Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards

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Children’s stories written in the mother tongue can unlock major benefits

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – A child’s imagination is an amazing thing. It can conjure dragons and fairies out of thin air and spur the creation of fantastic, make-believe worlds. Much of the time these worlds are fuelled by stories a child has heard or read.

Reading and storytelling play a pivotal role in the development of a child. Far from merely cultivating literacy, reading and storytelling also unlock other parts of a child’s brain. Studies show that reading and storytelling help develop memory and vocabulary and bolster comprehension skills amongst other benefits.

Of course the way in which children initially relate to their world in general and reading in particular is through their use of the mother tongue. Paradoxically, children’s books written in South Africa’s eleven official languages are in short supply.

Maskew Miller Longman in partnership with Pearson South Africa is attempting to address the matter through the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards which invites writers across the board to submit original, unpublished stories written in their mother tongue. The aim of the awards is to encourage a love of reading in learners’ mother tongue and develop quality literature for youngsters across all of South Africa’s official language groups.

The awards are currently in their ninth year and are the only national literature award of their kind. As such, they play an important role in South Africa’s language story, especially in light of a general shift towards English teaching mediums across the educational sector.

Every year a different genre is introduced. This year, children’s fiction was the genre of choice. Hundreds of stories were submitted, roughly half of which were written in African languages. After much deliberation, the competition judges managed to whittle down the entries to eight winners who were announced at Pearson’s head office in Cape Town on the 25th of November. The winners are as follows:

· Jelleke Wierenga for ‘Mensekind teen die monstervlieg’ (Afrikaans)

· Bridget Pitt for ‘The Night of the Go-away birds’ (English)

· Sipho Richard Kekezwa for ‘Icebo Likamalusi’ (isiXhosa)

· Emmanuel Nkosinathi Nazo for ‘Imbewu Yomuthi Obabayo’ (isiZulu)

· Mabonchi Goodwill Motimele for ‘La Fata Gal Le Boe Fela’ (Sepedi)

· Thatayaone Raymond Dire for ‘Ngwana Sejo o a Tlhakanelwa’ (Setswana)

· Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho for ‘Mveledzo na Zwighevhenga’ (Tshivenda)

· Conny Masocha Lubisi for ‘Xixima’ (Xitsonga)

A prize of R7, 500 was awarded to each winner whose work will be considered for publication by Pearson. Finalists were awarded R3, 500 each. The winners range from award-winning writers to those just starting out in the world of writing.

For example, Mr Nazo is a fulltime senior primary school teacher who runs arts classes and mentors community theatre groups. He entered the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards because he had introduced storytelling and writing to one of his classes and “had to lead by example.” Another winner, Mr Kekezwa is a church leader who offers freelance language services. He has entered the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards five times and won three awards.

Celebrated children’s and young adult author Diane Case delivered the keynote speech at the awards. She spoke of witnessing children’s reactions to stories and how stories told in a child’s mother tongue “make children feel relevant and allow them to articulate their South African world.”

The awards were presented by Brian Wafawarowa, Pearson SA Executive Director for Learning Resources. Says Wafawarowa: “Pearson is proud to be a part of this annual celebration of literature in South Africa’s official languages. Literature is an important element in improving literacy in our country. We encourage people to read and enjoy literature in their mother tongue and support all initiatives that help improve education in some way.”

Commenting on the awards, Tshivenda winner Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho said: “I found the MML Awards to be a strong foundation and [base] for writers like me who still see writing in indigenous languages as a cause worth celebrating.”

In a bid to further support aspirant writers across all language groups, Pearson hosts free writers workshops. The February 2015 workshop was hosted by renowned author and illustrator Niki Daly and was attended by 2014 MML Literature Awards Tshivenda winner Khalirendwe Nekhavhambe who remarked that it provided her with invaluable knowledge and skills that left her feeling empowered, motivated and confident as a writer.

About the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards

2015 marks the ninth annual MML Awards. The awards are currently the only literature award of their kind which offer prizes for literature written in South Africa’s official languages. The awards aim to develop literature primarily for 16-18 year olds. Maskew Miller Longman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pearson South Africa which is committed to developing quality literature across all South African languages.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials, services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe and employs more than 40 000 people in over 70 countries. For more information, visit




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Danone Nutriday: The Smart Snack #SnackSmart

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Danone Nutriday is our favourite yoghurt brand and when we heard that they were releasing a new recipe, we couldn’t wait to try it. Yesterday, we received this surprise delivery full of healthy, nutritional yumminess!
Yoghurt currently only holds 1% share of stomach within South Africa, 2.3% of which can be attributed to children and 0.6% to adults. There are many snacks available in the market unfortunately, they are often at opposite ends of the spectrum from a health and taste point of view. Snacks are either very unhealthy like chips, chocolates and biscuits or extremely healthy like apples, for example. A gap exists for a happy medium that is both healthy and tasty.
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The relaunch of NutriDay brings with it a new positioning strategy as a Smart Snack.

Below some interesting stats:
*For every 100 consumers entering a supermarket, only 32 will pass through the dairy shelves and only 10 will buy a yoghurt.
*In most European countries the Per Capita Consumption is about 1 yoghurt a day but in SA it is about 1 yoghurt a week.
*1 out of 100 food products eaten in SA is a yoghurt.
*Do you know that the fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.

o In SA the incidence of obesity is on the increase; especially between 1 to 6 years with 1 in 5 children are overweight!
o Females are most affected.
o Childhood dietary habits are predictive of the size and amount of body fat in adulthood.
o Raised body mass index (BMI) is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure).
o South African adults :
Ø 24.8% women are overweight (1 in 4) and 39. 2% are obese
Ø 20.1% of men are overweight and 10.6% are obese.

Danone is proud to announce the relaunch of South Africa’s #1 yoghurt brand, NutriDay!

South Africa’s household favourite yoghurt, Nutriday, has undergone a full transformation both inside and out. With its tastiest recipe ever and it’s breakthrough pack sizes, NutriDay is driving a SMART SNACK EVOLUTION

NutriDay the pleasure of a smart and tasty snack!
Between work, school, gym, homework and other activities, kids and adults alike need to rely on an easy and nutritious solution to support their active lifestyles. The advertising and widespread availability of cheap but tasty snacks and convenience foods all contribute to making a healthy, balanced diet more difficult to reach. With an offering of 27 flavours across the NutriDay Smooth and Fruit range, NutriDay makes for the perfect smart snack solution. NutriDay Does not only bring you the benefits of yoghurt, but also the pleasure of enjoying a creamy and delicious snack, any time of the day!
Family enjoying NutriDay
The benefits of yoghurt
Yoghurt is made from a combination of milk and live cultures that makes this product unique. In addition to calcium and protein, NuitriDay yoghurt is a source of Vitamins A, B, D & E, essential nutrients needed by your body every day. The South African Department of Heath recognises dairy products as being an essential part of a balanced diet and recommends as part of the Food Based Dietary Guidelines that milk, maas or yoghurt should be eaten every day.

As the leader in the yoghurt category in South Africa, our role is to encourage all South Africans, both kids and adults, to include the goodness of yoghurt in their daily diet by offering them an affordable delicious snack rich in nutrients,” says Thomas Morf, Marketing Director of Danone Southern Africa
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Danone, committed to health!
With its mission “to bring health through food to as many people as possible”, Danone, the yoghurt leader worldwide, brings 95 years of expertise to each of its products. NutriDay is making use of this experience to launch its tastiest recipe ever and add breakthrough cup sizes to delight the whole family. NutriDay yoghurt is the perfect smart snack to include in your daily balanced diet.

From October 2015, NutriDay is offering a new recipe and 3 new pack sizes:
150g, 270g & 600g. NutriDay a smart snack every day!


Danone NutriDay has been kind enough to include DOWNLOADABLE recipe cards for my readers.

Click on the image to download the recipe.

All recipes are in PDF format. You will require a PDF reader to view these files.

More about Danone Group

With its mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a world leading company in Fresh Dairy Products. Present in over 140 markets, with more than half in emerging countries, Danone aims to create shared value for all its stakeholders: its 100,000 employees, consumers, customers, suppliers and shareholders.

More About DANONE Yoghurt history
Danone was founded by Isaac Carasso in Barcelona in 1919. To treat the many local children suffering from intestinal disorders, he introduced yogurt —a product widely recognized for its health benefits in the Balkans, yet unknown in Spain at the time. Doctors in Barcelona prescribed yoghurt for their patients because they were aware of research into lactic ferments by Nobel laureate and Pasteur Institute director Elie Metchnikoff. Clearly Danone was committed to healthy eating from the very start! Isaac named the new brand after his son Daniel, whose nickname in Catalan was “Danon”. Ten years later, Daniel himself rolled out the brand in France. To win over consumers, he emphasized health benefits but also worked hard to ensure that Danone yoghurt tasted better than rival brands.

More about DANONE Southern Africa’s evolution:
Danone entered the South African market in 1998 through a joint-venture created with Clover SA in the yoghurt category. In 2010, Danone acquired 100% of Danone Clover yoghurt joint-venture and Danone Southern Africa was born. During the 17 years that Danone has been in operation in Southern Africa, consumer preference for our products has propelled Danone to the number one position in the market. With two manufacturing facilities in Gauteng, Danone transforms 5% of all milk produced in South Africa into 150 000 tons of fresh dairy products and desserts. Danone Southern Africa’s brand portfolio features amazing brands like NutriDay, Ultra Mel, Yogi Sip, Inkomazi and Activia.

More about North-West University research:
The Centre of Excellence for Nutrition at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University assessed 120 South African snack foods using the NRF (Nutrient Rich Foods) index. The NRF is a system used to rank food based on their nutrient content. Calculating the NRF score is based on nutrients to encourage and nutrients to limit. This model placed yoghurt as beneficial, nutrient rich and low in energy, or simply put its healthy kilojoules. A key message from this research is that one can substitute less healthy snacks with a cup of yoghurt – a simple step to improving nutrient intakes.

More about Live Cultures
The words “live and active cultures” refer to the living organisms, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, which convert pasteurized milk to yogurt during fermentation. Note that the milk is pasteurized before culturing to remove any harmful bacteria.

More about Yoghurt and Lactose intolerancy:
All yogurts are made from milk fermented by two lactic cultures: Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Interesting fact: these strains secrete an enzyme called beta-galactosidase that allows them to pre-digest part of the lactose (the sugar in milk). This is why, generally, people with lactose intolerance can easily digest yogurt.

More about Yoghurt benefit, visit the Danone website.




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Dove’s Beauty Legacy

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“The way a girl feels about beauty, starts with the way you feel about yours.”

Dr Colinda Linde’s tips:

You can choose the body image legacy you leave for your daughter, by actively choosing your relationship with your own body.

The positive can be passed down just as easily as the negative; influence goes both ways.

She is watching and listening; when I see myself in the mirror, when I walk about my body, am I sending out a message of self-acceptance or disappointment? She will model her own conversations with her body and beauty, on what I demonstrate in my daily actions.

How she feels about the way she looks, has a direct effect on how she feels about who she is.

Nearly three quarters of girls (71 %) feel pressure to be beautiful, but are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back if they feel they have a positive role model. With a troubling 8 out of 10 women saying they dislike at least one aspect of their physical appearance, Dove is asking all women to make a difference to the lives of the next generation by ensuring their own beauty legacy is a positive one.

Source: Dove Girls’ Self esteem Research 2010 and 2013 | Global Dove Research: The Truth About Beauty Revisited (2010)

On 3 August 2015 Dove released an inspirational new film which illustrated how important it is for women to see the beauty in themselves so that they can pass on a positive beauty legacy to the girls in their lives.

What is your Beauty Legacy?

According to Clinical Psychologist, Dr Colinda Linde, women tend to talk more gently and in a kinder fashion to a younger person than they would to an adult and certainly more than they would to themselves. Focusing on what you would like to tell your younger self will start the journey to developing your beauty legacy.

Share your self-esteem insights with the young girls in your life and start them on their own beauty legacy journey.

How to use the #BeautyLegacy kit


Developed by Dr Colinda Linde

Write down positive messages and affirmations on post it notes – what are some of the things you would have liked your younger self to hear?
Collect these notes in the #BeautyLegacy jar and pass these onto the next generation of girls in your life as examples of positive affirmations.
When having a negative thought you can feel inspired by the positive messages filling up your jar.
Post special messages around your house to remind yourself or the girls in your life of the #BeautyLegacy you’d like to leave behind e.g. leave your daughter an uplifting note on her lunchbox.
Create a dedicated notice board for pictures of achievements e.g. an essay or story written, a hike completed or when she tried something she was scared of etc.
Your Beauty Legacy jar can be passed down to create a positive beauty legacy for the next generation.

Visit Dove South Africa and download the self-esteem educational programmes and fun interactive activities.

Help the next generation feel beautiful and share your positive beauty legacy story: Twitter and Facebook or Dove




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Moms List – Online Marketplace

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Tired of clutter in your house?
Finally, a place where you can sell your pre-loved, baby things, on-line, in seconds.
A place to find a new or pre-loved products, in your area.
A place where you can trust sellers, through ratings & comments.
A marketplace that is social, allowing you to follow sellers you trust.

Moms list, the social marketplace for Moms. Buy, Sell & Follow like-minded Moms and businesses.
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Categories include (but aren’t limited to):
The Hot List
Baby and Toddler

To make buying simple and easier, Mom’s list has an application for your smart phone.


To keep current connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and their Newsletter (the link is at the bottom of this page).
Heather over at One Step at a Time has a step by step tutorial on How to Sell Baby Goods Online On Mom’s List




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Letter To A Teacher by Abraham Lincoln

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He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just,all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician,there is a dedicated leader
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,if you can,
teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick
Teach him, if you can,the wonder of books
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun,and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him
it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him they are wrong
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon
Teach him to listen to all men
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can,how to laugh when he is sad
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob
and to stand and fight if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently,but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage to be impatient
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,but see what you can do
He is such a fine little fellow, my son!


10 Requirements for a Great Teacher

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1: PASSION – Great teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It’s about motivating and teaching students how to learn. Convey that passion to everyone, especially your students.

2: KNOWLEDGE – Great teaching is treating your students as consumers of knowledge. Great teachers immerse themselves in their field and stay on top of areas inside and outside your area of expertise. Bridge the gap between theory and practice.

3: LISTEN AND QUESTION – A great teacher listens, questions, is responsive and remembers that all students are different. It’s about pushing a student to excel regardless of their weaknesses and insecurities.

4: FLEXIBILITY – A great teacher is not fixed to an agenda or rigid in their approach. They are flexible, open and experimental in dynamic situations. A great teacher is not afraid to deviate from the daily schedule when there is more and better learning elsewhere.

5: STYLE – Should great teaching be entertaining? Of course! Work the room and every student in it. You are the conductor and the class is the orchestra. Use as many resources and teaching aids to fill the symphony.

6: HUMOR – Don’t take yourself too seriously. Tell a clean joke, even at your own expense. This is an ice breaker for better learning in a relaxed environment.

7: SERVICE – A great teacher is about caring, nurturing and developing minds and talents. Devote time, often invisible, to every student. It’s about thankless hours of marking, preparing and thinking to enhance learning.

8: SUPPORT – A great teacher has support from strong leadership, resources and personnel. It’s about what is done, not said. Be the support to those in need.

9: EXAMPLE – A great teacher is an example and mentor in all areas of life and is recognized by peers and especially students. They all look up to you.

10: HAVE FUN – Great teaching is about having fun, experiencing pleasure and intrinsic rewards. As learning begins, watch thoughts being formed, the person becoming better and a small smile across a face. Watch a connection develop while improvement and understanding takes place. A great teacher doesn’t practice out of need, or for money, but because they want to! There is no greater calling in this world, than that of a teacher.