Slide Night presents an evening of ocean inspiration in 10 minute talks by ocean thought leaders, including athletes, activists, scientists, divers, conservationists and seafarers of all kinds, who share their passion, ideas and adventures. This year we are back in person, woohoo!

Slide Night will be held on 3 March at 7:00 for 7.30pm (Come for a drink and a chat and a bite before). Tickets cost R120.

The inimitable Sarah Blake (multi-instrumentalist and songstress, storyteller and adventure queen) will be your MC and host. Spike will again be lurking in the wings with his infamous shark gong to keep speakers on their 10 minute toes. (Above image by

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Toni Giselle Stuart

Children of Water

Toni Giselle Stuart works as a poet, performer, creative facilitator. Her work includes Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements with filmmaker Kurt Orderson; What the Water Remembers at Woordfees (2020); forgetting. and memory with vangile gantsho & Vusumzi Ngxande, at the Virtual National Arts Festival (2020), and Ocean Home –a poem about the work of The Beach Co-Op, who work wit communities to restore and care for our beaches and oceans. She has an MA Writer/Teacher (distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar.


Jamila Janna

Traditional knowledge Turning the Tide

Marine biologist Miss Janna is currently a master’s candidate at the Stellenbosch University. She graduated at UKZN in 2018 with her honours in Marine Biology. She has a background in stable isotopes, estuarine and coastal ecology, filmmaking, science communication and marine activism. She has participated in stakeholder engagements and was a liaison officer for youth, and has a deep interest in environmental racism and intersectionality in conservation.


Lesley Bloy

Operation Clean Spot: In my back yard

Lesley is a keen nature enthusiast who loves the outdoors. Having grown up in the rolling green hills of KZN, Lesley endeavours to spend as much time outdoors surrounded by the African bush, on a mountain, or in the ocean, as possible! Lesley is a passionate, young professional whose career is a testament to her love for the environment, particularly the marine environment. Lesley holds a Master’s Degree in Ichthyology and strives to continue learning but also to continue teaching – to share her knowledge and passion with those around her. Lesley is motivated to bring about meaningful, sustainable change, leaving nothing but footprints everywhere she goes.


Craig Lambinon

Great Escapes from the High Seas

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon has seen his fair share of hair-raising salty sea tales as a veteran of Sea Rescue with almost 30 years experience and countless hours that include roles as crewman, coordinator, medic and rescue swimmer. Craig, who is on duty 24 hours a day 365 days a year, is often awake at 3am fielding calls from the press while rescue crews are out at sea. He acts as a liaison with distraught families and even consulates when victims are foreign nationals.


Mhlangabezi Mdutyana

Can phytoplankton save the planet from extinction?

Mhlangabezi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town, he recently graduated with a PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry. Mhlangabezi’s research examines nitrogen cycling in the upper surface layer of the Southern Ocean, particularly the processes involved during nitrogen production and consumption. His work evaluates the role of seasonality during nitrogen cycling including the importance of kinetic parameters, such as the maximum rates of nitrogen uptake and nitrification, and half saturation constants in the Indian and Atlantic sectors of the Southern Ocean.


Clova Mabin

How Covid-19 Reset our Connection with Nature

Clova is the director of the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre. She became increasingly aware of how inaccessible science and its application are from the general public while completing an MSc in conservation biology and a PhD on invasive marine species. She is passionate about translating her scientific insights and sharing her love of the ocean. Clova believes that environmental education - teaching future generations about ecology and sustainability - is the best way to shape our future.


Russel Goodman

Meant to Sea

Russel is an NSRI crew member who has spent most of his life in and around the ocean. He even schedules his work meetings based on what the swell and tides are doing. A keen surfer, paddler and photographer who often finds himself in the “right place at the right time``. He is a crew member and rescue swimmer at Station 2 in Bakoven. Russel looks forward to chatting about his personal experience with the ocean and his relationship to it, a journey that began for him as a child.


Jade Vermeulen

My Rocky Road to Shark Research

Jade Vermeulen is the spokesperson, and head of the media team, for Justice 4 Jaws. She completed her undergraduate degree at Nelson Mandela University, and then furthered her education with a BSc. Hons. (Zoology). Her honours research focused on the field of ichthyology, and she was part of the Nelson Mandela University Fish Research team during both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Jade will be starting her Master of Science degree with Rhodes University this year, and is working towards a career in conservation, with a specific focus on sharks and their relatives. Her favourite shark is the Whale Shark!


Sandile Ntuli

The Genesis of Justice 4 Jaws

Sandile Ntuli comes from Kwazulu-Natal, he is the facilitator for Justice 4 Jaws. Sandile did his undergraduate degree in marine biology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In his final undergraduate year (2015), he was selected to join the WildOceans’ Ocean Stewards program. Sandile graduated with his B.Sc. in 2016 and further embarked in Honours and an M.Sc. shortly afterwards. In 2019, Sandile started an internship with WildOceans to facilitate their WhaleTime project. He later moved on to a research assistant position in the Shark and Ray protection project still with WildOceans which is the position he is still currently holding. His favourite shark is the Puffadder Shyshark!