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

Join The Salvation Army’s Women’s Support Group

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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.

Women's Support Group Salvation Army Uitenhage

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:

  • Address: 1 Bilson Road, Central, Uitenhage opposite the Convent Pre-Primary school.
  • Time: 09h30-11h00
  • Contact: Email Major Valerie Potgieter or call Ms Murray on 071-256-7149
  • Cost: FREE!

Who is the Salvation Army in South Africa?

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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TEDxPortElizabethLive: Watch Dreams That Matter Take Shape

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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.

TED2016 Dream

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.

Book your FREE tickets online here.

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About TED Conference:

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

About TEDxPortElizabeth:

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:

  1. Ramon Thomas, Tel. 041-9921215 Mobile: 081-4355599 rjthomas@qq.com
  2. Ntsika Tyatya, Mobile: 074-0322321 / 061-7027936 ntsika.loud@gmail.com

Spring Child Clean-up Day

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Spring has arrived! UCDS needs your help to encourage all street children to Uitenhage Central Sports Ground on Saturday, 5 September at 8am in the morning. For more information please call Angie on 073 982 2628.

Thank you for supporting our Spring Child Clean-up Day.

Child Clean Up Day Uitenhage

Xhosa chief to be honoured

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COLONIAL TIMES: Chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

The Albany Museum will honour chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele through a public lecture scheduled to take place in Tshabo village in Berlin near East London tomorrow.

Makhanda kaNxele was born in Uitenhage 192 years ago. Tshabo is where the descendants of Makana still reside under the leadership of chief Zwelivuziwe Makinana who is a direct descendant of Ndlambe.

Nxele was Ndlambe’s counsellor. He was a Xhosa warrior and prophet who fought against the colonial regime in Grahamstown.

He promised his people that he would return after his arrest following the Battle of Grahamstown in 1819.

However he never returned as he drowned off the coast of Robben Island in 1820 while trying to escape.

The Makana local municipality in Grahamstown is named after Nxele and so is Makana street in Langa, Cape Town.

“The ukuza kukaNxele public lecture is part of a broader provincial and national government initiative to transform museums and is also a contribution to the Liberation Heritage Route initiative,” said Albany Museum communications officer, Zongezile Matshoba.

The project is funded by the National Heritage Council, a body responsible for heritage conservation at national level.”

Matshoba said the public lecture will be delivered by Prof Julia Wells, who is a councillor in the Makana municipality and a history professor at Rhodes University.

Wells is also a board member of the Albany Museum and an author of a recently launched book, The Return of Makhanda: Exploring the Legend.

The lecture will mark 192 years of Nxele’s death and will also be a celebration of the bravery displayed by heroes of the wars of dispossession.

The public lecture will be followed by an exhibition which is planned for next year at the museum.

Sithandiwe Velaphi

Source : http://www.thenewage.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

Wessels joins Glacier Junior Series finalists

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Brian Wessels © Glacier Junior Series

Port Elizabeth junior golfer Brian Wessels held off a spirited challenge from Southern Cape’s Jack Duthie and Ronald Baxter from the Eastern Province to claim the 22nd Glacier Junior Series title at St Francis Links on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Newton Park navigated his way around the tough Jack Nicklaus layout in one-under-par 71 to edge out Baxter and Duthie by two shots for the title.

Wessels was delighted to pull through in the last Eastern Cape event and earn the chance to tee it up alongside the other 24 finalists in this year’s series at the national final in October.

The finalists will compete for what is arguably the biggest prize in South African junior golf – an all-expenses paid trip from Glacier by Sanlam to tee it up in the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Invitational later this year.

A slew of top Southern Cape juniors made the trip to St Francis Bay to tee it up in the last Eastern Province event, but Wessels said he only worried about his own game.

“It was my first Glacier Junior Series tournament, so I didn’t have time to worry about the other players; I just focussed on the job at hand,” the grade 12 Grey High School learner said.

“I played really nicely and I made all the pars that counted. I dropped two shots but I made up for that with three birdies that helped me to a two shot lead.

“I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of teeing it up at the final. I won a 36-hole Junior Tournament in really windy conditions at Humewood earlier this year, so I’m quietly confident that my skills in the wind and at the coast will help me in the final. “

The 22nd tournament on the popular Glacier by Sanlam sponsored series drew a field of 57 players, including four-handicap golfer Imkeleen Meyer, who looked a shoe-in to win after turning in one-under. Although she struggled over the back nine, Meyer still came home in 71 to win Best Nett in the A-Division.

“I struggled a little in the wind over the closing holes and I had some bad luck when my ball spun off the green into a water hazard at one hole, but overall, I was thrilled with my performance,” said the 16-year-old from Dispatch.

“This was my first really big tournament, so I was a little apprehensive but I’m really happy with my performance, especially because I was able to play to my handicap. It was a big stage for me and I feel that I handled my first proper tournament really well.”

Meanwhile 16-year-old Mieke de Ridder carded an 80 off her eight handicap to win the B-Division, while Pieter Zietsman beat former SAGDB learner, Jamie Lee Daniels from Uitenhage for second place by in a count-out on 84.

De Ridder was thrilled to win, although she felt her score could have been even better.

“My putter just went stone cold,” lamented the 16-year-old from Lovemore Heights in Port Elizabeth.

“I was solid tee to green; every tee shot hit the fairways and I hit almost every green in regulation, but I couldn’t sink a putt to save my life. That’s golf, I suppose, but I was still thrilled to finish first.”

De Ridder said the tournament was a great experience.

“You really felt like a professional player out there because the tournament was so well organised,” said De Ridder, who was rewarded with a Cleveland lob-wedge for her first place finish.

“It’s a great pity we don’t have more of these Glacier events in the Eastern Province. Hopefully I can get my handicap down to six so I can challenge in the A-Division next year.”

The series heads into the home straight this August and the country’s leading junior golfers have just three more opportunities to qualify for the national final and earn the chance to challenge for the grand prize.

On August 5th, Thomas Aiken hosts his event at Wanderers Golf Club while Richard Sterne has his tournament at Erinvale Country Club, European Tour winner James Kingston hosts the final event on this year’s schedule on Monday, 19 August at Rustenburg Golf Club. The venue for the national final from 3-5 October will be announced shortly.


A-Division (1-6 Handicap) 
1. Brian Wessels 71 gross
2. Ronald Baxter 73 gross (on count out) 
3. Jack Duthie 73 gross
Best Nett – Imkeleen Meyer 71

B-Division (7-18 Handicap) 1. Mieke de Ridder 80 gross
2. Pieter Zietsman 84 gross (on count out) 
3. Jamie Lee Daniels 84 gross
Best Nett – Andrew Jeffrey 76

C-Division (19-36 Handicap) 
1. Hendrik Brown 38 points
2. Desmond Goeda 33 points
3. Reece Coleman 32 points

Source : www.supersport.com

PE back soon on schedule of low-cost airline

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COMAIR will recommence its flights of low-cost airline Kulula.com to and from Port Elizabeth next week.
Kulula’s marketing manager Nadine Damon said the company would make a formal announcement on Monday concerning which day flights would officially commence but she said they were scheduled to begin later next week. “Our Port Elizabeth flights ended on June 23 due to a major system restructuring which saw us moving on to a global online booking system.
“This system is similar to what is being used by many of the major airlines around the world,” she said.
Damon said due to the complexities of the system the airline opted to roll out the system in various phases.
She said the commencement of Port Elizabeth flights would take place during Phase 2, which was set to start next week.
“It was never a case of us permanently ending our Port Elizabeth flights.
“What is great now is that we will be adding flights to Harare, Livingstone and other cities which customers in Port Elizabeth will be able to fly to directly,” she said.
Damon said other details about Phase 2 would be announced on Monday.
Port Elizabeth International airport manager Azad Cassim said the airport had arrivals and departures daily from British Airways, South African Airways, South Africa Airlink, South Africa Express and One Time, which is the only low-cost carrier using the airport.
Port Elizabeth International airport operations manager Anthony Groom said on average the airport had 27 arrivals and 27 departures every day
Source : Peherald.com