Joe Slingers

TEDxPortElizabeth launches in Nelson Mandela Bay

[Port Elizabeth, Monday, 27 June 2016] – Sharing a world of dreams with the global TED and TEDx community, TEDxPortElizabeth will launch their first conference this year with the theme Through the Looking Glass in partnership with the new AFDA Film School in Port Elizabeth.

TEDxPortElizabeth continues on from TEDxNMMU (2012) and TEDxSummerstrand (2013), both organized by students from NMMU. TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) started in 1984 in California as an elite conference for visionaries and innovators. By 2012 TED Talks had been viewed more than 1 billion times online.

This TEDx conference features 15 speakers and performers from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, George, Jeffrey’s Bay, Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.

TEDx Port Elizabath 2016

Audience will be captivated by international business coach, Deshun Deysel, will open the conference speaking on Peak Performance. Her family moved from Uitenhage to Johannesburg when she was 12 years old. She powered into the history books in 1996, being part of the first group of South Africans to plant the new democratic flag on Mt Everest.

Another highlight is Farah Fortune, known in the entertainment industry as the “pit bull in heels.” She is the CEO of African Star Communications, with offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg and her clients include AKA, Casper Nyovest and Pam Andrews.

TEDx 2016 Port Elizabeth

After attending the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania in 2007, I have become very active in speaking and organising TEDx events in China and South Africa,” says Ramon Thomas, TEDxPortElizabeth founder. After returning home with an MBA degree from China, Thomas started recruiting a team of enthusiastic volunteers from in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Speakers from Port Elizabeth include mama Nomhle Nkonyeni, who recently won a SAFTA life-time achievement award; Xhosa poet Siyabonga Ngcai aka Gqoboz’imbawula Mbawula, Alexander Road High school learner; Thulani Ndzotyana who wants to be the first female president of South Africa in 2044; and youth artist, Mdali group.

TEDx 2016 Port Elizabeth

Speakers from Uitenhage include 7-year old child palaeontologist Caleb Zealand; Mr Joe Slingers, who was featured in the book, Great South African Teachers by Prof Jonathan Jansen; Mrs Elizabeth Muller, head librarian   for 25 years until her retirement in 2009; and artist Colleen Grewar.

Wikipedia editor, Bobby Shabangu, contributes to the world’s largest encyclopedia writing articles in isiSwati and English. “I discovered that if I don’t edit, no one will edit,” he says. “[I wanted] to activate people into talking about Wikipedia and the work they do and everything that’s actually how I got involved with the whole thing.”

AFDA is sponsoring the venue for this conference. Their students will film all the speakers and performers and the videos will be uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel. This is an opportunity to showcase Nelson Mandela Bay’s talent on the global stage.

The 2016 TEDxPortElizabeth conference takes place at AFDA Port Elizabeth campus, 28 Bird Street, Central on Friday, 1 July 2016. Only 100 tickets for this conference are on sale online.

Event details:

  • Venue: AFDA Port Elizabeth campus, 28 Bird Street, Central
  • Date: Friday, 1 July 2016
  • Time: 09h00-15h00
  • 15 Speakers, Performances, Networking and 4 curated TED Talks
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TEDxPortElizabeth 2016 Conference line-up

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, TEDTalks video 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.)

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Joe Slingers – Educator

Renowned educator and Shakespeare guru Joe Slingers will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Joe’s topic will be: Timeless literature
Joe Slingers
Possibly the most meaningful quote for Joe Slingers is the one by Greek philosopher Aristotle: “You are what you constantly do – excellence, therefore, is a habit.”

Being a teacher and working with students has been a highlight for Slingers who is motivated by his teachers and their organization which has its motto “let us live for our children”. An ex School principal in the troublesome 1980s, Joe says; “It’s always important to know who you are, so when you look in the mirror you not only see yourself but those who are important to you.” One needs to ask; “What is my job what is my task what do I need to do in order to make life more meaningful, it is important to know how far one is prepared to go to do ones job and that determines our principle,”, says Slingers.

Joe Slingers: Ek bring vir jou my kind

This story was originally published in Volksblad newspaper in Bloemfontein in 2012. We share it here because Mr Joe Slingers, an educator from Uitenhage, will be one of our speakers at the TEDxPortElizabeth conference on Friday, 1 July 2016 at the AFDA Film School, Port Elizabeth.

ONDERWYSER, ek bring vir jou my kind.

Met hierdie eenvoudige dog roerende woorde sal tienduisende ouers aanstaande maand hul kind voor die deur van ’n gr.1-klaskamer afsien en hom of haar die eerste keer aan die sorg van ’n onderwyser toevertrou.

Die mens wat hierdie kosbare woorde van opeenvolgende generasies ouers in herinnering bring, is Joe Slingers, ’n veteraan-onderwyser en skoolhoof. Hy word vereer op Uitenhage, ’n klein dorp waarvan die ekonomiese voortbestaan byna uitsluitend van die Volkswagen-aanleg op sy drempel afhang.

Een van sy mees vooraanstaande studente uit die Hoërskool Uitenhage, Ghauderen Coetzee, het ’n pragtige lofgedig ter ere van Slingers geskryf. Dit is opgeneem in die nuwe boek Great South African Teachers.

Joe Slingers, Ghaudren Coetzee, Jonathan Jansen Book Signing
Joe Slingers, Ghaudren Coetzee, Jonathan Jansen Book Signing in 2012

Ek luister aandagtig na die goed bewoorde toespraak van die veteraan-onderwyser.

Met apologie aan dienende onderwysers: Ek hoor nie meer sulke belesenheid, balans, emosie, gedissiplineerdheid, sorg en welsprekendheid in die stemme van onderwysers nie.

Sy beheerste ontleding van wat ouers van die ontvangende gr.1-onderwyser verwag, vervul ’n mens met besorgdheid namate jy begrip kry vir die ontsaglike verantwoordelikheid wat oorgedra word in die woorde: “Ek bring vir jou my kind.”

Met die oorhandiging van hul kind aan die onderwyser ervaar die ouers verskillende emosies. Die ma wat haar kind oorhandig, verwag nie dat die kind sal misluk nie. Sy kan haar ook nie voorstel dat haar kind in die komende 12 jaar, of meer, van formele skoolopleiding op die skoolterrein of in die klaskamer seergemaak, misbruik of verneder word nie.

Sy veronderstel dat haar kind dieselfde sorg, liefde en toewyding as dié wat sy as moeder koester, sal ervaar.

Tog weet sy in haar hart dat die oorhandiging risiko’s inhou en dat, afhangend van die skool, die kans skraal kan wees dat haar kind gr.12 gaan bereik, en nog skraler dat die kind haar finale jaar ongedeerd sal bereik.

En so hoop ’n mens dat die kind nie te erg afgeknou sal word nie, dat endemiese stakings deur vakbonde nie die kind se vordering sal kortwiek nie, dat die meisie wellustige manlike onderwysers gespaar sal bly, en dat die kind raakgesien sal word wanneer sy in ’n oorvol klas haar hand opsteek.

Ek bring vir jou my kind.”

Dié oomblik van oorhandiging is vir enige ouer verskriklik. Ek het dit twee keer gedoen.

Terwyl jou kind hand aan hand saam met die onderwyser wegstap, kyk hy of sy na jou terug.

Tensy jy ’n hart van klip het, vloei die trane dan.

Jy hoop maar net dat die ses jaar van sorg en koestering onder jou voogdyskap jou kind die volgende 12 jaar taai sal maak vir die moeilike omgewing, genaamd skool. En jy wens ten diepste dat die nuwe volwassene wat in loco parentis sal optree, jou kind met dieselfde toewyding as jy sal liefhê, versorg en onderrig.

Terwyl ek na die onderwyser Joe Slingers se passie en oortuigingskrag luister, hoor ek die stemme van ander meester-onderwysers: Nat Bongo, H.H. Dlamenze, Ernie Steenveld, Winkie Direko, Harold Samuel, T.W. Kambule en talle ander.
Strydrosse soos hulle is deesdae skaars.

Onderwyser, ek bring vir jou my kind.

Waarop die ontvangende onderwyser – in die onvergeetlike woord van Joe Slingers – sê: “Sannie, kom saam met my. Ek is jou onderwyser.” En met daardie woorde van liefde en gesag begin vir die kleintjie ’n nuwe lewensreis

source: Prof Jonathan Jansen in Volksblad (2011)