We The People
South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy this year. On reflection, we find more questions than answers. What is certain though, is that life in 2014 is vastly different from what it was in 1994. Notable catalysts of this remarkable transformation are the heroic deeds that men and women of this country, in every field of endeavour, have put into creating a new and better life for themselves and for future generations—often against the grain. As we change gear and look to the next 20 years, we celebrate the unassumingly industrious people of this beautiful land. If we have learnt anything at all, it’s that the future they are building is anything but inevitable.
TEDxJohannesburg 2014 took place on Thursday 21 August at The Forum in Bryanston. A big thank you to the speakers for responding to the call with passion and commitment; to the volunteers for their industry and creativity; to attendees for their patronage and their company; and to our partners for their invaluable support.
Watch a playlist of the talks at the top of this page.
How the day unfolded
Speakers and performers are selected from a range of remarkable individuals covering the full spectrum of disciplines. The shortest presentation is 3 minutes long, and the longest is 18 minutes tops. See the schedule:
08:00 - 09:30 | PwC Conversations
08:30 - 10:00 | Registration
10:00 - 11:30 | Session 1: Headspace
Chi Diaries, Jakkie Cilliers, Justin Kennedy, André Vermeulen, Ralph Mathekga, Marco Cianfanelli
11:30 - 12:00 | Teas & Coffees
12:00 - 13:30 | Session 2: Pulse
Tony Leon, Sipho Singiswa, Jeannette McGill, Manda Nkuhlu, Maria Phalime, Ingrid Martens
13:30 - 14:30 | Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 | Session 3: Third Eye
Jasper Grosskurth, Barry Dwolatzky, Michaella Janse van Vuuren, Marianne Fassler, Philani Dladla, Musa Mhlanga
16:00 - 16:30 | Teas & Coffees
16:30 - 18:00 | Session 4: Heartbeat
Thomas Coggin, Nathalie Mat, Daniel Browde and Joshua Ryba, Evan Greenwood, Mandla Maseko, Zuko Collective
18:00 - 19:00 | Post-event hangout
20:30 - 00:00 | Jazz @ The Orbit
Learn more about TEDxJohannesburg 2014 speakers here.