Francois Greyling linked to Racists Facebook Group in Despatch

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Old South Africa Flag on Despatch Facebook Group InwonersOn Sunday, 24 June, I was alerted to yet another racist incident involving the old flag. This time it was in my own neighbourhood: Despatch. During the Apartheid times it was extremely racist and like Uitenhage was ruled by the Conservative Party. Even the controversional Afriforum organisation has distanced itself from protestors using the old South African flag. The Facebook group Inwoners of Despatch is notorious for racist rants, usually in Afrikaans against the new South Africa, crime and people who are proud of the flag of their fathers.

 

Rodwill Bacon brought this to my attention by a post on his Facebook Timeline. They banned him when he questioned their comparison of the old South African flag with the new one. So I joined the group to gather evidence. The group admins are Karel Bredenhann and Lindie Bredenhann, owners of Pikkies Skips, a waste removal company. Despatch a small town in the Eastern Cape, between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, all three forming the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan City.

 

DA councillor Francois GreylingWhat shocked me was not that most comments agreed with Petrus Robberts, the original person who was proud of the old South African flag. The most shocking was the fact that Nelson Mandela Bay’s ward 52 DA councillor Francois Greyling, is also an admin of this racist group on Facebook.

So help me share this and let’s make Petrus Robberts and the Bredenhann’s Internet famous. Feel free to copy, paste, share across all your social media. p.s. I’ve reported this post to #Facebook, the group admins, and planned to lay a charge with the SA Human Rights Commission and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, who have already spoken out about similar incidents in the past.

 

Facebook Group Admins: Inwoners of Despatch

These are the current admins of this Facebook group, who have banned Rodwill Bacon after he tried to engage with them about why the old South African flag is a form of hate speech, and reminds every non-white South African about the decades of suffering from Apartheid.

Inwoners of Despatch Facebook Group Admins

After being banned this Facebook Group:

Rodwill Bacon posted this message, and I’m re-posting it here, so you see the civility of his concern:

So this actually happened to me today. Someone posted a picture of the old apartheid flag on inwoners van despatch on facebook saying that the new flag represents murder, corruption and racism. That the old flag is their flag.

Me, being me…wanted to comment immediately and give them a piece of my mind…but I was a bit late for church and decide to comment later if no one said something. I went to church…the message was to keep calm when facing the problem as it prevents unwanted problems etc.

I came back home, this post still bothered me. I decided to comment but in a respectful manner. Told them what the previous flag represented etc. Obviously, it fell on deaf ears. Some responded positively.

However…I have to admit, racism is alive and well. I was so disappointed by the comments prior to mine. People supporting the old flag and what it represented. Some took it even further and spoke about ” die stem”. My comment had positive responses from white people on the group as well…but the older folk….well, disappointing, to say the least.

In the end, I have been blocked from the Inwoners van Despatch Facebook group for my comments, which were made in a calm and respectful manner. What I want to say is…please do not shy away from racist posts, stand up for something, say something. We cannot be intimidated by racism and keep quiet. It has to be addressed.

 

Who is DA Ward Councillor, Francois Greyling?

Yvette Greyling pleaded guilty to stealing about R880000 working at Just Letting Uitenhage between 2013 and 2014The ward councillor for Despatch is Francois van Niekerk Greyling and he was co-owner of Just Letting franchise in Uitenhage. He is also the husband of the convicted thief, Yvette Greyling, who stole R880,000 as a real estate agent from 2012-2014. The franchise was co-owned by husband and his wife. Why is a ward councillor also selling houses in his own area?

Mr Greyling is one of the Admins of this Facebook Group Inwoners van Despatch. On Sunday, 24 June at 19:12, I sent him an SMS and called him with no reply. Later I sent him a Facebook message sharing my concern about his association, and hoping that he would address this directly with the Petrus Robberts, Karel Bredenhann and Lindie Bredenhann. It’s now been 5 days and he still hasn’t bothered calling me back. Why are you still voting for this man with questionable integrity? Why is an elected public official not saying anything about this?

 

What is wrong with using the Old South African Flag?

They have since banned me from this group as well, instead of engaging in dialogue. Facebook also removed my initial post, hence I’m writing this even more detailed blog to expose them all. This not the first time the Democratic Alliance has been involved with issues around the old South African flag and the painfull memories that arises from it’s display, let alone celebration of what it represented.

Kieno Kammies discussed it on his radio show on Cape Talk / Talkradio 702 in 2017.

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Cosatu in Kwanobuhle for Worker’s Day rally

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is celebrating its main Workers’ Day rally in Nelson Mandela Bay, and is expecting a far different atmosphere than the one a year ago which saw former President Jacob Zuma heckled and the event in the Free State eventually called off.

The 2018 May Day rally wil take place at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Kwanobuhle and is set to be addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The event has been talked up as a “building block” for the 2019 general elections.

Last year’s May Day celebrations in Bloemfontein was cancelled amid scuffles between pro and anti-Jacob Zuma groups but Cosatu believes that this year’s event will go smoothly and that Ramaphosa will be well received in the Eastern Cape.

At a press conference last month, Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said the last May Day rally was held in the Eastern Cape 10 years ago, adding that it was a deliberate choice as a first building block towards the 2019 general elections.

“The choice of Nelson Mandela Bay was deliberate to liberate our people from the exploitative and suppression of the workers and communities from the chains of Mayor Athol Trollip and the DA (Democratic Alliance),” he said.

The celebrations was set to kick off at Njoli Square in Kwazakhele, before moving to the Kwazakhele police station and then finally to the stadium where workers will be addressed.

“We encourage ANC members to come to the rally,” she added. “Many of our members are part of the working class and this is a celebration of the gains of the working class.”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has announced that it will be holding May Day rallies across the country starting at 10am.

The union federation said its main rally will be held in Bloemfontein at the Vista Arena, University of the Free State. SAFTU President Mac Chavalala will address the rally.

In Durban, SAFTU members will assemble at Botha’s Place and march to the City Hall, where SAFTU 1st Deputy President Nomvume Ralarala will address them.

SAFTU National Treasurer Motswari Letshogo will address union members at the Ngoako Sports centre in Seshego.

Source: African News Agency/ANA and IOL

Unemployed or Unwilling to Work For Yourself?

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Repost: You can go to your unemployed friend and say let’s wash taxis at the rank we going to wash 10 each and make R500.00pday (R15000pm) Your friend will likely refuse. It’s too hot I have a degree what what. Same friend gets a job offer from Capitec for R167 per day (R5000)he accepts the offer and celebrates like there is no tomorrow. That’s people for you they would rather be exploited in big fancy offices either than make their own struggle in the street. People don’t care about numbers they care about standard’s. You can cut grasses and make R10000 pm way more money than many people wearing fancy suits everyday. You must forget what people will think and face reality. Focus on number’s. They may laugh at you when your wearing your overalls cutting grasses and washing cars little would they know that you actually make more money than them. I know women that sell food at the Taxi rank who don’t make less then R1000 per day. You look down on them when your going to your air conditioned office. The big companies exploit you. They know your desperate for a job and lazy to think. My point here is doesn’t matter what your hustle may look like what matters is the number’s. A lot of people are underpaid and work for debt yet every morning you see them wearing nice clothes to work. Keep it real. Spirit ✊✊✊. MBCSINC

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Startup Grind Port Elizabeth coming soon!

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs and is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Chapter Directors host monthly events in their cities that feature successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

So let’s introduce Startup Grind Port Elizabeth in more detail…

Startup Grind South Africa Entrepreneurs

Startup Grind is a connected online and offline network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, an extended network of more than 300 Startup Grind chapters are located around the world.

Startup Grind Port Elizabeth believes in making friends, not contacts; giving, not taking and helping others before helping yourself. Meet a group that is truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. Join Startup Grind Port Elizabeth as we make the startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.

If you would like to become part of the Port Elizabeth Startup Grind chapter – as a volunteer, speaker or attendee and cannot wait then contact Ramon Thomas via the form below:

Uitenhage Toastmasters club launch

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You’re invited to join our first Toastmasters club meeting in Uitenhage. You will learn how to improve your public speaking, presentation skills, leadership and confidence. Port Elizabeth Toastmasters will assist us to conduct a demonstration meeting, while we recruit 20 people to start this new club.

  • Date: Saturday, 20 January
  • Time: 10h00
  • Venue: Salvation Army Uitenhage, 1 Billson Street, Central behind Convent Primary School
  • Entrance: FREE

.Uitenhage Toastmasters club launch meeting

For more info about go to Toastmasters Southern Africa website.

Residents tired of power cuts in KwaNobuhle

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November 8, 2017 Fed-up community, Uitenhage

I’m writing from KwaNobuhle. We have an electricity crisis in Uitenhage – it’s been two weeks. When we called Kwanolec they told us they were striking.

Eskom Eastern Cape South Africa

The second time we called they told us it was Athol Trollip who had stopped giving overtime [payments]. The third time they said they’d answer us in December.

They didn’t have trucks and we should go to Trollip’s office because they were not fighting with us, they were fighting against Trollip.

It’s very tiring because some of our children are pupils and they can’t study at night because it’s dark. We ended up throwing our meats away because they were damaged.

We are a fed-up community and we feel abandoned by our own municipality. It is not taking us seriously and it’s very disrespectful when they don’t even notify us about the switch-off of the electricity.

Please, we need help urgently – we are broken.

souce: Herald Live newspaper

Illegal Animal Breeding in Uitenhage

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Most of us are ignorant about municipal by-laws in South Africa, let alone, Uitenhage. On Facebook I’m the admin for the Uitenhage Forum group with over 12,600 active members.

This message was posted on by Gershwin Maduna “Enige iemand wat op soek is na pitbull puppys ek ht 3 teefies….enge iemnd wt belangstel kontak my 0828883457 watsapp ook.

Animal Anti-Cruelty League Uitenhage

Carrie Pratt reported this post and brought it to my attention:

“It is against municipal bylaws to allow your dog or cat to have a litter unless registered as a legal breeder currently there are 11 legal breeders none for pitbull it is also I legal to hawk /sell puppies which includes social media by allowing such post it supports illegal back yard breeders I and these kind of posts are becoming more frequent which is very concerning I hope you can understand my concern with such posts.

Much appreciated and to add all females over 6 months should be spayed all relevant detail can be obtained from animal anticruelty league and dog control to confirm my statements are accurate.”

Visit US newsrooms as part of #impactAFRICA

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Want to win a trip to some of America’s best digital newsrooms?

 Visit US newsrooms as part of #impactAFRICA

Your watchdog journalism on #water? and #sanitation? issues could win you a 10-day all-expenses paid trip to the best digital newsrooms in three U.S cities.

Stories can be published / broadcast on any platform, in any format, between between March 30 and July 15.

Submit your stories here: http://bit.ly/impactAFRICA

You can visit the #impactAFRICA community at: https://www.facebook.com/impactafricacontest/

The contest is run by the continent’s largest data journalism fund, Impact Africa, as part of an initiative by Code For Africa and the International Center for Journalists.

Global Conference TEDx comes to Nelson Mandela Bay

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TED Talks have become a global phenomenon since the first videos were published online in 2005. TEDxPortElizabeth, a full day TEDx conference licensed by TED, will be held for the first time in the Friendly City on Friday 1 July 2016. The conference will take place on the AFDA Film School, 28 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth.

We are proud to be associated with TEDx, because AFDA also believes passionately in the power of ideas to change the world,” says Uitenhage-born, Denise Roodt, who is also campus dean. “Our students are taught to conceptualise, develop and create indigenous entertainment products for the local and international market; so, like TEDx, we also nurture local ideas worth spreading“. AFDA is one of the leading outcomes-based film schools in the world and is the only one in Africa ever to have won a student Oscar.

AFDA opens Port Elizabeth campus in 2015
AFDA Port Elizabeth campus opens its doors in 2015

Attending such an event is an inspiring learning opportunity, where you engage with over 100 guests, getting a chance to network, communicate and have exhilarating conversation, with a diverse crowd, having many different experiences and backgrounds. “The TEDx platform connects Nelson Mandela Bay with a global community of innovators and activists,” says Ramon Thomas, founder of TEDxPortElizabeth. “Everyone who attends will join this exclusive community who value ideas worth spreading more than anything else.”

The theme for this year’s conference is, “Through The Looking Glass”, a take on the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. Come and be part of the TEDxPortElizabeth experience as you are captivated by an exciting array of speakers delivering talks from education to personal life experiences. These speakers will examine topics from a different angle, using this creative platform to reveal something you would have never thought of – leaving you with knowledge that is informative and inspiring.

The following speakers are from Uitenhage:

  1. Caleb Zealand, (7-year old) Child Palaeontologist – Why Kids Love Dinosaurs
  2. Colleen Grewar, Artist – Bratz vs Barbie Dolls
  3. Deshun Deysel, International Business Coach  – Peak Performance
  4. Elizabeth Muller, Librarian – Children & Reading
  5. Joe Slingers, Educator – Timeless Literature

TEDx Port Elizebeth 2016 Conference Line-up

Media Contacts

Ramon Thomas – Mobile: +27814399555 – Send Email

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talk videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Al Gore, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Salman Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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2016 Twitter Blanket Drive Ends With Passion

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On 26 May 2016 the first ever annual Twitter Blanket Drive #TBD2016 to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay will come to an end. Since 2010 people with passion have joined the #TBD2016 call to donate old or new blankets across South Africa for this campaign.

Twitter Blanket Drive started in 2010 in South Africa when Melanie Minnaar challenged the Twitter Community to each donate one blanket during winter. The Twitter community responded with compassion and engaged on the social media platform to collect blankets for some of the country’s most vulnerable people. Over the past six years, thousands of blankets have been collected in the weeks leading up to winter to provide some relief and, of course, warmth to those in need.

During Nelson Mandela Bay’s first participation partners such as the Protea Hotel Marine, Summerstrand; Wild Rapids Spur in Uitenhage and Panarottis in Despatch all hosted the drop-off zones for the 2016 Twitter Blanket Drive campaign.

The fact that we could participate in this year really warmed my heart, and this really motivated me to collect blankets to keep Port Elizabeth warm,” says Eileen Koeberg, one of the #TBD2016 volunteers. “It opened hearts that my colleagues and friends gave their blankets and those who donated blankets, did so with much love.

The Salvation Army has been chosen as the NGO to receive the blankets this year as they are known for their work among the poorest and most destitute people in local communities. Twittering people with passion donated over 100 blankets.

The Twitter Blanket Drive helps people to get involved by helping organisations like ourselves make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us. It is important for us to count on each other to make this possible,” says Major Valerie Potgieter, head of the Salvation Army in Uitenhage. “We will make sure that those on the streets become our priority with this drive and so meet the most needy during this winter time.

Twitter Blanket Drive Event Invitation:

All are invited to join the hand-over parties on Thursday, 26 May at the following venues and times:

Nelson Mandela Bay residents can make their final blanket donations at the above venues, join the hosts and people with passion from Twitter.

Twitter Blanket Drive Media Contacts

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2016 Twitter Blanket Drive