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Feb
21
Thu
PTA: Quiz SIG
Feb 21 @ 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 – Dr Xanthe Hunt
Feb 21 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Winelands: Speaker evening - Dr Xanthe Hunt

We are delighted to host Dr Xanthe Hunt as our guest speaker at our monthly meeting on 21 February.

Xanthe Hunt is a researcher at the Institute for Lifecourse Health research at the Faculty of Health Science at Stellenbosch University.  She has a joint affiliateship at the University of Los Angeles, California, at the Phodiso Trauma Research Network, and is currently doing a postdoctoral course with Harvard Medical School, in biostatistics and epidemiology.

Xanthe holds a Bachelor’s degree in humanities, majoring in Psychology and English, and honours in Journalism, and an honours in Psychology.

Her Masters in Psychology was upgraded without amendment to a PhD after half a year, due to its scope and importance, and she received the Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Award for top graduate in 2018.

Xanthe works at an internationally-recognised level as a public health researcher, both in her chosen fields of disability studies and child development, but also with world authorities in genetics and implementation science. Her work has been presented at the World Health Organization, and published in several books. Her own, co-authored book, is due to be published in late 2019.

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

Feb
26
Tue
Winelands: DnD SIG
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Winelands: DnD SIG

The Winelands Dungeons & Dragons SIG meets in Somerset West on Tuesday 26 February at 18h30.

Whether you have never played this iconic fantasy tabletop role-playing game before, or are an experienced player, you’re welcome to join the adventure.

You will be mentored by an experienced Dungeon Master who acts as narrator, antagonist and guide.

Further information from Chris Steyn.

Feb
28
Thu
Winelands: Board games SIG
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Winelands: Board games SIG

Our Board games SIG meets again at Triggerfish Brewing on Thursday 28 February, from 18h30.

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.

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

RSVP:
Winelands Secretary

PTA: Quiz SIG
Feb 28 @ 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!
Mar
2
Sat
Winelands: Membership eligibility testing in Somerset West
Mar 2 @ 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.

 

 

Mar
6
Wed
Winelands: Discussion SIG – Community
Mar 6 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Winelands: Discussion SIG - Community

Mensa Winelands’ Discussion SIG meets again on Wednesday 6 March 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 March meeting is:

‘Community’

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!

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.

Mar
7
Thu
PTA: Quiz SIG
Mar 7 @ 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 – Matthew Willman
Mar 7 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Winelands: Speaker evening - Matthew Willman

We are delighted to host Matthew Willman as our guest speaker at our monthly meeting in Somerset West on 7 March.

Matthew is a Durban-based documentary photographer, author and speaker.

He has worked in 42 countries with clients such as Oxfam International, The World Health Organisation, and The Nelson Mandela Foundation, and has been commissioned to photograph individuals from a cross-section of the global community, including Nelson Mandela, US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President F W De Klerk, Annie Lennox, twelve other Presidents, eight Nobel Laureates and a host of sports personalities, musicians, politicians and philanthropists.

He made a significant contribution to the recording of the process of South Africa’s democratic change, both in his work as a commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and through ten years of work with Mr Mandela himself.

In 2003 Matthew was commissioned to archive and document the life and times of Nelson Mandela and, over the years, this afforded him many incredibly intimate experiences with Madiba.

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

Mar
9
Sat
Winelands: A celebration of salt
Mar 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Winelands: A celebration of salt

A celebration of salt

Following our very successful wine and salt pairing in January, which was oversubscribed, Mensa Winelands is offering members another opportunity to enjoy this exclusive experience at a private venue in Stellenbosch, on Saturday 9 March, at 14h30.

‘Mr Salt’, Chef Craig Cormack of SALT restaurant at Paul Cluver, returns to take us on a private salt odyssey, paired with four wines, and including styled canapes:

Chardonnay: Arancini, mushroom puree, truffle oil, parmesan spoom, parmesan shavings
Sauvignon Blanc: Himalayan-cured salmon trout , with all the usual accompaniments
Cabernet Sauvignon: Braised beef brisket served with chou croute, seasonal veggies
Noble Late Harvest: Pannacotta, red alea fudge

Cost: Winelands is partially subsidising the cost of this social – members are required to pay R100pp, non-members R200pp.

Numbers are limited and early booking and pre-payment is advised.  Book with the Winelands secretary.

Additional information about Craig Cormack/SALT may be found here.