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Xander Mom: Rebecca Rivett

Meet this week’s Xander Mom, a dear friend of the Xander family, Rebecca Rivett. She took time out to talk to us about her family and raising her daughter in South Africa.   Tell us about yourself?  I’m a most-the-time mom who manages to fit in...

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Xander Mom: Philisiwe Mthemba

Meet our latest Xander mom, Philisiwe Mthemba. She talked to us about how she balances work and home life and what raising children in South Africa means to her.   Tell us about yourself? I am a 30-something mother of two beautiful girls. The eldest, Manzini...

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Xander Mom: Stacy

Tell us about yourself?  Let’s see… I’m a wife to one, mother to two (10 and 3) and blogger to many. During weekdays, you will find me in the corporate world of financial services. After the evening rush of dinner, homework, bath and bed, you will...

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Xander Mom: Erica Botha

Meet one of our own, Erica Botha has been a dear friend to the Xander family since its inception and has been instrumental in getting Xander where we are today. She is also a mother of triplets. Even with her hands full with the kids and...

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Which apps do we use in our family?

Being part of a family with young children means we have more to do in less time. The only way to do this is by finding tools that help us to be more productive. And believe it or not, there is an app for that Jbut...

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To all young girls: Be Brave, be Wise and be Bold

Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most audacious woman, once said: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity”     We celebrate the women on who’s shoulders we stand today to gaze down at a world that has metamorphosized in...

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Xander Mom: Aisha Pandor

Meet our newest Xander Mom, entrepreneur, tech guru and found of the local cleaning service taking the country by storm, SweepSouth, Aisha Pandor.     Tell us about yourself?  I’m a mom of 2 girls aged 9 and 2 years old, and also a founder (along...

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Women We Admire: Mona Ewees Mkumatela

I started off my career as a maths and science teacher and self-proclaimed “resistant techie”.  I was that teacher who preferred to hand write lessons plans and teach really engaging lessons through games and songs.  As I was in my twelfth year of teaching and being...

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Xander wins the ICT Award at EduWeek June 2018

EduWeek Africa, the largest and most recognised live education event in Sub-Saharan Africa, hosted its annual awards ceremony recently. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Education 4.0 for Industry 4.0’, which addressed education’s response to increased automation and celebrated all the innovators that are bridging the...

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Xander Mom: Le-André

  Meet our newest Xander Mom, Le-André from Spirited Mom blog. She took some time out of her busy schedule, to talk to us about her blog and her family.   Tell us about yourself?  As my blog banner states… Motherhood, my best achievement to date…Many imperfect moments...

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It’s up to you to Participate in the Digital Future

I was at a conference in London during the last quarter of 2017, where it was highlighted that 52% of all websites are in English but only 25% of the global population understands English (and a smaller % speak it!). This percentage is slowly decreasing now,...

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Xander Mom: Jonelle

  Tell us about yourself?  I was born in Swaziland and moved to South Africa when I was 19 years old to study Social Anthropology and Politics at UCT. After a decade at university, I decided I loved it here too much to ever go back....

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Xander Mom: Olerato

  Tell us about yourself? I am a mother sharing my world with other moms (and non-moms of course) in an attempt to show that parenting can be coupled with awesome adventures and excellent adulting. My daughter is 4 years old. A fun, free spirited, and...

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Xander mom: Cherralle

  Tell us about yourself? I am Cherralle, I live and work in Johannesburg. I am married to a shady guy (kidding, he is great) and mom of two adorable girls aged one and four. I work in Human Resources, currently in the Beauty Industry. However,...

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Parents: Keep On Top of Things

The moment you become a parent your life changes; from having to learn how to sterilise baby bottles, to dealing with the countless number of extra things that are added to your schedule when your child needs their vaccinations or latest dentist appointment. Using technology is...

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Xander Mom: Belinda Fourie

  Tell us about yourself? ​I’m a decor and lifestyle blogger who can officially call herself a work-from-home mom and Mom Blogger since October last year.​ I love that I’m able to take on so many different roles during the course of one week (business woman,...

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Teaching Kids New Skills Using Technology

Your children are growing up in the generation of technology, and although it is advisable to be conscious of the safety aspects of allowing them to use technology, it can be a great tool for education and learning. Here are some easy ways to use technology...

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Xander Mom: Victoria Cloete

  Tell us about yourself? Hello there, I’m Victoria Cloete a 34 year old wife and mother of one living in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape. I’m a digital copywriter and lifestyle blogger with an unhealthy habit of eating cake for breakfast. My favourite...

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How to create engaging teaching methods for children

There can be little doubt that teaching methods have changed over the decades. Once taught their times tables in parrot fashion and their handwriting by repetition and discipline, pupils are now encouraged to learn via an array of fun, creative, and often innovative teaching techniques, each...

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Xander Mom: Jeanne-Riette

  Tell us about yourself? I’m a mom, blogger and business owner living in Jozi. Married to the real life SuperDad, we have a modern family with a 21 year old daughter, Caroline (his); an 8 year old son, Wade (mine) and a 4 year old...

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Xander Mom: Andrea King

  Meet mom and blogger, Andrea from Mommy Wife Life SA. She talked to us about her awesome family, parenting in the age of technology and what she loves about raising her family in South Africa.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Andrea Bester...

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Xander Mom: Mira Naidu

  Meet mom, blogger and telecommunications expert, Mira. She talks to us about her blog, her family, technology and parenting.   Tell us about yourself? I am Mira Naidu, mum to a very busy almost two year old Keshav. I work in the telecommunications industry by...

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Xander Mom: Kim Muller

  Meet our first Xander mom for 2018, Kim Muller from the blog Muller Kids. She took some time out to talk to us about her gorgeous kids, busy family life and her thoughts on using technology as part of learning.   Tell us about yourself?...

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Xander Dad: Terence Mentor

    Tell us about yourself? Hi! My name is Terence and I run a Facebook Page and YouTube channel called AfroDaddy. Tell us about your blog/ vlog? I started the vlog when I became a dad and realised that there were hardly any dads on...

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Jean from Mommy Explores: 5 Favourites

Jean from Mommy Explores shared some of her favorite things for the kids. Take a look and try some of these and let us know what you think.   Melissa & Doug Products     I love the Melissa & Doug products but especially the “Drawing/Colouring”...

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Xander Mom: Jean Olivier

  Tell us about yourself? I am the mother of two children, aged 2 years and 5 months old, based in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Before becoming a mom, I worked in the public relations & travel industry, which sparked my love for travel...

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Xander Mom: Lisa Bartlett

  Tell us about yourself? Hi! I’m Lisa. Also known as ‘Mommy’ to a bubbly two-year-old little girl and partner to a cricket playing lawyer-to-be, both who I absolutely adore. When we aren’t cheering Chad on alongside the cricket field or watching Moana for the second...

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 Educational apps keep KZN learners’ attention at school 

photo credit- Mona Ewees, Breteau Foundation Teachers and learners at Zilungisele Primary in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal, say that the Xander educational apps improve teaching and learning. After three years of intervention at Zilungisele Primary and several similar schools, a principal’s survey showed a reduction in absenteeism and...

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African Folklore Story: Sneaky Lizard

Take a look at how sneaky Lizard is in Africa.     Send us your African Folklore story to hello@xander.co.za

Xander Mom: Leigh Geary

Meet mom, blogger and interior design enthusiast, Leigh from The Mom Diaries. She took some time out to talk to us about her family, parenting and her thoughts on using technology in education.   Tell us about yourself? I am Leigh, mom two of the cutest...

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Must Have Items For Kids – Amelia Meyer

Xander Mom, Amelia Meyer from Suddenly A Mom shared some of her Must Have’s for the kids. Take a look and try it out.   BOOKS The Gruffalo series   Imaginative, different, quirky – I just love these books and their approach to humour. They use...

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Mary Poppins in your Pocket

Whether you have one child or six, parenting will absorb all your available time. Sometimes, it seems as if a parents’ only downtime is when waiting in the car for the school bell to ring at end of day, or when in the doctor’s waiting area...

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Xander Mom: Amelia Meyer

  Meet another awesome Xander Mom, Amelia Meyer from the blog Suddenly A Mom. She talked to us about her gorgeous family and the joys and challenges of modern parenting in the digital age.   Tell us about yourself?   ​I’m a freelance writer, based along...

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Mandy Lee Miller – Must Have’s for the Kids

We’ve been talking to some awesome South African parenting bloggers about some of their favorite things for their kids. From places to visit, toys, clothing stores, snacks etc. This time we talked Many Lee Miller from Pregnant in Cape Town. Take a look at some of...

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Xander Dad: The Don Father

  This month we meet fun-loving Durban dad, Don about his blog The Don Father and life as a dad to gorgeous baby girl, Gia.   Tell us about yourself? I’m Don, a passionate about life bloke who likes writing amongst other things. I live in...

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Meet the Kids: Alyssa Malan

Meet our youngest reviewer, Alyssa as she tells us all about some of her favorite things.     What is your name and how old are you? My name is Alyssa and I am 4 years old (Holds 4 fingers up and counts fingers to see...

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KraftiMama: Must-Have’s

We’ve been finding out from some awesome moms we know about some of their favorite things to do, share, give to their kids. Food, shopping, toys, places and much more. This month we talked to KraftiMama about some of her Must-Have’s for her kids.   Faithful...

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Why you should pay for healthy apps

It’s becoming (a very disturbing) trend. People don’t like paying for high-quality, educational apps for young children. The next time you consider downloading a free app rather than paying for the app, think about the material you’re offering to your children and the effects it may...

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Xander Mom: Taryn Ulster

  Meet Xander Mom, Taryn Ulster and her three gorgeous boys. She talked to us about her blog, her work, family and thoughts on a few parenting methods and thoughts.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Taryn Ulster and I’m a wife to an...

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Xander Mom: Sarah Booyens

  This month we meet Sarah Booyens and talk to here about her blog, Mascara & Mimosas, as well as her family.   Tell us about yourself? I’m Sarah, Wife to Dan and first time mom to our little girl Aria (one year old) and fur baby...

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Enhance Your Child’s Education with Television and Movies

No child learns the same. Not every child absorbs information while reading or learns a skill in the first lesson. Teachers are constantly updating and tweaking their teaching methods to suit their current classroom. An educational tool that worked 30 years may not even be relevant...

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What is healthy technology?

What do parents want when looking for apps: Being a parent has become a demanding, time-consuming job. Taking part and feeling pressure to excel have become standard run-of-the-mill expectations. Kids are running from Mandarin and chess classes to Kumon and Tai-Chi.     Parents are becoming...

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Meet the Kids: Onthatile Mogano

Let’s meet another one of our great Xander reviewers, Onthatile from Johannesburg.     What is your name and how old are you? Onthaile and I’m almost 7 years old. What school do you go to and what grade are you in? I go to The...

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Our Co-Founder nominated for Inspiring Fifty 2017

Inspiring Fifty is a Dutch based non-profit organisation that showcases inspiring female role models in the technology industry in the Netherlands, France, Europe and the Nordics.     Built on the core philosophy ”If she can see it, she can be it”, Inspiring Fifty annually awards the...

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Xander Mom: Shante Hutton

  Meet mom and photographer, Shante Hutton, who took some time out to share with us about her family, parenting and her thoughts on learning using technology.   Tell us about yourself? I’m Shante Hutton, an overtly sarcastic British chick who now lives in Cape Town...

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Sibella Knott-Craig: Must-Haves

As parents we are always looking for new things to keep our children healthy, well read, organised and some of us want it to environmentally friendly and sustainable. This being said we’d like to introduce you to our new series of Must-Haves as told by our...

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Teacher Feature: Patricia Petersen

At Xander we are always looking to give the amazing people who teach South Africa’s children a special mention and shout out. Meet grade 7 teacher and Deputy principal, Patricia Petersen.     Tell us about your career and your choice to become a teacher? I’ve...

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Meet the Kids: Onalo Konono

It’s time we let you all meet the awesome kids who have take time out of their super busy schedules to review apps for you to try. First up, meet the vibrant Onalo Konono.     What is your name and how old are you? My...

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