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Today was a busy day 

By Lesedi Choshi & Kagiso Mogajane 26-09-22, Day 10: Pre presentations The deadlines are approaching, all the six teams were under pressure to finish their posters and present their pitch. In the morning every team had to do their pitch for all the teams and the supervisors, the teams were selected randomly. The participants were given an opportunity to Comment on each team's work, each team had 2 pitchers. All the teams really came through and it looked like there was light at the end of the tunnel. This was during Team Green’s poster feedback session.   The supervisors were also impressed and gave constructive comments on our work.  Team Yellow had their case study owner visiting them today, Cabriella and Claudia From Netherlands who flew for WISA conference. There was gift exchange moment for the team and case owners which was heartwarming.  Team Yellow with their case owners.  The team owners brought them goodies from Netherlands, and they...

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Our Saturday was jam-packed!

Satherday 24 September 2022 By Wesley and Khethiwe  All the teams were hard at work with their cases. At 10 am we then had our Innovation Carousel. Everyone was placed in random groups, and we eventually had four groups. A member from each group had to give an overview of their case, the solution which the group came up with and then wait for our feedback. Everyone in the group got a chance to share their ideas and receive feedback. We still got time to incorporate the feedback in our ideas and pitches and continue fine-tuning them until 4pm. Random selection for a group to come and present our pitches to Odwa and Peter and get feedback. We ended the day off with an awesome heritage day braai -:) ...

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Training and Fun

By Mangaliso Dlamini from the Kingdom of Eswatini.   23 September 2022 The 7th day of the event started with a training on how to do a pitch, a poster and finally the participants were given an insight on how to do a business model canvas.  A site visit to Roodeplaat dam was the next item. The participants were given a background on construction and the use of the dam.   The last part of the day was a picnic to the Blades. The participants had more fun here, drinks were served and the participants also enjoyed playing football. ...

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Food for thought 

Lindelwa and Yasmin   We woke up to the sun on our faces. The birds chirped beyond the confines of our rooms, and the sun pierced through the cracks of the curtains and lit the wood like a glowing cave. This is when Lindelwa knew that today belongs to Mother Africa, and in South Africa, there was no better way than to cement that reality than a plate full of traditional delicacies. Nothing reminds us Africans like home quite like a good African meal.   At 7 am sharp, we started our day with a scrumptious breakfast consisting of fried eggs, boerewors dipped in gravy and potatoes on the side. We enjoyed our coffee and had lots of laughter - we laugh a lot, every. single. day. At 8:30 am, we met in our groups in the conference room and started working on our research. Ayanda and Yasmin got the energy fl   owing by dancing...

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Brain Hurricane day 

By Mduduzi and Neliswa                                 After having team building activities for the first 3 days, today was the first working day. After being given our cases, we jotted down questions we had to asked during the “speed dating”. The day started with opening speech from the supervisors and the general introduction from Mr Xolani Hadebe, the case owners and experts.             We had the speed dating session and it was very informative. The case owners got the chance to present their cases to the Wetskills participants, after that we had a chance to meet with them and get clarity on what is expected from us. Before lunch, we took a group photo with the experts, case owners and supervisors. After lunch, we had a brainstorm session, started working towards finding solutions to our cases....

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Teambuilding day 4 – Caves and heritage

By Evelyn and Ayanda The day started with the usual breakfast a 2-hour one, that was held at the dining hall in Roodeplaat village. after we had an hour’s trip to Sterkfontein, to visit the Sterkfontein cave which is a World Heritage Site. Day 4 breakfast that was held in the dining hall. We were all excited to visit the cave and learn about the origin of mankind interactively. The tour was amazing; it is like we got a glimpse of the past through the fossils displayed at the museum. Learners that there is a group of 300 caves in the region but only in 15 of them fossils were discovered. The site was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. In 1947, a nearly complete skull of an adult female was discovered at the site and named Mrs. Ples which is classified as an Australopithecus africanus. In 1997, a nearly complete skeleton of an Australopithecus was found in the caves....

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A wild and adventurous day at the Harties

by Sbusiso Khuboni (South Africa) & Odilia Scholvinck (The Netherlands) It’s the third day, everyone is now comfortable around each other. Friendships have been developed, excitement galore!.All participants are dressed for the occasion, “Safari and Adventure” look is the theme for the day. But first things first, Breakfast tick ✓ then we hit the road… First stop, Lion Safari tour Excitement yet anxious!, that would perhaps best define the feeling for most of the participants, especially the ones who are doing the tour for the first time. We are about to spend two hours in the wild LOL The tour was an amazing experience with BigBoy (Tour Guard), very informed and full of humour. Participants looked happy and to be enjoying the experience, everyone was taking pictures (Tourist kinda vibes☺). Some of the animals that we saw were Zebras, Blesboks, Lions, Gnoes, Hyenas, Black tiger, to mention a few. Something interesting was the learnings...

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Today was an exciting day… the official start of Wetskills!

Wetskills South Africa blog 18 September 2022 By Babalwa and Hannes   But before we dive into our cases, ofcourse we’d like to get to know each other. This means: teambuilding activities!   We started the day with a safety briefing and a short introduction of ourselves at the accommodation of the Department of Water and Sanitation. After that we went on our first official 'outing' to Cullinan Mine, which ironically took place a few days after the Queen's passing.   After we all put on a colourful safety vest and helmet, our energetic and well-informed guide Mam' Grace gave us a history lesson on how the world's biggest diamond, that currently sits on the British crown jewels, was discovered (took some of us back to our Economic Geology classes). What a shock to discover that the diamond we have been requesting to be returned to the South African people was actually given to King Andrew the VI...

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It’s the 17th of September 2022, The Arrival Day of the Wetskills Participants!!!

2022 Wetskills South Africa (offline) By Zintle Pretty Mbeka (South Africa)   The excitement I had…I have been waiting for this day since the day I got the acceptance letter. I have always participated online and and I have been longing to do a Wetskills event offline and I cannot believe we are here today.   Everyone arrived at the the Rodeplaat Training Centre between 13pm – 15pm. We all sat at Charlet Number 4 and introduced ourselves. I saw familiar faces and I met new people. That was very exciting. Everyone was happy, excited and looking forward to participating in the event.    We were all then showed our rooms and also got to meet our roommates. My roomate for the next 14 days is Scholvinck Odilia (Netherlands). She is fun, sweet and turns out we have the same personality and we also kinda like the same things.   After putting things in our rooms, we then...

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Final and Farewell

Wetskills South Korea 2022- by Yanuar Chandra Wirasembada   Yuhuu… we came to the day when all of our hard work will be paid off - The Final Day!  Usually, we started the Wetskills at 9:00 am, but for today, we started the activity at 11:00 am. It’s enough for us to give more time to gain more energy by waking up late, but maybe not for the pitchers, hehe…  Anyway, what were the agendas for the finals? Check this out, guys!   [caption id="attachment_59834" align="alignleft" width="300"] Team 1 discussed with the Ambassador[/caption] Meet the Ambassador Our energetic supervisors, Floor van der Heijden and Charlie Casey-Haden gave the final briefing and explained the agendas for the final day. The final will be started at 2 pm. But before that, we had an exciting discussion with the Ambassador Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Korea, Joanne Doorneward.       [caption id="attachment_59828" align="alignright" width="300"] Welcome of words at the Final...

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