Social Media Success Stories Needed for next PE 27Dinner

Apologies for the inconvenience with the 27Dinner being postponed from September to October. Everything has been confirmed and we’re going ahead full steam with regular 27Dinner events in Nelson Mandela Bay. We should do at least 4 during 2010, one every 3 months.

This month we’re hosting a very special 27Dinner event in Port Elizabeth. As usual it’ll take place at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, thanks for Alan Stratton from MyPE. The focus this month is discovering social media success stories from Nelson Mandela Bay. So if you have a story to share, a victory to celebrate from the Web 2.0 revolution, join us. Yusuf Moses, my awesome PA, will handle the MC duties to allow me a 10 minute speaking slot, discussing the growth of the 27Dinner movement, and mutual-aid between African bloggers. For those reading this for the first time, the 27Dinner events take place all across South Africa in major cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and soon Bloemfontein.

The purpose is to expose the masses to social media, introduce new concepts from Web 2.0 into the collective consciousness of Web users, Internet experts, graphic designers, PR executives, and all forms of decision makers from small to large enterprises. And we aim to distil the value of social media for everyone who’s serious about getting more from the online world. Past events in PE 27Dinners have covered topics as diverse as drug counselling using MXit, innovative social networking platforms like ZoopedUp and Blueworld, and other niche areas.

These events are FREE aka gratis, and you simply have to add you name on the 27Dinner website after completing a simply sign-up procedure. You can volunteer to sponsor these events with wine, desert, gadgets like cool new cellphones or gaming consoles – hint, hint I want a Nintendo WII or Microsoft Xbox, forget about Sony Playstations. Otherwise simply come along for good food and conversation.

We’re still looking for more speakers on the above mentioned topic. So if you know anyone who can elucidate our minds with a success story from the Port Elizabeth-East London-Uitenhage areas, feel free to email me their contact information and I’ll gladly make it happen.


Join Dalai Lama and Nobel laureates live for a major TED Prize event

Charter for Compassion Karen Armstrong Dalai LamaToday I received this email from my friends @

Dear TEDizens,

A TED Prize wish is about to be granted. We’d love you to participate.

On September 27th, 1pm PDT, Karen Armstrong, joined by the Dalai Lama and three other Nobel laureates, will unveil plans for the launch of the Charter for Compassion. The event will include short TED talks on the true meaning and significance of compassion by some of the world’s most inspirational figures.

We’d love you to watch the event, live-streamed over the web … and to consider joining thousands of people around the world for the celebration of a truly giant idea, perhaps the biggest idea humanity has ever had.

Please be part of this. Details here.

Best wishes,

Amy Novogratz, TED Prize Director & Chris Anderson, TED Curator


Ramon Thomas supports Faces of Hope Foundation charity

Ramon Thomas & Faces of Hope Foundation presents special charity movie screening of “The Ultimate Gift.”

The event promises to have a host of exciting activities to look forward to and you are supporting a good cause while doing so. As South Africa’s leading expert on the psychology of technology & dating in the 21st century, I take pride in our social responsibility through our partnership with Faces of Hope Foundation. There will be a ton of opportunities to meet interesting people and some beautiful women lol.

The movie will be screened on Thursday, 29 October 2009 @ the Zone in Rosebank. Their will be lucky draws for Hampers and give-aways from Eyes Slices, Cocktails from Original Iced cocktails to welcome you, Stunning prizes include accommodation, a mini auction for the signed copies of the book by the author Jim Stovall and R1000 voucher for Amrita Medi Health Spa in Krugersdorp. Beautiful flowers presented by OS Flowers, a Melrose Aesthetic centre voucher to the value of R5000 and much much more.

The event starts at 18:00 for 18:30 welcome drinks and snacks. Ramon Thomas will be the MC for the evening. Everyone to be seated at 19:15 – Then there will be give-aways and our auction, hosted by David James aka Koobus from District 9 – which will be filled with wonderful prizes.

The Ultimate Gift screening stars @ 20:00. The movie is a truly inspirational film which will have you captivated. Barry Ronge may make an appearance and other celebs have confirmed their support and interest in this event. Please support this great event for a great cause. Faces of Hope raises funds for individuals who need financial assistance for cancer treatment and awareness of various cancers.

Here’s the official trailer for this film:


First Open Day Meet-n-Greet

Ramon Thomas wants to be your manager, super agentI make models Miss South Africa, businessmen get onto CNBC Africa, unpublished authors gets published or how to make one hell of a profit and still get to heaven. My most recent experience includes a strong focus on life coaching models, businessmen, heads of business schools, PR companies, Marketing Directors and even sales training for radio stations to increase advertising spend.

This open day is to meet prospective clients for my new agency – provisionally called “Arli$$ Ari Gold Management” after my two favourite agents in television. You will get to know me, who I am, what I stand for, and what makes me different. Some of my client portfolios will be on display. And you can ask me anything. My fees are based on a more realistic mindset of what is required in the global recession. And because I leverage a very large online and real-world social network, I can afford to only charge you 10% flat rate. I make up the difference by asking you to do photo shoots or gigs for my own projects at no cost. All this is tracked, so you never feel like you’re being abused or taken advantage. And in each case we ensure you get testimonials, exposure and meet new clients to find even more opportunities.

The venue: Nino’s Rosebank, The Zone opposite Nescafe. And I will be there from 12-6pm before going to the Dr John Demartini Talk @ Montecasino tonight. I’m also working with as the new Marketing Director so I’ll handle your online and offline portfolios to maximise your income and reduce your effort. Leave it to me, and I’ll make it happen for you. As my awesome PA, Yusuf Moses, says at this junction “Let’s dance…!”


The Fairy Godmother's Guide To Getting What You Want

The Fairy Godmother's Guide To Getting What You Want by Donna McCallumThe title of this book is so delicious I didn’t bother coming up with a different title for this blog post. I’ve know Donna McCallum for some time now and we’ve both been to each other’s workshops. This was actually one of the best lines for me at her book launch party because the reaction I got from the other guests were awe and surprise. Who is this guy who Donna went to for advice 😉 After all she’s the fairy godmother, and she makes your dreams come true. Well at one point I felt that describing myself as a blogger or trainer of bloggers will spoil the social interaction. After how many bloggers are nerds or geeks with no social skills? Plenty.

So who is the Fairy Godmother? Well Donna McCallum is a former advertising guru turned human potential guru. Maybe that’s taking it too far. However, Donna has an excellent grasp of the principles behind movies like The Secret and the works of people like Dr John Demartini and his mentor Dr Wayne Dyer. She makes the idea of manifesting your dream fun and exciting. And she has very practical strategies by which this is achieved.

Some time ago I was invited to attend her Dream Mapping workshop with a view of me writing a review on this as I had done so for Dr Demartini’s Speed Reading and Breakthrough Experience workshops. Anyway I never got around to writing that review. However, the success of the Fairy Godmother’s book launch is the simply the best book launch I have ever attended. The location was the amazing Zenatude restaurant / conference centre in Rivonia. And the team of people who were hosting the event and supporting Donna was simply outstanding. You could feel her personal magical fairy dust was sprinkled all around the venue. The people were all friendly and inspired by their experiences with Donna, or their friends who dragged them along to meet Donna.

Continue reading “The Fairy Godmother's Guide To Getting What You Want”


CSSA Event – The Dangers of Children Using the Internet and Other Technologies

Computer Society SouthAfricaIn a perfect world, the Internet would automatically shield children from contact with questionable content and dangerous people. Unfortunately, nobody exercises complete control over the online world in any centralized manner. What is considered illegal in one country may not even be considered an issue in another. This danger has been extended to free-for-all mobile IM chatrooms without moderation or age restrictions. How do we as parents, educators and IT Professionals equip ourselves for this crisis. How do we identify and deal with problems before our children are exposed to dangerous situations.

The Panel:

Adrie Stander is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town since 1999. He has more than 30 years experience in the computer industry and has done research in many diverse areas such as the psychological aspects of computer use and data communications. He is currently responsible for the first computer forensics course to be offered by a South African university.

Naomi van Wyk is a Clinical Psychologist and works in the field of parent education. She runs a private practice in Stellenbosch and presents workshops to parents and teachers on the prevention of child sexual abuse. She has written a book about the subject which is soon to be published called Safe and Sure.

Pieter Nel started dabbling with software and electronics as a teenager in the mid-eighties. After postgraduate studies, he spent a number of years with Flextronics Design working on projects for companies such as Intel and Thales before joining MXit’s original mother-ship, Swist, where he managed software projects for the local mobile operators. He joined MXit in May 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and life began in earnest.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Who should attend?

This presentation will be of value to educators, parents and all concerned Professionals in the ICT sector.

Date: 20 August 2009

Time: 15:00 sharp to end 18:30

Venue: The Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, 76 Palmyra Rd, Newlands (map will be provided on booking)

Parking: Available on grounds

Cost: R30.00 per person; R20.00 Groote Schuur School staff. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

The Q & A. will be followed by an opportunity to network. Light refreshments will be provided.

To Book: or Lilian at (021) 447-8450

By: 18 August 2009 This event has been kindly sponsored by PANDA


TEDx: Banishing the Mundane from the Center of Accra

EDx: Banishing the Mundane from the Center of Accra

TEDxSYPALA – Trials, Tribulations & TRIUMPH

We just successfully completed West Africa’s first TEDx event. (more images and videos to be uploaded over next couple of days).

It was embedded into IMANI’s ( annual SYPALA program which brings rising young professionals from across the West African sub-region to stay at TEDster Patrick Awuah’s university, Ashesi, for a week. TEDx crew was extremely grateful to IMANI and Executive Director Franklin Cudjoe for their tireless support and encouragement.

At SYPALA this year, IMANI also launched a prize named after Guido Sohne, the quintessential Ghanaian-born genius who has hired by Microsoft to develop an African strategy for them last year. Guido unfortunately passed away before his dream of uniting the proprietary and open-source software worlds could be realized. This year’s Sohne Prize was sponsored by IPMC Ghana ( and Tropical Business Solutions, and was won by Theophilus Acheampong, a Chemical Engineer by training, and a deep-thinking, all-round, star performer by practice.

SYPALA had the honour of hosting several amazing speakers, including the first African in 850 years to become a tenured professor at Cambridge University, and the musical rebel who dared a sitting President on live television. But this post is about TEDxSypala, not SYPALAJ

TEDxSypala was held at the fabulous Coconut Grove Regency hotel (, nestling tranquilly in the pulsating historic center of Accra city.

Speakers ranged from a Ghanaian-born financial guru who served on one of the Clinton transition teams to an amazing young Ghanaian Designer who thrilled the crowd with his incisive insight into the developmental context of design (blending as he did artistic opinions about the redenomination of national currencies with deadpan observations on the travails of fair-trade branding).

There was also the dude building what is probably West Africa’s only Technology Park dedicated to SMEs, and, of course, TEDster Patrick Awuah was there to inspire us with a new talk about “what’s next for Ashesi”. The opening Speaker, Dr. Anyimadu, formerly of Ghana’s Legon Ivory Tower, set his talk against the background of the Thomas Fynn collection, and with irresistible panache sent us all on a mind-bending trip into the digital consciousness of fisherfolks along Ghana’s soon-to-become oil belt.

Bernard Akoi-Jackson, who we were honoured to have as the event’s impresario, has carved a niche for himself as the conceptual artist who transformed elite perceptions about the artistic possibilities ensconced in the interstices of Ghana’s best known psychiatric institution. For his TEDx performance, he strove to take the German composer Wagner to trial by distending the composer’s chords around the Ashanti trance-dance, the Akom. The Akom is a rebellion against any notion of natural order, and is the mainstay in the repertoire of the official sorcerers of the ancient and extant Ashanti Kingdom. It is not a dance to be performed lightly, even if the motive is as high as cutting Wagner down to size.

Planning and organizing a TEDx event gives you a much better appreciation of what the TED crew manages year in and year out to deliver at Monterrey, and now Long Beach ( That delivery, not even to mention the much eulogized talks, is itself worthy of cataloguing as one of the unsung wonders of this age.

We set up our audio-visual equipment overnight and begun testing a full 3 hours before the event. Yet, true to Murphy’s Law, we still had to contend with a hitch that saw us start 30 minutes after the advertised time. Though some performances called for lights-out, the TV crew (including our own professional videographers) would have none of it. Apparently, no one had informed them of the need to bring directional lights. The lapel mikes malfunctioned and speakers had to endure the unTEDlike ordeal of using hand-mikes. Even Africa-renowned Atukwei Okai (, revered for his devotion to the ideal of poetry as spectacle, was forced to wrap his lyrical fingers around the shapeless gadget, and restrict his gesticulations accordingly, very much to his consternation, as you would imagine.J

We managed to deliver TEDx to our participants and the general public and post TEDx evaluations revealed the need for a much better organization should we decide to have our future SYPALA participants and the general public go through the experience.

Still it was a day to remember: for nearly 10 hours we attempted to “banish the mundane” and stayed immersed in a world where ideas can terrify, and soothe; fortify, and melt; disrupt, and heal; and we emerged reformed from banality, and, on that account, TRIUMPHANT.

On behalf of: Remy Edmundson – Producer

Chris Kweku Benett – Production Assistant

Bright B. Simons – Curator &

Bernard Akoi-Jackson – Impresario


MXit Drug Counselling at 27Dinner in Port Elizabeth

Marlon Parker, Brent Williams and Ramon Thomas at Highway Africa, Rhodes University in GrahamstownMarlon Parker will be visiting Port Elizabeth this week to present an inspirational talk at the regular 27Dinner event this Thursday in Port Elizabeth. The 27Dinner events are free events where geeks and non-geeks get together and discuss technology. The purpose of the 27Dinner events is to create awareness about how technology can be used to change in society and also for entrepreneurship and income generation. And the events happen on the 27th of the month in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. This will be the 3rd 27Dinner event in the Nelson Mandela Bay area.

A big part of the motivation for bringing Marlon Parker to Port Elizabeth is to kick start the DAS@MXit in Nelson Mandela Bay area. Over the last three years MXit has grown to over 10 million registered users. This platform, the most widely used instant messaging platform among people 12-25 years old is the most practical method of providing online counselling. In North America and other parts of the world Internet-based online counselling has been available for years now. However, due to the cost of bandwidth in South Africa, cellphone-based online counselling is more practical alternative.

The other guest speakers will be confirmed today and their information posted on where you have to register and add your name to the particular event you would like to attend, in the city of your own choice. Stormhoek wines have sponsored free bottles of wine in Cape Town and Johannesburg. I have yet to persuade them to send some wine to Port Elizabeth for our enjoyment.

This is also the final function for the year that the NETucation team will be organising because we are shifing our focus inwards until 1 March 2009. Planning my 2009 schedule is going to be one of the key success factors to grow the audience to this blog as well as to my other online efforts.


IKM Conference 2008 – Shaping the Future

University of Johannesburg, South AfricaEvery year business leaders, industry and faculty experts come to the IKM Conference to share their knowledge, learn and network. True to the theme of this year’s conference, “Shaping the Future”, presenters will offer cutting-edge knowledge based on relevant, innovative and rigorous research.

Come and listen to reflections, estimations and predictions on the coming transformation of strategy, competition, business models, and management and gain insight to what others consider their business challenges, such as:

  • Mr Mike Schussler (T-Sec) on the Future of the Knowledge Economy
  • Ms Luisa Mazinter (The Marketing Site) on the Future of Web 2.0 and Knowledge Sharing
  • Ms Wendy Sealy (Caribbean Development Bank) on Social Capital and Knowledge for Development
  • Mr Max Smeiman (MD, Max Smeiman Associates) on the Future of Virtual Businesses
  • Mr Ramon Thomas (NETucation) on the Future of Social Networking
  • Dr Antonie Botha (Consultant) on the Future of Knowledge Management
  • Dr Piet Steyn (Eskom) on Just-in-time Knowledge Management: A reality or just an aspiration?
  • Ms Marmara Schutte (UP) and Dr Peter Tobin (GIBS) on Knowledge Management and the Food Service Industry.

Be sure not to miss the 8th Annual Information and Knowledge Management Conference on Friday, 4 November 2008, at the FNB Convention and Training Centre in Sandton, hosted by the University of Johannesburg Department of Information and Knowledge Management and chaired by Prof Adeline du Toit. Should you require further information, please contact Ms Andrea Ferreira on +27 (0)11 559-2183 or send an email to


2008 MyBroadband Conference and Broadband Survey

2008 MyBroadband Conference @ VodaworldThe 2008 MyBroadband Conference will take place on 27 November at Vodaworld from 10:00 to 16:30. Thanks to the generous sponsorships from Vodacom, Axxess, Poynting, Miro Distribution, Vox Telecom and ECN Telecoms, the conference will be free to all delegates. Vodacom has even thrown in a free lunch and then drinks after the conference.

It’s easy to register for the conference, simply click on this form.

More information about the conference.

2008 Broadband Survey

It is once again time for our yearly broadband survey. You are given the opportunity to comment on the service levels and pricing offered by your broadband provider and ISP. You will also get a chance to tell your provider what they can do to improve their service, and vote for the Journalist of the Year and Mampara of the Year. Your participation is a valuable means for us to provide feedback about the state of broadband in South Africa from a consumer’s perspective, so please try to complete this survey.

Please complete this 10 minute survey.

R 30 000 WANTITALL.CO.ZA/UKASH COMPETITION and UKash have partnered with MyBroadband to run a competition with R 30 000 worth of prizes over the next two weeks. What makes this competition unique is that you will select the prize/s that you want from the Wantitall store, and if you win you will get what you requested. To enter you simply need to list what you want!

For more information and to enter please follow this link.

We hope to see you at this year’s conference and we look forward to hearing back from you regarding your broadband service. Your feedback helps everyone in South Africa improve their online experience.