There couldn’t be a better time to go above and beyond to create change in South Africa, and it is not only occurring in the realm of politics, environmental development, and technology. Change can and does take place across the board, on every level, across industries and interests.

Change is driven not only by world leaders the world over but by influential adults and children alike. The breaking of a world record challenges us and pushes us to our limits, creating internal and external change and giving participants a sense of purpose and a feeling of being part of something bigger than themselves.

Grade 4, 5, and 6 students from schools participating in the Standard Bank/Shikaya NumberSense Programme, together with students from Stellenbosch University, built what is believed to be the world’s largest Level 3 Menger Sponge in the fastest time ever recorded: six hours. The record attempt formed part of the 2019 NumberSense User Group Conference that was held on May 10.

The world record attempt was hosted at Cape Town’s incredible Zeitz MOCAA on the Waterfront.

Image taken by Domenic Gorin, Infinity Studios 2019

With a classical duo providing music for the moment, the Level 3 Menger Sponge was completed with time to spare as a crowd of excited delegates sang their support and invited onlookers cheered as they witnessed the event looking down from the balcony in the foyer of the Zeitz MOCAA.

A total of 18,048 tabbed cardboard squares where glued to join, held together by 36,096 rubber bands, and standing at 1.8m x 1.8m x 1.8m. The Menger Sponge specifications will now be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records for approval and with a listing to follow. The official announcement is yet to be made and is expected within the next couple of months.

Image taken by Domenic Gorin, Infinity Studios 2019

Picture: Supplied by Domenic Gorin, Infinity Studios 2019

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