Welcome to Knowledge Transfer Networks

Knowledge Transfer Networks have been set up by government, industry and academia to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between government, industry and the British public. They bring together diverse organizations and provide activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in these communities. Knowledge Transfer Networks encourage the active participation of all networks currently operating in their areas and aim to establish connections with networks in other fields which have common interests. The first Knowledge Transfer Networks were set up in 2007 and the network continues to grow. They are active in sectors, technologies and market based areas and they interact strongly with the government’s improvement programmes and overall strategies. Knowledge Transfer Networks also interact with each other, creating strong links, to maximize the benefits to the UK and it’s citizens abroad from successful knowledge transfer across barriers they may encounter when sourcing the best services available to them . This Knowledge Transfer Network is primarily focused on sourcing knowledge beneficial to its subscribers abroad. Whether it is for the purpose of seeking gainful employment, funding for business ventures, locating professional services whilst abroad or receiving aid in being placed in the right employment sector that would provide accommodation and health benefits as well as education.

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African Networking Conference in Cape Town

The Annual African Networking Summit is due to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, later on this year. Over the past few years the conference has proven to be extremely beneficial to representatives of European businesses who are interested in networking with counterparts in Africa, forging new business relationships and expanding their networks. We thought we would shed some light on the Networking Summit destination and provide some insight and tips for those who are keen to meet new business partners and develop an African network.

african network summit

Traveling first class, although would be the best way to travel, just isn’t possible for the average Joe. To save money while traveling, backpacking through different countries seems to be the thing to do. There are certain things one must take into account when backpacking, the first that comes to mind is safety. Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town comes highly recommended as safe and respected establishment which offers a wide variety of accommodation options. Whether you are just looking for a backpackers in Cape Town or would prefer something more private, Ashanti offers everything as they own several properties, all situated close to the venue for the Networking Summit. There are a lot of scammers out there and crime happens wherever you go, unless you’re visiting Sweden. But even there pick-pocketing can be a major problem. Sometimes just having common sense and following a few simple rules can be the difference between an enjoyable experience versus, not so much. The African Business Network (ABN) delivers news and industry updates covering a variety of sectors including mining.

Take some time to research your destination

Find out and learn about your destination of choice. Discover which areas are safe and which areas to avoid altogether. Find out if there are any local customs you need to follow for example, wearing of headscarves in some Muslim countries.  Health wise, it is important to know if need be to get any vaccinations or take any kind of preventative medication. Have a plan set out, locate all the hostels or backpack accommodation facilities in the area.

Be Aware of your surroundings

Traveling to new places can be distracting, which is exactly what a thief needs, to steal something from you. Leaving that new hand bag you just bought hanging from the chair while quickly take a photo of the beautiful surrounds, may not be the best idea. Don’t take your eyes off your belongings. If you can maybe think of taking a self-defense class before you go, this will teach you safety strategies and how to be more aware. The classes will teach basic self-defense moves, which might come in handy if the need arises. The great thing about Ashanti Lodge is arguably their magnificent tours and travel section. You have taken the time and effort to travel all the way to the African continent to expand your network – why not spend a few extra days getting to know the area and cultures. Whether it wine tours in Cape Town, overland tours or even a trip to the Serengeti, Ashanti Travel Centre can assist you with choosing the best option.

Be money wise

Don’t carry all your cash with you, take what you need for the moment and think about keeping the rest in a locker or safe place back at the hostel or Lodge. So if you are robbed then at least it won’t be all your money gone. You could also purchase a money belt or just sew some extra money pockets into your clothes.

Blending in

Try not to stick out like a tourist, dress like the locals do if you can and don’t wear any expensive flashy jewellery. Look like you have a plan and know where you are headed, if you’re not sure head into a local store or coffee shop to get your bearings. When traveling try not to do it alone, it is always better to move around in groups.

Planning is important.

Make sure you have everything you need in place. Things like:

  • Travel Insurance, very important.
  • Making sure you have copies of important document such as your passport or Visa’s
  • If you have to take medication, try to split it up. Place some in your pocket or bag, ensuring you have a supply even if something gets stolen or lost.
  • Plan to, not get too drunk, this will only lead to problems and make you an easy target. If you do take one too many, make sure to take a taxi back to your lodgings.

Cape Town is one of the best cities to visit in the world; the city has a lot to offer. Think of the beautiful Table Mountain, the beautiful beaches and world renowned wine routes. Cape Town also has a number of great backpacking hostels and lodges. Ashanti offers safe and stylish accommodation in their Green Point and Gardens Facilities. Each location has a variety of options from camping areas to private bedrooms and a number of other facilities, including a swimming pool.

Extreme Sports give Team building a Huge Boost

Knowledge transfer made easy

Knowledge transfer networks are only as strong as the team that keep them together. It’s easy to get sucked into the technical side of the industry and find yourself isolated for hours on end in front of a computer terminal, punching away on those keys. Sure we love what we do, but sometimes we forget how to be human. Spending every waking hour in front of a computer screen managing the transfer of information via the networks is what drives us, but at the same time, without a healthy balance we burn out. I recently chatted to Alain Lawson of ITN about a team building exercise he took his entire networking department on. Not just one day, but a 10 day rejuvenation break. The ITN team flew to Cape Town South Africa, where they rested for a week and took part in some adrenaline filled team building activities.

Extreme sports, the latest buzz words that keep popping up, whether you are chilling in a hammock reading your favourite travel magazine, driving down a high way filled with billboards, or flicking through TV channels, you can’t escape it, extreme sports are being advertised everywhere.

It is in your face from morning to night, and before you can help yourself, you are wondering what it would feel like to soar through the air like a bird, or maybe even breathe under water like a fish.

Lucky for us due to great advances in the sporting industry extreme sports are no longer only suited to adrenaline junkies. The safety precautions taken and basically fail proof equipment should encourage even the least adrenalin-junky-esque person to try it out.

Tandem Paragliding being one of the favourites for novices. All you have to do is show up, comfortably dressed, wearing closed shoes conducive to running, and before you know it you will be up in the air with an experienced pilot guiding you over oceans, lakes and mountains while you get to sit back and take photos. What more could you ask for? Skywings is a Cape Town company that specializes in tandem paragliding above Cape Town.

Other than an introduction and run through of what you should expect during your flight, there is no training needed before hand or any specific experience required. Tandem paragliding is truly the gateway to extreme sports. Expect to get hooked. The wonder and thrill of the occasion will leave you wanting more. More freedom, more thrill, more unbelievable experiences, more feeling alive and in awe.

What causes an adrenaline rush you might ask? After all, the rush is what makes thrill seekers return time and time again. Searching for deeper trenches to dive and higher mountains to climb.  Adrenaline is in fact a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, situated at the top of the kidneys. This hormone is referred to as a stress hormone and is secreted when the brain preserves a threat, either imaginary or real, and plays an important part the body’s fight-or-flight reaction.

The most extreme sports out there include events such as, Volcano Surfing, Creaking, Cave Diving, and Free Soloing, where and individual will climb up sheer rock faces without any ropes or harnesses for protection. Currently Alex Honnold (aged 31), having started climbing at the age of 11 is currently considered the best of his generation.

Skywings paragliding  in Cape Town was the perfect choice for the crew from ITN Networking. Skywings has a solid crew of experienced pilots that each have countless hours of flight time and know the conditions in Cape Town better than anyone. You are never too young or two old to try something new and the list of extreme sports are endless. I can only imagine it getting even longer in the future. How can it not? With people always combining already risky sports, trying to go faster, higher and deeper than those who have gone before. Choose one I say! An oldie but a goody like Inline Skating or something you have never heard of before, like Freestyle Power-risers Stilts, which is basically polo sticks attached to your legs while trying to do the most daring stunts.

I say let’s make 2017 a daring one! Choose an extreme sport, or two if you are daring, add it to your bucket list and incorporate it in your must-do list for this year. Let us challenge ourselves, our fears and our perceived limits. I read an article not too ago, that challenged the idea of “money can’t buy happiness”. It argued that money itself might not be enough to bring happiness, but money can buy experiences and those create happy memories, which in turn do indeed make you happy.

I will argue that the only way to truly understand the fascination with extreme sports is to try it. I am going to push hard for our team to get a well deserved break and adrenaline kickstart like the ITN team did. Let’s Live a Little !

European Interns in Africa share their knowledge

In the spirit of facilitating the transfer of knowledge via sustainable networks, we focus on African Sunrise Volunteers this week who are an agency in Cape Town making it so much easier for students to volunteer in South Africa. The agency is based in Cape Town and busy almost all of the time placing a large number of volunteers and interns in various projects in the area. African Sunrise have close ties with several Cape Town relief projects and community upliftment initiatives. The business is headed by Carina Roper who has a passion for helping underprivileged, abused, disadvantaged and battered people uplift themselves. This passion for helping others was the basis for her founding African Sunrise. The company specializes in assisting mainly European and American

swedes volunteer in Africa

students or graduates finding positions in charity projects in the Cape Town area, where they can put their specific skills and abilities to the test. Carina’s partner is a Swede who now spends most of her time in South Africa, but when she is back home in Sweden she spends a great deal of time promoting African Sunrise and creating an awareness among young Swedish people of how advantaged they are and how much they could be of use should they decide to take up an intern position in South Africa or become a volunteer in South Africa.

As a result a large number of the volunteers and interns that are placed by the agency are of a Swedish nationality. For those taking up an intern position, the opportunity to share their practical knowledge from their university studies is fantastic.


The agency is well known for it’s ability to place interns projects and initiatives that best utilize their specific field of study or knowledge. This is a unique situation where they are able to gain real life skills and experience in their field of study as well as benefiting the charity or project they are working with a great deal.

In years gone by it was popular for students to take a year off after completing their university degree or studies. This is quite understandable considering that they would have spent the last 12 to 15 years in learning institutions. The problem with this kind of blase gap year plan is that many student would not reap much benefit from the break. A large number would travel and end up in places like Ibiza, partying all night and sleeping all day. In many cases some of these students would return home with a drug or drinking problem and be disinterested in continuing on in their studies or profession. The concept of volunteering or interning in Africa or any other country that has a population in need of assistance, is a healthy way of spending time away from the learning institution and being of service to those in need. Most volunteers or interns that return from their experiences provided by African Sunrise volunteers, return home revitalized, grateful for their opportunity to have shared their knowledge and experience to help others through African Sunrise’s network of of organizations.

For many of the interns and volunteers the opportunity serves as a means to solidify their commitment to their profession or motivates them to further their studies in the fields they have chosen.

Networking Knowledge in Addiction Research

Following on the great response to our last article, we decided to take a look at methods and networks whereby knowledge is shared and transferred, particularly in the treatment of addiction. Ixande is a drug rehab in South Africa, situated in the popular tourist destination and picturesque city of Cape Town. Ixande treats hundreds of Britons each year for alcohol addiction, drug addiction, eating disorders, sex addiction and gambling addiction. There are several reasons why Ixande is so popular with overseas clients from Britain, Holland and several other countries. One of the more obvious reasons is that the cost of admission to a drug rehab in South Africa is far lower than other first world countries, whilst the standard of treatment is of the highest quality. Cape Town has become an increasing popular destination for those seeking recovery from addiction and is home to several leading addiction professionals and rehabs. The less obvious reason why so many Britons and other foreigners seek treatment in rehabs away from home is that quite often, medical professionals themselves develop drinking problems, addiction to prescription drugs and or illegal street drugs like cocaine and heroin. It is far more discreet for a medical professional to take a leave of absence and seek treatment in a foreign country than expose him or herself within their own local industry. The transfer of new methodology and approaches are made possible by organizations like the Addiction Technology Transfer Network (ATTC).

The addictions industry in South Africa and particularly Cape Town has some of the finest addictions specialists and pioneers in treating and developing new ways of approaching the problems that develop from longer term alcohol and drug addiction, as well as gambling addiction and sex addiction. By participating and sharing findings through a knowledge transfer network specialized for addiction specialists, new treatment methods and approaches are shared and put to the test more easily. Ixande has one of the most established alcohol rehabilitation centres in south africa, where they cater for alcoholics from all walks of life.

Ixande drug rehab in South Africa

Ixande rehabilitation centre in Cape Town is a popular choice for many people seeking recovery from their addictive behaviors, largely due to their fantastic reputation, their team of dedicated professionals with years of experience in the addiction field and their care and dedication to each individual client and their specific needs. Ixande pays special attention to each of their clients, doing an extremely thorough intake when they are admitted. A dedicated counsellor is assigned to each specific client based on their specific needs. Although sex addicts, gambling addicts, codependents, drug addicts and alcohol addicts are all cared for at the same centre, the nature of the underlying causes of addiction are the same. The group therapy sessions which are held regularly each week allow for a very special kind of progress to be made

How do we share information ?

In the computer or IT industry, networks are continuously being built, enlarged and interconnected. The computer engineers will design a plan that sets out how they will link all the computer terminals in a building to each other, so that information can be easily transferred. The process involves connecting each terminal to routers and hubs with switches that control the connectivity of the information data flow. The computer engineers or network designers will probably connect some of the computers to the router wirelessly, whilst others will be plugged in with Ethernet cables. Eventually once the system is in place and the kinks have been ironed out, you could have 5 floor business office with over 300 computer terminals that are now able to share and communicate information back and forth instantly, with very little effort.

The World Wide Web is an exact replica of this example of an office networking system, but on a far greater scale. Now, every single computer in the world that is able to connect to the internet is able to communicate with each other. Primarily most internet users will use the web to access websites and webpages. If they know the exact web address or URL of the website they need to visit, they can simply type into their web browser using HTTP  (hyper text transfer protocol). Most people use search engines like Google or Bing to find what they are looking for. These “search engines” are incredibly powerful systems accessible via their own websites. The person searching for information visits the search engine’s website and types in a few words related to what they are looking for. For example, “cheap Nike running shoes in Edinburgh”. In milliseconds, the search engine will access its database of records and attempt to present that person with the most accurate information that it believes they are looking for. How does the search engine know all this stuff ? Well, every day, the search engine sends out thousands of robots or spiders that crawl the web endlessly indexing the pages and that they find and reporting it all back to home base, where it is classified, categorized and stored for quick retrieval should somebody type in a search request that match any of those criteria. The technology behind these search giants is incredible. Today, just about any piece of information dating as far back in history that you could imagine is accessible with a few simple keystrokes.  In some cases where the required knowledge is stored and sold as a book, there’s no need to go out to the library or book store, you can simply pay for it online and download it in seconds to be read on your digital device. There is absolutely no doubt about it, we are living in an age where the transfer of knowledge from one source to another is almost instantaneous. Not so long ago, it was considered “high tech” to attach a note to a carrier pigeon and hope it arrived at its destination, in order to send an important message.

These days entrepreneurs, independent researchers and enthusiasts are able to connect with each other via forums on the internet that are dedicated to their areas of interests. It’s possible that two people in completely different parts of the world are both trying develop something, solve a complex problem or simply fix a faulty appliance. Now they are able to find, connect and share information with each other extremely quickly without needing to ever meet each other.

KT Networks would like to become the leading source of information for people seeking knowledge they would not be able to find elsewhere. Our own team does a lot of research, but we still rely heavily on our readers and subscribers to reach out to us and share their own experiences with topics that we can all benefit from.

Sharing is Caring

The transfer of knowledge doesn’t always need to be technical. For example Scotswood Retreat in Cape Town, a sober living house that deals with recovering addicts is an amazing source of inspiration for those who have lost hope of ever living a normal life again. Scotswood is conveniently nestled in the picturesque suburb of Constantia in Cape Town. The sober house concept came into being in the late 70’s as a means of providing people wishing to abstain from the use of alcohol a safe environment to live in. Sober houses follow strict rules, prohibiting any alcohol or drugs on the premises and encouraging residents to maintain their recovery and regularly attend 12 step meetings. The scourge of alcoholism and substance addiction is on the rise with literally hundreds of thousands of people suffering from dependency to alcohol and drugs. Some reach their rock bottom fast and are lucky enough to find recovery, whilst others may endure many years of suffering while undiagnosed and reliant on their drug of choice or alcohol to escape their feelings. The concept of the sober house has been found to be extremely effective in helping people find their feet and get back on track, without running the risk of temptation by being exposed to old triggers. Triggers can be friends, people, places, things, music…anything that’s like to remind them of a previous euphoric drug or alcohol related experiences. The Scotswood sober house in Cape town is managed in this same manner. The house is staffed by people that are knowledgeable and have experience in dealing with addiction.

The sober living house concept encourages residents to participate in house activities and the communal living environment makes it harder for people to isolate themselves from a support structure. Residents of sober houses often make friends for life whilst spending time there. There is something unique about the bonds that are forged between people who are facing and sharing the same difficulties. Scotswood has had outstanding reviews from past residents that stand testimony to just how essential this step was in their recovery process. The house is exquisitely furnished, is maintained and serviced by a cleaning staff three times per week, and provides dinner for its residents six out of seven nights per week. Visit the Scotswood sober house in Cape Town’s website here. The website lists all the requirements for admission – not just anybody can sign up and go and live there. This is a sober house, with specific requirements that need to be met by those making an application to stay there. In the interests of providing the best quality, Scotswood will only accommodate eight people at any given time.

It’s important for us at KTN to not just concentrate on sharing information and knowledge of a technical nature. Life is not all about ones and zeros, the human condition lends itself to many challenges and difficulties. It’s essential that new and fresh knowledge that can be beneficial to all people is shared and transferred between us. Networking is synonymous in the business world with making new contact and leads that will result in deals and profits. Networking doesn’t always have to be about self gratification.