TEDxPortElizabeth launches in Nelson Mandela Bay

[Port Elizabeth, Monday, 27 June 2016] – Sharing a world of dreams with the global TED and TEDx community, TEDxPortElizabeth will launch their first conference this year with the theme Through the Looking Glass in partnership with the new AFDA Film School in Port Elizabeth.

TEDxPortElizabeth continues on from TEDxNMMU (2012) and TEDxSummerstrand (2013), both organised by students from NMMU. TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) started in 1984 in California as an elite conference for visionaries and innovators. By 2012 TED Talks had been viewed more than 1 billion times online.

This TEDx conference features 15 speakers and performers from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, George, Jeffrey’s Bay, Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.

TEDx Conference Port Elizabeth 2016

The audience will be captivated by international business coach, Deshun Deysel, who will open the conference speaking on Peak Performance. Her family moved from Uitenhage to Johannesburg when she was 12 years old. She powered into the history books in 1996 as a member of the first group of South Africans to plant the new democratic flag on Mt Everest.

Another highlight is Farah Fortune, known in the entertainment industry as the “pit bull in heels.” She is the CEO of African Star Communications, with offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg and her clients include AKA, Casper Nyovest and Pam Andrews.

TEDx 2016 Conference line-up

After attending the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania in 2007, I have become very active in speaking and organising TEDx events in China and South Africa,” says Ramon Thomas, TEDxPortElizabeth founder. After returning home with an MBA degree from China, Thomas started recruiting a team of enthusiastic volunteers from Nelson Mandela Bay.

Speakers from Port Elizabeth include mama Nomhle Nkonyeni, who recently won a SAFTA life-time achievement award; Xhosa poet Siyabonga Ngcai aka Gqoboz’imbawula Mbawula, Alexander Road High school learner; Thulani Ndzotyana who wants to be the first female president of South Africa in 2044; and youth artist, Mdali group.

Speakers from Uitenhage include 7-year-old child palaeontologist Caleb Zealand; Mr Joe Slingers, who was featured in the book, Great South African Teachers by Prof. Jonathan Jansen; Mrs Elizabeth Muller, head librarian for 25 years until her retirement in 2009; and artist Colleen Grewar.

TEDx Conference Port Elizabeth 2016Wikipedia editor, Bobby Shabangu, contributes to the world’s largest encyclopedia writing articles in isiSwati and English. “I discovered that if I don’t edit, no one will edit,” he says. “[I wanted] to activate people into talking about Wikipedia and the work they do and everything that’s actually how I got involved with the whole thing.”

AFDA is sponsoring the venue for this conference. Their students will film all the speakers and performers and the videos will be uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel. This is an opportunity to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s talent on the global stage.

The 2016 TEDxPortElizabeth conference takes place at AFDA Port Elizabeth campus, 28 Bird Street, Central on Friday, 1 July 2016. Only 100 tickets for this conference are on sale online.

Event details:

  • Venue: AFDA Port Elizabeth campus, 28 Bird Street, Central
  • Date: Friday, 1 July 2016
  • Time: 09h00-15h00
  • 15 Speakers, Performances, Networking and 4 curated TED Talks
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TEDxPortElizabeth 2016 Conference line-up

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Crowdfunding campaign for Chess documentary

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Port Elizabeth, 23 July 2013 – With the success of the recent 2013 Commonwealth and SA Open Chess Championship in Port Elizabeth, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to help make a documentary about the game of Chess. Ramon Thomas, better known as an online safety expert in the media, recently launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.

Crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations, according to Wikipedia. The primary focus of the documentary is to film the 10th annual Uitenhage Chess Festival taking place 2 to 3 August 2013.

“This is my first documentary after completing a Video Production course at The Media Workshop in Port Elizabeth,” says Thomas. “The purpose of this project is to support the local community to re-launch the last two chess clubs that closed down and celebrate the winners from the last 10 years.”

President Jacob Zuma, a patron of Moves for Life and an advocate of the importance of chess in education, said that chess had given solace to him and to many other former political prisoners on Robben Island, where he first learned to play the game.

The Uitenhage Chess Festival has been a rated tournament by ChessSA since 2008,” according to Elizabeth Muller, retired librarian, and co-founder of the tournament with Ria Diedericks in 2004. “This documentary film can stimulate the minds and hearts of children who are our primary target for the chess clubs and tournaments.”

Mrs Muller & Diedericks launched the tournament in 2004 and celebrate 10 years this year. It has a cash prize of R1,000 for the winner and many other prizes for senior players and school children. The event takes place at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports centre and starts on Friday, 2 August at 4pm with the closing and prize giving on Saturday, 3 August at 7pm.

Interested chess players may still register for this tournament on this Google form or call Elizabeth Muller on 073 353 5024. The public is invited to come, watch, learn and support.

Uitenhage Chess Festival

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