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English first additional language

Grade 7

Module 10

Listening for specific information

The educator will read the passage below loudly. Listen very carefully while it is being read and then carry on with the instructions that follow.

“He’s so cool, man!”

He has been called one of the most eligible bachelors in South Africa, but he has also been slated as being a yuppie whose wealth has gone to his head. It doesn’t matter what your point of view is: Mark Shuttleworth is cool, man.

And what makes him extra cool? The fact that he is just like any one of us, and yet he has managed to realize a seemingly impossible dream.

Mark Shuttleworth was born in the Free State mining town of Welkom. He is the eldest of Rick and Ronelle Shuttleworth’s three sons. He is a self-confessed nerd (but girls, you will agree, quite a dishy one) who led an ordinary life as a schoolboy, and like many of us, enjoyed playing computer games on the family computer.

As head boy of Bishops in Cape Town, he showed outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional intellectual capacity. At school he excelled in mathematics and science and in his matric year he won a silver medal in the national maths Olympiad. He achieved six A’s in his final matric exam.

Despite these achievements, Mark was just an everyday young man who went on to study commerce at the University of Cape Town. This is where he discovered the wonders of the internet. He says that his career started “accidentally”. He had never really thought of following a career in the world of computers. Yet, in his final year at university, he established an internet consultancy named Thawte Consulting. His “office” was in the garage.

So there he was, a “nerd”, working as an internet consultant from the garage of his family home in suburban Durbanville. Who would ever have thought that soon he was to realize an amazing dream and in so doing, become one of the most famous people in South Africa?

Soon he began to concentrate on internet safety for companies who wanted to do e-trading. In a very short time it had become the largest company to offer “digital certificates” to certify the safety and confidentiality of a website.

The American giant VeriSign bought Thawte Consulting in 2000 for $575 million (about R4 600 million at that time). Mark immediately gave each of his 40 employees, even the gardener, R1 million for his/her contribution to his success.

Now if that isn’t cool, what is?

Activity 1

  1. Answer the following questions. All the answers should be in full sentences, except the last one where you can just write down one word.
  2. What is an eligible bachelor ?
  3. What is a yuppie ?
  4. Do you know where the word yuppie comes from? If you do, write down the answer and explain in your own words what it means. If you don’t know, find out and explain the words.
  5. What does it mean if one says that someone’s wealth (or fame) goes to his/her head ?
  6. The following three words are actually slang expressions. How would you explain their meaning to someone who doesn’t know what they mean?

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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