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April to October 2019 Overview

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” ― Steve Maraboli

What does it mean to empower yourself?

When our Editor asked me to write something about “self-empowerment” I wondered who the readers of this Newsletter are. Then I realised it can be any person, no matter what gender, age or status. To empower yourself is just what it says – to give yourself a chance.

When you read about people who are truly successful in life, you will find that they invariably became successful by empowering themselves. This means that they took a decision to grab any and all legal opportunities to better themselves.

Think about your own life. Is there anything that you would like to learn in order to have a better future? Who is responsible to give you this opportunity? Is it your parents, your teachers, your school or your government?  
Well, most of the above entities are already trying hard to let you have these opportunities. The question is, are you grabbing them? Most of us let slip the best opportunities because we are not grabbing them with both hands.

The best example I can think of is Mathematics. Without Mathematics many opportunities for a successful future career will not be available to you. What are you doing to improve your marks in maths? Choose to work harder or ask for help from your teacher and other students who can explain things to you. Practice and do your homework until you get it right.

You want to have a career in music? Join the Field Band Foundation at your school and learn to play an instrument and read music. You could also join your school or church choir where many talented singers started to bloom.

You want to start a business? Start working as a part-time volunteer in a business. If you prove to be a good worker, the business manager may even start paying you.

Above all, do not wait for anyone else to empower you, least of all the government. If you do not empower yourself, you will never get the full value of being a proud and confident person who made your own way in life.

As for parents and teachers, by mentoring a child or young person to empower themselves, you will find great satisfaction and a real feeling of empowerment of your own.

Marietta van Rooyen
Chairmperson: Bitou 10 Foundation


April to October 2019 Overview

Cami Maths achieving great results

Grade 4 learners attending Kwanokhutula Primary School visit the computer centre for an hour every week to do CAMI Maths (Computer Aided Maths Instruction).
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The CAMI software program assists learners with mathematics and is a South African product, fully integrated with our CAPS curriculum.

The CAMI Maths class has become the highlight of the learner’s week, as they really enjoy it. It is a fun step-by-step active learning programme that is flexible and allows the teachers to decide on the level and topic. The teachers then have time to move around the computer lab and help the learners who need it.

Mathematics Specialist and co-ordinator, Gillian Reid, is delighted with the progress that can be achieved, as areas of issues can be easily noticed and addressed, improving the overall performance for all learners at their own pace...

Bitou Spelling Stars 2019 


The ‘Bitou Spelling Stars’ standoff was held at the Kwanokuthula Primary School on the 3rd, 4th and 11th of September 2019.
Six schools entered the spelling competition this year, proving the success and capabilities of this initiative.

Kwanokuthula Primary, Phakamisani Primary, Kranshoek Primary, Plett Primary, Crags Primary & Formosa Primary learners were all given a list of words, pertaining to their grades, in both English and isiXhosa.

All learners competed in internal school challenges, where the overall achievers were selected to represent their grade and school at the inter-school event.Kwanokuthula Primary School Principal, Mr Faleni, expressed his pleasure in the progress the learners have shown since introducing the Spellathon.

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Khanya student Alutha Phike’s Youth Parliament Debate – Video

Two students, Alutha Phike and Lusindiso Langa were selected by Murray High School to participate in a Western Cape Youth Parliament debate, based on the merit of their presentations.


“I was one of 38 delegates from across the Western Cape, who were chosen to

participate in two rounds of debates, an unprepared individual 3 minute round, and a

group round debating on a topic as part of the team.” Explains Alutha.


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Upcoming events

Thank you from the Bitou 10 Foundation!
We would like to extend a warm thank you to all our anonymous, individual and corporate donors who have contributed towards our programmes between April and October 2019.
Your generous investment is making a life-changing difference and impacting the development of the learners and teachers in the Bitou region.
Zoe Carss Education Trust
Honeybush Investments
Public Servants Association of South Africa
Michael Flemming (Individual)
Anonymous (Individual)
Thomas Catlin
Andre Hornstein
Mark Tobin (Individual)
Heath Fairhurst
Carol Patterson
John FC Dixon
Lance Wilensky
John Ford
Monthly Donations - ongoing
Gill & Francois Wolfaardt
Ron MacMillan
Gail Ractliffe
St. Thomas Methodist Church
Hunter Hotels - Tsala Treetop Lodge
Warm regards
Bitou 10 Foundation
Warm regards
The Bitou 10 Foundation Team
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