Grahamstown is a town buzzing with ideas, generated in part by Rhodes University and schools – both independent and public. If they get their way, forward thinkers at these institutions will make wind turbines the way of the future – slashing electricity bills in half and rendering the historic city a frontrunner in terms of environmentally friendly practices.
We’re standing beside a windmill at the side of a little dust road, somewhere between Colesberg and the blue horizon. The Climax spins and creaks quietly in the cool morning breeze and a few sheep bleat in the distance. Another day in the vast Karoo. Soon, though, it’s drowned out by the distant roar of a straining engine. A school bus appears, emblazoned with the words ‘Hantam Community Education Trust’, packed with children wearing grins as wide as the sky.
From the beginning of 2010, Umhlanga College included chess in its academic curriculum.
Heads of schools often get pestered by persistent entrepreneurs who see the school as a ready market for their products. They devise all sorts of incentives to convince you of the merits of their case – that is why most of us have someone reliable to ‘guard the gate’! However, if the gate remains too firmly shut, we could be in danger of missing out on opportunities that may be beneficial to our schools, so I try to use my discretion, keeping an eye out for anything that may be promising.