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Oct
17
Thu
PTA: Quiz SIG
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
PTA: Quiz SIG @ 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!
Oct
19
Sat
Winelands: FREE membership eligibility testing in Somerset West
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Winelands: FREE 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. In celebration of Mensa Winelands Fourth Anniversary, and in honour of International Intelligence Month, your test fee will be refunded to you in cash, in full, upon arrival at the testing venue on 19 October.

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

 

 

PTA: Eligibility Test @ Sungardens Hospice
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
PTA: Eligibility Test @ Sungardens Hospice

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.

To book a test, contact Pierre Naude at pta.testingofficer@mensa.org.za

 

Oct
24
Thu
PTA: Quiz SIG
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
PTA: Quiz SIG @ 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 – Winston Hayden: ‘Anatomy of a cyber attack’
Oct 24 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Winelands: Speaker evening - Winston Hayden: 'Anatomy of a cyber attack'

Anatomy of a cyber attack

As the world has become more digitised, cyber threats and cyber crime have become increasingly rampant in our society. These cyber crimes often have devastating consequences.

In this presentation, industry expert Winston Hayden will be explaining some of the techniques used by cyber criminals to compromise computers, networks and user accounts.

Winston Hayden is a recognized industry leader in Information Technology and Digital Governance, and Cybersecurity. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, across various sectors.  He has worked with institutions such as Old Mutual, Liberty, PWC, Nedbank, Zurich Insurance, Alexander Forbes, Dimension Data, Telkom, Anglo Platinum, EDS, Foster-Melliar, Analytix, Abbey National Bank UK, Gensec Bank, Hollard Insurance, SANBS, the Auditor General of South Africa & the United Nations.

He is a former Executive and President of ISACA South Africa (the largest association representing IT governance, risk and security professionals in South Africa).  During his tenure as president, the chapter was recognised as the Best Chapter Worldwide.  Winston has contributed towards various IT governance publications most notably the King III Report of Corporate Governance, and the COBIT5 and COBIT2019 Governance Frameworks.  He has also been member of the South African National Standards ISO Development Workgroup for IT Governance (ISO-38500) and IT Service Management (ISO-20000). As an accredited ITIL & COBIT trainer,  Winston has presented numerous training programmes, presented at international conferences and also lectured at universities

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

Oct
26
Sat
KZN: Membership Eligibility Testing @ Westville
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winelands: Private tour of the Nagin Parbhoo History of Anaesthesia Museum
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Winelands:  Private tour of the Nagin Parbhoo History of Anaesthesia Museum

Join Mensa Winelands for a private tour of the Nagin Parbhoo History of Anaesthesia Museum, which is housed in the University of Cape Town’s Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Groote Schuur, on Saturday 26 October at 14h30.

The collection holds the finest collection of early anaesthetic apparatus in Africa, dating back to 1847 – only one year after the historic first public demonstration by Morton in Boston of the efficacy of ether in providing painless surgery. The artefacts trace the development of anaesthesia from an art in the early 1900s to a science in the post WW2 era. These include a variety of early masks and equipment for delivering ether or chloroform, the first Boyles anaesthetic machine designed during WW1, and devices for delivering highly explosive cyclopropane in the 1930s. Ventilators on display range from the hand-size Minivent designed by a Johannesburg anaesthetist in 1965 to the 620kg Draeger iron lung that was used in the polio epidemics in the 1950s.

The outing will be preceded by a short presentation on the history of anaesthesia by Emeritus Associate Professor Peter Gordon, who is the Honorary Curator of this museum.

As numbers for this tour are strictly limited, early booking is advised. Please respond by email to the Winelands secretary.

Oct
31
Thu
Winelands: Board games SIG
Oct 31 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Winelands: Board games SIG

Our Board games SIG* meets again at Triggerfish Brewing on Thursday 31 October from 18h30.  It’s an ideal opportunity to introduce a friend to Mensa!

Bring your favourite game or board game, or just come along, join the conversation, have a drink, and share the fun!  (The playing of board games is not obligatory!)

Triggerfish Brewing have a wine and malt licence, and also serve excellent light meals.

*SIG – Special Interest group

Venue:
Triggerfish Brewing
9 de Beers Avenue
Paardevlei
Somerset West
GPS co-ords: -34.090395, 18.805893

RSVP:
Winelands Secretary

PTA: Quiz SIG
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
PTA: Quiz SIG @ 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!
Nov
6
Wed
Winelands: Discussion SIG – ‘Bullsh*t jobs’
Nov 6 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Winelands: Discussion SIG - 'Bullsh*t jobs'

Mensa Winelands’ Discussion SIG* meets again on Wednesday 6 November at the home of Erik Eloff and Louise Lindenberg in Stellenbosch.

This informal discussion group meets monthly to enjoy each other’s company, and lively group discussion on diverse topics – the subject for our November meeting is:

‘Bullshit jobs’

What are they?  Why do they exist?  Might you have one?

Whether you are an active contributor to the discussion, or would just like to come along and listen, we’d be delighted if you joined us!

*SIG – Special Interest group

Please bring whatever you’re drinking with you.

RSVP to give us an idea of numbers attending; if you would like to be included in the Discussion SIG WhatsApp notification group, please include your cellphone number.