Authors have such an Interesting Life

You know what makes an authors life interesting? Being able to go out and research the territory for their book. I had that pleasure yesterday. My wife, Angela, and my one year old daughter, Catherine, got into the car – well, maybe Catherine was helped! – and headed out of town. It was raining so we didn’t expect to see too much but felt we needed to take the trip. Luckily the rain held up once we were out of town.

The amazing thing about Johannesburg is you just have to go 40 minutes west – on the right road – and you are into virgin country. This is the area of the Cradle of Mankind. Beautiful hills, nature reserves with a few sightings of wild animals from the road and some really aesthetic resorts.

We got to the area my upcoming book is being located in, took some shots and carried on driving. Unfortunately it just started drizzling so we did not get much but this opens up the possibility to get more time out of town to continue! But boy, does it help to have that reality on the location so you can close your eyes and think about the roll of the story.

Anyway, we were out of town and reluctant to return too early, so we meandered around, went through the gorge called Hekpoort which is beautiful and found ourselves at a village called Magaliesburg. We stopped at a terrific Country Hotel called Mount Grace for coffee and outstanding and mouthwatering Black Forrest Cake.  Now, if you are ever in the area, this is the place to stop for a meal, a coffee or a weekend! Beautiful. On top of a hill overlooking stunning valleys but oh! so green and lush out there right now.

My daughter Catherine loved the place and crawled around at a speed with Angela and I following like two brawny bodyguards.

Then time to head home but we definitely want to take a weekend break at Mount Grace.

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Down a Different Path

Mitch & Makhaya

I started this blog with hopes and determination to get my book, Mitch & Makhaya, out within a few months. Fate spelled out another path and a year later I still hold the hope of completing my book.

However, as an author I did get something published. But, in addition to that, started our own publishing house. Now that’s not too bad a change of destiny.

My Maths Buddy

After extensive research into why kids struggle with Maths at school, we found an answer. It was an interesting and eye-opening path. We spoke with many youngsters and almost one for one, found that they had difficulty with the words and terms of Maths. and to add a little secret. .  many teachers had similar problems too!

Hence, out of the long hours of research and development came a new and unique dictionary, My Maths Buddy maths dictionary. and here is one of the main reasons it works: 100% a creation of laypeople. Yes, we did have everything checked by Maths experts BUT the idea was to address kids at the level they normally communicate.

We’ve had fantastic endorsements and feedback to date and with the book on the market, mainly in South Africa so far but reaching internationally now, we’ve sold just short of 3000 copies in just under seven months.

This month too, we are about to launch, in partnership with the NGO Education Africa, the One Book One Learner Project which is a project giving companies and individuals the ability to donate My Maths Buddy to underprivileged kids. its one thing to ensure those who can afford to get such tools do get them, its another to make sure those who cannot afford to obtain the book are enabled by us to do so. after all, intelligence is not determined by income. So here is a Project anyone can get behind. Its covered briefly on our Blog at this time.

We have kept up a regular briefing of developments of My Maths Buddy at our Blog, so you can check out some of the testimonials and happenings there.

So with my attention on this new, exciting and effective help for kids – now starting on translations of it as well as the new My Science Buddy’s coming – I’ve had little time for Mitch & Makhaya. Hopefully I’ll get to them before they get too old to have exciting youth adventures!

First Birthday Celebration!

Tomorrow is our company’s first birthday!

We will be 1 year old!!!

We would like to thank all those great people who supported us and believed in us from the very beginning and all those who still working with us, believing in us, supporting us, communicating with us, read our blogs and liked us on FB.

Our first product, My Maths Buddy, has really taken off and proving to be a needed resource for schools, teachers and kids at school. We have now started translating into Afrikaans and soon to do a couple of the other major international languages.

We are also due to open our UK subsidiary in a month or so. So thank you to all who helped us to get this far.

You can keep up with us on either

www.facebook.com/mymathsbuddy

www.facebook.com/palangapublishing

www.mymathsbuddyblog.com

or visit our website at www.mymathsbuddy.co.za

 

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Important Message to all Businesses: Help Where it is Needed

As of this month, June 2012, My Maths Buddy and the non-governmental organisation, Education Africa, are about to take a giant leap in the rehabilitation of Mathematics in South Africa. Three other prominent NGO’s are joining forces in this project and their names will be released shortly.

The project is being launched wherein all corporates, companies and concerned individuals can join in to provide My Maths Buddy to thousands of underprivileged schoolkids. Because Education Africa has offices in the UK and USA, this allows anyone in those countries to participate too.

This is the 1Book 1Learner Project!

It is relatively simple.

Companies, corporates or individuals sign up as members in the Project. They do this by taking on the donation of 1 or more books per month, on a debit order system. Single donations can also be made. Education Africa, for every 3000 donated copies, then distributes these to needy schools on behalf of the donors. The donors themselves, receive their tax exemption certificate for their donation AND their names included inside the book on the Donors Page plus receive a copy of the logo for their use on their stationary to indicate they are members.

The purpose of this project is as follows:

1. Placing My Maths Buddy into the hands of thousands of needy South African Teachers and Learners so as to increase the understanding of and ability to apply Mathematics to the degree of positively influencing the study of pure Mathematics and the Matric pass rate in South Africa;

2. Focus on the provision of My Maths Buddy to underprivileged or less economically able schools so as to provide opportunity to those less privileged.

With Maths results consistently below a 50% pass rate in South Africa in the last few years, THIS is a means to unlock the potential of our kids and get the results back up well over 50%. Economically, we really cannot afford to do anything else!

So if you are either a business owner, part of a large corporate or a concerned individual, you CAN participate in this exciting project.

For more details you can contact Education Africa at mailbox@educationafrica.org or My Maths Buddy at info@mymathsbuddy.co.za.

You can also visit www.mymathsbuddy.co.za.

Your participation will make a difference.

Do the Survey!!

Palanga Publishing is about to begin its venture into the world. Our research and investigations into what is needed and wanted has been exhaustive but exciting. We are due, within the next few weeks, to begin the promotion of our first publication.

This will be on Pre-Order for the first few months before its official launch.

Hence the survey.

So, my request is that you take the time, do the survey and watch this space for the announcement of the first publication.

It may not be what you expect. . .

It may take you by surprise . . .

But it will surely be something of value and of great help to many.

The countdown has begun!