Also known as franchisees, these women and men receive the SmartStart training and quality approval before starting their early learning micro enterprises in their communities.
SmartStarters are giving children the power to succeed by providing access to affordable quality early learning.
Recognising the importance of the first six years in a child’s life and the huge gaps in provision, we provide a pragmatic, affordable solution to rapidly expand access to quality early learning. Our franchised programme is delivered through playgroups, day mothers and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres to improve children’s readiness for learning, school performance and overall life success.
SmartStart was established in May 2015 to create universal access to early learning for three and four-year old’s. Since then, we’ve been providing an effective and affordable solution that enables unemployed women and men to run their own SmartStart programmes, and that empowers parents and communities to seek out and support this quality programme.
Interskole 2019 1st XV
Once a year, since 1915, the sleepy town of Paarl in the Western Cape comes alive for the annual interschools between Paarl Gimnasium and Paarl Boys’ High. This interschools is the biggest derby in the world and the Faure Street Stadium is always jam-packed with 25 000 supportes!
Paarl Gimnasium erased four years of heartache when they beat rivals Paarl Boys’ High 18-17 in another thrilling Premier Interschools match in Paarl on Saturday.
The Paarl derby, viewed as the biggest schoolboys rugby match in the world, came down to the last kick of the encounter after Boys’ High almost managed to wipe out a 18-5 deficit in the last five minutes – plus stoppage time – to win the match.
Final score Gim 18 – Boishaai 17
Photographer: Sandro Tasso
Sony A7III + Sony 100-400mm GM
Pride & Passion
Boishaai Primary 💪
Boishaai 48 Gimnasium 0
During the first week of August 2019, the picturesque Boland town, Paarl, is transformed by colourfully decorated trees in the main road, banners of either shades of blue and white, green, yellow and maroon, or a light green.
This, together with thousands of supporters, old boys and girls from around the globe, who flock to Paarl, is a sign that it’s time for the annual Inter Schools in Paarl.
The biggest local derby of them all – the Paarl interschools between Gimnasium and Boys’ High – takes place on Saturday.
There have been years when this traditional end-of-season encounter has determined who the top school in the country is.
Berg River Canoe Marathon 2019
The 58th edition of the 240 kilometre Berg River Canoe Marathon starts in Paarl in the Boland on Wednesday 3th of July.
The Berg is one of the longest and toughest ultra-canoe marathons in the world.
This year, the race takes place in bitterly cold and rainy weather conditions.
Photographer: Sandro Tasso
Wide Angle photo studio Paarl
Gear: Sony A7III Sony 100-400mm GM Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Le Bourgette Estate
The Châteauneuf red
Cuvée da Capo is, we very much hope, nothing to do with the Mafia, rather it is a single foudre of no specific provenance, which is selected only in exceptional years (2009, amazingly, did not make the cut) and aged for significantly longer than the Reservée. The resulting wine is often seen as the very best in the appellation. The 2010 is tighter than the Reservée, unsurprisingly, but behind the brooding beast there is an impressive fruit character….,the sweet and the savoury are rehearsing their pas de deux which will be sure to impress even the strictest of judges.
The Châteauneuf red (a small quantity of white is also produced) is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, with the remaining 5% being made up of Mourvèdre, Counoise and other varieties. The grapes are hand harvested and are then fermented without being de-stemmed. The cuvaison lasts for 12-15 days and the wine is then aged for around 18 months in old oak foudres. No fining or filtration is carried out. The Cuvée Laurence is the same wine as the Cuvée Réservée but is kept in wooden cask for another 18-24 months before being bottled. These are rich, robust and concentrated wines, which tend to show at their best with 7-8 years of bottle age.
Very expensive wine
Camera: Sony A7III
Lens: Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master
Location: Wide Angle studio Paarl
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