not making the most of the opportunity,” explained Moodley. Organisations with a greater share of women on their boards tend to have higher operating margins, return on equity, and total return to shareholders.

The report also found that Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) for companies with at least a quarter share of women on boards was on average 20% higher than the industry average.

However it is important to note that the proportion of women in senior positions and financial performance does not imply causation, cautioned Moodley. “Women bring a different dimension to organisations … they bring different considerations. More diversity allows for robust decision making,” she said. Research shows that benefits of diversity influence risk management, decision making and board dynamics which all impact financial performance.

“When more women are involved in decision making, the dynamics of which a decision is reached are different,” added Tania Holt, partner at McKinsey. Research shows that 70% to 80% of global consumption is influenced by women, as women leaders relate to customers better.

Findings also show that female representation also varies by industry. Representation of women in industries traditionally dominated by men are lower. “Historically, few women studied in these areas… the pipeline of women is smaller than men than in other areas,” explained Moodley.

Other key findings show that in Africa 44% of women hold line roles. These are roles which are critical for business activity to function, including operations and finance. “There is a higher likelihood for CEOs to be selected from line functions than support functions,” said Moodley.

Numbers do not equal influence

Although there are more women in leadership positions, women do not necessarily have more power. In the private sector, more than half of senior women occupy staff roles, which take a support function in business, including communications, human resources, legal and corporate social responsibility, explained Moodley. In government the equivalent would be roles in social welfare, with limited political influence, added Holt. “We need to look at the roles of women to allow them to reach higher levels,” she said.

Line roles offer more exposure to decision-making, core operations, and promotion to CEO, the report stated. In the companies surveyed, statistics in Africa show that 56% of female senior managers hold staff roles. A substantial pay gap between men and women holding senior positions in private sector companies still exists. In South Africa, women board members earn 17% less than their male counterparts.

At executive committee level, African women hold 23% of positions, compared with a global average of 20%. At board level, African women hold 14% of seats compared with a global average of 13%. In the Southern Africa region, 20% of board positions are held by women, compared to the 14% average on the African continent.

The Women Matter Africa was compiled over 12 months, using data gathered across 14 African countries, including insights from 55 leading companies and interviews with 35 African women leaders, explained Moodley.

Data from 210 publicly traded African companies, across seven sectors including pharmaceuticals, telecoms, media, technology, finance, transport, logistics and tourism, was also analysed. The longest part of the research involved getting feedback from companies regarding data on female representation in leadership, she explained.

Source: News24Wire

South Africa: Zim to Issue IDs, Passports in SA

South Africa has given Zimbabwe the nod to deploy its officers to issue passports, birth certificates and national identity cards to locals residing in the neighbouring country. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Cde Obedingwa Mguni said the documents would be issued from selected points in the neighbouring country as soon as South African authorities identify sites to conduct the exercise.He said his ministry would approach Botswana with the same request.

“We have approached the South African government seeking permission to issue passports, birth certificates and National IDs from their country and they have given us the go ahead.

“Our South African counterparts are now in the process of identifying places where we can conduct this exercise. When the locations have been submitted, we will immediately deploy our teams to the neighbouring country,” the deputy minister said.

Cde Mguni said the exercise sought to ensure that Zimbabweans in the Diaspora were in possession of all valuable documents.

He said a number of Zimbabweans were accessing neighbouring countries through illegal points while some neither had birth certificates nor National IDs.

Cde Mguni said his ministry was making efforts to reduce the time involved in processing passports.

He said passports were supposed to be processed and issued within a period of two weeks, but security checks involved were dragging the process.

“Passports should be issued within 14 days and ours are issued after two months. These are some of the anomalies that we want to address. We need to introduce quick coordinated security checks that will expedite the process.

“We recently acquired a highly efficient machine from Japan which processes passports but our pace does not complement the capacity of the machine because of these delays,” Cde Mguni said.

He said Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Beitbridge, Chipinge and Chiredzi Towns would be the first to introduce passport issuing services at district registry offices.

Cde Mguni said his Ministry had noted that these were the main entry points for people who were crossing into neighbouring countries illegally.

“My Ministry will be issuing out a tender very soon for companies that can provide us with the relevant machinery needed when capturing pictures among other equipment that will be used by the district offices.

“This machinery, however, has to be in line with United Nations standards. The details of the tender will be released as time goes on,” he said.

Cde Mguni said they were also making efforts to improve features of the Emergency Travel Document so that they’re once again recognised as legal travelling documents in neighbouring countries.

Source: The Herald.

South Africa: Le Clos Fourth As Phelps Reigns Supreme

After all was said and done, Michael Phelps did his talking in the pool. The American legend claimed the 20th gold medal of his career and stamped himself as one of the greatest athletes of all time when he cleaned up in the most anticipated head-to-head of Rio 2016.

At the end of it, Phelps touched the wall first with Chad le Clos, the brilliant young South African who had ripped the Olympic 200m butterfly cloak of invincibility off his back in 2012, languishing in the American’s wake. History will show that Phelps won gold in 1:53.36, and a distraught Le Clos went home with nothing to show for years of preparation. Fourth place in 1:54.06.

Le Clos, bidding to become the only man other than Phelps to retain a men’s 200m butterfly title, came up short. Between him and the imperious American was the charging Japanese Masato Sakai, only four-hundredths of a second behind and Hungarian teenager Tamas Kenderesi third in 1:53.62. Such are the tight margins at this level of sport.

With media scrambling down the steep steel stairs to get into the mixed zone, an experienced, triumphant American commentator said, ‘Did you see, Phelps gave him the [finger] wag afterwards. He served his butt to him on a plate.’ With emotions running high after all the hype, it was hard to argue that Phelps had ‘owned’ Le Clos in this particular race.

By the time those media had got to the area where the swimmers pass through to give obligatory interviews, Le Clos had gone through. There was no coming back. He had no words as he pulled a towel over his head and headed away from the baying media, a beaten Olympic champion.

Just 24 hours earlier it had all seemed so different. Le Clos bounded out of the pool after winning a silver medal in the 200m freestyle final and was walking on air when, between the freestyle final and the butterfly semi-final, he entered the ready room. Video caught him floating like a butterfly, Muhammad Ali style, taunting Phelps, who sat staring past his smiling tormentor with a look of raw scowl.

‘Don’t poke the bear,’ warned a former Olympic gold medallist on social media. Le Clos, three Olympic medals, versus Phelps 19 [at that stage] and 23 in total. Yet, the animosity between the pair had been well documented.

Phelps responded by finishing second in that butterfly semi with Le Clos in fourth. Still, the South African remained bullish as he entered his freestyle medal conference closer to 1am than midnight. ‘I’m in the lane next to Phelps in the [butterfly] final and afterwards I hope that we’ll all be swimming the national anthem.’

When he was asked why he was hamming it up in front of Phelps minutes before the semi-final, he replied, ‘Oh, did they get it on camera? We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. The call room is a difficult place, full of tension, especially before a final, so we’ll see what happens [tomorrow].’

When tomorrow came Phelps was dominant. The pair had stood with backs turned away from one another, in lanes five and six and when all eight finalists assembled on the blocks in this most hyped of races they were told to step back down and the crowd urged to ‘please be silent before the start’. The atmosphere was thick with tension and expectation. Perhaps understandably, on neutral ‘turf’, Phelps was the crowd favourite, although there was no lack of support for Le Clos.

At the second attempt the field got away and Le Clos launched quicker. However, at 50m it was Laszlo Cseh, the 30-year-old world champion from 2015, who led the field, followed by Phelps and Le Clos. Phelps turned best of all and propelled off the wall, taking the lead down the second 50. At halfway he turned in 53.35, followed by Cseh and Le Clos.

Was this London all over, with the South African digging deep and coming home the strongest in the last 100? The intent was there on the third 50 as Phelps stretched out to half a second, chased by Le Clos. Turning off the all for the sprint home however, Phelps wasn’t going to be denied, as he had in London. With the crowd in full voice, the American kept finding more and instead of Le Clos coming at him inside the final 30m it was Sakai in lane seven and then the young Kenderesi in lane four. Interestingly, the winning time in London was 1:52.96. Phelps was slower than four years ago, but then again, the younger champion has not come close to breaking 1:53 subsequently either.

Phelps had done it. The legend had rewritten the script. By the end of the night he had collected a 21st gold, as if to emphasise his greatness.

For Le Clos and his army of South African fans there were no words, quite literally. Only tears and utter, utter, despair.

It was left to his long-standing coach, Graham Hill, to provide the soundbite and he reckoned ‘it was not his night’.

‘At the 150m all was good, 1:23.3, that’s what we wanted it to be. But he didn’t have it in him to come home. Hats off though to Michael, he’s a true champion and he put on a big show tonight. But we’ve still got the 100 ‘fly to come, and I’m sure [Chad] will be be back and challenging on Friday night.’

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.