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Theme: Pathways

This event occurred on
March 29, 2019
8:00am - 4:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Mahikeng, North West
South Africa

TEDxMahikeng 2019: Pathways

How do we find ourselves here?

Founded by Kgosi Molema Tawana, way back when rocks were soft, our patch of the world remains the beloved home of a proud people, Barolong boo Ratshidi.

Once misnamed Mafeking, we were reborn Mafikeng, and have reinvented as Mahikeng.

With each incarnation, we embraced a renewed sense of who we are. And, with that, new and exciting possibilities.

From our vantage point, we see kin all around us: across the border in Botswana, on the platinum belt in Rustenburg, above the goldfields in Klerksdorp, over the rivers in Potchefstroom, amidst the maize fields in Ventersdop, and down the road in Taung, and Vryburg.

Together, our pasts are interwoven, and our futures intertwined.

We’ve followed long and winding roads, with myriad twists and turns.

Along the way, we have built, destroyed, and rebuilt.

Today, yet again, we stand at the crossroads, ready to take bold steps forward, and needing to find fresh, unbeaten paths.

Which way shall we go?

We are delighted to invite you to the first ever TEDxMahikeng conference, taking place on Friday 29 March, 2019.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 1 February.

Our speakers, all known for their pioneering, pathfinding work, will come from industry, government, academia and society.

We’re expecting leaders of major corporations, important policymakers, researchers doing cutting-edge work, and inspirational entrepreneurs building the most exciting startups in the region.

In and amongst them will be artists and taste-makers, working at the sharpest ends of their disciplines.

All shall share perspectives on the lay of the land, and shed light on how we might proceed.

Great Hall
North-West University, Mahikeng Campus
crn Albert Luthuli and University Drive
Mahikeng, North West, 2745
South Africa
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Altaaf Aboo

Venture Capitalist
Venture Capitalist. Business growth specialist.

Botlhale Tema

Scientist, author of Land of my Ancestors

Botlhale Tshetlo

Entrepreneur, founder of Hairtural

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Chief Justice of South Africa
Chief Justice of South Africa

Cois Harman

Farmer. Agricultural Research Council Mentor of the Year for 2018

Davis Cook

Innovation specialist
Innovation specialist. CEO of RIIS

Dhesigen Naidoo

CEO of the Water Research Commission

Grace Masuku

Heritage Practitioner
Heritage Practitioner. Environmentalist

Ilan Godfrey

Photographer. Author of The Platinum Belt

Kgafela oa Magogodi

Poet, spoken word theatre director, Wits University academic

Mmabatho Portia Morudi


Motlapele Morule

Farmer. Entrepreneur. Hip-hop artist

Ntirelang Berman

Botswana's leading folk musician

Oshebeng Koonyaditse

Radio presenter
Radio presenter, football commentator and analyst

Roche Mamabolo

Author, Entrepreneur
Author. Founder of Lora Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Steven Gordon

HSRC Researcher on, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery.

Vincent Moloi

Award-winning filmmaker, director of Tjovitjo and Skulls of My People

Organizing team


Johannesburg, South Africa