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Xander Mom: Melissa Delacroix

  Meet Xander Mom Melissa Delacroix from George. She spoke to us about her blog, parenting and her growing family.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Melissa, I am 27 years old and live in the lovely town of George. I am a busy mom and currently...

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Learn to spell with Xander

There has been a fair amount of work going on behind the scenes at the Xander office. New apps and new language translations coming. We are very proud to have been approached by the WOW Programme in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch to develop and launch a suite...

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Xander Mom: Julie Kynaston

  This week’s Xander Mom is Julie. She took some time out to share some awesome mom/ blogger knowledge and tips with us.   Tell us about yourself. I’m Mom to three of the best kids in Cape Town – Ilan (5), Kira (2.5) and Judah (2). I hooked...

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Xander Mom: Hayley Malan

  Meet our latest Xander Mom, Hayley Malan. She chatted to us about her blog, Hayley’s Joys, her family, balancing a busy life and shared some tips with us too.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Hayley Malan. I’m a financial services professional by day & blogger/writer...

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Xander Dad: Craig Lotter

  Meet Craig, our awesome Xander Dad who chatted to us about his two gorgeous girls, technology and dad stuff.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Craig Lotter, I’m 36 years old, and I’m a senior software developer at Touchwork. I’m happily married, live in the beautiful...

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Xander Mom: Lindi Mogale

  Say hi to another awesome blogger we love here at Xander. We spoke to Lindi Mogale from A Well Heeled Woman about life, family and blogging.   Tell us about yourself? I am a wife and mom of 2 boys. During the day I work in the field...

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Xander Mom: Heather Step

  Our latest Xander Mom has more than one blog, a full time job as a Montessori teacher and a 3 year old. Meet Heather Step of One Step at a Time and SA Mom Blogs.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Heather, I’m a Montessori preschool...

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Xander Mom: Cindy Alfino

  Cindy is another one of our amazing Xander Moms. Read all about herself, her family and her award-winning blog. Tell us about yourself? Hello! I’m Cindy, although I don’t often hear anyone call me that anymore. Right now I only answer to “Mooooooom”, sometimes even if it’s not my...

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Xander Mom: Belinda Mountain

  Our fourth Xander Mom is Belinda Mountain from Cape Town. She tells us about managing a family, her favourite things about South Africa and her blog. Tell us about yourself? I’m a writer, business owner and mother who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. I dislike windy weather,...

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KamCare: a RE bale

We spoke to Monica Hammes from the KamCare a RE bale programme in Pretoria about their programme and the learners they serve. Tell us about your Programme? Our programme, sometimes known as a RE bale, is an English reading programme using the Reading Eggs software, sponsored by the Click Foundation....

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Xander Mom: Angie Batis

Meet another Xander Mom, Angie Batis. She told us a bit about herself, her blog, her family and parenting choices.   Tell us about about yourself? Hi my name is Angie, I’m a mom, a wife, a photographer, a blogger, I co-own Mr Big Stuff Diner in Braamfontein and I own...

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Three Reasons Every Child Should Fly a Drone

Last month in Mediatech (our library-based tech center), I did something rather insane. I set up a drone flying station. The idea was that anybody — young or old — could try to take off and land a toy drone on a large platform. From a safety and logistics...

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Xander Mom: Elsabe Van Der Colff

  We’re doing a series of reviews on some of our favourite mommy bloggers and women who form part of our Xander Moms programme. This week we spoke to Elsabe Van Der Colff from the lovely little town of Montague in the Western Cape. Tell us about yourself? A mother of two,...

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Aitsa: Dwarsriver Valley Initiative

  What is Aitsa? On the 15th of January 2014 the Dwarsriver Valley Initiative opened an after care centre in the small village of Kylemore just outside Stellenbosch for 25 children. This year the Aitsa! After Care centre caters for 105 children, ages 5 to 8, every weekday afternoon from...

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MRP Foundation: TechED

For the last two years the MRP Foundation has been running its technology-based education programme, TechEd in KwaZulu Natal and working closely with local and global partners. Read more about what they are doing here.  

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How We Learn

I was watching one of the teachers at my daughter’s little school yesterday. She patiently held out the bottom part of a tower for my almost-three-year-old to attach the remaining part. This experience was riddled with frustration for my daughter and exhibited ultimate patience by the teacher. But completing...

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The funny things kids say

Image courtesy of Cafemom It was World Read Aloud Day on the 24th, in which people are encouraged to participate in the promotion and enjoyment of reading out loud. But what happens when the youngsters are old enough to read themselves, or at least attempt to decipher a few...

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International Mother Language Day (21 Feb 2016)

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela We’re still talking about all the things we love in February. And how fitting that on...

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Kids and Pets

Images courtesy of Petco February is the month of love, and what love is sweeter than that between a child and their first pet? We automatically think of kids and dogs playing in the garden, but there are a number of other, smaller and more interesting pets to consider...

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Showing love to your children

Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Image courtesy of Jay Blessed In February every year we are surrounded by the images and sounds of romantic love, from heart-shaped balloons in the checkout aisle to boxes of chocolate; there’s...

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