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Theme: AIM: Africa In Me

This event occurred on
May 26, 2012
9:00am - 1:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Cape Town, WC
South Africa

The theme of TEDXYouth@CapeTown 2012 calls on youth from around Cape Town to relate their intellect, loves and actions towards how these have shaped and will continue to steer their unique path in Africa. The primary focus of the event is to provide a platform for youth to converse with their peers –to showcase the diverse thoughts, passions and actions of youth that are actively living their AIM.

In the spirit of TEDx this event will celebrate the diversity of ideas and personalities and provide a space for youth from different areas around Cape Town to engage in thought provoking questions around the theme of AIM: Africa In Me.

Youth across the world are raising their voices in a unique way – from political activism, environmental warriors and social justice seekers to performance poets, writers and artists reclaiming urban spaces. Through TEDxYouth@CapeTown we will aim to bring together the youth Thinkers.Lovers.Doers in Cape Town.

The positioning of the date for TEDxYouth@CapeTown 2012, 26 May, also provides a background for the theme. The event is positioned between two uniquely relevant days of celebration – Africa Liberation Day on 25 May and Youth Day on 16 June.

Through the support of theme related imagery we will ask the questions:

Do you have an AIM in you? A unique AIM for Africa and South Africa?

How are you Thinking.Loving.Doing to build a greater future on this continent full of potential?

How can we engage to celebrate every youth’s piece of Africa In Me?

TEDxYouth@CapeTown 2012 aims to be one tiny step en route to achieving a value system – to allow youth from all backgrounds to take collective action to achieve a deep connection with themselves, each other and nature. This must happen in school, in our homes, at universities and in communities.

Youth have the power to be the change they want to see in their continent – TEDxYouth@CapeTown aims to help them realise and live this potential.

Two Oceans Aquarium
V & A Waterfront
Cape Town, WC, 8100
South Africa
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Nicola Soekoe

"I am an African for her wildness quenches my spirit and brings me closer to the source of life" - Wayne Visser Nineteen year old Nicola Soekoe bursts with patriotism, passion and optimism for South Africa and Africa. As the recent founder of the Non-Profit Organisation, "...with love from the world", which will provide high-school scholarships for underprivileged South African youth, Nicola hopes to one day play a significant role in uplifting our continent. Nicola's talk at TEDxYouth@CapeTown: "My Relationship Status with Africa"

Henko Roukema

Henko (19) has a passion for adventure, ice swimming and living life to the fullest. He is the founder of YEZA ( Young Explorers South Africa) – a club aiming to encourage youths to explore & conserve nature and act by helping others. He is a current Maritime (navigation) Student @ CPUT and volunteers as a Big Bay Beach lifeguard. Henko believes that if your dreams don’t scare you, you are not dreaming big enough! Henko's talk at TEDxYouth@CapeTown: AIMing beyond boundaries

Emile Engel

I am a trained chemist who is employed at Re.think Leadership, an organisation that I co-founded in 2009. Re.think Leadership's work focuses on dialogue and youth leadership development. We are providing opportunities for high school youth to develop communication skills, engage in challenging dialogue, and explore what it means to be a leader in a world where the traditional beliefs about how to lead and who can lead have been thoroughly shattered. Recently, we have been particularly interested in exposing young people to the wave of innovation that is taking place in the theory and practice of effecting social change. Emile's talk at TEDxYouth@CapeTown: A Playful Look at Social Innovation

Mogamat Dayaan Salie

My name is Mogamat Dayaan Salie, cool people call me MDS, or just Dayaan. I'm 16, young but with vision. They tell me I talk to much, I tell them they don't talk enough. I enjoy spending time with friends & Family, listening to music, reading, watching movies, pc games and the usual teenage stuff. In addition I love arguing (debating) about history and religion, where I always play the devil's advocate. I'm also somewhat of a young Businessman, so watch out, I might just make you a deal you can't refuse. So that's me, hope you come and watch me and my fellow TEDxsters speak our minds. And remember, clap really loudly when the MDS comes on stage;)

Lungile Ludidi

Lungile was born in 1987, 11th of July in a village in South Africa. He comes from the Xhosa culture. He grew and studied in Cape Town. At the age of 11 he fell in love with hip hop, which he sees as a tool to spread positive messages. Since then he has been performing poetry, theatre and music across the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. He recruits young ones to participate in the spoken word movement and has successfully written songs and discovered some of the most well-known young performers in the Western Cape. He is also a fashion designer and activist, because of his involvement in some challenges (gangsterism, xenophobia and teenage alcoholism) surrounding his area. Recently he is working on a project which will mainly focus on the spoken word (poets, musicians, motivational speakers, stand-up comedians, and audio dramas). He is also working on his album, which is about Africa. Lungile's talk at TEDxYouth@CapeTown: "African Development"

Harriet Stockwell

Africa is in me, it is in my home, it is in my community. I was not born in Africa neither am I a South African citizen but I have only ever known what it is to be African. Africa is my home, it is my teacher, it is who I am. Whenever I come home from traveling overseas and I see Table Mountain I know I am home. Hearing an African accent while overseas makes me feel close to home. Africa is a beat, a vibe, an energy that flows through every single on of us that live here. It is what connects us and makes us African. It is that connection that should fuel design in Africa. Design can eradicate that which was left by the colonial powers and the apartheid era if everyone is involved. Community is key in designing and if design had to focus on social upliftment and innovation with the involvement of the community one is designing for, then Africa could be a sustainable rich continent. The theme Africa in me relates to who I am, how I design and who I design with. I would like to share my experience with the Eco Design Initiative challenge as well as my own personal thoughts relating to the theme Africa in Me at TEDxYouth@CapeTown.

Samantha Beningfield

Samantha Beningfield is a fourth year medical student at the University of Cape Town, and loves living in a digs with six other wonderful students, even when she misses her sugarcane farm in KwaZulu Natal. She has loved being involved in ‘Suns & Daughters’ over the last year and cannot wait to see it grow even larger.

Litha Maqungo

Litha Maqungo is a fifteen year old environmental activist who's a Consider Us ambassador and 50|50 youth presenter. Having attended COP15 at the age of 13 and represented the youth in a room of influential decision makers in Copenhagen. She later went on to have lunch at the president's house, attend COP17 and come up with the idea to have well-known group Freshlyground re-write their hit song 'Doo be Doo' for COP17. She believes the youth are the future of Africa and it's time we all come together for change.

Thabiso Mkosi

My name is Thabiso “mental apartheid”, and my talk is based on my experiences as a young boy growing up in township post-apartheid and attending a school in a Camps Bay suburb, having a comparison of the two worlds. My talk discusses the psychological damage which segregation and racism has shaped the mindset of South Africans, black people today still feeling inferior and incapable to achieve certain things and how that is proved by the slow development in our townships through our social and economic life, white South Africans and all the prejudices that still exists based on ones background.

Organizing team


George, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ivan Colic
    Graphic designer
  • Kirsten Eddey
  • Athambile Masola
    Public liaison
  • Alexander Wilson
  • Nielen Bottomley