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Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision

Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision is a course created by educators at South African universities and shared with institutions locally and around the world. The project required rebuilding an old website with updated content and a revamp of the look and feel to be in line with sibling projects, Enhancing Postgraduate Environments and Creating Postgraduate Collaborations. We created the design for all three sites as well as a pop-up which alerted users on their first visit to any of the sites.

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Creating Postgraduate Collaborations

Creating Postgraduate Collaborations

Creating Postgraduate Collaborations seeks to foster the development of research-rich environments in which academics and postgraduate students can thrive. This project required a synchronous online course to bring together all nine universities across five countries after we all met for a launch meeting in Istanbul in February 2020. With the spread of COVID-19 shortly afterward, this course became a central tool in the running of the project virtually, as opposed to the summer schools which had been planned in various countries. 

It has been a pleasure to also work on sibling projects Enhancing Postgraduate Environments and Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision.

In our client’s words: 

“The CPC course was a huge success. You guys are instantly responsive, creative, enthusiastic and make things happen. You also tackle our stupid questions with tolerance and humour. You’re the best!”

–  Sioux McKenna, Creating Postgraduate Environments

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AcWriMo@RU

AcWriMo@RU

AcWriMo@RU is an Academic Writing Month run through Rhodes University. Twice a year, members commit to an audacious writing goal and support each other in developing productive writing habits over the period of a month through the setting of goals and synchronous writing sessions.

We built a site to bring this writing community together, motivating them to achieve their writing goals, with badges and certificates awarded as they achieve their goals. We also created a platform to facilitate synchronous writing sessions and forums to share valuable writing insights.

In our client’s words: 

“We are really happy with our AcWriMo@RU community website, it’s fun and creative and has been really successful in bringing people together to achieve their writing goals. The Pomegranite team has been so patient and determined to find solutions to our technical requests.” – Sioux McKenna, AcWriMo@RU

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WageWise Pomegranite Website Development

WageWise

WageWise, an ASISA Foundation financial literacy initiative, teaches users financial literacy skills such as budgeting, understanding payslips, saving, planning for retirement and financial products and services to help plan for the future.

We built a platform to assist in the transfer of knowledge and skills development to South Africa’s most vulnerable groups. This website is simple and easy to navigate, empowering users to manage their finances effectively. The site provides valuable templates for personal use and includes infographics for easy understanding of what can often be tricky calculations.

In our client’s words: 

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the team for the fantastic website. We are really happy with it and the client loves it and is getting lots of positive feedback. I know there were a lot of tiny tweaks so thanks very much for your patience and willingness to get things sorted out quickly. Thanks again!”

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Youth Capital

Youth Capital is a campaign to transform the employment trajectory of a generation. Their aim is to ensure that every young South African has the skills, support, and opportunity to get their first decent job.

Young South Africans (aged 15- 34) make up just over 36% of the total population of our country. They should be the engine of our economy, society, and democracy, but 7.9 million of them are out of work, education or training opportunities.

Youth Capital believes that, instead of capitalising on our youth dividend, we are squandering it. We cannot afford to keep wasting the potential of South Africa. We have to work together to change the status quo. If we act quickly, with a shared commitment and purpose – we can fundamentally change the nature of youth employment, and break the cycle of poverty.

Youth Capital required a strategic social media approach in order to reach South Africa’s youth. We developed a social media campaign geared towards young people, encouraging them to ask the right questions about their future. Once the campaign had run its course, we developed a social media workshop to train their new communications manager to keep social media going in-house.

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JobStarter

JobStarter is a mobile learning, career information platform created to address some of the structural hurdles that undermine the potential connections between young people and post-school work and/or further education opportunities. They aim to be the go-to information, learning and opportunity aggregator for youth, as well as educate employers on the opportunities they can create for young people looking for work.

We were tasked with writing in-depth blog posts on some of the services they offer, and informing young job seekers on the various opportunities open to them. We also got this infront of their audience via their social media channels, which we also managed through different campaigns and strategies we drafted each month according to the current theme.

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Crossroads School

Founded in 1966, Crossroads School has established its roots with an in-depth understanding of children faced with learning challenges. This Johannesburg based school’s motto, “Let None Be Left Behind”, epitomises the way they teach and encapsulates their all-encompassing approach to remedial education.

We were tasked with creating a slick new website for this school, with a focus on showcasing the encouraging and nurturing environment which Crossroads School provides for each learner and changing perceptions of remediation through education. We streamlined the site and created a simple user experience – for current and future learners’ parents – with easy access to resources and other important information.

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Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

The Hailemariam & Roman Foundation was established in April 2018 as non-profit international NGO based on the agreement reached with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The founders are the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn and the Former First Lady of Ethiopia, H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye.

We were tasked with creating a website for the Foundation that would promote their incredible work around climate smart ecotourism & conservation, maternal & child health, and nutrition.

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies within the Greater Kruger National Park open system, and within the internationally declared Kruger 2 Canyons UNESCO Man and Biosphere System. In Xitsonga, the name ‘Timbavati’ means “the place where something sacred came down to Earth from the Heavens” and refers to the rare white lions of the reserve.

The redesigned website we built for Timbavati highlights their three key focus areas: conservation, outreach and accommodation. Special features for the site include an interactive map and slider showcasing the 15 lodges that are part of the reserve.

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Narratives of Home and Neighbourhood

Narratives of Home and Neighbourhood

The Narratives of Home and Neighbourhood project examines how state housing models shape the social landscape of South Africa, using the city of Durban as its case study. The research focuses on the perspectives of the people who live in state housing units, providing a much-needed qualitative micro-level focus in a field that has existing rich literature on the macro economic and social debates around housing.

The team behind the project wanted a website that showcased their findings, containing both the individual reports and photo series from each area in the study. The site also includes an interactive map from Open Data Durban, which highlights the findings from each of the project’s locations in a user friendly format.

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One Ocean Hub

One Ocean Hub is an independent programme for collaborative research for development, funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund. It aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean. Its research seeks to bridge current disconnections in law, science and policy and integrate governance frameworks to balance multiple ocean uses with conservation. It strives to empower the communities, women and children, most reliant upon the oceans to inform decisions based on multiple values and knowledge systems.

We were tasked with building a website for the Hub that would showcase their research into the different challenges and opportunities facing the various focus territories, which include Ghana, Namibia, the Pacific Islands and South Africa. The design was the product of a collaborative effort, which included workshops with representatives from the 22 international universities and research centres that make up the Hub. The site will continue to grow as findings get released.

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OSF-SA Open Society Foundation for South Africa Website Development Pomegranite Online Presence Consultancy

Open Society Foundation

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

Pomegranite has worked with OSF-SA since 2014. Pomegranite built and takes care of their website and social media, predominantly relating to their grantees. We publish news updates regarding events that feature OSF grantees and monitor the media for breaking news involving their grantees.

In our client’s words:

“Pomegranite are responsive, flexible, creative and always professional.”

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During November 2018, the Open Society Foundation celebrated 25 years of grant-making in South Africa. The organisation also paid tribute to founder, George Soros, who visited South Africa, along with other OSF international network partners. The celebration was special because his philanthropy was born in South Africa, with the issuing for scholarships for black students to attend UCT in 1979.

Pomegranite built a dedicated website which housed a range of information including a special timeline which displayed archive material from OSF-SA’s 25 years in South Africa, along with tributes to George Soros, special films, press releases and event information.

We also managed several social media campaigns related to the week of celebrations and live-tweeted major events. We were delighted that “#OpenSocietySA25” trended in Cape Town during the celebrations.

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