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Theme: Food Waste: The Deep Dive

This event occurred on
September 29, 2020
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa

A third of all the food that South Africa produces ends up in the dump. This is a country where every single night, millions go to bed hungry. The energy we waste every year producing the food we never eat could light up Johannesburg for sixteen weeks. The equivalent of six hundred thousand Olympic swimming pools is wasted producing this food. Ninety-five percent of this food is wasted before it even reaches the dinner table. This level of wastage will dampen South Africa’s prospects of meeting its global commitment to halve food waste by 2030. We urgently need to qualify and quantify the problem, so we can understand and manage it more sustainably.

TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Food Waste – The Deep Dive, is an open dialogue on food waste in South Africa. The event brings together the role players in the food sector and empowers anyone who wants to re-align towards better outcomes, the course that much of our food takes along the value chain.

With this event, TEDxJohannesburg, supported by the Embassy of Finland in South Africa, hopes to shine a light on global best practices in the management of food waste, enable knowledge transfer, and take meaningful steps towards ensuring a food secure future for South Africa.

Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2000
South Africa
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Andy du Plessis

MD of Food Forward South Africa, food security activist
Leads efforts to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities throughout South Africa.

Anna Vainikainen

Sustainability policy adviser
Chief policy adviser on sustainability and environment for the federation of Finnish food and drink industries

Chad Frischmann

Lead researcher, systems strategist, co-author
Co-author of Drawdown, vice president of Project Drawdown, works to reverse global warming and help build a new, regenerative future.

Filipa Domingues

Photographer, succulent plant collector
A filmmaker and photographer, Filipa has made it her mission to document her vast and unique collection of succulent plants, sharing them with the world via her popular Instagram account.

Ithateng Mokgoro

Designer, curator, creative
Ithateng is an independent, multi-disciplinary communications consultant. He has been co-curator of various TEDx events since 2010, including TEDxJohannesburg.

Justin Smith

Head of business development, WWF South Africa
At WWF, Justin works alongside a dedicated fundraising team to provide both strategic and entrepreneurial direction in support of sustainable business development and innovative fundraising strategies.

Ntsikwane Raphesu

Hailing from Polokwane, South Africa, Ntsikwane's sound is a mix of afro-folk soul and soft rock, with lyrics that explore the human experience and how one can best navigate the peaks and valleys.

Sauli Bohm

Tech entrepreneur
CEO of ResQ Club, an app that allows consumers to rescue from quality restaurants, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.

Organizing team


Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Bra Willy Seyama
  • Ithateng Mokgoro
  • Roche Mamabolo
  • Samantha Manclark