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Theme: Silver Linings

This event occurred on
November 22, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Soweto, GT
South Africa

South African society is going through testing times. Our population is getting younger and more unpredictable; our political environment is in a state of entropy; more and more, our economic fortunes are determined by forces beyond our control. While we want to acknowledge these dark clouds, we can’t ignore the very real promise of a brighter tomorrow. The digital revolution will continue to empower our youth in ways we can’t imagine. Big data will make our democracy less opaque. New technologies will shift the means of production into the hands of ordinary people. Change begets new ideas. The future, here we come.

Soweto Theatre
cnr Bolani Link and Bolani Rd
Soweto, GT, 1868
South Africa
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Pierre du Plessis

Pierre du Plessis analyses trends and observes the flow of the world. He has worked in advertising, fashion and trends for the last 15 years; done over 400 talks; and shopped for about 9000 hours. He lives, proudly, in Pretoria. @pierreduplessis

Mothusi Lukhele

Soweto born Mothusi Lukhele is partner at Accenture. His extensive experience includes working across Africa and around the world. His talk examines gentrification in Soweto—it’s real, he says, but does it have a silver lining?

Victor Kgomoeswana

In his new book, ‘Africa is Open for Business’, TV and radio personality Victor Kgomoeswana shares stories of innovation and opportunity on the African continent through 50 curated business headlines from the last ten years. @VictorAfrica

Gustav Praekelt

Gustav heads Praekelt Foundation where he builds technologies and solutions to improve the health and well-being of people living in poverty. His work reaches up to 50 million people across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. @gustavp

Mandy Pakkiri

Mandy Pakkiri heads EY’s NextGen programme, an initiative focused on empowering future women leaders in South Africa. Started in 2012, the programme now has over 100 candidates recruited from high schools countrywide. @MandyPakkiri

Amo Ngoepe

Amo Ngoepe is a junior associate at McKinsey & Company. She shares stories and lessons from a life-changing quest for meaning in a 64 day journey travelling through 9 African countries using public transport. @AmoNgoepe

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is director of advocacy and accountability at Sonke Gender Justice and writes a column in South Africa’s Daily Maverick online newspaper. She is also one of thirteen select Aspen Institute New Voices fellows. @Sisonkemsimang

Thorsten Deckler

Thorsten Deckler is founding partner of 26‘10 south Architects, an award winning practice based in Johannesburg. He talks on what it means to be a socially committed architect in one of the most unequal cities in the world.

Litha Soyizwapi

Litha Soyizwapi is a graphic designer. His popular GauRider app is the quickest and most elegant way to manage Gautrain commutes. It’s also amongst the top two in the paid & grossing categories at the South African i-Store. @LithaJozi

Muzi Kuzwayo

Muzi Kuzwayo is founder of advertising agency Ignitive. His third book, ‘Black Man’s Medicine’, follows the roaring successes of ‘Marketing through Mud and Dust’ and ‘There’s a Tsotsi in the Boardroom’. @MuziKuzwayo

Organizing team


Johannesburg, South Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Tholwana Magome
  • Khathu Bapela
  • Mpumi Thsabalala
  • Moipone Rasekoala
    Speaker Management
  • Nhamo Rupare
    Artists Management
  • Ngwedi Mokgoro