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The Gathering: Earth Edition | Energy. Economy. Environment.

Fri May 26, 09:00 - Fri May 26, 18:00



Daily Maverick’s climate crisis division, Our Burning Planet, is the largest climate journalism unit on the African continent. 

The Gathering: Earth Edition is a one-day event that will convene some of the world's leading scientists, economists, business leaders, policymakers and activists to discuss real solutions to the burgeoning energy, environmental and economic crisis facing South Africa. On Friday, 26 May 2023, our journalism will take the stage at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (and online globally) where solutions-focused discussions will look at the effect of the climate crisis and ecosystem collapse across business, security, civil society, food production and much more. 

Event Line Up

09h30 - 10h30 Panel 1:  

South Africa’s Burning Energy Problem

Reliable renewables, distribution deliverables, encouraging conservation and a nimble move to nuclear. The next steps and how we move forward.

11h25 - 12h10 Panel 2:

Expectations of Youth  

Ensuring a sustainable future for our future. What they have to say and why we should listen. 

12h30 - 13h10 Panel 3: 

Artificial Intelligence: Threats and solutions to the climate crisis 

Nano technologies, longer life spans, optimizing energy systems and computing power. Will AI serve as a positive tool or have detrimental effects on our future?

14h35 - 15h15 Panel 4: 

Corruption and Ecosystem Collapse  

How greed and corruption/incompetence is killing our biomes from the Kruger to Antarctica

15h25 - 16h05 Panel 5: 

The Business of Climate

ESG thinking should dominate the future strategies of business globally. Forecasting trends and economy crushers. 

16h40 - 17h20 Panel 6: 

The Sixth Extinction

AKA The Anthropocene Conclusion. The greatest real life threats we are facing today, what we should know and what we could do.

Confirmed speakers include: Andre de Ruyter, Dr Crispian Olver, Desnei Leaf-Camp, Farai Chireshe, Ferial Haffajee, Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, Heather Sonn, Himanshu Gupta, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Dr Iraj Abedian, Julian Rademeyer, Kate Handley, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Professor Letlhokwa Mpedi, Maanda Alidzulwi, Onke Ngcuka, Otsile Nkadimeng, Ray Mahlaka, Rebecca Davis, Rehana Rossouw, Zukiswa Pikoli, Richard Poplak, Tendai Biti, Victoria O’Regan, Wendy Engel, Professor Roger Smith, Pavitray Pillay, Raeesah Noor-Mohamed, Frances Craige and Gugulethu Mahlangu.

Performances by: Zolani Mahola aka The One Who Sings, Anneli Kamfer and The Feminine Force

Maverick Insiders get a 50% discount on all event tickets. If you're an Insider, check your emails for your unique promo code to access your special price. If you're not a Maverick Insider and would like to join the membership community that is making a tangible difference to South Africa, sign up here.


The Gathering: Earth Edition | Energy. Economy. Environment.
1 Lower Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
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