Posted on September 12, 2017 · Posted in Uncategorized

It turns out that my blog is still up and running – well the WordPress install is anyway. The blog itself is probably better characterised as stationary, something I hope to change although I’ll aim for relatively regular, very short posts till I get into the habit again.


The WordPress install for this blog hadn’t been updated since 2014 some time. I figured an upgrade was required but I had convinced myself everything would be broken and I’d revert to one of the basic themes that are available for free and fix the posts where necessary.

I was pleasantly surprised that just selecting the “Update WordPress” option worked perfectly, my theme (whether you like it or not) also seems to still be supported! I’m so surprised I need to repeat it!

So now that it’s working – well updated – it’s time to get started on a more meaningful post.

I still think my last actual post from 2014 remains entirely valid so read that if you haven’t already.

About the Author

Mark Horner is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise working in the school sector in South Africa. While working as the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative Resources, Mark was able to transform the Free High School Science Texts (FHSST) project, which he co-founded, into Siyavula Education. In this process, openly-licensed, collaboratively authored textbooks have been printed and distributed nationally in South Africa. Working at the intersection of community, openness and technology; Mark intends to leverage this success to make Siyavula an innovative, technology provider in education that works effectively as part of the education community to ensure better learning opportunities for all. A recent notable event being the delivery of Siyavula's textbooks over Mxit, the most popular mobile chat solution in South Africa. Mark has a PhD in physics from the University of Cape Town and conducted his research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California on the results from the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. His work is carried out in the belief that the liberation of information and support of education in South Africa will lead to a peaceful and prosperous future for all South Africans.