ERP Launches MathU App for Math & Science

ERP Launches MathU App for Math & Science

ERP launched our first educational initiative under the MathU App drive, as we handed over 52 android devices to the matric class at Steve Biko Secondary. The MathU app is a dual-medium, android and textbook, educational device which functions as a ‘tutor in your pocket’ to assist learners with their maths and science marks. The launch happened over 2 days, with day 1 being at the Pfaranani Skills Centre in Kekana Gardens and day 2 at Loftus in Pretoria. Present were community members, the Grade 12 learners (beneficiaries), parents, and sponsors   . We are also excited to be launching an additional 120 MathU apps to the grade 10 class of the same school within the next week.

Mandela Day in Kekana Gardens

Mandela Day in Kekana Gardens

ERP again celebrated this year’s Mandela Day in Kekana Gardens. This year, we converged at the Pfaranani Skills Training Centre, where we had different activities lined up. In collaboration with South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and MACO, a local youth drama group, over 200 elderly people and youth converged at the centre for the day. ERP donated 115 blankets to the elderly, who were also treated to a light meal and entertainment. Our beehive fencing group were also able to share their initiative and experiences in beekeeping with those present. The highlight of the day was when we handed out 115 blankets to the elderly, in addition to food hampers that were sponsored by Housing Investment Partners, who had two of their representatives present for the day. Many thanks go out to EPI-USE Africa and Housing Investment Partners, and all who were involved for the support and ensuring this day was a success.

 

Microsoft Learning being rolled out at Pfaranani Centre

Microsoft Learning being rolled out at Pfaranani Centre

This week, ERP kick started a Microsoft Learning Programme at Pfaranani Training Centre in Kekana Gardens. This is in partnership with the Gauteng Premier’s Office, and the learning programme is being implemented by Harambee Youth Accelerator. Over the next 4 weeks, we will be conducting such training 1 day a week, targeting the youth within the area. Today’s session targeted about 100 participants, and we aim to train around 500 youth by the end of the programme. ERP currently manages Pfaranani Centre, and we aim to implement more of similar programmes in the next coming months.

 

BEEHIVE FENCING AT DINOKENG GAME RESERVE: RESOLVING HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT USING BEES

BEEHIVE FENCING AT DINOKENG GAME RESERVE: RESOLVING HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT USING BEES

Our group of 12 young beneficiaries have now populated and set up 42 beehives that constitute the Beehive Fence at Ditolo where elephants had been breaking through the electric fences.  The group also showcased their Beehive Fencing enterprise at the Kwalata Science Expo, highlighting how they are reducing human-elephant conflict through this initiative. Furthermore, they have just started to offer their services as community outreach programmes to the community through removing bees that find refuge in households. We commend this team for their effort and hard work thus far.  We look forward to positive results in deterring the elephants from breaking through the fences in the future, and to them growing their honey business.

More ways to contribute to the #SAVETHE27 Campaign

More ways to contribute to the #SAVETHE27 Campaign

Here are some ways you can contribute to the relocation of the 27 at-risk elephants in Mozambique:

– Contact press and reporters to make them aware of this story. We can also provide them with more detail and interviews.
– Reach out directly to people you know who might be willing to donate.
– Spread the word on social media by posting something like: “Urgent appeal to get 27 elephants out of harms way: https://erp.ngo/save-the-27#savethe27”. We have some pictures and materials you may use on social media: https://bit.ly/2H7Mw0v
– Know a celebrity or someone popular on social media? Ask them to help spread the word.

ERP’s work in Reitvlei Nature Reserve

ERP’s work in Reitvlei Nature Reserve

Bull Security has sponsored a vehicle to the Rietvlei Game Reserve. This vehicle is dedicated to the efforts of the anti poaching unit deployed by ERP, and is used to monitor the reserve around the clock to address possible criminal syndicates.

Click on the link below to watch the Bull Security tactical team in action supporting the ERP mission.

ERP in Reitvlei Nature Reserve

UPDATE ON THE GAZINI BEEHIVE FENCE

UPDATE ON THE GAZINI BEEHIVE FENCE

This project was established to prevent the invasion of elephants from Mozambique, crossing into KwaZulu Natal, and damaging the crops of local subsistence farmers. On the 12th December 2017 the second and final harvest took place, heralding the end of the first phase of this initiative. Sekelekani Honey bee project is now a registered Cooperative, with potential to alleviate poverty within the community through honey production. The members must be commended on their diligence, their work ethic and their wholehearted dedication to the project. Honey production has increased by over 60% since the start of the project and will most likely continue to improve as they have continued to manufacture boxes and more suitable potential sites will continue to be identified going forward. On the other hand, no elephant crossings have been recorded since the setting up of the beehives, which were put in the areas that were most vulnerable to elephants crossing through. This project is a showcase of how the decades long human-elephant conflict can be resolved with no adverse effects to both elephants and human existence.

  

 

Collaring of two more elephants in Dinokeng Game Reserve

Collaring of two more elephants in Dinokeng Game Reserve

On the 9th of February, ERP had successfully collared 2 elephants at the Dinokeng Reserve. We would like to thank for @flyingforfreedomsa once again for their helicopter time and Onderstepoort for their veterinarian team. The elephants were carefully monitored by ERP while being collared to ensure that everything goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.



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