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Blitsdruk George brings exam success to Imizamo Yethu High School!

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A Paperight outlet has made a great commitment to improving matric success in their community.

Blitsdruk George teamed up with Paperight earlier this month to equip Imizamo Yethu High School with invaluable matric study resources, ensuring that the school’s learners have the best chance of passing the most important exams of their lives so far!

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Imizamo Yethu was selected based on the school’s massive improvement to their matric pass rate, from 27% in 2011 to 82% in 2012. Together, Blitsdruk and Paperight hope that these aids will enable to school to sustain their success, and improve even further. (Here is a link to a story from the George Herald about the school’s improvements: http://www.georgeherald.com/news.aspx?id=19107)

Blitsdruk George has sponsored R10 000 towards purchasing the licenses for Maths and Maths Literacy past matric exam papers, as well as Learn Xtra study guides for these two subjects, to give to matric students of Imizamo Yethu High School. In addition, Blitsdruk has also sponsored the cost of printing the 795 titles for the school.

With this partnership, the learners at Imizamo Yethu have an even better chance of achieving their matric ambitions. If you are would like to get involved by adopting a school and supplying them with much-needed educational supplements, or would just like to find out more about our programme and what it takes, please contact us at team@paperight.com or 021 671 1278. 

How Paperight is helping to fight piracy: the case of Aloe X

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This is Angelo: rugby player, DJ, and shop assistant at Aloe X, a copy shop and Paperight outlet perfectly situated near Rhodes University campus on High Street, Grahamstown.

Angelo (and Aloe X) likes Paperight. Dozens of students come into Aloe X every week to look for – and print out – textbooks that they need for their studies, but can’t afford from the town’s only academic bookstore (which, by the way, is just down the road.)

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Because of this, Aloe X is one of our most active Paperight outlets, and probably the most active outlet in South Africa relative to the amount of people who live in its immediate vicinity. Word spreads fast here: students walk into Aloe X with their smartphones in hand to message their friends to come along if  the books they need can be located on the Paperight website.

“It’s gotten to the point where people come up to me in the club and ask me if I can get them the books they need,” Angelo says. “It’s crazy how many people can’t afford books in the book store here, but I’m happy we can do them a service.”

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Having a large percentage of people who can’t afford books is typical of many places in South Africa, even in places (like university towns) where people are supposedly well-off. (After all, only 1% of South Africans are regular book buyers, according to the South African Book Development Council.) Paperight outlets not only provide access to books, but also affordable books.

It’s not the first time that students have been walking in here in their droves to look for books. Last year, Aloe X was inundated with students wanting to scan and copy textbooks for their friends. Unfortunately, however, someone in the store decided it would be a good idea to comply with students’ wishes, and began to photocopy high-value textbooks for sale at a fraction of their book store price. Within a week, the shop was visited by anti-piracy authorities. The staff underwent a large overhaul.

“It was bad,” Angelo says. “I wasn’t working here when it happened, but everyone knew about it.”

Angelo, it turns out, was working at the academic book store. While his sales figures were good, when he moved to Aloe X, he recognised that the majority students needed an affordable print alternative. When Aloe X signed up with Paperight near the end of last year, he and the rest of Aloe X’s management saw an opportunity.

At the beginning of this year, Aloe X and Paperight started marketing English and Classics setworks to Rhodes students. Sales have been good, and interest has been booming. A year ago, 15 students a day coming into the store to print out books would have been the stuff of nightmares for Aloe X’s management. Now, with Paperight, it’s the stuff, perhaps not exactly of dreams, but definitely of increased turnover.

“With Paperight, there’s no need for piracy or doing things illegally,” says Angelo.

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The only problem right now is that some of the most prescribed books at Rhodes – primarily for accounting, law and statistics – aren’t yet available through Paperight. On the basis of how well Paperight is working for English students, however, it should be a no-brainer.

“If publishers will give Paperight the opportunity to let outlets print out accounting and law textbooks, they will sell like hotcakes”, Angelo says. “There are students who go months – even the whole year – without books because they can’t afford them.”

“Publishers are missing out on a lot of money, man, but it’s worse that students are missing out on books”, he says. “Hopefully soon we can put that right.”

Pelikan Park High School’s matrics get prepared with Paperight packs

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Thanks to Paperight and Minuteman Press Cape Town, matric learners at Pelikan Park High School have gotten their über-important matric exam preparation off to the best possible start.

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Scores of the PPHS matric class got their hands on Paperight’s awesome and comprehensive matric exam packs, featuring all past papers, addenda and answers from 2008 to 2012 for all their subjects. They got them cheaply, legally and quickly, thanks to Minuteman Press Cape Town.

Past matric exam papers are some of the most valuable resources for matrics, but unfortunately they’re not nearly as accessible as they should be to the majority of matrics. (Click here to read about the surprisingly difficult process of compiling our matric exam packs.)

Naturally, the learners were thrilled to get all their past papers so easily, and to get a great head-start to a year of tricky tests and exams, all culminating in their final matric exams in November.

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So, thank you, Minuteman Press Cape Town, and good luck to the matrics of Pelikan Park High!

If you’d like to find a list of all the exam packs that you can print out at Paperight outlets, you can find one for language subjects here, and one for non-language subjects here. (We have them all!)

Arnie’s Printing gets a new Paperight sign!

Arnie owns a copy shop. A very busy copy shop. It’s called Arnie’s Printing, is in Retreat, Cape Town, and does a lot of good business. He prints a lot of flyers, does a lot of copying, and is excited to use Paperight more in partnership with local schools.

You wouldn’t know it was there, though. Unless you’re eagle-eyed, you might drive right past it. This was the only sign for Arnie’s business: a small advert outside his house-cum-copy-shop. It’s comprehensive, sure, but a copy shop with big plans to serve its community needs something a bit more imposing and a bit more attention-grabbing.

So we made Arnie this, the first ever Paperight-branded copy shop sign. It was put up a couple weeks ago and we went to go see it in the flesh (or, er, metal) today. It looks great, and Arnie says that it’s already bringing his shop more attention.

Outlet Development Manager Yazeed completed the hand-over. We’re thrilled to have this sign up and to use our resources to help out one of our outlets. Who knows – hopefully this can spark a wave of Paperight-branded signs and advertising for fledgling copy shops throughout South Africa!

Thanks for having us, Arnie, and we hope the new sign brings in plenty new business for you.

Want a Paperight-branded sign and advertising for your copy shop? We might be able to make that happen for you! Mail us at team@paperight.com, and we can chat.

Paperight outlet featured in the Daily Dispatch!

This Wednesday, the Daily Dispatch ran the awesome story of qualified chemical engineer Vuyani Majola, who returned to his hometown to run a resource centre and copy shop aimed toward high school pupils.

He now runs a Paperight outlet out of a container in Mdantsane, East London, and is helping schoolchildren from his community get the most out of their education. It is a fantastic story, with shades of the story of molecular oncologist Zakes Ncanywa opening his own copy shop & Paperight outlet in Peddie, not too far from East London.

Paperight is changing the way educational materials are being distributed in South Africa, making them more available and – more crucially – more accessible. Joining our movement of outlets is free and simple: go to http://paperight.com/register to join us.

Featured Paperight outlet: The Office Crew, Strand, Western Cape

Although it seems like much longer than that, the current version of the Paperight website only launched in May this year. In the four months since then, over 150 businesses and organisations have signed up to be Paperight outlets. That’s a lot of businesses.

This kind of growth has meant that there have been a lot of phone calls and road trips for our outlet-relations team to ensure that we are able to efficiently deliver the hundreds of documents we sell and send to outlets every month. Although there have been some challenges, a few of our outlets stand out from the pack: businesses that are in tune with their community, and know how to service them best. Every month or so, we’ll be bringing you the stories of these businesses – and the people behind them – who are helping us bring every book within walking distance of every home.

This month, it’s Michelle Carsten’s awesome little shop, The Office Crew, in Strand, Western Cape.

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“No textbooks? I’ll print them for you…” – an article from the Mail & Guardian

Zakes Ncanywa was the man behind Paperight’s first ever registration in the Eastern Cape. With ambitions to open Paperight-powered copy shops and internet cafés throughout the rural Eastern Cape, Zakes has been a valuable resource of knowledge about what the residents of the many resource-strapped towns and villages throughout the country’s poorest province need most urgently.

Sensing a half-decent story, I travelled to Zakes’ maternal hometown of Peddie, and spent some time discovering why millions of people throughout the Eastern Cape – and the rest of South Africa, for that matter – have so much trouble finding access to valuable information that most urban dwellers take for granted, as well as discovering what makes one of the Eastern Cape’s most forward-thinking young entrepreneurs tick.

Given that Peddie is in the heart of Ngqushwa, a poor district of 92 000, deep in what is becoming entrenched as South Africa’s poorest province, I was expecting the problems to stem more from a lack of money or jobs than anything else.

But the problems in Peddie are more about infrastructure than they are about personal economics, with mismanagement and a lack of governmental resources exacerbated by layer upon layer of infrastructural deficiency, which are all vividly illustrated by Ncanywa’s fledgling enterprise.

The story of Zakes Ncanywa is now available to read on the Mail & Guardian website right here.