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Jul
19
Thu
PTA Quiz SIG – Quiz Night @ Jocks
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm
PTA Quiz SIG - Quiz Night @ Jocks | Pretoria | Gauteng | South Africa
Are you a general knowledge buff? Fancy yourself as the next winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Do you simply retain useless facts for some reason? Or do you enjoy a fun night out with great conversation? Well, either way, you should consider adding weekly quiz nights to your calendar!
Teams consist of 6(-ish)  people so if there’s more than six, we can start another team! There are quizzes at Jock of the Bushveld pub every Thursday night at 19:00, hosted by Aux Technicals. Quiz Master Leon Botha will test your knowledge about topics ranging from astrophysics to zoology, so no matter what your field of knowledge, you will be an asset to the team.

Not from Pretoria? No problem. Anyone who wants to join is welcome.

So, what are you waiting for? Reserve your place on a team by sending an email to pta.sigs@mensa.org.za right now!
Winelands: Speaker evening – Nicolai Haussamer
Jul 19 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Winelands: Speaker evening - Nicolai Haussamer

Critical Theory

‘Critical Theory’ is defined as ‘a philosophical approach to culture that considers the social, historical and ideological forces and structures which produce and constrain it’.  It has become a powerful intellectual force in academia, the news and entertainment media, and in politics.

Our guest speaker on Thursday 19 July, Nicolai Haussamer, will look at the origins of Critical Theory, as well as its current and future societal impact.

Nicolai is an Actuarial Science graduate who attended Somerset College and attained ten distinctions in his final year.  He completed his Masters in Mathematical Finance during early 2018, with a research focus on the application of machine learning to financial model calibration.

His experience includes collaborative research focused on using economic data to construct early warning indicators of financial crises, in the context of long-term asset management.

He is the co-founder of a financial technology start-up, and his current work focuses on blockchain technology and digital asset security.

Further information and venue details from the Winelands secretary, Yvonne Steyn.

Jul
21
Sat
Pretoria Testing Session @ Sun Gardens Hospice
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Our monthly Mensa eligibility testing takes place at the Sungardens Hospice in Lynnwood, Pretoria.

Testing needs to be booked in advance.  A fee of R 150 / person, or R100 / person for full-time students (a valid student ID will be required) is payable.

Two multiple-choice tests are written, one lasting 45 minutes and one lasting 30 minutes, with a short break in between.

The tests are not suitable for persons under the age of 16 years (nor are we permitted to test these candidates).  The one test is purely symbols and has no language component, the other is offered in English or Afrikaans.

To be eligible for membership, you need to achieve a qualifying score on only one of these tests.

For more information or to register, please complete the “Testing Enquiries” form on the Contact page.

Jul
22
Sun
Winelands: Visit to the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Winelands: Visit to the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Members of Mensa Winelands are privileged to be hosted by Richard Freedman, the Centre Director, for a very special, private, guided tour of the recently-refurbished Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

Many survivors and their families, local and international, have donated photographs and materials to the Centre, which is used by numerous researchers for their research projects.

Richard will explain the significance of the exhibits, which comprise text and photo panels, archival documents and film footage, multimedia displays, artefacts and recreated environments, and highlight the South African context and aspects, as well as share with us very personal stories about some of the people that are featured.

Numbers are limited and booking is compulsory.

Further information from the Winelands Secretary.

Jul
26
Thu
PTA Quiz SIG – Quiz Night @ Jocks
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm
PTA Quiz SIG - Quiz Night @ Jocks | Pretoria | Gauteng | South Africa
Are you a general knowledge buff? Fancy yourself as the next winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Do you simply retain useless facts for some reason? Or do you enjoy a fun night out with great conversation? Well, either way, you should consider adding weekly quiz nights to your calendar!
Teams consist of 6(-ish)  people so if there’s more than six, we can start another team! There are quizzes at Jock of the Bushveld pub every Thursday night at 19:00, hosted by Aux Technicals. Quiz Master Leon Botha will test your knowledge about topics ranging from astrophysics to zoology, so no matter what your field of knowledge, you will be an asset to the team.

Not from Pretoria? No problem. Anyone who wants to join is welcome.

So, what are you waiting for? Reserve your place on a team by sending an email to pta.sigs@mensa.org.za right now!
Jul
28
Sat
Winelands: Membership eligibility testing in Somerset West
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Winelands: Membership eligibility testing in Somerset West

Membership eligibility testing in Somerset West.

Two multiple-choice tests are written; one is purely symbols and has no language component, and the other is available in English or Afrikaans.  To be eligible for membership, you need to achieve a qualifying score on only one of these tests.  The testing will take about an hour-and-a-half.

*R 130 per person – discounted to R 100 per person for groups of four or more people.  Scholars over the age of sixteen years and full-time students in possession of a valid student ID also pay R 100 per person.

To register, send an email to the Winelands Testing Officer (details above), or complete a contact form on our website.

 

 

Aug
2
Thu
PTA Quiz SIG – Quiz Night @ Jocks
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm
PTA Quiz SIG - Quiz Night @ Jocks | Pretoria | Gauteng | South Africa
Are you a general knowledge buff? Fancy yourself as the next winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Do you simply retain useless facts for some reason? Or do you enjoy a fun night out with great conversation? Well, either way, you should consider adding weekly quiz nights to your calendar!
Teams consist of 6(-ish)  people so if there’s more than six, we can start another team! There are quizzes at Jock of the Bushveld pub every Thursday night at 19:00, hosted by Aux Technicals. Quiz Master Leon Botha will test your knowledge about topics ranging from astrophysics to zoology, so no matter what your field of knowledge, you will be an asset to the team.

Not from Pretoria? No problem. Anyone who wants to join is welcome.

So, what are you waiting for? Reserve your place on a team by sending an email to pta.sigs@mensa.org.za right now!
Aug
4
Sat
Winelands: Private tour of the Donald Greig Foundry
Aug 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Winelands: Private tour of the Donald Greig Foundry

Members of Mensa Winelands will enjoy an exclusive, behind-the scenes tour of Donald’s foundry, where he uses 5 000-year-old methods to create his magnificent bronze sculptures.

It’s a highly skilled process that involves making various moulds, starting with latex, then plaster and finally ceramics, into which the molten bronze (at a temperature of 1 200 degrees Celsius) is poured.

The accuracy of the various moulds is such that even the artist’s fingerprints and any other very fine detail from the initial hand-crafted wax or plastercine model are captured and carried throughout the various stages of the process, until they appear in bronze on the finished object.

Once you have seen and learned how complicated and time-consuming the process is, you’ll have a better understanding of why the end result can never be inexpensive!

We’ll also have an opportunity to browse the gallery, housed in an original grain silo, which has been converted to create a state-of-the-art, contemporary, New York-styled warehouse.

Booking is compulsory.

Further information from the Winelands secretary.

Aug
9
Thu
PTA Quiz SIG – Quiz Night @ Jocks
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm
PTA Quiz SIG - Quiz Night @ Jocks | Pretoria | Gauteng | South Africa
Are you a general knowledge buff? Fancy yourself as the next winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Do you simply retain useless facts for some reason? Or do you enjoy a fun night out with great conversation? Well, either way, you should consider adding weekly quiz nights to your calendar!
Teams consist of 6(-ish)  people so if there’s more than six, we can start another team! There are quizzes at Jock of the Bushveld pub every Thursday night at 19:00, hosted by Aux Technicals. Quiz Master Leon Botha will test your knowledge about topics ranging from astrophysics to zoology, so no matter what your field of knowledge, you will be an asset to the team.

Not from Pretoria? No problem. Anyone who wants to join is welcome.

So, what are you waiting for? Reserve your place on a team by sending an email to pta.sigs@mensa.org.za right now!
Aug
11
Sat
Cape Town: Membership Eligibility Testing in Pinelands
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

R 150 per person / R100 per full-time student in possession of a valid student ID.

Two multiple-choice tests are written, one lasting 45 minutes and one lasting 30 minutes, with a short break in between. The tests are not suitable for persons under the age of 16 years (nor are we permitted to test these candidates).  The one test is purely symbols and has no language component, the other is offered in English or Afrikaans. To be eligible for membership, you need to achieve a qualifying score on only one of these tests.

For more information or to register, please complete the “Testing Enquiries” form on the Contact page.