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Theme: We, the people

This event occurred on
August 21, 2014
8:30am - 8:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Johannesburg, GT
South Africa

South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy this year. Upon reflection, we find more questions than answers. What is certain though, is that life in 2014 is vastly different from what it was in 1994. Notable catalysts of this remarkable transformation are the heroic deeds that men and women of this country, in every field of endeavour, have put into creating a new and better life for themselves and for future generations—often against the grain. As we change gear and look to the next 20 years, we celebrate the unassumingly industrious people of this beautiful land. If we have learnt anything at all, it’s that the future they are building is anything but inevitable.

The Forum, Campus Office Park
Crn Sloane Street & Main Road
Johannesburg, GT, 2191
South Africa
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Jakki Cilliers

African futures thinker

Andre Vermeulen

Brain-based learning and development expert

Justin Kennedy

Behavioural psychologist, neuroscience researcher

Ralph Mathekga

Researcher, political analyst

Tony Leon

Former leader of the opposition, former SA Ambassador to Argentina

Maria Phalime

Author of ‘Postmortem, the Doctor Who Walked Away’

Ingrid Martens

Creator of the award-winning documentary ‘Africa Shafted’

Sipho Singiswa

Social justice activist, co-producer of the 'Marikana Files' series

Natalie Mat

Avid cook, clinical dietician

Jasper Grosskurth

Author of the book ‘Futures of Technology in Africa

Barry Dwolatzky

Technology hub pioneer

Michaella Janse van Vuuren

3D printing sculpturist

Daniel Browde

Creators of the graphic novel ‘Rebirth’

Marianne Fassler

Iconic South African fashion designer

Joshua Ryba

Creators of the graphic novel ‘Rebirth’

Evan Greenwood

Director of the globally acclaimed video game ‘Broforce’

Jeanette McGill

Economic geologist, mining innovator

Philani Dladla

Pavement bookworm, philanthropist

Thomas Coggin

Founder of the blog ‘Urban Joburg’

Mandla Maseko

Afronaut, set to be the first black African in space

Organizing team


Johannesburg, South Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa