Powerful Quotes On Inspiring Social Change From TEDxJohannesburgSalon

Updated on 14 November 2017

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Powerful Quotes On Inspiring Social Change From TEDxJohannesburgSalon


Who is responsible for solving Africa’s challenges?

Some of South Africa’s foremost thought leaders and experts from all sectors were tasked with unpacking this question at yesterday’s TEDxJohannesburgSalon titled Between2Ends. The event was one of the first of many activities taking place this week in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

TEDxJohannesburgSalon is a special feature of TEDxJohannesburg, the regional leg of the global platform TED Talks, a speaker series which brings some of the world’s smartest people to share their world-changing ideas.

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Each of the event speakers highlighted the important role all stakeholders – private sector, civil society, entrepreneurs, and government – can play in solving some of the continent’s most pressing issues, including poverty, unemployment and a lack of access to healthcare.

Twenty-six-year-old CEO of Tshwane Wi-Fi initiative Project IsizweDuduzile Mkhwanazi, spoke on the issue of internet access in Africa in light of the #datamustfall movement.

The head of the free public Wi-Fi initiative highlighted the need to increase internet connectivity to drive the continent forward, particularly with the approaching 4th industrial revolution.

Also presented at the event were solutions to issues surrounding healthcare in Africa. One of these solutions was the role of civil society organisations. Speaking on this matter was Bongi Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, which is one of the biggest civil society-led initiatives in the world.

Christoph Castellaz, head of strategy and new business development at the technology company, Philips South Africa gave insight into the role of tech in the sector. The company is working with Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to provide portable vital sign monitors for hospitals and caregivers.

A movement for change – here are highlights from the TEDxJohannesburgSalon speakers. 

1. Roche Mamabolo (founder of Radipolelo Entrepreneurship Consulting) on providing opportunities for marginalised groups 



2. Dudu Mkhwanazi (Project Isizwe CEO) on internet access being a basic human right


3. T.O. Molefe (editor and writer) on the role social enterprises should be playing


4. Masingita Masunga (TV host and inspirational speaker) on changing what’s considered ‘normal’

5. Bongi Mkhabela (CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital) on taking the baton for change from former president, Nelson Mandela

6. Christoph Castellaz (head of strategy and new business development, Philips South Africa) on addressing healthcare gaps with tech


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