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Sun Oct 16, 10:30 - Sun Oct 16, 14:30
Ratanga Junction: Mega Vu Area



“You’re young, what do you know?”      
“One day when you’re older, you’ll understand”      

“Stay quiet, and let the adults work”

As a young person, you’ve probably heard statements like these many times. You’ve been made to believe your influence is limited, because of your age.

Yet, history tells us a different story: Youth have brought about remarkable change, championing advances in technology, medicine, civil rights, education; challenging the status quo, bringing governments to standstill, taking ownership of the world they live in.

The truth is: This is Your Time, Your Generation, Your Future and Your Choice.

[email protected] is a platform for you, the youth of the City, to come together to share and determine what your future could look like, should look like and the role you should and can play in shaping it.

Early bird tickets are R80, open 10th September and close 3 October! Preference given to high school learners and university students.Standard tickets are R100. 

Come join us at Ratanga Junction on the 16th October 10:30am - 2:30pm, where a ticket includes:

  • An amazing line up of inspirational talks 
  • Access to the Innovation Lab! Interactive tech exhibits featuring 3D printing and more....
  • A wholesome Lunch
  • The chance to win awesome prizes on the day!
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Velani Mboweni
Determined to “serve people; solve problems”, Velani is an entrepreneur on a mission. Having worked in South Africa and the United States of America, across industries including financial services, chemicals and the social sector, he holds a BCom in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from UCT and is currently the youngest student in the PDBA at Wits Business School. 

He co-founded the social venture, Phambili Mzansi to connect young and old with resources and a network to solve Africa’s pertinent issues. Furthermore, he serves as CEO & Founder of two tech ventures in Johannesburg. He entered business at 16 getting involved in the African Mobile Payments space with eTranzact Global South Africa – an award winning multi-platform payment switching company.

He served as the Western Cape Provincial Treasurer of InkuluFreeHeid and is a 2014 Alumni of the South Africa-Washington International Program. As one of the world’s top entrepreneurs under 25, Velani is a Global Fellow at The Kairos Society.

His interests lie in technology, healthcare, transport, education and social entrepreneurship.
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Tariro Wafawarowa
Bergvliet High School‘s star debater and member of the WP debate team, forever the provocateur and playground politician, Tariro Wafawarowa was able to find his niche in debating and analysing identity politics. 

When not discussing some movement or debating during break; Tariro can be found playing electric guitar, writing or playing video games.

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Bhongolwethu Sonti
At the heart of every great success is great adversity, Bhongolwethu’s story is no different but not based on personal success rather the impact and effect his work has had on communities and other young people.

His passion is people, driven by his interest in science and how things work he has lived out this passion in looking at population dynamics and the drivers of development with a focus on youth.

Recently named a Johnson & Johnson Global Citizen Young Leader 2016, his core work is through Greenpop, being part of its Urban Greening Program facilitating the rejuvenation of the Western Cape’s environment and activating citizens.

He is also a member of the United Nations Population Fund Youth Advisory Panel and is a member of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network. He is also a member of the 2000 strong Activate! Change Drivers network.
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Talah James
Talah, currently a pupil at Westerford High School,  is an environmental activist. When she was 6 years old she played a major role in the organization, Little Green Fingers South Africa, which led environmental clean-up actions all around the Cape southern peninsula.

When not involved in her school work and environmentalism she is also a bass guitarist in a band called The Stoked which looks set for a bright future. And apart from music, she has a great passion for writing and dreams of pursuing a career in this field. 
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Epiphany Stransham-Ford
Primary school pupil, Epiphany, is a committed environmental activist and biophilic. She is an Ambassador for the False Bay Hope Spot, Sylvia Earle’s global initiative and for Re-think the Bag, an organization based at the Two Ocean Aquarium. She spends her summers diving in the kelp forests and exploring the intertidal along the Cape coast.

From the tender age of ten, she has devoted her time to giving talks at schools and on various public platforms to raise awareness about the importance of healthy oceans. She is also a dedicated dancer, committed ‘re-cyclist’ and drama devotee- and has recently published her first article for EnviroKids!
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Lusanda Worsley
Lusanda Worsley is a strategist, entrepreneur and innovative leader who is challenging the status quo and making waves in the advertising arena. She is the Founder and MD of EMPIRE, a successful experiential marketing agency. After years of working with international brands across all industries, Lusanda has consistently identified the reoccurring misrepresentation of Africa and its people. 

She established EMPIRE to bring to light a more accurate representation of the uncharted black market. She believes in collaboration and makes great use of a shared economic model. Her talk centers around the rapid evolution of the advertising industry and provides an exhilarating glimpse of what is to come.
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Riaz Orrie
Riaz Orrie is a Grade 11 student at Wynberg Boys' High School.
Eager to pursue a career in medicine, he is also passionate about videography and enjoys curating short movies. He is a content creator on YouTube and currently runs his own YouTube channel.

He has for the past 2 years been working on a very exciting project for his science expo. We don't want to give away too much so we'll just leave you with a little teazer: Milk, Housing Crises, Tackling big problems ....
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Lebogang Miya
Lebo's talk proposes an exciting adjustment to the school calendar. An adjustment which better engages the students in the work they are tasked with. 

Lebo is a 19 year old entrepreneur. After being kicked out of school at 16, he spent a fair deal of time with his mom, observing her line of work. A few years, many businesses and lots of failures later Lebo now runs a successful company that teaches youth (18-25) how to code. His program also covers some basic entrepreneurial skills. 
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Milad Muhammadi

Milad is a 16-year-old student from Yazd, Iran. He is passionate about education and technology and has an impressive track record for instigating change in his community.

Last year he started a team called “Danack”, a group of students setting out with a mission to improve education - one step at a time.

The team hosted Iran’s first ever school-based TEDx event. They followed this up with a physics contest called “PhysicsMysics” in which more than 160 teams competed. The latest endeavors: A “ReadingBook” club and a TED-Ed Club… All entirely student driven.

Milad’s talk is a reminder to the youth of Cape Town of just what they’re capable of. He touches on the broken state of global education and asks probing questions about whose responsibility it is to fix things.

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