It’s never too early for a young girl to find her purpose and pursue her dreams as she becomes a woman. Today we celebrate 11 year old South African writer Stacey Fru, an author of two books who also runs a YouTube edutain channel.
Recent xenophobic and Afrophobic utterances by Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, two of the leading figures in South Africa’s EFF party, fly in the face of Africanism and ubuntu, says Blessing Vava.
Gabriella Mogale’s innovation won gold at the 2017 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Mogale, a (Grade 11 in 2017) learner at Collegiate Girls’ High School designed a way to insulate shacks and make them fire resistant. Her project was inspired by the fires that ravaged through Knysna, in South Africa last year.
Alexandra township in northern Johannesburg, is the recipient of Africa’s first ATM pharmacy. The Pharmacy dispensing unit was launched by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa who says it will issue medication in under 3 minutes to patients suffering from chronic illnesses.
We continue celebrating the achievements of women this month. The recent appointment of Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng as the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa is surely a remarkable achievement worth celebrating. We wish her all the best in her new position.
We celebrate two African women who were elected as judges at the International Criminal Court. The two judges, Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou from Benin Republic and Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa from Uganda were sworn in as judges at the ICC, along with four other judges. The judges will serve a 9 year term.
Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji from Nigeria has been elected the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He will serve for three years as President of the Court. Two African judges will be heading international courts. Judge Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia is the President of International Court of Justice.
University of Cape Town Civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won an award for his recycled urine project that could lead to less flushing and more water conservation. The project investigated the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus, and also revealed that tons of fertiliser could be made from urine collected on campus.
Owura Kwadwo, a teacher from Kumasi, Ghana teaches I.C.T. without computers. In an effort to make his students understand computer lessons, he drew a Microsoft Word format on the chalkboard. Cameroonian entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong tagged Microsoft on Twitter to assist, and Microsoft has said it will equip Kwadwo with a teaching device.