Speed Networking launched at next PETweetup

Port Elizabeth has a thriving social media community. Unlike Gauteng or Cape Town there is no SilconCape initiative. However, people like Alan Straton have pioneered city focussed blogging with his MyPE portal. He has over 1000 followers, and follows nobody else. With over 8000 Tweets, the WeFollow directory lists him as the most influential Twitter user in the Bay area.

So what is a Tweetup? It’s simply a real-life meeting organised on the social networking site Twitter. In the past year Port Elizabeth hosted two Tweetups, a Blanket Drive, and also another hosted by Dave Coates, Head Developer at Poken Africa. The purpose or function of the Tweetup is to bring together people for discussion in the real world. You can meet those you’ve been following and get to know them better. Building stronger relationships helps everyone move forward. And should encourage even more vociferous tweets.

So what’s different this time? This month we’re introducing speed networking. Speed networking was developed for use in South Africa to facilitate the creation of a culture for open communication within larger groups and high quality business relationships. A friend Jenny Ceresto, founder of SMARTdate pioneered this concept primarily in Gauteng and Cape Town. Now speed networking is

The venue for this event is the beautiful Blue Water Cafe situated on Shark Rock Pier, on the beach front area opposite the Boardwalk Casino. Previous 27Dinner events, also focussed around promoting social media, were held at the PE Yacht Club. We found this venue to be ideal for the presentation style meetings with speakers, but Tweetups are more informal. And hence the concept of speed networking seems a perfect synergy with the shorthand language used on Twitter.

Event Details:

  • VENUE: Blue Water Cafe, The Boardwalk Shop 7 Shark Rock Pier, Marine Drive
  • TIME: 19h00 on Friday, 26 August 2011
  • DRINK: One FREE Sherry or Cappuccino on arrival sponsored by yours truly
  • FOOD for your own account.

Questions?  Call the host, Ramon Thomas on 081 4399 555. The Speed Networking starts at 19h30. Looking forward to meeting fellow Bay area Tweeple.


Winter Whiskey Tweetup tonight

The tweetup tonight is in only a few hours (7:30 pm) at Katzy’s, Rosebank. There is a free snacks for you and your tweeple, so please tell your followers to come. If you haven’t decided yet what to do tonight, come with a friend… its a great setting:

Whiskey, Wine, Beer, and Spirits… good people, can’t wait to see and meet you all. Katzy’s is great live music venue. Entrance is free tonight!

The Tweetup is more than just followers on twitter, its meeting new people face-to-face, networking with regards to similar interests and complimenting strengths and businesses.

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5 years ago Telana started trading up in value from a single matchstick and is aiming for offices to help start-up entrepreneurs.  She has made nine trades so far and her current trade involves selling 375 Springleap T-shirts, of which she has 53 left.  She is looking for ways and ideas to reach people who will trade with her for one of her Tshirts, so she can finish her tenth trade.  Maybe we can help her @Telena

Come connect with us tonight, if you haven’t already RSVPed, I encourage you to join us. If you can’t make it, please tweet and tell your friends to come, its always nice to have new faces and a nice crowd out.

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Reuel Leach will give a short talk on his new book: Wemenology: a Study of the Women by a Male inspired by desperate women. In this day and AGE when men have stopped listening to women there is a need created to fill in that GAP. Men say they don’t understand women. Its a lie. They can, they will. If they stop thinking with their minds and more with their hearts they will enter in to a new realm of enlightment. Follow him @Wemenology

We have 59 RSVPs this evening, so it should be a great night!

Thanks for all of your support.


Joburg Bloggers tea and cake

Joburg Blogger tea & cake Wolves Illovo Johannesburg

Tanya Kovarsky, a friend from CIS Toastmasters, invited me to the Joburg Bloggers tea & cake. She’s also the editor of Living and Loving magazine. I’ve not been to any blogger meetups like 27Dinner for a very long time. So this should be good, especially being in the company of people who are paid to write for print. So why not join me? No need to RSVP, simply come along.

Event Details


iWeek 2011 registration open

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA) and UniForum SA (the co.za administrators) are pleased to announce the 10th iWeek annual conference to be held from 21 – 23 September 2011 at Royal Elephant, Eldoraigne, Centurion, South Africa.

2011 Commemorates a number of key milestones including iWeek’s 10th birthday, ISPA’s 15th anniversary and the 10th birthday of the Teachers’ Training initiative.

The last year has seen enormous political and social changes in many parts of the world.  Speakers and industry experts from six continents will provide answers and insights into: “How the Internet has changed societies”.

Topics as diverse as the underground economy, open spectrum, challenges of scaling, social networking and eLearning will be addressed.

We are also honoured to be hosting the second meeting of the International Internet Industry Alliance (IIIA) as part of this year’s annual event, as well as the WAPA general meeting.

iWeek 2010 is a free conference, and most of the proceedings are open to anyone involved in the Internet industry.

You are encouraged to register for this conference at your earliest convenience at.  A draft programme is available on the site.

Potential sponsors can contact Elaine Zinn at elaine@ispa.org.za or telephone 010 500 1200 / +27 83 327 4806 or visit

http://www.iweek.org.za/iweek-2011-sponsor/.  There are numerous options to suit the “pocket”.

Please share this notification with your staff members and other interested parties.  We look forward to welcoming you to iWeek 2011.



Join me in supporting the Let's Walk Fund

Charity Comedy fund raiser John Vlismas Joey Rasdien Darren MauleNorthridge Ladies Circle (LC7) are raising funds for our Let’s Walk Fund. Funds raised from this evening will primarily be used to assist Jonathan, a 24 year old who was involved in a serious car accident in August 2010. He was in a coma for almost a month. He has spent the majority of the past few months in hospital. Recently he had a hip replacement and will require many hours of rehabilitation.

Funds will be used to assist Jonathan as well as others. All these top comedians performing have given up their time for FREE!!! A true reflection of how amazing and generous South Africans are! We have an amazing line-up for the evening:

You can RSVP for this Comedy Charity Event on Facebook. Please come support us and help us raise LOTS of much needed money.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation, please e-mail me at sofiav75@yahoo.co.uk.

For further information contact Sofia at sofiav75@yahoo.co.uk or 084 252 5390

If you cannot make the event, you can still make a direct donation towards this worthy cause.

The banking details are as follows:

Northridge Ladies Circle No. 7
First National Bank
Cresta Branch Branch Code: 254-905
Acc No: 51440050171
Ref: Let’s Walk Fund


Jane Goodall: The inspirational true story of one woman who moved the world

Ramon Thomas meets Jane Goodall at TEDGlobal in Tanzania, 2007In 2007 I was fortunate to meet Jane Goodall at the TEDGlobal Conference in Arusha, Tanzania. So seeing this premier information I immediately shared it with friends. Free fundraising premier for South Africa

By advancing our awareness of – and fighting for the preservation of chimpanzees, this remarkable woman has given humans a greater understanding – not only of primates, but of ourselves.

The Jane Goodall Institute of South Africa and Ster-Kinekor Theatres will be hosting a premiere of the uplifting documentary on Dr Jane Jane Goodall, “Jane’s Journey,” on February 8 2011 at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank.

Tickets to the premiere are free although guests will be required to make a donation of any value to The Jane Goodall Institute on entry to the premiere. Guests also have the opportunity participate in an auction of JGI rescue photo sets and memorabilia. Bookings for the premiere can be made through TicketLine on 082 16789 and are on a first come first served basis.

It was more than 20 years ago, that Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote all her energy to saving our endangered planet.

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Joburg Tweet-Up Name Tags and Event Tweets

Received this email from the eminent Ryan A. Gibson, organiser of Joburg Tweet-ups

This is our second tweet-up (#JHBtweetup) and it is looking great for attendance. I want to welcome the new members as you have helped this group double in size.

Please send your twitter name to me so that I can prepare your name tags for the event. You can email it to ryan@publishknowledge.com or DM me @ryanagibson.

Also, for the sake of helping market the event I would appreciate a tweet either letting people know about the tweet-up which people can register or letting people know you are going. If your friends know your going, then you might have more friends go as well. Its nice to see familiar faces, and if you invited them… they come there to meet you. So its a nice thing to remember to do, just let your followers know your coming. If you registered No for the event and can’t make it, a tweet would still be appreciated. Hopefully you can manage to find a way out of that other party… this one will be better 🙂



It is a tweet-up, I will ask MLM people to leave…if you prospect. If I hear one independently wealthy working towards being a millionaire… Kidding, but be respectful if you are. Thanks. It is for twitter users… not MLM.


Internet cafe business 2010 workshops schedule

Ramon Thomas teaching Internet Cafe workshops in JohannesburgThis announcement is two years overdue. So I apologise to my loyal readers who have persisted in asking me about past Internet Cafe workshops. This is what you have been waiting for!

NETucation is South Africa’s leading experts on the Internet Cafe industry, and we are the only organisation to conduct training on how to set-up the Internet Cafe from scratch. These workshops are conducted only twice per annum because it is a very specialised course an curriculim we follow that is updated on annual basis to take all Internet and broadband trends into consideration.

Cybercafe workshops are design to help entrepreneurs with no knowledge of the Internet or small business enter this sector of the Internet industry.

We are proud to announce the 2010 workshop schedule in association with:

Yusuf Mahomedy regularly writes for The Star Workplace and HR Future on employment and jobs. He will teach all the basics of moving from employment to self-employed and running a business that employs people. He also co-presented the previous workshop with us in 2008. And we have also recruited Thuto Moshile, the owner of the largest network of Internet Cafes in the Vaal Triangle. While we focus on the Internet business strategies, computer hardware, networking equipment and software for time management, billing and point of sale solutions.

There will be an interactive Q&A section for all delegates irrespective of your background, skills or experience in this industry. So feel free to post comments below with all your questions before hand and we will answer them in detail. Also bring along any documentation like business plans or application forms for government funding.

What is this training worth to you? This workshops covers the following and more:

  • Small business basics
  • Bookkeeping, Tax, UIF, hiring employees
  • Government funding vs loans
  • Internet Cafe location planning
  • Computer Hardware renting or buying, technical support, becoming a reseller
  • Internet Cafe software, Point of Sales (POS), CRM sales software to track clients
  • Direct marketing strategies with flyer’s, SMS, etc
  • Staff training
  • Billing & Time management strategies
  • VOIP set-up and packages
  • Wireless hotspots
  • Additional revenue streams
  • Business plan basics
  • Q&A about your situation, your location
  • Google, Websites, Online marketing

You save hundreds of hours of research because we have done that already for you. You receive my recommendations on all hardware and other equipment from preferred suppliers; and what we go into detail on what Internet Service Providers to use because we have evaluated the options to gain the best price/performance ratios. Translated this could save you tends of thousands of Rand, which can be better spent on your own training and marketing. You can get going much quicker after this workshop, and you will have more confidence in the success of your new small business venture. We are here to help you have more freedom, more flexibility, more cash flow and create jobs while uplifting your communities, increasing Internet literacy in your region, and giving the people cheaper, faster and quicker access to the world through the Web, email, VOIP and online social networking.



CII presents The Partnership Summit 2010

Theme : Global Partnership : Meeting Challenges

CII is organizing the sixteenth edition of Partnership Summit 2010 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai from 22 – 24 January 2010. Mr Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has kindly agreed to Chair the Summit. HE Mr Najib Tun Razak, the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia has kindly accepted to be the Guest of Honour at the Summit. Mr M K Stalin, Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has kindly consented to deliver the Special Address.

Focussed on building positive economic perceptions of India, The Partnership Summit 2010 is a platform for brand vision development and strategic marketing initiatives. The Summit will showcase India’s potential, especially to foreign participants as a viable destination for doing business and for long-term investments in manufacturing and services. Business Delegations from Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Laos, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and Argentina have confirmed to participate at the Summit. Business Delegations from few other countries are expected to confirm shortly.

The Partnership Summit, which started as an event to mark the centenary of CII, has become one of the most important international business events in the country. It aims to further partnerships, to build ideologies based on shared dreams that bind societies together, in our knowledge driven world. The Summit has established itself as an ideal ground for business networking and sharing of societal concerns where Corporates seek a collective view beyond bottom lines. The Prime Ministers of India, Singapore, Canada, UK, Italy, Czech Republic and Presidents of India, Poland and Portugal, have addressed the Partnership Summit since 1995. The Partnership Summit, has regularly featured Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, Senior Bureaucrats, Academicians and CEOs. The Summit in the past years have had participation of over 1000 delegates with almost 40% from overseas.

Chandrajit Banerjee
Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry


Addiction Action Campaign – People Before Profit Protest March

Warren Whitfield Addiction Action Campaign protest march Sandton SABMillerThis is may be the most important march we’ve had in South Africa since 1913 when Gandhi organized to protest the restrictions that had been imposed on the Indian population of South Africa — the first massive civil disobedience campaign.

I am bringing into the AAC aspects of online addiction that includes Internet pornography, online gambling, social networking aka Facebook, MXit, cellphone addictions and its results. After interviews with Dr Anwar Jeewa on Channel Islam and over 200 talks at schools across South Africa, I know its real. Dr Helgo Schomer @ UCT and Dr Andrew Thatcher @ WITS will be able to confirm this.

Anyway please see the press release for Friday’s protest action. I will be there, along with Warren Whitfield, the Chairman of the Addiction Action Campaign to answer any and all questions from the press with a live press conference immediately after the march and handover of the memorandums to SABMiller & their cadre 😉

Warm regards
p.s. Ek kan onderhoude doen in Afrikaans, geen probleem!

On Friday 30 October 2009, the Addiction Action Campaign will be holding its first protest action in SANDTON.

“Is it right to profit from addiction?”

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