TEDxPretoria will take place on the 25th of November 2017
from 08h30 to 16h00.
TEDxPretoria proudly announces its stellar line up of thought leaders revealing mind-bending
solutions to everyday problems. Expect to be moved, entertained and inspired by local speakers,
performers and artists showcasing ‘ideas worth spreading’. The independently organised event,
licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme “Unapologetic”.
With a deluge of nearly a hundred nominations, the final selection of 15 speakers was nothing
short of challenging. To this end, we are proud to announce our 2017 speakers.
Seventeen year old Kiara Nirghin, the 2016 winner of the Google Science Fair and Community
Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa is confirmed to speak.
Recently acclaimed one of the Times and The Guardians top 30 most influential teens in the world for her invention, ‘No More Thirsty Crops’, Kiara will be joined by:
Adebayo Okeowo – Human rights lawyer who uses technology to advance human rights and
social justice issues.
Busiswe Mahlangu – Mamelodi born writer, performer and language activist.
Dr. Brenda Hattingh – CEO committed to the development of a new generation of successful,
innovative, inspired thinkers and leaders, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Habib Noorbhai – Founder of The Humanitarians and Mr South Africa 2017.
Kailen Padayachee – Specialist in raptor and urban wildlife ecology and biodiversity conservation.
Kurt Schröder – South African storyteller, spoken word artist and business enthusiast.
Kwandile Sikhosana – South African representative at the African Union Youth Parliament, British
Parliament and the Youth To Youth Summit in Dubai; and founder of Daveyton Book Club.
Musa Khumalo – Mandela Washington Fellow.
Nastassia Arendse – Host of SAfm Market Update with Moneyweb.
Nkateko Masinga – Medical student, poet, author, publisher and theatre actress.
Shaakira Chohan – Architect and Urbanist committed to bringing City and Citizen planning
Shakes Motsilili – Actively pursuing ways for the private sector to fund high risk startups.
Sindi Buthelezi – Founder of AzaniaZulu, a youthful, urban & multifunctional clothing brand.
Thembi Magajana – Social Activist who has been championing girl-child rights since she was 13
In addition, prepare to be enthralled with performances by violin duo Prima and opera singer,
Full speaker bios are available on the TEDxPretoria website: http://www.tedxpretoria.com/#sectionspeakers.
Tickets may be purchased via QuickTicket: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/34308-
TEDxPretoria will feature thought-provoking talks designed to spread ideas and perspectives, to
spark conversation and connections in the community. The event uses TED’s celebrated format of
short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning, inspiration,
and wonder, while also prompting conversations that matter. Talks generally involve three main
categories T=Technology E=Entertainment and D=Design. For more information about
TEDxPretoria, please visit http://www.tedxpretoria.co.za/. Follow us on Instagram at
https://www.instagram.com/tedxpretoria/, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TedxPretoria and Facebook at
About TEDx where x = independently organised event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring
people together to share a TED-like experience. At our TEDxPretoria event branded TEDx, where
x = independently organised TED event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark
deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance
for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events like ours are self-organised while operating
under the license from TED (subject to certain rules and regulations).
Originating as a four-day conference in California more than 30 years ago, TED is a
nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful
talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. TED has grown to
support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. Many of these talks are given at
TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com.
TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson,
Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan, Isabel Allende and the former UK
Prime Minister Gordon Brown. TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include
TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides
subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide;
the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional
individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to
thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organised TED-style events around the
world; and the TED Fellows programme, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify
the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at
https://instagram.com/ted. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit