Join our 2020 STEAM Committee!

We are looking for some amazing women to join the Womandla team.

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to join an amazing team? Are you looking for a way to make an impact to girls and women’s lives?

If that sounds like you, please read on:

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Send us your video via email to info@womandla.com

DEADLINE: 6 February 2020.

Social Media platforms:

    • Instagram: @womandla
    • Twitter: @womandla1
    • Facebook: @womandlaonline

Internship Opportunity

Applications for the 2020 Premier’s Advancement of Youth Internship Program are now open.

The PAY project will provide matrics first work experience and training beginning 1 April 2020 till 31 March 2021.

The PAY project allows young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the public sector, and build their CVs and skills sets, making them more marketable and employable in the future.

The successful candidates will be placed in opportunities across all 13 Western Cape Government departments.
I encourage all young people who meet the qualifying criteria, to make use of this opportunity. We have seen a number of our PAY interns over the years launch successful careers, using this opportunity as a stepping stone.

Qualifying criteria:
• You have written and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in the Western Cape
• You are not going to study further in 2020
• You are a South African citizen, residing in the Western Cape
• You are financially constrained
• You are aged 24 years and younger

Applications opened on 6 Jan 2020 & close on 17 Jan 2020.
Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants will need an email address in order to apply.
➡https://lnkd.in/d-979Ua and follow the prompts register and to apply.

All the Best!

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Message from the Director

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Womandla has grown in leaps and bounds this year and I have my generous team of EXCO members to thank.

The journey has been smooth and not without challenges, but these challenges have shaped us to the improved versions of ourselves that we are.

Our year started off with the pilot of the Mentorship Programme at Langa High School in Cape Town, followed by a Sanitary towel drive that was supported nationwide to keep the female learners in school. This exercise taught us about resilience, relationship building and sharpened our communication skills. Our NPO held a Careers Expo at the school with willing companies, to expose learners of the various career options, university courses as well as financial aid available.

Yolanda, who leads the mentorship portfolio, was chosen to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this December.

Our Head of STEM was chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp and later in the year nominated for an ITTPSA award under the Social Responsibility category. The STEM department exhibited in the Women in ICT event and hosted a coding workshop for beginners – a job well done!

We held the inaugural Womandla Women in STEM Awards sponsored by Nedbank, during Women’s month and celebrated high achievers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Southern Africa!

The Womandla EXCO was invited to Parliament twice to attend and participate in the Budget vote Speech and the Western Cape Provincial legislature Debate on GBV.  Critical conversations were had, especially regarding the on-going massacre of women in our country. I cannot pen this report without thinking about Uyinene Mrwetyana and many other women and children who lost their lives through gender-based violence this year. May justice prevail in this country.

Part of our strategy for 2020 is to branch out of Cape Town and further our reach to our Durban, East London and Johannesburg supporters and collaborate with other partners in Africa in our respective areas and continue with our skills development, nation-building initiatives and activism.

All these efforts listed above could not have happened without the support of the amazing team, followers and families, City of Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust, Maitland Group, Aspire Solutions, Global Kinetic and various venue sponsors, volunteers and donors. Thank you to the media Massiv Metro, Cape Talk, LeadSA, Radio Pulpit, Trace, Afternoon Express and Bizcommunity and not to mention social media for amplifying our voice to the masses.

Sithi Nangamso!

Wishing you a prosperous New Year.

Regards,

Sam Gqomo

Congratulations Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019, has gone on to win the Miss Universe crown.

Celebrated by many celebrities, including the likes of Naomi Campbell, Viola Davis and Tyra Banks, to name a few.

Besides her stance of challenging the norms and standard of beauty with her natural haircut and dark skin, she gave a compelling answer of women needing to take their stance in society in leadership.

Zozi, thank you for being an example of elegance, poise and intelligence to young black girls and the whole world.

Here’s to taking up space!

#Womandla

 

Womandla Coding Workshop Saturdays

Cape Town – We recently held the first Womandla Basic Coding Workshop at American Corner. The coding workshop was aimed at giving the attendees a basic introduction to coding in HTML and CSS.  

The attendees learnt the common HTML tags used to structure HTML pages, the skeleton of all websites. They also learnt many aspects of styling web pages, edit text and colors, images and creating attractive layouts.  The attendees created a miniature site applying the knowledge they learnt in the session.

We also had some inspirational facilitators sharing their stories on how they got into the world of coding. They attended to all questions and queries throughout the session.

They used real life examples to explain why things are done the way they are. “We use divs to put things into their own separate places like we keep pots and pans in the kitchen and clothes in the wardrobe in the bedroom. We can put them everywhere or anywhere but you would end up with a messy house.” This was one of the analogies that actually helped the attendees to better understand the coding process.

Womandla will be hosting more coding workshops starting next year on Saturdays, also with a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Please fill in the Womandla Coding Workshop form if you would like to be a part of the program next year.

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Coding Workshop with Womandla this Saturday

The best way to spend your Saturday morning – at a Coding Workshop with Womandla in Cape Town – an opportunity for you to find out what the buzz around coding is.

We still have a few slots available, be sure to email us if you are interested.

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What to expect?

The coding workshop will run for almost 4 hours in which attendees will be engaged in discussion around what coding is and exposed to coding. Facilitators  will be available to assist throughout the coding workshop.

What do you need to bring?

You can bring a note book if you would like to take notes. Computers will be available at the venue.

Who can come?

We are looking to host 20 young women and girls  for the coding workshop and the form responses will be used for the selection of the attendees. You can fill in the Coding Workshop Form if you are interested for the Womandla Team to contact you.

When?

The coding workshop will be happening on the 16th of November.

Where?

We will be having the Coding Workshop in Cape Town CBD.

Should you be interested or know someone who is please ask them to fill in the Coding Workshop form for the workshop.

Deadline for RSVP Thursday the 14th of November

Thank You Groote Schuur High School

Groote Schuur High School’s Feminist Society invited a Womandla representative to receive their generous donation of sanitary towels.

The school’s society joined forces with the representative council of leaders to drive this donation throughout the school.

We are so privileged and honoured to receive these sanitary towels on behalf of Langa High School and continue our mandate in restoring dignity and keeping girls in school.

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WATCH: Women in STEM Awards coverage

EKSE on Cape Town TV, covered the Women in STEM Awards.

Credit: CTV, 2019. Video taken at The Vineyard Hotel

#Womandla Women in STEM Awards where they celebrated achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognized excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference.

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Womandla Head of STEM, nominated for ITTPSA Social Responsibility / Community Award

We are proud to announce that our Head of STEM has been nominated as one of the “Social Responsibility / Community Award Finalists” for the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa ’s (IITPSA) Annual President’s Awards 2019.

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To support her please click “Support Rumbidzaishe” on the following link:

https://www.iitpsa.org.za/rumbidzaishe-maisva/

Rumbidzaishe Maisva is the Head of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Womandla Foundation where she forwards the agenda of encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM and related fields. She is a QA Automation Engineer at Global Kinetic, a FinTech (Financial Technology) company working with software development.

Rumbi is passionate about educating, equipping, motivating and inspiring people with knowledge about computer science. She has worked with a number of NGOs in IT including: Code For Cape Town, CodeSpace and Women in ICT as a motivational speaker, panelist and keynote speaker. She has also worked as a tutor for Mathematics and Science at the SOZO Foundation in Vrygound. As the Head of STEM for Womandla, Rumbi has been at the forefront of organising the inaugural Women in STEM Awards Ceremony powered by Nedbank Women’s Forum, Career Expo for Langa High School, Mentorship workshops and currently planning the Coding Workshop as a way to address the digital divide.

Her passion about education and information accessibility resonates within her Honours Project that focused on an automated system that was geared at answering STEMI (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation) questions for learners in underprivileged communities using of machine learning, symphonic and string matching algorithms. The automated system aims to address the digital divide by making use of raspberry pi devices to host information that can be accessed outside of an internet connection. The impact of rolling out this project would be education made easily accessible to learners through the use of Information Technology.

Her project work was published in a number of magazines including Engineering News <https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/print-version/nmmu-student-brings-knowledge-closer-to-learners-globally-2014-11-19>.  Rumbi has also been featured on eTV news “Shining a light on women in science” on the 13th of August 2019 where she spoke as an advocate of getting more women in science.

More about the Awards

The event highlights the talent and commitment of individuals within the ICT industry.

The following are the details for the categories for the IITPSA Annual President’s Awards 2019:

IT Personality Award 

  • A person who has made a positive impact on the SA ICT industry over the past year
  • A person who has been successful in building a highly-respected IT organisation or business
  • A person who has made a major contribution to the IT profession over a number of years
  • A person who has made a significant technical or academic contribution to the IT industry
  • A person who has aided the development needs of the community

Visionary CIO Award

  • A person with overall responsibility for IT strategy and application of IT in an organisation
  • A person who has demonstrated visionary leadership in using IT to support, grow and transform business
  • CIO, ICT executive or strategist who has established best practice in implementing technology solutions in an organisation

Technology Excellence Award

  • A person / team who has made exceptional / innovative use of information technology, or designed an innovative new technology, for an organization.
  • A person / team who has exhibited technological excellence that has delivered measurable benefit for business / the SA Economy

Social Responsibility / Community Award

  • A person / team / project delivering the benefits of IT on a not-for-profit basis into the community / or bringing the community into the IT space (addressing the digital divide)

Well done Rumbi!