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.

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

Gerald Pietersen

Born and raised in Uitenhage, Gerald has always been someone that looks for the better in others. One of his main life goals is to establish youth nationally in such a way that they can always find a way to make things work through applying their skills and knowledge. He worked in the automotive sector for eighteen years and has since started his own business in training and development with the hope of branching into formalized coaching and mentoring. He is married to Sheri-Ann who is qualified as a psychologist and actively practicing as a disability coordinator at the local university.

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The following TED talk is Gerald Pietersen’s favourite because:

Since I watched Dr. Meg Jay’s view on the 20’s in this video, it affirmed a lot of things for me. Firstly the fact that my life and work experience in my twenties was not in vain and that all the mistakes I made was actually not mistakes. I came to realize that life has more than just a second chance. Starting afresh can and should happen every waking moment. “Why the 30’s is the new 20’s” has taught me to remain grounded, focused and determined to turn my experiences into learning and coaching opportunities.

Thulani Swartbooi

Words from my application to the Curator: I seek nothing but greatness in what I choose to involve myself in and as a PE native I have decided to take full advantage of the knowledge and networks collected and structured over the years.

I have been involved in organising two types of TedX events and I am motivated by people and the spirit of sharing. The experiences have brought a greater self-knowledge and awareness which will shape my future prospects and engagements to my community and people. I really hope to reach my community whether it is via TedX or another medium to spark change and difference through communication and engagement.

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The following TED talk is Thulani Swartbooi’s favourite because:

The talk is very much direct and honest in breaking down our most fundamental structures involving the largest community of beings. It may sound like a call out but it is a necessary truth which needs to be understood to bring up a healthy future generation to rapidly develop world solutions to world problems.

Caleb Zealand – Child Palaeontologist

Caleb Zealand UitenhageUitenhage school boy Caled Zealand will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Caleb’s topic will be: Why kids love dinosaurs

Caleb Zealand is 7-years old and in grade 1 at the Uitenhage Convent Roman Catholic Primary School. He has memorised the names of numerous dinosaurs from books, toys and movies. When he grows up he plans to become a palaeontologist like Dr Alan Grant in the 1990 book, Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton and the movies franchise.

Siyabonga Ngcai – Poet

Port Elizabeth resident and poet Siyabonga Ngcai will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Ngcai’s topic will be a Poetry Performance

Siyabonga Ngcai, better known as Gqobhoz’imbawula, is an ambitious poet, story teller, song writer, performing artist and Architectural Technologist by profession, born and raised in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. He grew up as a fine artist, Traditional and Pantsula dancer, and later found himself attached to writing short stories and poems.

Gqobhoz’imbawula writes his poetry in his mother tongue, isiXhosa, addressing matters concerning physical and emotional abuse against woman and children, African history, traditional and cultural backgrounds, and other pertinent stories involving the people in our communities. He has shared his craft in countless events, poetry festivals and musical sessions along with national and international artists.

Gqobhoz’imbawula represented the Eastern Cape in a Word’N’Sound Poetry and Live Music Series slam competition called Slam for Your Life in Grahamstown in 2014. He has also contributed his song entitled Ingoma from his album Ukholo lwemveli to the Current State of Poetry, SADC Love Poetry Mixtape which features amazing poets from different regions across the African continent. The mixtape was released on the 14th of February 2015 online for downloads on

Nomhle Nkonyeni – Actress

Port Elizabeth actress Nomhle Nkonyeni will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Nomhle’s topic will be: Big Screen Stories

Award winning actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has decided to plough back into her community in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. She is training young people in threatre production at the Opera House.

Nomhle Nkonyeni is a South African actress who has appeared in numerous television productions, including Mzansi, Tsha Tsha and the 2007 mini-series Society. She also appeared in the 2004 feature film Red Dust.

She was the mother of actress Thabang Nkonyeni, who was murdered in 2009.

In 2016 she was awarded the SAFTAs Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nomhle Nkonyeni is internationally known for: Catch a Fire (2006), Of Good Report (2013) and Zulu (2013). Born in Port Elizabeth on 4 April 1942, she has been identified as a major part of the history of theatre in this country. Her contribution is immeasurable according to celebrated author and academic, Professor Z.K.G. Mda

Wehan van Jaarsveld – Dance Educator & Performing Artist

Wehan van Jaarsveld Dance Teacher

Dance Educator Wehan van Jaarsveld will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Wehan’s topic will be: Searching for Balance.

Hailing from George Wehan (Vian) Van Jaarsveld currently heads the Dance Department at Outeniqua High School in George and is Managing Director of the Dance Academies Group.

Van Jaarsveld grew up in George and studied BMus Dance at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Contemporary dance and Classical Ballet. On completion of his qualification he joined the Cape Town City Ballet company as a full-time professional artist, but later relocated to Los Angeles. During his time in LA he was based in West-Hollywood for rehearsal periods, from where he worked abroad for the next 8 years accompanied by his wife, Jane. They returned from Hawaii in 2009 and hung up their performance shoes in exchange for a life in George, in the Southern Cape.

Having performed extensively in various styles over a number of years, Wehan is passionate about Arts & Education and especially about youth development through dance. He has been joined in his vision of “Life Skills Through Dance” in the Southern Cape by his Studio Manager and Associate Instructors, Simoné and Tamryn. They teach The Performing Arts at various schools in the Southern Cape and currently focus on Social and Competitive Ballroom & Latin including Salsa and Argentine Tango, Spanish dance and Flamenco.

Wehan believes that adults are basically deteriorated children. He believes in in keeping it “Real” and that the greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of allowing them to open their eyes wider than feels comfortable.

Trevor Watkins – Author

Author, Trevor Watkins will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Trevor’s topic will be: The Consent Axiom

Now resident in Jeffrey’s Bay, Trevor matriculated at De La Salle College in Victory Park, Johannesburg, in 1967. He started a B.Sc degree (Physics, chemistry) at Wits University in 1968, but switched to a B.Sc (Computer Science) through Unisa. After reading Ayn Rand in the early 1980’s, Trevor became a keen libertarian and has been involved with the movement ever since. Watkins has attended all but 1 of the 30 Libertarian Seminars held in South Africa, as well as FreedomFest in Las Vegas in the US. He is a co-developer of the Consent Axiom, and is on a mission to publicise this idea worldwide. He aspires to someday living in an independent libertarian enclave called Libertaria.

Deshun Deysel – International Business Coach

International Business Coach, Deshun Deysel will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Deshun’s topic will be: Peak Performance
Deshun Deysel
Uitenhage-born Deshun Deysel is one of South Africa’s leading female mountaineers. In her 15 year career as a high altitude mountaineer, she has been on 14 major expeditions to five continents. In 1996 she made history by being part of the first group of South Africans to plant the new democratic flag on the top of Mt. Everest. As a novice climber Deshun was only able to reach Camp 2 at 6,500 metres (550 metres short of the summit) that year.

Deshun Deysel & Associates uses keynotes, coaching, seminars and adventurous experiences, to encourage leaders in their struggle to harness diversity for better work performance.

Deysel is a Laureus Sport Ambassador and recipient of the Four Outstanding Young South Africans award from the Junior Chamber SA in September 1996. In 2007 and 2010 Deysel was nominated for the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year Award.

Johnson Mthembu – Activist

Law student and Activist Johnson Mthembu will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Mthembu’s topic will be: Masculinity & Suicide
Johnson Mthembu
Johnson Mthembu is ardent about empowering black African women and deconstructing masculinity. A graduate of Rhodes University and currently pursuing a degree in law, he is passionate about social entrepreneurism and access to education which he believes plays a significant role to empowering women. Johnson is co-founder of the start-up company Stokvella which aims to improve financial stability and savings through using innovative methods.

Mthembu says his his interest in TEDx is sparked by the free sharing of ideas; “Personally I don’t think I have come across a platform such as TED Talks, that we get to hear people share ideas in ways were it actually plays a significant role in bettering our individual lives as I believe that is something unique and most invaluable to anyone and this is why I’m so excited to be working with TEDxPortElizabeth.”