TEDx 2016

Caleb Zealand’s TEDx Talk is now on Youtube

We’ve finished editing all the videos from our TEDx conference on 1 July 2016 at AFDA’s Port Elizabeth campus. We’re grateful for our filming team especially Rostin van Heerden in Uitenhage and Randy Gallant in Port Elizabeth.

Although we’re still uploading all 15 speakers and performers’ videos, we have two currently live on Youtube. Here’s the first one featuring child palaeontologist Caleb Zealand:

Caleb Zealand loves dinosaurs. He shares three types of dinosaurs you need to know: Pachycephalosarus, a land dinosaur; Pterannodon, a flying reptile; and Mosasaurus, a marine reptile.

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.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Added Aug 8, 2016

 

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 Bozza.mobi.

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.”

Farah Fortune – Publicist

Publicist, Farah Fortune will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Farah’s topic will be: Reality of Entertainment

Farah FortuneWith a diploma in PR and a business law diploma from WITS University, Farah Fortune has years of experience in the South African PR field, while also dabbling in the media when she lived in the UK.

Asked why she started her own company Fortune said; “I got tired of someone else deciding how much I was worth and I wanted to afford a better lifestyle for myself and my daughter.” In 2014 Fortune won the award for Outstanding Leadership at the Women’s World Congress in India, while earlier this year she was a keynote speaker at the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards nomination event.