Linèl Engelbrecht, one of Curro Mossel Bay's brightest stars in sports, did not take a backseat despite 2020's challenges thus far.
She has won the Curro Virtual Duathlon Challenge and has continued her success in her preferred discipline - cycling.
Linèl's term as brand ambassador and Sponsored rider for Positive Sports Solutions and HEAD Bikes SA has been renewed for the 2021 season. She is also proudly associated with the Curro initiative, Cycle2Ride.
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The first time she was recognised for her singing talent was in 2016 when she won the vocalist category in Kids with Talent SA. This led to her first recording of a cover and her first music video as well.
Becca Lee Arthur has always had a passion for music, and her new music is now available for you to listen to on a variety of digital platforms.
The Curro Aurora High School learner in Grade 9 is a talented young singer and songwriter, who said she had been singing since she was three years old.
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It is not often that at age 11, you can already boast about winning a prestigious digital award because of your innovative robot graphics. However, Jan Louwrens, a grade five learner at Curro Online, Curro Holdings’ first fully online school, seems to take this in his stride. His comic strip on a Coronavirus awareness campaign – in collaboration with digital agricultural news website Food For Mzansi – won the category for Best Special Project for COVID-19 at the recent African Digital Media Awards.
The project Jan Louwrens worked on is called Thandi and Captain Stay Safe, which included a podcast, regular news updates and a cartoon series called Battle of COVID-19. Louwrens, hailing from Paarl in the Western Cape, was responsible for the cartoon artwork. The award sees Louwrens and the team now going through to the World Digital Media Awards finals, where their project will compete against the winners from other continents.
Louwrens’ comic series, Battle of COVID-19, features the heroic robot Captain Stay Safe, which does a terrific job of helping children face their fears around returning to school after lockdown. The comic provides valuable tips for kids on how to protect themselves against the virus while at school. Battle of COVID-19 has been translated into all 11 official South African languages and was even featured on a German television show for kids.
When Food For Mzansi approached Louwrens to work on their Coronavirus campaign, he was already busy creating comic strips for his robots, making it an easy project to start collaborating on.
Jan Louwrens has been drawing robots since he could put pencil to paper. His robots – and their unique backstories – have even led to the creation of his own growing online business, Baggo Stonetrip, which sells t-shirts and hoodies to kids and adults featuring prints of Louwrens’ robotic creations.
Commenting on the team’s achievement at the African Digital Media Awards, Louwrens says, “When they announced the winners, I first thought that it was somebody else who won, but then I heard the cheering and realised it was us!” He says the creation of the Captain Stay Safe robot was a bit tricky. “I had to come up with a unique robot character that suits a COVID-19 theme. But once I had the idea pinned down, the rest was easy,” he notes.
This is not the first time Louwrens and his robot designs assisted in the fight against the virus. One of his other recent creations made it to the label of ViroGOLDSchool, a hand sanitiser range used in schools around the country. The ViroGOLD-Bot is a hypochlorous acid (HOCI) processing and dispensing machine, with HOCI used to disinfect surfaces and protect against COVID-19.
Jay Paul, Business Manager for Curro Online, praised Louwrens for his achievements. “Louwrens and his terrific robotic creations show how creativity and passion can lead to amazing things. We believe that his team’s success at the African Digital Media Awards will be an inspiration to all our learners, and we wish them the best of luck for the upcoming World Digital Media Awards,” he states.
Jan Louwrens’ award-winning comic strip Battle of COVID-19 is available for download as a PDF here.
Many South Africans are cheering as Absa Premiership Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, recently secured their tenth title win against long-time log leaders Kaizer Chiefs. Leading up to the end of the 2019/20 League season in the B.S.E bubble. Mamelodi Sundowns selected Waterstone College as their preferred local training ground, making use of the school’s state-of-the-art FIFA-field. Today saw the team gather at the school once again for a post-win training session; after which they will play in another Cup Final on the weekend. The Nedbank Cup will be the third trophy in line for them to win this season. Waterstone College, a school managed by Curro Holdings, is exceptionally proud of its international-standard sports field, which was even used for practice by the national Mexican team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Throughout the training sessions at the school, health and safety remained paramount for everyone involved, as stringent COVID-19 protocols were observed.
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Dr Chris van der Merwe is not only the ofnder of what grew into JSE-listed private education group Curro and its sister company, tertiary education company STADIO.
His other loves include cars and making wine. His latest project – due for launch soon – is his Dune Cat, a rebuilt vehicle with which one can tackle the dunes in Namibia.
Van der Merwe grew up in humble surroundings in the Cape Town suburb of Goodwood.
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Curro George, an independent school in the Curro stable, is delighted to announce that it will be upgrading its education offering to the community in 2021. From January next year, Curro George will expand to include foundation phase (Grades 1 to 3), enabling the school to offer quality independent education to learners Group 3 to 5, and from Grade R to Grade 3.
Furthermore, education will be delivered via an English-medium curriculum.
"Our school's staff and management team are extremely excited about this new development, and we're all looking forward to next year's learners enjoying the smaller class sizes, allowing for an even more nurtured learning approach," says Chantel Jooste, Curro George executive head.
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