Info on The First African in Space Amatuer Radio Initiative
29 April 2002
Bishops Diocesan College, Cape Town
Attendance: 250 people 231 pupils & 9 teachers from 6 schools.
Two of the six participating schools in this radio link-up were attended
by Mark Shuttleworth, Western Province Preparatory School and Bishops
Diocesan College where he was also head boy. One of their partner schools,
St. Josephs, and three previously disadvantaged schools where they are
running an upliftment program will also be present.
Bishops College is creating a "Time Capsule" to celebrate the historic
event of the first African in space. Various items of interest will be
placed into the capsule that will only be opened in the year 2052.
Items such as the school roll, Marks old laptop, newspapers, school
magazines 1991-92, as well as letters from former President, Mandela and
other dignitaries. The capsule is to be placed under a flagstone at the
entrance to the Science block with an inscription on it, to commemorate the
30 April 2002
Chatsworth, Kwazulu Natal
Attendance: 300 people - pupils & teachers from 13 schools mostly from
previously disadvantaged communities + media officials.
Durban, in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, the ancestral home of the Nguni
people, is a major getaway to Africa.
Chatsworth, where the First African in Space Amateur Radio Initiative will
take place has a predominately Indian population. 13 schools, each
represented by 20 pupils plus one teacher, from the Durban South region have
been invited to attend the event. All the invited principals have expressed
the schoolıs as well as all learnersı excitement over the event!
2 May 2002
Vodaworld, Talk 100 Auditorium, Midrand, Johannesburg
Attendance:188 people: pupils & teachers from the Midrand / Kempton Park
area, media, Department of Education officials.
The Gauteng province (Gauteng meaning Place of Goldı) is the seat of the
South African government and administration. It is also one of the largest
industrial regions in the southern hemisphere. Vodaworld is the worldıs only
one-stop cellular mall situated in Midrand, halfway between Johannesburg and
13 schools were identified by the Department of Education mostly from the
Midrand / Halfway House areas. The audience of learners are selected from
grades 7 to 9 are aged between 12 and 14 years of age. This is due to the
fact that in grade 10, these learners finalise the choice of subjects that
they will take to matriculation level. Synchronised with the Department of
Educationıs strategy for Science and Mathematics education, one of the First
African in Space projectıs educational objectives is to encourage learners
to take these subjects as part of their selection of matriculation
3 May 2002
Attendance: 300 people - pupils & teachers mostly from disadvantage
Khayelitsha is a large, predominantly informal settlement located some
30km from Cape Town. It is one of the newest townships in Cape Town, but
already has one of the largest in South Africa, with over one million
people. Many of its residents are migrants from the Eastern Cape, and the
most common language spoken is Xhosa. The population is also made up of
people from other parts of South Africa and the African continent.