Councillor Xanthea Limberg is at the top of Cape Town’s list of “power women”. A Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and passionate tech aficionado, Councillor Limberg recently addressed our Space Trek presentation participants as keynote speaker for the event. Read her powerful and inspirational address here:
Azola Qhina, MEDO’s Treppie Manager’s focus is building a strong entrepreneurial spirit in underserved and underserviced communities across South Africa. She dives into the technical aspects of MEDO’s learning centre used for Space Prep and Foundation Business Skills workshops, and explains the relationship between these two amazing initiatives. Article by Azola Qhina.
Esihle Mazingi (16) from Siphamandla Secondary School in Cape Town recently took part in the Space Trek bootcamp that saw 14 young women design, build and launch their very own satellites into the atmosphere using weather balloons. Carla de klerk interviewed Esihle to hear her thoughts on the programme, STEM and the future.
MEDO has become the first private company in Africa to attain a satellite and launch. We also have goals of sending a satellite up each year until 2020. Currently South Africa has a total of only 3 satellites that have been sent into orbit, so we are not only pushing the boundaries of firsts, we are effectively pushing the country’s space development culture. This does not come easy, however and over the past year we have encountered many challenges, which can only mean finding more solutions. Article by Carla de Klerk as published on the World Economic Forum Blog.
Before the 1980s, the solitary state of Kentucky in the USA was known for its agriculture, coal and bourbon trade. With the arrival of two automobile giants GM Motors and Toyota, the state was transformed over the next two decades into a tech hub with its primary GDP pouring in from satellite development. Currently Kentucky is the third largest producer of space tech and one of the largest exporters of aerospace and automobile technology. The state’s median household income nearly quadrupled in a 10-year period and is still climbing strong today. The state redefined itself from agriculture and mining to tech which is truly an inspiration to South Africa. It also just so happens that Kentucky is the home of Morehead State University, MEDO’s partner in Space Trek. Carla de klerk investigates the state and what it can teach South Africa.
MEDO is one of the few companies in the world that can proudly say “we have an office on Trafalgar Square, London”. With our partnership with UK Trade Commisioner Thobile Mazibuko and South Africa house, we have London open to us with a space in one of the most sought after areas in the entire world. Why are we expanding to London? Peter Burdin, our UK representative explains the oppotunities for UK/Africa partnerships.
Bhanekazi Thandwa (17) from Dr Nelson Mandela High School in Cape Town recently took part in the Space Trek bootcamp that saw 14 young women design, build and launch their very own satellites into the atmosphere using weather balloons. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience so Carla de Klerk talked with with Bhanekazi to hear her thoughts on the whole experience and find out what’s next for her.
Pheobyn Berdine Filander (17) from Zandvliet High School in Cape Town recently took part in the Space Trek bootcamp that saw 14 young women design, build and launch their very own satellites into the atmosphere using weather balloons. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience so Carla de Klerk sat down with Pheobyn to hear her thoughts on satellites, STEM and empowerment.
MEDO has recently conquered major news headlines for being the first private company in Africa to acquire a satellite and launch. The headlines don’t end there, however; as there are plans to acquire five more satellites until 2020. After partnering up with Morehead State University’s Space Programme focused on Young Women in STEM, in but a year’s time young African women will be sending the satellite, which they have designed themselves across the ocean to find its own place among the stars. Article by Carla de Klerk.
Brittany Bull (16) from Pelican Park High School in Cape Town recently took part in the Space Trek bootcamp that saw 14 young women design, build and launch their very own satellites into the atmosphere using weather balloons. Since Brittany joined the programme with the sole goal of empowering herself, Carla de Klerk talked to her about the experience.