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Latest InitiativesView all Initiatives​​​​ Development, Vocational Training and Student Recruitment through the vehicle of the Stellenbosch Youth Orchestra (SYO)​​The SYO, is an orchestra for secondary school learners, established per request of community partners, with the intention of addressing societal challenges by providing a vehicle for the interaction and integration of youth from all backgrounds in Stellenbosch and its surrounds, thereby contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion.  The previous SYO was disbanded after the passing of its musical director and conductor, Lona Antoniades, in 2007.   The SYO also provides Teaching and Learning opportunities to student facilitators, who assist with management and administration of the ensemble. Student mentors coach sectional rehearsals, and perform alongside the learners in a form of 'apprenticeship',  a model commonly followed in community music teaching settings.   Beneficial community partnerships have been established with several schools, community music projects, schools, organisations, and other community partners. The emphasis is on social cohesion, so the orchestra is not attended to service primarily schools from privileged environments, but to draw members from the broader community, particularly the community music projects and organisations in close proximity to Stellenbosch. All SYO activities will align with Social Impact, and the official launch took place on Saturday 9 September in the Endler Hall, Department of Music. The SYO performed a 'curtain-raiser' prior to the start of the HearUS concert, which featured the Heydeburg Symphony Orchestra in a fundraising performance for HearUs, the Cochlear Impant Unit, based at Tygerberg Hospital. This organisation addresses the needs of those with no or minimal hearing,  particularly from financially compromised backgrounds. Further performances with similar partnerships are planned for later in 2023, and during the course of 2024.1569 University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE)​​​​​The SU Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE), is one of the large ensembles at the Department of Music, which  provides experiential, work-integrated learning to students enrolled in the orchestral practice module. Students rehearse weekly in preparation for performances in the Endler Hall as part of the Endler Concert Series. Annual performances include a Band Extravaganza where schools and community bands from the northern and southern suburbs and further afield, are invited to collaborate in a band festival in the Endler Hall.  Community Music Organisations, which are community partners of the Certificate Programmes in Music Literacy and the Service-Learning Module, participate in concerts at the Department of Music, and perform in the foyer of the Endler prior to the start of each performance. thereby promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, as participants are drawn from diverse communities. Concerts outside of the Department of Music provide industry-related experience to all enrolled students as they perform at musical festivals and for special events for the public. Performances outside of the Department include those hosted by the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, the Classics for All Greyton-Gendadendal Festival, Hessequa Harmonie (Niel Rademan Productions), Tankwa Classics and the Symphony Choir of Cape Town (SCCT) concert in the City Hall, Cape Town.  All performances provide vocational training to enrolled students and the collaborative performances contribute to student recruitment, broadens the audience base of the Endler Concert Series and raises the public profile of the Department of Music.  All activities align with the UNSDG Education for All, as apart from experiential learning provided to enrolled students, inclusive education is a central to the functioning of this ensemble.​1212 Trilingual Wine Industry Dictionary/Drietalige Wynindustriewoordeboek​The South African wine industry identified the need for a special-field on-line dictionary on viticulture and oenology in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. The dictionary provides information on wine terminology as well as linguistic information on the use of such terminology. The South African Trilingual Wine Dictionary (SATWD) makes provision for data on viticulture and oenology. The subject field viticulture includes organic cultivation and production, cultivation, soil science, plant biotechnology, vine viruses, plant protection and plant improvement. The subject field oenology includes production technology, bottling, packaging and distribution, by- product handling and waste product handling, brandy and distilling, and microbiology. In short, the SATWD transfers information on the physiology of the vine, the fruit of the vine as well as the wine-making process. Winetech, coordinator of research, training and technology in the wine industry, and Sawis, responsible for the collection, processing and dissemination of industry information, jointly fund the project. This is a first for the wine industry to be engaged in a lexicographic endeavour. Dr.Michele van der Merwe acted as project coordinator.The wine industry in South Africa consists of three geographical units, namely the Western Cape, the Northern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. Since most of the wine-making activities are based in the Western and the Northern Cape, it was decided to focus on the official languages of these provinces, namely Afrikaans, isiXhosa and English. The SATWD seeks to fulfil the language needs of users of the designated language groups regarding wine terminology in South Africa. Many Afrikaans-speaking farmers are involved in the wine industry. However, there is a growing need also for isiXhosa speakers to join the industry. With more emphasis on the training and education of emerging farmers the development of isiXhosa wine terminology is therefore essential. The pedagogical aspect of the dictionary is important for it can be a useful tool in the training of Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa students at tertiary level. There is a need for students to be able to use the technical terminology of the wine industry, be that at university or agricultural college level. The SATWD can serve as an important communication tool in the training of especially isiXhosa students, since a large number of words were translated into isiXhosa during the compilation of the SATWD. This is the first time that isiXhosa would feature as a member of a language pair in a specialised dictionary of wine terminology. It is assumed that mother-tongue education could play a major role in providing access to science and technology. Such a multilingual specialised dictionary could serve as an important learning aid during tertiary education, be that for lecturers to compile course material for students or for students to look up translations and definitions of terms. Functions of the dictionary to be used in these instances would be those of text production, translation and text reception. Van der Merwe, M.F. Wine and Words: A Trilingual Wine Dictionary for South Africa, Lexikos 18, 2008. ISSN 2224-0039. doi.10.5788/18-0-490​ 1571 Transfer of expertise to the public​​​​​​​​​Handling of telephonic or email inquiries from the public as well as giving publicity talks on invitation from the public regarding specialist or other topical topics relevant to the sciences. Radio talks on actuality programs and newspaper or magazine articles in popular daily newspapers and agricultural journals. Here, either expert opinions are provided to the public, or general questions about natural science are answered / ​Hantering van telefoniese of epos navrae vanaf publiek asook die gee van voorligtingspraatjies op uitnodiging van die publiek oor spesialis of ander aktuele onderwerpe van toepassing op die wetenskappe. Radiopraatjies op aktualiteitsprogramme en koerant of tydskrif artikels in populêre dagblaaie en landbou tydskrifte. Hier tydens word òf spesialismenings aan die publiek verskaf, òf algemene vrae oor die natuurwetenskap beantwoord.​1573 Kinderkinetics: KIDSmove Athlone School for the Blind ​​​​​​​Stellenbosch Kinderkinetics: KIDSmove is aimed at improving fundamental motor skills (FMS) of children with visual impairments in the foundation phase to reduce the barriers to physical activity participation. The programme that we as the Kinderkineticists will do focuses on, will encourage successful lifelong participation in physical activity for children with VI in Gr. R to Gr. 3 (foundation phase learners). Therefore, the objectives will be to enhance FMS through enjoyable physical activity programs (structured and unstructured) and to educate and motivate children and their parents or guardians about the joy of movement, the benefits of physical activity, their abilities and overall health and wellness. This initiative will be in collaboration with Athlone School for the Blind in the Western Cape. 1565 Kinderkinetics: The key to improving developmental skills for movement (KIDSmove)Stellenbosch Kinderkinetics: KIDSmove is aimed at improving gross motor skills of selected foundation phase children in the Kylemore Community. The programme will focus on developing the children holistically through movement. Gross motor development and sport specific skills will be the core components of the programme. This initative will be in collaboration with AITSA! Aftercare Centres, a non profit organisation aimed at improving oppportunities for children in the Kylemore community. This initiative gives exposure for children in a lower socio-economic community to gross motor skills and sport specific skills. It provides the children in the community with an activity to do in the afternoon in place of exploring adverse ventures.1560

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