Powerful Quotes On Inspiring Social Change From TEDxJohannesburgSalon
GEW event kicks off with some big questions
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.
Change For The Future
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 Isizwe, Duduzile 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
Internet4All is important because— Project Isizwe (@ProjectIsizwe) November 13, 2017
"To apply for jobs, because almost every corporate has moved to e-applications and every municipality insists on e-governance and so does SARS continue to nudge the Masses to e-filling." Let us leave no woman or man behind #tedxjoburg pic.twitter.com/AKs9hc7fbM
3. T.O. Molefe (editor and writer) on the role social enterprises should be playing
Social entrepreneurs respond to the social ills that underpin social enterprise as symptoms of, and I might even say caused by, unjust systems such as capitalism, sexism and racism @tomolefe #TEDxJoburg— Collective Media (@CMCooperative) November 13, 2017
4. Masingita Masunga (TV host and inspirational speaker) on changing what's considered 'normal'
"By being at the scene of the injury, you are connected to the injury"- @MasingitaTv— Brother Love (@yesGalaletsang) November 13, 2017
Urging us to find a place, a role to play, to disregard 'normal' and think outside of that to tend to our national injury. #TEDxJoburg
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
Philips had to come up with solutions to the challenges developing countries in Africa have in accessing health facilities. @GIBS_SA #TEDxJoburg #SocialEntrepreneurship #Between2Ends pic.twitter.com/7afjMXs3V2— TEDxJohannesburg (@TEDxJoburg) November 13, 2017