Manual Tackles Education

Minister in the Presidency and chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Mr Trevor Manuel was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Rachel's Angels Annual lecture, where he outlined the NPC's Vision 2030 "Improving the quality of education in South Africa."

Minister Manuel received a standing ovation from educators, learners, business and political leaders, as well as other stakeholders who attended the packed auditorium at Groenberg Secondary School in Grabouw, on 11 October 2012.


Eben Donges HS 1

 Infront: Qhama Ndaleni, Duane Wheeler,      Carmelita Viljoen, Manfred Japftha
 In the Back: Kay Rudolph, Silvia Mathee,    Jodique Maarman

Eben Donges High School is proud to announce that 7 of their learners qualified for the Rachel's Angels Programme.

The Rachel's Angels Programme strives to contribute to a holistic development through an effective mentorship programme for grades 11 and 12 learners. The following learners have been selected to participate in the programme: Qhama Ndaleni, Duane Wheeler, Carmelita Viljoen, Manfred Japftha, Kay Rudolph, Silvia Mathee, Jodique Maarman.

Eben Donges HS 2More About the Rachel's Angels Empowerment Project

The Rachel's Angels empowerment project aims to contribute towards the building of excellence in high school education in the Western Cape. The programme includes regular campus visits, attending lectures and exposure to the world of business in the form of an entrepreneurial day, where learners are required to develop business plans and run a small business. Through this process – experiential learning, mentoring by peers, exposure to academic life and the realities of the business world – students and learners are taught skills that will adequately equip them to play a meaningful role in society.

To all the students and mentors, you are now part of Rachel's Angels. We invite you to join us in a very unique adventure. This is your chance to discover and develop yourself in the company of people who take pleasure in helping others; people who have chosen excellence as a lifestyle.

So, take the chance, give a little of yourself and you will enjoy the well-deserved fruits of your efforts.

Inspiring Woman Of The Month

Prof. Rachel Jafta (PhD) is a widely respected and award-winning advocate of educational development and growth in South Africa. Prof. Jafta currently serves as a Professor of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch and lends her expertise to a number of committees and training initiatives, including the Rachel's Angels Trust, a Western Cape-based mentorship programme which she co-founded in 2007.

Rachel's career in education began at the University of the Western Cape in 1982, where she took on a student assistant role before being employed as a junior lecturer in economics. She then lectured for many years at the University of Venda, before taking up a lecturing position at the University of Stellenbosch in 1993. During the course of her 19-year tenure at the University, Rachel completed her Masters degree, and then her PhD in Economics.

Mentee van die Jaar: Nurjaan Brinkhuis en juffrou Shirene Barends

Die Media24 Rachel's Angels Trust se toekenningsaand is Saterdag in die vorm van 'n gala-dinee in Franschhoek gehou.

Die top-presteerders vir die 2012/13-siklus het 'n 100%-slaagsyfer behaal en is op die aand vereer.

Die program word georganiseer deur prof. Rachel Jafta, in samewerking met Media24 en die Universiteit Stellenbosch.

Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, bekende televisie- en radioaanbieder, was seremoniemeester vir die aand en die vermaak is verskaf deur Cappuccino, the Band.

New Orleans Senior Sekondêr in die Paarl is vir die tweede agtereenvolgende jaar as die beste skool aangewys. Top-deelnemer, Nurjaan Brinkhuis, het verlede jaar aan Hoërskool Lückhoff matrikuleer en studeer tans medies aan die US.

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Photo: The learners of Lückhoff Secondary School  at this year's Rachel's Angels market day.

A hundred percent pass rate is reason to celebrate and on Saturday the Angels will be descending on Franschhoek to have fun and to be rewarded for two years' hard work and excellence in education.

The 2012/2013 cycle of the Media24 Rachel's Angels Mentorship Programme involved twenty Western Cape schools and the University of Stellenbosch.

The programme is named after Prof Rachel Jafta, who, together with her team of trustees and Koos Bekker, initiated the idea of senior learners receiving guidance in life skills and self-esteem from senior university students.

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A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCEA woman of substance

Professor Rachel Jafta literally took a big leap on her birthday last year. She jumped off Lion's Head in Cape Town, in tandem with a champion paraglider. She screamed, yes, but her main thought was, "If something happens to me, I hope our newspapers get the story first".

The chairperson of Media24's board says she isn't an adrenaline junkie, nor is she afraid of heights – "except I wouldn't bungee jump off the Storms River Bridge because I'm scared it will shoot up like a catapult and my eyes will pop out" – but she does like to try new things. She says she's a 'pank' – "professional aunt no kids... don't you love that word?". With a host of nieces and nephews to keep her "grounded", she enjoys learning dance moves, practising karate chops, and being dragged off to the Da Vinci Genius Exhibition at the Waterfront as much as she does pondering the future of publishing in South Africa and attending the latest Verdi opera at Artscape.

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