Writers Apply for Scholarship to Karoo Writers’ Festival

Good day Writers in Nelson Mandela Bay,

We are inviting TWO writers to apply for a scholarship to attend the Karoo Writers Festival in Cradock, Eastern Cape from 19-22 July. The following costs will be cover by one of our sponsors:

  1. Travel to and from Cradock (taxi from Uitenhage or Port Elizabeth)
  2. Shared Accomodation for 3 nights (Airbnb)
  3. Day pass for Friday + Saturday (R250)

Win Tickets for Karoo Writers Festival


  • Send your Writer’s CV to tedxpe@gmail.com
  • Attach two samples of your writing
  • Add a short 300 motivation on why you want to go to the Karoo Writers Festival

NB! Two winners will be announced on our social media channels on 16 July 2018, 16h00. For more information, call RJ Thomas on +27814399555.

Article Published in the Weekend Post:

“The Eastern Cape is a treasure trove of writing talent and we didn’t have to dig very deep to fill our programme with creative gems.” So says Lisa Ker, organiser of the Karoo Writers’ Festival, which will bring a literary buzz to the town of Cradock from Thursday to Sunday.

Karoo Writers Festival in Cradock, Eastern Cape

The first day of the event, July 19, will be dedicated to nurturing young local talent in partnership with the Avbob Poetry Project. Sixty high school pupils who want to write or perform in Xhosa, Afrikaans or English will spend the day with six expert coaches, workshopping poetry for healing, under the umbrella “Words of Comfort”.

The youngest coach, Akhona Mafani, 20, is already a well-established performance poet who will also participate in the Open Microphone sessions which start at 4pm on the Friday 20 July. Open Mic is repeated at the same time on the Saturday, 21 July but with different material and writers.

Friday is also the anniversary of the Cradock Four funeral – the day chosen by Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata for the Eastern Cape launch of their new book, My Father Died for This. The festival honours another great son of Cradock , the late Guy Butler, with talks by Beth Wyrill and Professor Emeritus Malvern van Wyk Smith. Butler would have been 100 this year.

Dr Jade Munslow Ong from the UK will introduce her new book on Olive Schreiner and African Modernism, while her countryman Matthew Whittle (UK) will juxtapose imagery of hunting in the writing of Ernest Hemingway and in the outsize paintings of Walton Ford.

Grahamstown poet Dan Wylie will take a gentler view of animals in Southern African poetry. Before Open Mic, Brian Wilmot will present a slideshow on his Lingelihle tour with an option visit to the site of the old Magqubeni township which was bulldozed into oblivion during the apartheid era. His popular literary Walking Tour of Old Cradock is on the Thursday.

An early Friday supper will be followed by a staged reading of Cradock-based writer Tony Jackman’s new one-actor play, Mein Camp.

Night owls can then enjoy a Late Night Ramble with Cradock legend Toast Coetzer and the Buckfever Underground band, Christiaan Bakkes and Marcia Fargoli (the Cosmic Puffadders from Canon Rocks) and other pop-up performers. This will be repeated with new material on the Saturday night.

On the Saturday morning the festival will move to The Shed precinct with its restaurant, pancake house, nursery, decor shop and great coffee. Market stalls will include the festival’s pop-up book table and individual tables by Eve Clayton, Alan Elsdon and other authors. Speakers will include novelist Jo-Anne Richards, Cradock poet Clinton V du Plessis, Martin Welz (on 25 years of editing Noseweek magazine), Toast Coetzer and Alice Inggs on Writing Landscape, and Graaff-Reinet chef Gordon Wright on his new book Karoo Food.

Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit will close the day with a presentation on their new book, Moving to the Platteland – Life in Small Town South Africa. This will be followed by a Karoo dinner with wine-tasting by Leopard’s Leap vineyard.On Sunday the entire festival will adjourn to Dirosie Game Lodge on Buffelshoek farm.

Brunch will be served and midlands farming personality Errol Moorcroft will launch his book of anecdotes – The Wool-classer, the Shearer and the Golden Fleece. The festival programme will end on a high note with an optional guided trip up to the Schreiner sarcophagus on Buffelskop. The full programme and details of a low-price day pass offer are at www.karoowritersfestival.weebly.com

source: Herald Live

What’s Happening at TEDxPortElizabeth in 2018?

Thulani Swartbooi TEDxPortElizabeth organiser from Uitenhage, South AfricaGood morning, and in case we don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night. The TEDxPortElizabeth team has been on an extended break since 2017. The tide has not yet turned in terms of securing our new license, and that is the only matter that prevents us from hosting more events in Nelson Mandela Bay. We are not allowed to host any TEDx events without a license, which is usually valid for 12 months.

We hosted our first event at the NMB Science & Technology Centre in Uitenhage during February 2016. During that same year, we hosted three events including a sold-out conference at the AFDA campus, Upper Central, Port Elizabeth and a TEDxWomen live stream during October 2016.

In 2017 we hosted four events, primarily using in the TEDxSalon format. These events are different from the conference because they usually have two speakers, focussed one theme/topic. The team of Thulani Swartbooi and Sipuxolo Toni did a stellar job to fulfil our mission of finding and sharing local ideas worth sharing. The TEDx team also grew by leaps and bounds, and some of our alumni have moved onto other projects with great success.

So where is TEDxPortElizabeth going in 2018?

A new team is being formed, and a new license application has been submitted to the TEDx management in New York. At this stage, we need to do the following to ensure we continue:

  1. Secure our new license to host a conference in 2018
  2. Restructure our TEDx team of volunteers
  3. Ensure sponsorship of the events are in place

So we have a question for you: are you curious or are you serious about joining forces? If you want to speak at our next event; or if you want to attend our next event; or if you want to join the TEDxPortElizabeth team, simply send us your information via our contact page.

TEDx reflects on a breathtaking 2017

Thank you all for another wonderful year. Here’s a short video recap of last from TEDx around the world…

Everyday, as we watch the talks produced by TEDx groups around the world, sort through the photographs taken, and read the stories shared, we are constantly awed by the hard work and dedication you bring to your communities and to the TEDx mission.

2017 was an incredible year for TEDx, filled with impressive milestones that speak to your efforts to spread local ideas that make an impact on a global scale. As the year comes to an end, we continue to be encouraged by the strength and passion of the TEDx community, and hope you’ll join us in taking a moment to reflect on the positive spirit of TEDx and all of the good you help put back into the world.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year,

The TEDxPortElizabeth Team

Tiyani Ndlovu

Tiyani NdlovuTiyani Ndlovu, originally from Johannesburg but came to Port Elizabeth to study and now currently working as a quality engineer at an automotive company. I’m also studying part time a Bachelor of Technology in Quality at Nelson Mandela University.

Excellence, diligent, hard working and courageous are the words to describe myself. As an engineer academics are always important but acquiring skills, experience and self-development are just as important to be one step ahead. I am an ambitious woman, encouraged to be innovative, to think beyond borders.

My mission in life is to change the world for all women in the STEM and Engineering sector and to be an example and pave the way for other young women to consider and pursue a career in engineering and technology.




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The following TED talk is Tiyani Ndlovu’s favourite because:

This talk was simple yet so informative of how to start a movement, although it was a dancing crowd, it can be applied in any kind of movement you would want to start.

Being part of the engineering industry, my mission in life is to change the world for all women in the STEM and Engineering sector and to be an example and pave the way for other young women to consider and pursue a career in engineering and technology.

The Revolutionary Spectrum by Siv Greyson

From a very young age, Siv struggled to fit within the ideal version of girlhood, thus lived in constant resistance of gendered social norms – Today, Siv lives happily as a non-binary person feeling less pressured to perform a femininity that was never theirs.YouTuber, writer and a black queer student activist – will share their experience and views about “The Revolutionary Spectrum.”With Twitter as their biggest teacher, YouTube as their largest outlet, and all of social media to explore, Siv uses their social media presence – as well as their strong presence in the Cape Townian and Port Elizabethan young queer scenes – to challenge constructed ideas on gender (and race).

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

A foreigner’s experience of Xenophobia in SA

Goodness Onwuka spoke at the TEDxPortElizabeth Salon held at Art on Target on 8 April 2017.

Goodness Onwuka, a man who came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he currently lectures will also share his experience and will explore the concept of Xenophobia.Goodness is idealistic about the applications of Machine learning. He thinks everything machine learning touches turns to gold. He came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization and now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa where he currently lectures. Growing up in a country with over 300 tribes and not new to the concept of ethnic superiority he quickly came to realize that South Africa like so many places in Nigeria are similar in their perception of diversity. Having come from a culturally diverse environment, he brings his experience from home and a machine learning perspective to exploring the concept of Xenophobia.

TEDxPortElizabeth launches Salon events in 2017

2017 TEDxPortElizabeth Salon 1

[Port Elizabeth, South Africa] TEDxPortElizabeth is thrilled to announce its first Salon event at Art on Target on Saturday 8 April from 14h00 to 16h00, with the theme “Truth or Dare.

The Salon is dedicated to overturning stones and revealing hard truths about global issues in Nelson Mandela Bay. We will discuss untold truths about xenophobia and gender inequality in South Africa.

Guest speaker, Siv Greyson – YouTuber, writer and a black queer student activist – will share her experience and views about “The Revolutionary Spectrum.”

Siv Greyson Youtube Black Queer photographer

Goodness Onwuka, a man who came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he currently lectures will also share his experience and will explore the concept of Xenophobia.

Goodness Onwuka Nigerian in Port Elizabeth NMMU

Event Details:

VENUE: Art on Target, 2 Kloof Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
TIME: 14:00-16:00
TICKETS: R50 per person

Tickets are available at: http://tedxportelizabeth.org.za/tickets


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Khanyisile Ndabambi

I am a confident, energetic and strong female who studies Public Relations Management at NMMU. I enjoy photography, public speaking, acting and also writing. If I were to describe myself in one word it would be “Self-driven” nobody can achieve my goals besides Khanyisile Ndabambi.

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The following TED talk is Khanyisile’s favourite because:

One thing i loved about her talk was when she said , “There is no rewind button on life.” she took control of her reality. She also highlights the fact that passion is the key to making your dreams come true. She used her passion for music to turn her passion into reality.

Farah Fortune – Publicist

Selwyn Milborrow

Selwyn Milborrow is a publisher, writer, poet, novelist, multimedia journalist, iReporter, blogger, radio presenter, social media manager, PEN SA professional member, and on the advisory board of TEDxPortElizabeth.

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The following TED talk is Selwyn Milborrow’s favourite because:

I am a creative person and find Sir Ken Robinson a fascinating person. His TED talks is amazing and filled with his trademark humour. I join with Sir Robinson in asking ‘Why don’t we get the best out of people?’ He argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies, far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity are ignored or even stigmatised, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. My goal is also to encourage creativity and young people pioneering us into a better and brighter future.

Sinomtha Gede

I was born and raised in the city of East London. I am currently doing my 3rd year in PR Management. I wish to be a Body Positivity activist, motivational and inspirational speaker for young women and young girls who struggle with low self- esteem. We are pressured on a daily basis to conform to societies standards of beauty ignoring the inevitable fact that we are all literally created differently and that no one person is the same! Too many women allow their self-worth be determined in the eyes of others. The world will always beat and bring us down to a point where one lives in shame, constantly fearing the useless opinions of others. If we can all live a shame free life in-spite of a society that tells you because you are “different” you do not deserve to. We can reach our full potential and do amazing things!

Find Sinomtha Gede here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Sinomtha Gede’s favourite because:

This TEDx Talk speaks volumes of what I essentially mean in my bio. There are so many different levels one has to overcome to reach their full potential with many obstacles in the way of who we are.