GABORONE, Botswana, February, 2019/ — The inaugural TEDxMahikeng conference will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the North West University, Mahikeng Campus.
The event is hosted with the support of North West University. TEDxMahikeng is an independently organised event, licensed by TED, a media platform and global movement focused on meaningful change through the power of ideas.
TED is widely known for its ubiquitous TED Talks videos. TEDxMahikeng is organised by a dedicated team of home-grown and locally based volunteers led by Ithateng Mokgoro, Joan Legalamitlwa, and Galefele Molema.
“We do this event not for political reasons, monetary reward, or personal gain,” said spokesperson and co-curator Joan Legalamitlwa.
“We do it because we truly believe in the power of ideas to change the world.”
The theme for this event is Pathways.
“We looked back, and found that Mahikeng has followed long and winding roads, with myriad twists and turns, to get to where it is,” said Legalamitlwa, when asked to explain the theme.
“Once again, this place that we call home, and love so much, must find a new way forward,” she added. “It will need to take bold steps, and follow fresh, unbeaten paths, to reach the happy place that we all seek,” she concluded. TEDxMahikeng is presented in the famous TED format of powerful, multiple, single-minded talks, each three minutes to eighteen minutes in length. The organisers have revealed a diverse line-up of speakers and performers, all known for their pioneering, pathfinding work, in industry, government, academia and society. They are expected to share perspectives, based on their work, and in the process, shed light on the way forward.
Confirmed speakers and performers include the following: 1. Botlhale Tshetlo – Entrepreneur, founder of Hairtural. 2. Davis Cook – Innovation specialist, CEO of RIIS. 3. Dhesigen Naidoo – CEO of the Water Research Commission. 4. Donna Kukama – Inter-disciplinary artist, Wits University academic. 5. Grace Masuku – Heritage practitioner and environmentalist. 6. Kgafela oa Magogodi – Poet, spoken word theatre director, Wits University academic. 7. Motlapele Morule (aka Mo Molemi) – Hip-hop artist, farmer. 8. Ntirelang Berman – Botswana’s leading folk musician. 9. Oshebeng Koonyaditse – Radio presenter, football commentator, analyst. 10.Roche Mamabolo – Author, founder of Lora Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 11. Vincent Moloi – Award-winning filmmaker, director of Tjovitjo, Skulls of My People. 12.Malmsey Rangaka – Entrepreneur, cofounder of M’hudi Wines. This is an exciting line-up by any measure. What’s more, the organisers are expecting a few more confirmations in the days ahead.
Book your seats early. Get your ticket online via tedxmahikeng.co.za, or simply search for TEDxMahikeng on quicket.co.za. A standard ticket costs R500, with the early bird price set at R375. Students and NGOs get special discounted rates. Seats are limited.