I spent Wednesday evening with the team from Stoep Startup Co-Working & Stay celebrating their launch. Its a truly beautiful space ... so many cosy nooks, beautiful views and inspiring spaces. And what a great group of people to be around on Wednesday evening! It was full of all my favourite people doing incredible work in Cape Town!Read More
I joined the Numeric team for two days during the holidays as they ran their annual maths camp for kids from across Cape Town.Numeric runs 45 after school programs in Cape Town and Johannesburg with 85 active coaches and 2200 participating learners. Our programs are targeted at learners in Grades 6, 7 and 8, and provide an intensive one-year program that covers arithmetic and pre algebra.Read More
This is the second year the Vice-Chancellor has run his UCT Upstarts Social Innovation Challenge in partnership by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Super Stage. Student teams working on social innovation ideas get support from coaches, workshops, and experts to help them with their ideas. The programme culminates with with an ideas auction where the teams launch their ideas.Read More
For the second time I was invited to join the Graduation School of Business at the University of Cape Town as they celebrated graduation day. It's always such an enjoyable gig as everyone is joyful and celebrating with each other. The background of UCT's Upper Campus and Jameson Hall steps always makes for some fabulous images.Read More
Joan Wright, in association with Mhani Gingi, has been supporting ECDs across Cape Town. A teacher for many years, and now an owner of a Kumon franchise, she spends the rest of her time arranging support and training for ECD principles in communities across Cape Town. Over the course of a couple of days we travelled around Philippi and the surrounding areas meeting some of her principals.Read More
Friday saw me spend the day with the GSB Solution Space team at their Philippi Village site. It was the final of the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge, with finalists from Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. The competition launched in February 2016 and it involved a total of 26 countries, 61 Universities and 1529 applicants from across Africa continent.Read More
This last weekend I was given the opportunity to do one of the most interesting pieces of work I think I have ever done. I was helping with the making of a documentary that is being made looking at why young people use drugs (hard and soft), alcohol and smoke cigarettes.Read More
Once in a while a social enterprise comes along that I've never heard of but who have been busy for years under the radar doing amazing things and having an incredible impact. My latest discovery is Mobile Schools Health ...Read More
fCN Africa invited a delegation from their parent organisation, Founders Carbon Network (fCN), to Cape Town to meet with key industry figures here and look at potential partnerships. I had the privilege of joining them for one day as they were invited to the GSB for a session with Mills Soko and other African business leaders, and then to RMB for more input on business in Africa, followed by a networking session with members of SANEC.Read More
The Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. 1966 saw the first graduates from the school - and some of these individuals were there to celebrate at a special cocktail evening at the school. Professor Walter Baets, the Director of the School, treated the guests to a talk on business with the aide of flamenco dancers. It was a unique experience. Professor Baets also launched his latest book. A fusion of photography and quotes - definitely worth a look.Read More
Project Dignity works with young girls in primary schools for whom sanitary products are far too expensive to use.
They distrube Subz Pants and Pads to the girls and give them basic education in puberty. The Subz Pants and Pads were created to reduce the rate of absenteeism and school drop outs among young girls.Read More
I had the pleasure of spending the morning with the Young in Prison team in Cape Town. They were on a strategic planning retreat for a couple of days and they took a few hours out one morning to have a photo shoot done as a team and get some new portrait shots done for their brand new website which is on its way.
We got some great shots of these guys, but this is my favourite. They laugh a lot together and it is infectious. They are doing some very interesting and necessary work with young people caught up in the justice system, particularly in preparing them for release and rehabilitation. I am blessed to be able to spend times with guys like these - I just love my job!Read More
Whilst my 2016 portfolio is in production, here's a reminder of some of the organisations I have had the pleasure of working with ...Read More
So that was a fun morning. I was at UCT Upper Campus for the launch of the Vice Chancellor's Social Innovation Challenge - 'Imagine a New Africa'. The 20 week challenge will see teams of students from across the campuses get together for events, workshops and fun as they work on their ideas to change the continent. You can learn more at the UCT Upstarts website.
I headed down to Cape Point Nature Reserve for an early morning shoot with the fabulous Charles Mercer. We were trying out some HDR techniques, but more of that another time. Following our shoot I decided not to rush off - and what a good decision that was. I was treated to a curious group of buck and the opportunity to follow a family of ostriches as they walked along the road, by the beach.
It's days like this when I'm so grateful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place. Hurray for Cape Town!
I did warn the students (well some of them) that I would post the out-takes from our photo shoot today. Today's job was a series of headshots of all of the full-time first year MBA students at the Graduate Business School, at the University of Cape Town. These seven were the best of the out-takes ... more guys than girls!