SATweetups Wants Event Host and Ambassadors

Top 10 South African motivational speakers on TwitterEarlier this year Joburg Tweetups died and #SATweetups was born. We’ve hosted numerous events over the last few years attracting over 428 people to join the group.

Our Tweetups was always simple and social events for people who  follow each other on Twitter to meet in-person. There was no speakers or speeches. This is the most popular way social media spills over into the real world. Tweet about an event long enough and reach influencers, and people show up no matter what the actual occasion.

Since I took over I’ve introduced guest speakers like Melanie Minnaar, Haroun Kola, Bruce Mabuyiwe, Xavier Saer and Marc Rees. My aim is to provide an alternative to 27Dinner. After years of hosting and speaking at their events, I no longer participate.

For some time now I’ve worked diligently to recruit Ambassadors. WIFFM you may ask? What’s In It For Me? Search marketing guru Tony Roocroft always reminded me of the importance of asking this question when doing any form of marketing whether online or not. Here’s what Ambassadors gain from hosting events in your area:

  1. A cool badge designed by our graphic designer Rekha Kalan for your blog
  2. Access to the Meetup.com platform to build a cohesive local community with the full RSVP process integrated Twitter & Facebook marketing.
  3. Branded Posters & Nametags for use before & during events
  4. Support from the most well connected networking people in South Africa
  5. Gaining experience in hosting events
  6. Practising your MC skills
  7. Increasing your Social media profile
  8. Interacting with people passionate about their causes

To continue to host these events we must increase achieve the following goals:

  • Grow membership to > 1,000 people
  • Appoint Ambassadors in each province, so we need 9 people to volunteer for the training to host these events by July 2013, before International Social Media
  •  PR Co-ordinator to contact local media and set-up interviews for guest speakers

What can you do to assist?

Please help grow the #SATweetups community by joining the Meetup.com group. So help me by posting a comment with your suggestion and sharing this on your Twitter network. I’m very excited that we’ve been growing steadily from 2009 to date. In November we’ll be celebrating our 3 year anniversary.

To cover some costs like the Meetup.com dues, please donate $10 or more using Paypal. To assist with any of the above, simply contact our office between 8am-8pm daily.

 

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.
Ramon

 

Report On Cellular Payment Systems In South Africa

This report is republished with permission from the author, Reuel Leach. You may contact him for more advise on saving money when using cellphones and Internet access on his cell 082 211 2619

Do you know what you are paying on your cellular bill every month. Maybe you do, but have you ever wondered what the networks costs are? Would you like to see something published on this subject? Read on. Its time that people started to get answers to these questions.

Lets start off with GSM. It’s a radio signal just like any radio frequency. You have a radio? You have a television, you pay a licence which is a minimum cost to get messages ( or Signals with information) to your home, office or car. With a radio frequency you choose which signal you want to pick up the messages you want to listen to or “watch”.

So what frequencies are there? Here are but a few common ones:

1.Short wave
2.Medium Wave
3.Frequency Modulation (FM)
4.Wi-Fi (Wireless)
5.Bluetooth
6.GSM
7.Edge
8.GPRS
9.UMTS (3G) which consists of data for internet and 3G video calls
10.HSDPA & HSUPA
11.Infrared

Lets focus now on the formats of some of these signals. What do I mean by that? Well, you listen to a CD with music of your favourite artist and its recorded in WAV format. You might be familiar to the more common format used called MP3. Now lets make a comparison with these two formats. WAV will give you 700 megabytes over 80 minutes and MP3 gives you about 70 MB ( megabytes ) over 80 minutes. When you record something with your cellphone, you might use AAC or a similar format which might give you around 2-4 megabytes an hour.

The format of GSM is AMR, it could be similar to AAC, but this is where the interesting part comes. Lets look at the speed of these frequencies. These are true speed real life situations, not what they tell you at the shops

True Speed example in South Africa

  • GSM – 6 to 13 kilobits per second
  • GPRS 1 to 6 kilobits per second
  • EDGE 6 to 25 kilobits per second
  • UMTS 30 to 120 kilobits per second
  • HSDPA 50 to 200 kilobits per second

But if you tried to do a voice call over GPRS or EDGE you might find it a bit choppy. Ok here is the first big issue. A voice call can be easily done one EDGE using Skype or MSN and the maximum you will use is around 2.5 MB an hour. At the current data rates an unbundled GPRS? EDGE? 3G connection will cost you R2/MB which is the most expensive DATA rate. If you use a data bundle you will go as low as R0.19/MB so an hours call on Skype voice to voice will cost you in the region of R0.46 and R5 an HOUR! But if you use your normal Cellular phone for the same time, it will cost you R90 to R180 an Hour! So lets compare R0.46 to R180 an hour which most people are paying. Are you going to do something about this….

You should resort to these forms of technology:

  1. Skype
  2. Google Talk
  3. Mxit
  4. Nimbuzz

Heres the real shocker! Do you know what the most expensive form of communication in the world is. And it probably in South Africa. Its called SMS. Yes you thought it was cheaper than a call. Think again. Here is the simple price plan comparison

Let me explain this bit by bit. 1 sms is 160 characters. That includes the spaces in between. I you type an A4 page there is place for approximately 3680 characters with a font of 10 on it. Divide 3680 into 160 and that gives ou 23 sms messages. If you pay the normal day time rate it will cost you at 85 cents R19.55 PER PAGE and after hours at 35 cents an sms it costs you R8.05 so its far more than a page.

Let compare this to Skype or mxit this one page will be only 27 Kilobytes and at R2 per megabye it will cost you R0.05 cents per page and if you are using a data bundle then it will be as low as R0.005 per page!

Ok so what does an SMS cost us per Kilobyte?
1 sms = 140 bytes = 7.3142 sms = 1kb
85 cents x 7.3 = R6.21/kb

What does an SMS cost us per Megabyte?
1024 x R6.21 = R6359/mb
(normal data costs between R0.19 to R2.00 per megabyte)

What does an SMS cost us per Gigabyte
1024 x R6359 = R6 511 656 per GIGABYTE

So if you were to write or type a 2 page letter and put it in an envelope it will cost you around R2.50 to R3.00 depending on paper and stamp costs. If you had to type the equivalent in SMSs you will pay for a 2 page letter:- R39.10 so its R40 to send a letter.

No why are the networks so expensive. If technology has become so cheap, why have they not given us the GPRS SMS function which almost every cellular phone has the function of? It will cost us a few cents only. If you connect your cellular phone to a PC or had Skype capabilities you could do a full skype call on 3G or HSDPA signal for between R0.39 and R5 per hour or a video call at R2.34 and R24 per hour!

If you had to send someone a full WAV cd over the internet at R0.19 per megabyte it will cost you 700 x R0.19 which is R133.00 and that’s 80minutes of music. If you spoke at the average cellular call of R2.50 (hidden costs excluded) at 80 minutes you will pay R200 for the call. Your bit rate for the wave 8MB per minute and your cellular call is 0.360mb per minute! So the intensity and quality is much better!

I suggest that people all cut off their smss, get Mxit and Skype and call over those mediums to make calls and send messages until the networks in the future.

I reckon that Wou-daar-Kom and Empty-N don’t pay more than R0.39 to R0.40 per hour for your call!
If they are paying more than that they should discontinue this old technology and give us the better faster stuff I mentioned above!

You may download the original report with graphics using this link: Report on Cellular Pricing Reuel Leach.

 

Miss Tukkies Rag Queen Childrens Charity Drive

Hello Ramon,

I got this email from one of the Tukkies Finalists on Monday. I do believe that time is running out on this project. I will copy and paste her email to me and I will attach 2 photos, one of her ( quite a looker) and another group photo. It’s a charity drive for the poor the girls are doing and I believe it’s a kind of competition. If you or someone you know can help, feel free to contact me or her at an time… soon thanks,

Reuel Leach

Tukkies Jool Finaliste (Die mooi meisies met ander woorde)het n groot taak onlangs gekry om geld in te samel vir minderbevooregtes! Enige donasies gaan werk!

Die finalis is Sonita-Lee Etchells. Jy is welkom om fotos van hulle te vra, dis beskikbaar. Hierdie is n laaste minuut poging mense asseblief voor of op Woensdag 20ste.

Om dit nou opwindend te maak het die meisies n kompetisie tussen hulle om te sien wie die meeste geld gaan insamel. Een meisie het al R56,000 in gebring. As jy of iemand wie jy ken kan help. Sal julle asseblief nie net daar sit nie maar spring! En iets doen dankie baie by voorbaat!

stuur emails sonita.lee@gmail.com