August 2018 Newsletter

Executives are invited to go back to school (and the principals office) for a day in October

As the inaugural Exec Back to School event in Johannesburg draws closer, PfP urges courageous, conscious leaders who care about education in South Africa to sign up for this one-of-a-kind, immersive leadership development experience.

Powered by Sphere Holdings and in collaboration with New York City’s Pencil NPC ‘Principal for a Day’ event, this experience aims to provide business leaders with an opportunity to gain first hand insight into the challenges of South African’s education system by allowing them to experience and sense the daily realities faced by their counterparts in schools.

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PfP wins IIA SA’s Guardian of Governance Award

Following recent recognition of PfP’s positive social impact in the form of a prestigious WISE Award, Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder of the programme, received the news of yet another significant honour – this time bestowed by the Institute of Internal Auditors SA.

 The announcement was officially made at a gala dinner hosted by the IIA SA on the evening of 14 August 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The dinner formed part of the Institutes’ 21st Annual Southern Africa Internal Audit Conference, which took place from 13 to 15 August.

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Thought leaders debate the significance of ethics in schools

On 7 August 2018 The Ethics Institute of South Africa (TEI), in conjunction with PfP, hosted a workshop to discuss ethical issues arising in South African schools.

 As an independent public benefit institute producing original thought leadership, TEI holds the conviction that the years spent at school are among the most crucial for our moral development and that a strong ethical culture is a critical part of the formula at work in well-performing schools.

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PfP to celebrate momentum and growth at 2018 annual celebrations

The month of October 2018 will see partnering organisations, schools, conscious leaders and other interested parties gather in Johannesburg and Cape Town to celebrate the steady growth and reflect upon the remarkable impact of the PfP programme.

Held annually, these events celebrate and showcase powerful and transformational stories of leadership growth through presentations by principals and partners who have journeyed together as Partners for Possibility.

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Partnering for future possibilities: Mediclinic supports career development in Cloetesville

During August, Mediclinic Southern Africa hosted a two-day career exhibition at Cloetesville High School in Stellenbosch to showcase the broad range of careers within Mediclinic that are open to students.

‘People assume that Mediclinic only employs nurses or doctors, and that there are limited career opportunities available within our organisation,’ says Greg van Wyk, Chief Human Resources Officer for Mediclinic Southern Africa.

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PfPs: Trailblazers in their respective fields

In this month’s edition, we feature four exceptional learners from PfP schools that are part of the North Coast 1 Leadership Circle being supported by LPF Terry Dearling. Their noteworthy achievements were originally featured in the North Coast Courier, as part of Spar’s Junior Superstars segment. We also highlight the inspiring accomplishment of a member of the PfP staff team. 

Grade 4 learner, Olwethu Gamede, from Tinley Manor Primary, has consistently achieved top marks in all her subjects this year. The nine-year-old has been described by her teacher as very dedicated, well-behaved, and always willing to go the extra mile with her school work. 

Radha Roopsingh Primary’s Londiwe Mthethwa recently represented the Ilembe District at the KZN Youth Run. The Grade 7 learner, who trains every day without fail, is also a member of the school’s netball team and enjoys music and dance too. 

Thirteen-year-old Pemphero Chirwa recently represented her school in a debating competition where she excelled. The Sizani Primary learner is a sterling English student – which is why she has taken on the responsibility to tutor the younger learners at the school. She says that her mother is her role model. 

Siyavuya Gcobe is a 12-year-old learner at RA Padayachee Primary. He recently grabbed top spot at an art and essay competition hosted by the Phamsi Museum. As the winner, he received R1,500 for himself, R500 for his teacher and R1,000 for the school. The learner’s winning piece is a drawing depicting the healing properties of blue Agapanthus flowers. 

We commend these PfP schools for recognising and promoting the successes of their learners and we are immensely proud to be associated with future change leaders Olwethu, Londiwe, Pemphero and Siyavuya. 

In other news, PfP’s very own Chief Operating Officer, Jansie Rautenbach, has learnt that she has been selected by the Business Women’s Association (BWA) as a finalist in the Social Entrepreneurship category of the BWA’s annual awards. According to BWA President, Happy Ralinala, Rautenbach thoroughly impressed the panel during the interview process leading to the announcement. The awards ceremony, in which the theme will be ‘The Economy is a Woman’, will take place on 13 September 2018. 

We are immensely proud of Jansie and honoured to have a leader who possesses such remarkable drive, vision and credibility in our team.
Continue to forge ahead by keeping possibility alive! 


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