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2016 has been a quite unbelievable year with one of our biggest achievements coming through the corporate sponsorship provided by the visionary Britehouse Group who, for their efforts were recognized as the winner in the Corporate Citizenship Category at National Business Awards. The following outlines what they have achieved and how we have contributed to the education of 1000’s of underprivileged learners across South Africa…

Corporate Citizenship

The Britehouse Group has broken new ground with Britehouse GOT-GAME™, the digital centre of their social investment initiatives. Not only has the Group extended both the reach and impact of these initiatives within the communities they were first established, but they have also ensured that these initiatives become self-sustaining and replicable, thereby allowing other communities to benefit from corporate social investment.
This journey started in 2010, when after having met with ten students and four teachers of the Kwena Molapo High School in Diepsloot, the Group sought to build an ethos of financial independence and social stability within underserved communities.
Together with their partner, social enterprise, Got-Game, the Group focused on erecting and managing digital hubs in order to improve teacher and student development, access to information, employment, empowerment of women, and enterprise development. Known as Britehouse GOT-GAME™, it is equipped with smart technology and Internet access, and provisioned with an online repository of accredited education resources. These digital hubs can be set down anywhere to facilitate the empowerment of underserved and underprivileged communities by providing a facility from where teachers, enterprises, and community development projects can be hosted.
Take, for instance, a single hub hosted in Diepsloot. Here students from the community receive a stipend from corporate sponsors to manage the hub, which creates a myriad of simultaneous possibilities that are then made available to people from different sections of that community.

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These students and teachers then have access to high-quality teaching skills through Hello Tutor, the knowledge-sharing platform. In fact, Hello Tutor’s video library receives content from the likes of St Mary’s, Waverly, and the prominent publishing house, Via Afrika. Not only does the library continue to grow by over 100 videos each month from institutions of this calibre, but their wider involvement has enabled us to broaden the platform’s scope to include new subjects and to extend the coverage down to grade R.
To date, approximately 1300 high school maths and science videos are now available, of which 300 videos are available in Zulu. This provides many learners with the opportunity to understand these concepts in their own language. In total, an impressive 3150 videos have been consumed. Over this past year, we have seen roughly 500 learners from five schools across the country, including Sunrise Secondary School (Diepsloot), Kwena Molapo Comprehensive Farm School (Lenasia), Shumayela High School (Umlazi), Zwelibanzi High School (Umlazi), and Newhaven Secondary School (Chatsworth).
Through the Group’s support, Hello Tutor has been able to develop the hub technology which will enhance the lives of 1000s of underprivileged South African students.
In addition to the benefit felt by learners, Britehouse GOT-GAME™ provides professional teacher development and IT training. Teachers from under-resourced schools, in particular, are now able to leverage the wealth of information provided by the video tutorials and draw upon the expertise and methodologies of teachers around the country in their own teaching and lesson planning.
Britehouse GOT-GAME™ also facilitates annual basic computer readiness training to the entire matric classes of its two beneficiary schools. The Group has then expanded its educational development focus to providing world-class vendor SAP and Microsoft technology platforms to its beneficiaries.
In 2015, the Group was accredited as a Top Empowered Company by Impumelelo, making it one of 1 400 out of 20 000 companies to receive this recognition. The criteria applied by Impumelelo in assessing South African companies for their transformation capabilities include ownership, management control, skills development, new enterprise and supplier development, and socio-economic development.
People are also able to find employment on both a local and international scale with the IT skills they can acquire through the hub. These skills include data capturing, document creation, and performing other online projects for organisations. Moreover, thanks to the Britehouse GOT-GAME™ portal, people can also find employment outside the scope of IT by applying for jobs online and posting their CVs for businesses to find.
Beyond IT and teacher development, the hub is also used to train previously unemployed women in the basics of running a small business. Collaborating with the Diepsloot Pre-Schools Project and Training Force, 23 teaching assistants from 19 pre-schools in Diepsloot were trained to run pre-schools in underprivileged areas. This training earns each of the women their certification as accredited ECD specialists, which serves to convert their pre-schools into early childhood development centres, thereby giving children a means to succeed at school that their circumstances would otherwise deny them. It also qualifies their small businesses for funding from the Department of Social Development, thereby putting them on a sustainable footing. Let’s not forget that the hub is then managed by the high school on whose grounds it has been placed, who earns revenue from projects that are hosted in the hub.
In an effort to deepen the impact of Britehouse GOT-GAME™, the Group has incorporated into its broader enterprise development initiatives via a partnership with the founder of Got-Game, Arthur Wade Anderson.
Believing there to be few things more powerful than a social entrepreneur empowering social enterprises, the Group provides Anderson with business mentorship, as well as input in the form of solutions or SED spend from its own vendor network, including SAP and Microsoft. As the direct liaison with the community, Anderson is then responsible for and facilitates the management of Britehouse GOT-GAME™ and oversees any points of presence extended from the hub to other communities or organisations. He and his organisation identify other small enterprises and matches them to the enterprise and skills development obligations of large organisations. Together, they will grow Britehouse GOT-GAME™ as part of Anderson’s 100% black-owned social enterprise and position his business to help micro-businesses become adequately professionalised.

The dream

Ultimately, the Group believes that corporate social investment is evolving into a form of social entrepreneurship which not only solves social problems through business-like approaches but actively fosters entrepreneurial behaviour in marginalised communities.
Britehouse GOT-GAME™ is the cornerstone of the Group’s multi-layered socio-economic development (SED) initiative known as the #67DayDigitalActivationMovement (the Movement). The Movement, which is modelled on the United Nations’ 67 minutes of activism used annually to honour Nelson Mandela, invites and enables corporates to complete measurable community-based, technology-driven projects within repeatable, short timeframes.
Essentially, this allows the Group to provide and maintain cohesive, sustainable community benefits while enabling the distribution of benefits on a much broader front throughout South Africa by outsourcing its SED. Effectively, each hub creates a multiplier effect, with communities benefitting from a continuously enriched and expanding SED focus, and if corporates then also take the 67 Day approach, the multiplier effect becomes exponential.

6th habit to becoming an excellent maths performer

Learn how to use your calculator!

Take your own calculator with you to class and whenever the teacher works something using one – work it out on your own one too. You need to practise to use your model and know how to enter the data to get the right answers! Some models need brackets or a different way to enter fractions and you must know how your model works.


Practice makes perfect

Find out how to clear memory and clear settings  – I often see that students struggle during a test with a calculator that’s settings have been set to give answers in exponential format or answers for trigonometric functions are given in radians instead of degrees and they do not know how to reset the settings.

Don’t be in a situation where you can use a calculator in the test and then you still get the wrong answers. An excellent Math performer knows how to do this well.

Blog post by: Hannari Venter

5th habit to becoming an excellent maths performer

For everyone

Think Logically

Excellent Math Performers have a habit to predict possible answers or think about reasonable answers. If you are working out the side length of a triangle and you get a negative answer – you might have made a mistake somewhere, because lengths should be positive. Here are some common logical arguments that might help you in reasoning about answers and predicting possible outcomes:

  1. Lengths are positive
  2. The term number of a number pattern is always positive – I can’t find the (-10 th) term.
  3. I can’t divide by zero
  4. I can’t find the square root of a negative number…. Also if I square something – it should be positive (bigger than or equal to 0)
  5. If I’m working out the height of a building – 0.3 metres and 120 km are ridiculous answers. 2.7 Metres is a perfectly acceptable answer.
  6. If I’m working with a number of students, animals, books, etc. decimal numbers are not valid answers – I need a positive integer as an answer, so if I get 2,6 students, I’ll answer 3 students.
  7. Similarly – if I predict the outcome on a dice – it should be a positive integer between 1 and 6. It can’t be 8 or 12,4 or -4
  8. The answers of sin and cos should lie between -1 and 1. Pi is 3,14… and is not a valid answer. If sin(x) gives an answer of 3pi, I’ll check my calculator settings. You also can’t find if x is smaller than -1 or bigger than 1.

3rd habit to becoming an excellent maths performer


Create Your own Study Material

Make your own notes to study from. You know yourself very well. Only you can create notes customised to suit your own needs. A teacher’s notes or friend’s notes might help, but you are better off studying from your own notes. Let me tell you why:

  • Your notes should reflect your own learning style. Some people learn better from pictures and diagrams, some people learn better from lists. One person prefers examples of the problems, another prefers a short explanation of the method and yet another only needs to know what the formulae are and how to apply them. Include the things in your notes that will help you learn best!
  • What do you need to study? You only need to study the things you don’t know… For example, you are learning about shapes in the classroom. You might know perfectly well what a rectangle is, you don’t need the definition in your notes. But you might be uncertain about the definition or even just the spelling of a parallelogram. You need to study the parallelogram and need that in your notes.

If your notes contains a lot of information which you already know – you waste valuable time while studying, going through things you know and you tire yourself before you start going through the things you didn’t know.

  • You learn from various resources – your teacher, your textbook, your exercise book, a tutor, a friend, extra textbooks, the internet, etc.

By making your own notes, you can combine the information in one place. You should constantly update your notes with information from all of the resources listed above, so that by the time the exam starts – you’re not feeling overwhelmed and all over the place. You know that everything you need to know is organised in one file or one notebook. You can simply go through your notes and maybe work out one or two practise papers.

  • Make a list of words with its definitions. Create a little dictionary of Mathematics words where you can look up the meaning if you need to. Keep this list with your notes and keep it for next years also – you can build onto it and refer back to past years.
  • Mathematics is a cumulative subject. Knowledge and concepts are constantly being built on previous knowledge. If you have notes from previous years – it gives you something to fall back on if you realise that you don’t remember past knowledge.

One of hundreds of maths video tutorials in our online library

Here is an excellent example of a maths video tutorial uploaded by one of our leading tutors. Videos such as this are available on demand and can be purchased for only R2.00. Each purchase buys you the video for 48 hours of viewing. If you compare to the cost of an extra lesson it’s a real no-brainer. We would love to hear you thoughts on this and other content on hello tutor.