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Theme: What If Africa?

Cape Town / Stellenbosch, South Africa
August 10th, 2012

About this event

Africa is a continent with a storied past and an uncertain future. With such radical disruption taking place in African government, business and society, there seems no better time than now to ask questions - questions about how the continent got to where it is today, how it could have been different, and more importantly, how it could look in the future.

Africa is a continent of survival, a continent of making do with what is available, a continent known for its creativity and ingenuity. It is that creativity and ingenuity that is catalysed when we ask questions that start with those two words: “What if…”. Such visionary questions destroy assumptions and open one’s mind to the seemingly impossible.

At TEDxStellenbosch 2012, our third African idea exploration, we will look into Africa’s past, its present, and its future. We will bring together a group of thinkers and doers, both speakers and attendees, for a day of asking visionary questions - questions that start with three words: What If Africa…

Confirmed Speakers

  • Nic Dawes
    Editor-in-Chief - Mail & Guardian
  • Mmatshilo Motsei
    Poet, Spiritualist, Author
  • Stan Du Plessis
    Economist - Stellenbosch University
  • Alan Knott-Craig
    CEO - Mxit
  • GlowLDB
    Music collective
  • Alta De Vos
  • Zapiro
    Political cartoonist
  • Kevin Winter
    Water researcher
  • Mikhael Subotzky
    Photographer, Artist
  • Jonathan Deal
    Treasure the Karoo Action Group
  • Lee Swan
    Polar Racer
  • Patricia Glyn
  • Bateleur
    Post-rock instrumental band
  • Melanie Scholtz
    Jazz singer

Venue and Details

Spier, Baden Powell Road
Cape Town / Stellenbosch,
South Africa
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Gareth Pearson
Cape Town, South Africa

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Hugo Van Vuuren
Cambridge,ma, South Africa

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Mariska Du Preez
Matthew De La Hey
Carel Kleynhans
Pieter Botha
JD Labuschagne
Eugene van der Merwe

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