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 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, 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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High voter turnout in metro by-elections

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A MAN was arrested after a group of toyi-toyiing people disrupted voting in the Nelson Mandela Bay by-elections at a Uitenhage polling station last night.

Earlier, voting got off to a good start in all eight wards holding by-elections yesterday.

IEC regional supervisor Crosby Bacela said the group had been protesting about a tent used as a polling station in Ward 53.

“They claimed that the voting station was illegal and tried to stop some of the IEC staff from performing their duties. We had to call police to intervene and one man was arrested.”

It was not clear last night which party the protesters were supporting.

Voter turnout is expected to be 50 per cent or more. Full results will be released today.

While some voting stations got off to a quiet start in the early morning, hundreds of people later queued outside waiting to vote at the George Botha Hall in Kwanoxolo.

The presiding officer at the station, Buntu Matsha, said that by 11am more than 380 people had already voted and 3961 people were on the voters‘ roll. “We are expecting people to come in a bit later.”

The queue stretched from the entrance of the hall to the street.

Matsha said there were tensions among the political parties, but everyone was well behaved.

However an elderly woman, Liziwe Simani, accused an election officer of misleading her to vote for another party instead of her party of choice.

Simani said: “I told her I couldn‘t read and write. She took me to the voting booth and asked me which party I wanted to vote for. I told her ANC but she showed somewhere else to put the cross. It was not the ANC emblem.”

Simani refused to go and said she wanted her ballot paper to be taken out so she could vote again.

Matsha said the incident was a case of misunderstanding. “The official told the woman that she should place the cross on the party of her choice in the first row, but the woman interpreted that as the top of the ballot and for the first party.”

Presiding officers in other wards reported a slow turnout in the morning, but by noon people started to trickle in.

In Ward 54 at Ncedo High School in Motherwell, presiding officer Thabo Bailey said that between 7am and 8am there had been 32 voters. “Everything is running smoothly. There were just a couple of people who were turned away because they were not registered.”

Nonkoliso Kula, from area 29 in NU12, who was outside the school, said although she had been disappointed with previous councillor Lindikhaya Matebese, she would continue to vote to make sure there was change.

“I want the person I‘m voting for to concentrate on the rectification of RDP houses and the tarring of roads.”

Bacela said no incidents had been reported apart from complaints from voters who had been turned away because they did not meet the requirements of registering for the by-elections.

There was also a heavy police presence at all the polling stations.

Source :The Herald