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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.

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

Jonathan Jansen back in Uitenhage

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By Melanie Burke

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. 

Please let me know if we can progress this conversation in a useful manner. Here is a 15 minute recording from an interview earlier this week on CapeTalk.

Community Fundraising event: Dinner with Prof Jonathan Jansen

  • When: Tuesday, 22 March 2016
  • Time: 19h00
  • Admission: R2000 per corporate table/R170 per person  

2013 Nelson Mandela Bay Book at PE Opera House

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Alert! The programme for the second annual Nelson Mandela Bay Book Fair has been released. Some highlights from the fair, which will be held at The Opera House in Port Elizabeth from 14 – 16 March, include the following:

Thursday 14 March

Amabali Neentsomi: Workshop on African traditional story-telling in isiXhosa, facilitated by Jessica Mbangeni and Kholeka Sigenu.

Is Language Free? – New Activism in Language and Culture: Facilitated by Mcoseleli Dukisa with the panel consisting of Mandla Matyumza, Professor Ncedile Saule, Ntsiki Mazwai, Professor Cornelius Thomas, Dr. Don Mattera and Gontse Chaane.

Friday 15 March

Writing, Spirituality and Politics: Facilitated by Professor Xolela Mangcu, this presentation looks at what has been gained and lost against the backdrop of democratisation and shift in power to the majority of the citizenry in South Africa. How the changes impacted on the ability of writers to speak the truth to power.

The State of South African Literature: Facilitated by Sisi Maqagi with a panel consisting of Niq Mhlongo, Siphiwo Mahala, Mzi Mahola, Dr. Linda Kwatsha, Jessica Mbangeni and Buysile Western Kwenene.

Saturday 16 March

Workshop: Writing Poetry with Robert Berold.

Poetry Session: Don Mattera, Vonani Bila, Mzi Mahola, Ntsiki Mazwai, Mphutlane Bofelo, Madoda Ndlakuse, Sabata Mokae and Lesego Rampolokeng.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Book Fair (MBBF) is a project of Ikhwelo Writing Project and Imbizo Arts of South Africa. The project started in 2012. The organisers with the spirit of reaching out to all communities of the Nelson Mandela Bay hosted the Book Fair at Red Location Museum in 2012, and the 2013 edition will be hosted at The Opera House.

The purpose of the Book Fair is not tourist attraction but the promotion of the value of books and what they contain. The MBBF 2013 edition is made possible by the sponsorship from Eastern Cape Provincial Arts Council (ECPACC), Department of Arts and Culture (Nationally) and the Port Elizabeth Opera House. The guest writers invited for 2013 MBBF Edition are:

– Dr Don Matterra
– Jessica Mbangeni
– Niq Mhlongo
– Ntsiki Mazwai
– Boffelo Mpotlane
– Dr Simpiwe Sesanti
– Prof Ncedile Saule
– Dr Motsoko Pheko
– Duma kaNdlovu
– Siphiwo Mahala
– Lesego Rampolokeng

There will also be a host of local artists including Mzi Mahola, Prof Robert Berold (Rhodes University), Dr Linda Kwatsha (NMMU), Dr Cornelius Thomas (Rhodes University), Ntsika Tyatya, Babalwa Kona, Mthuthuzeli Zealand, Soga Mlandu, Mpumi Chilibe, etc.

Jonathan Jansen inspires Uitenhage before Matric final exams

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Prof. Jonathan Jansen

Via Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos Prof Jonathan Jansen @ Uitenhage High
school Thursday, speaking to Matriculants in Uitenhage. Time: 11h40.
Please make sure you are early and do not miss this opportunity. This is
the man who brought Oprah Winfrey to Bloemfontein. We both spoke at the
Teenage Equilibrium Conference at St Stithians College in 2011.

 

Well known author, columnist and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof. Jonathan Jansen will be visiting Uitenhage to address and most probably inspire teachers.

Prof. Jansen, as the chief editor, released a book called Great South African Teachers (Bookstorm Publishers) during October 2011.

One of the stories included in this book was written by Mrs Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos, currently a lecturer at NMMU.

Coetzee-de Vos submitted a story on the influence of Mr Joe Slingers on her life.

“Mr Slingers has a rich history with Uitenhage. He was appointed principal at Uitenhage High School the same year that I started my standard 6 education there,” said Mrs Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos.

“He has gone on to play a pivotal role in my life until 2009/2010 when I completed my Masters dissertation in Education with the NMMU. He is currently lecturing part-time in the Education Department of the NMMU.

“The rationale for publishing the book Great South African Teachers is that so many negativities are associated with teachers and teaching, yet there are still some good teachers out there, giving teaching the high regard it deserves. Mr Joe Slingers is such a teacher,” said Coetzee-de Vos.

She invited Prof Jansen to Uitenhage to take him to the school context in which her story happened, but soon realized that limiting the audience of him would be an injustice.

“Therefore, the idea emanated to have a Teachers Day in Uitenhage, with Mr Slingers as special guest and Prof Jansen as the keynote speaker.” said Coetzee-de Vos.

The Uitenhage District Education Department came on board in allowing some teachers to attend this event on Wednesday, 30th November from 09:00 until 11:15 at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

By Heilie Combrinck

Source : www.ud-news.co.za

Mashatile launches National Book Week

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Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile(SABC)

Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile launches the National Book Week at the Babs Madlakane Hall in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape today. This is an initiative by the Department of Arts and Culture in association with the South African Book Development Council to encourage South Africans to read.

The event, which runs until Saturday, includes a number of activities such as puppet shows, story telling and creative workshops led by prominent authors. Mashatile says this week is to encourage people to read books written in indigenous languages.

He says the important thing is to get people to be interested in reading. “We come from a history where particularly in African communities libraries have not been very important. So people in general, did not see reading as an important thing.”

The minister says people should make reading a hobby, which is why he says: “I like this thing of book clubs, because in the next few years we must get rid of illiteracy in our country, to ensure that everybody can read and write.”

Last week Mashatile noted that a culture of learning and teaching in schools should be underpinned by government’s responsibility to ensure conducive conditions. He said this includes delivering learning material on time. Mashatile, who is also the ANC’s Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, was delivering the Dr John Dube memorial lecture hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

Source : www.sabc.co.za

Market on Penford – 1st of September

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Looking to get out of the house and over the winter blues?

Market-on-Penford is a vibrant family market happening in Uitenhage on Saturday 4th August, with plenty to see, eat and buy. 

Market-on-Penford is primarily an outdoor market, and specializes in “Home-made, Home-baked, Home-grown” by hosting hand-picked stalls that sell a variety of arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, dried fruits, preserves, and plants to name but a few.

The market’s vision is to support the local community without compromising on quality products. 

There will be plenty of freshly prepared food to eat for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

You can also treat yourself to an early dessert and cappuccino.

Seating is provided for those who wish to enjoy a meal or just take a break from browsing through the stalls.

The venue is child-friendly with a jungle-gym for children to play and enjoy as well as a number of activities for children. 

The market started in February of this year, and has been running successfully ever since, proving to be a popular community event. 

So make your way to Philadelphia hall, 31 Penford Ave, Uitenhage.

The market starts at 8:00 until 14:00.

Market-on-Penford will take place on the first Saturday of every month. 

For more information or to enquire about a stall, please contact Estelle at 084-651-1865 or market@philadelphia.org.za

You can also search for “Market-on-Penford” on Facebook.

Source : Philadelphia.org.za

Your First Job workshop for Unemployed

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Welcome to your first job workshop Ramon Thomas, founder and Managing Director of NETucation presents a workshop for people who want to find a full time job in 2013. Maybe you just finished Matric, maybe you have a degree or diploma and cannot find employment.

You will learn the following in this 6 hour workshop:

  1. South African Economy
  2. What Jobs are in demand
  3. Self-Employment and SME options
  4. Attitudes & Action
  5. Research Companies & Management
  6. Preparing for Interviews
  7. Negotiate Salaries + Benefits
  8. Using Facebook To Find Jobs
  9. Writing the Best CV + Cover Letter
  10. Training Your Brain for Success (audio)

Venue: Salvation Army, 1 Bilson Road, Uitenhage near Binnehof (between Baird & John Street)

Time: 08h30-15h00

FEE: R250 per person
DEPOSIT: RJ Thomas: FNB CHEQUE 62053494515
Sandton branhc 254605
REF. Your Cellphone

NB! BRING THE FOLLOWING:

  • Your own notepad, pencil
  • Current CV printed
  • Newspapers with jobs

ABOUT RAMON THOMAS

Born in Uitenhage, Ramon Thomasis a professional speakers, trainer and group coach. He’s seminars have reached over 250,000 teenagers, teachers, parents and professionals across South Africa. You may have seen in on 3Talk, Special Assignment, eTV, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Business Day newspapers.

YOU RECEIVE

  1. EBook: GETTING YOUR FIRST JOB
  2. DVD with video interviews from experts worldwide
  3. Facebook support for 12 months after the seminar
  4. Assistance with relocating to Gauteng, Cape Town or Durban
  5. Contact details for > 800 companies in Port Elizabeth Area

Market on Penford – 4th of August

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Uitenhage Homemade Market Homegrown Penford ChurchLooking to get out of the house and over the winter blues?

Market-on-Penford is a vibrant family market happening in Uitenhage on Saturday 4th August, with plenty to see, eat and buy. 

Market-on-Penford is primarily an outdoor market, and specializes in “Home-made, Home-baked, Home-grown” by hosting hand-picked stalls that sell a variety of arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, dried fruits, preserves, and plants to name but a few.

The market’s vision is to support the local community without compromising on quality products. 

There will be plenty of freshly prepared food to eat for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

You can also treat yourself to an early dessert and cappuccino.

Seating is provided for those who wish to enjoy a meal or just take a break from browsing through the stalls.

The venue is child-friendly with a jungle-gym for children to play and enjoy as well as a number of activities for children. 

The market started in February of this year, and has been running successfully ever since, proving to be a popular community event. 

So make your way to Philadelphia hall, 31 Penford Ave, Uitenhage.

The market starts at 8:00 until 14:00.

Market-on-Penford will take place on the first Saturday of every month. 

For more information or to enquire about a stall, please contact Estelle at 084-651-1865 or market@philadelphia.org.za

You can also search for “Market-on-Penford” on Facebook.

Source : Philadelphia.org.za