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.
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.
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.”
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.”
“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.
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.
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.)
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.
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:
12h00: Uitenhage @ Wild Rapids Spur, Caledon St & Queen Mary Crescent – Tel. 041-9226977
The Salvation Army’s Uitenhage branch invites you to a weekly women’s support group. The Home League’s Motto: She watches ovr the affairs of her household. This women’s support group is open to all ladies both young and old from Uitenhage, KwaNobuhle and Despatch. Mothers are also welcome to gain support from the more experienced ladies in the group.
The Salvation Army frequently invites guest speakers and conducts a Bible study on the last Thursday of the month. You arel welcome to join in prayer to support each other and the local communities and townships. Below is an example of the topics covered over the last four months.
Sometimes you may feel lonely, other times you may experience high levels of stress. There is no need to keep all the problems bottled up inside of you. Women are good listeners, and can understand the challenges faces by other women much easier. Regular meetings area source of rejuvination for every family and every household, every women and every mother.
So when you need some support or help, feel free to join the weekly meetings. Here’s the details:
The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole. The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world.
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Twitter Blanket Drive started in 2010 in South Africa. The Twitter community moved by compassion and has engaged the social media platform to collect blankets for some of the country’s most vulnerable people. Over the past 6 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.
“More than any other social media, Twitter is about local conversations,” says Ramon Thomas, local co-ordinator for the Twitter Blanket Drive in Port Elizabeth, and founder of TEDxPortElizabeth. “The #TBD2016 campaign shows how we can use social media to take action in local communities not just for national issues of a political nature.”
“For us as a Twitter community, social responsibility is a serious business,” says Merentia van der Vent, the national co-ordinator and Cape Town host for the Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD). “As winter’s bite fast approaches, we are aware that charities are under a huge amount of pressure to meet the demand for blankets. In today’s digital world, we have the power to make significant change, in the area of social development, harnessing the power of social media.”
The TBD started 7 years ago, in 2010, as a single tweet by Melanie Minnaar, as she contemplated the cold winter ahead and in true Twitter style, tweeted the following thought: “what if each person on Twitter donated a blanket?”
Since then, the TBD movement has exploded and now has a national footprint with campaign drives taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and the West Coast. Previous years it was also held in Bloemfontein, East London, George, Knysna and Mossel Bay and countries like Zimbabwe & Namibia. This year the official hashtag is #TBD2016.
Last year, the Instagram community in South Africa, also supported the #TwitterBlanketDrive and collected blankets on their #Instawalks across the country. South Africans are also asked via Facebook to donate blankets.
In today’s fast paced world, using social media to increase community awareness is not only smart, but essential. According to the founder of the campaign, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive has injected a true sense of community into the South African Twittersphere, as the number of Twitter users involved with the TBD has grown exponentially since 2010. Tens of thousands of blankets have over the years been donated, to those in need.
Support Our Twitter Blanket Drive
Blankets can be dropped off at drop-off zones across the country from 7 April to Thursday 26 May 2016.
Call the local co-ordinator 081-4399555 or via Twitter: @RamonThomas
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan said life will be breathed into the Uitenhage Town Hall with the appointment of senior municipal personnel in Uitenhage and hard work will be put in to restore the Garden Town brand Uitenhage used to carry.
Assistant Directors of different service delivery departments will be appointed to report for duty in Uitenhage with decision-making powers to directly respond to issues affecting residents and efforts such as the “love where you live” campaign to clean up the area.
Executive Directors reported to the community regarding current ongoing expenditure in Uitenhage wards, efforts to curb water leaks, fix potholes and specific economic development opportunities that exist and the review of high rates for public facilities. The planned construction of a desalination plant, study outcomes regarding the development of the township economy, the ocean economy, the redevelopment of Bayworld and the many other planned initiatives were highlighted.
“We have the will to solve your problems and know how to do it. I can assure you that we have solved much greater problems,” Dr Danny Jordaan said to an appreciative crowd at the Allanridge Hall.
Last year the municipality hosted a council meeting at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre and Mayor Jordaan said another council meeting with a clear bias on economic development for the area will be convened soon.
Dear Jonathan Jansen, I see that you will be speaking at an event in my home town (Uitenhage). My life was changed through an educational opportunity offered by VW and of course you know that I am deeply involved with the Partners for Possibility Leadership and Principal Support Programme. We are soon going to be working in schools in that area and would love to find ways to partner with initiatives already happening in that area.
Watch and share Dreams with TED. This year’s TED Conference theme is: Dream, as this stems from the idea of dreams that matter, thus the TED2016 is dedicated to the concept of listening and following dreams, and also the great dreams we are able to achieve. TED Talks are extremely popular since they have become available online in 2006.
This year’s conference is available as a live stream event organised by TEDxPortElizabeth, and taking place on the 19th February at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre in Uitenhage. The event is free and open to the general public – tickets are limited to 100 people. TEDx are self organised local events based on the TED Conferences.
“Re-launching TEDx in Nelson Mandela Bay is important because it connects us with the world’s leading thinkers, scientists, artists and innovators,” says Ramon J. Thomas, a TEDFellow since 2007 and the organiser for TEDxPortElizabeth. “Our mission is to continue to expand the foundation laid by TEDxSummerstrand and TEDxNMMU who came before us.”
TEDxPortElizabeth are the hosts of the live stream of the TED2016 conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada. The Friday 19 February event commences at 09h30 and is scheduled to end at 16h30 in Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre.
This is a platform where the greatest thinkers, artists, leaders and story-tellers give talks on their process as well as what they have learnt and wish to give off to the world. TED is non-profit community that has become global, which has streamed talk from various people and entities in almost 100 languages. TEDx are locally organised events based on the TED format described at www.tedx.com
Events organised dynamic group of thinkers, who aim to create consistent events to inspire the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay and create connections worldwide. More info on our Facebook page.
To know more about this event and pre-book your ticket, please contact:
Ramon Thomas, Tel. 041-9921215 Mobile: 081-4355599 firstname.lastname@example.org