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Borg/McEnroe Copyright: Julie Vrabelová Image courtesy of Nordisk Film

Borg/McEnroe Copyright: Julie Vrabelová Image courtesy of Nordisk Film

Next Autumn, the biographic film BORG is released, a Swedish production about the tennis icon Björn Borg. All sports clothing in the film are developed by the namesake sports fashion brand, once founded by the legend himself. In relation to the film premiere, Björn Borg launches a limited edition collection in an updated vintage style inspired by the film. The name of the collection: Signature.

BORG is a film about how legends were shaped from rivalry, friendship and glamour at a time when everything was possible. It is the story of the revolutionary breakthrough of a Swedish icon, portraying the years when Björn Borg made his journey from a Swedish small town to the international elite, about the fiercest fight of his career, playing against the American super talent John McEnroe at Wimbledon in 1980, and how their rivalry came to engage a whole world.

Mellisa Govender (RS Components); Winners - James Manelisi Silinda, Christopher Colin Baumgart, Matthieu Louis Arthur

Mellisa Govender (RS Components); Winners - James Manelisi Silinda, Christopher Colin Baumgart, Matthieu Louis Arthur

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science,” said the great Albert Einstein. Learning and good grades are necessary, but to create tomorrow’s scientists we must help stimulate the creativity of today’s youth.

This is one of the goals of the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, which held its national competition in Johannesburg at the Birchwood Conference Centre from 4 to 7 October. RS Components, the global distributor of choice for engineers and suppliers of the revolutionary Raspberry Pi computer board, once again returned to help judge hundreds of entries from across South Africa.

Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival lights up Johannesburg

Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival lights up Johannesburg

With a superb line-up celebrating technology and creativity by Africans for Africa, the 2016 Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival was once again a resounding success.

This year’s festival ran from 19 August to 3 September 2016 and brought together diverse digital and technology sectors to collaborate and share skills in digital media and technology innovation. Fak’ugesi was first founded three years ago by Prof Christo Doherty and Tegan Bristow from Wits Digital Arts, together with Prof Barry Dwolatzky from the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).

Across South Africa, young leaders are pioneering innovative solutions to critical social and environmental challenges. These visionaries can represent a powerful force, if given the opportunity to develop much-needed skills, resources, and key collaborative learning opportunities to contribute to African development.

Monash South Africa (MSA) is proud to announce the 2016 intake of 10 remarkable MSA LEAD Fellows who will be given the tools to take their solutions to the next level. These fellows are the first generation of innovators and entrepreneurs being introduced to the leading private higher education provider’s first formalised business incubator. 10 youth-led projects impacting their communities have been selected for this yearlong fellowship. This remarkable programme for young social entrepreneurs presents a powerful opportunity for these individuals to gain hands on support help and mentorship along with a prize of US$2 000 (approximately R27, 000) to support their work.

As the furore around #feesmustfall and free education continues, one social enterprise has come to the fore with a promising solution. eLearnAfrica today launched its new online marketplace for education, making it easier for students throughout Africa to search for and enrol in hundreds of online courses, online degrees, and professional certifications from some of the best universities in the world.

eLearnAfrica is a social enterprise committed to increasing and expanding educational and employment opportunities throughout Africa through an innovative web portal that connects users of all educational levels to trusted third-party and collaboratively created content.  eLearnAfrica’s mission is to make learning opportunities available to everyone through an easy-to-use website and mobile app. In addition, eLearnAfrica is highly intuitive with a content discovery solution that delivers personalized recommendations tailored to each user’s preferences.