TEDxCapeTownWomen | Showing Up

Sat Dec 8, 17:00 - Sat Dec 8, 21:00
Iziko South African Museum


On Saturday, 8th December 2018, TEDxCapeTownWomen will explore the theme, Showing Up, and our carefully curated lineup will interrogate what Showing Up means from a uniquely African perspective.

The day will leverage the open nature of the TED platform to tackle a number of pressing issues in South Africa in relation to our exploration of what Showing Up means to the TEDxCapeTownWomen community.

Our event is held in parallel with the global TEDWomen event in San Francisco and with the worldwide movement of over 200 TEDxWomen events around the world.

Get your ticket now to be part of this movement, to hear from our speakers about their experience and interpretation of what Showing Up means, and to network with others who are also interested in ideas worth spreading.

Date | 8th December 2018

Time | 5pm to 9pm

Venue | Iziko South African Museum

Address | 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001.

Registration Opens at | 430pm

Early Bird Tickets available until 9 November - R290

Standard Tickets available from 10 November - R330

  • EXCLUSIVE EXTRA's INCLUDE (strictly for ticket holders only)
  • Screening of the TEDWomen 2018 global talks for you PLUS a friend - Friday 7th December, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Workshop 17 V&A Waterfront.
  • Post-event networking drinks - Saturday 8th December, 9pm-11pm, The Labia Theatre.


TSHEGOFATSO SENNE writes and speaks on issues concerning feminism, sexual and reproductive health and pleasure, consent, rape culture, race, intersectional social justice and pop culture. She has had a paper entitled Deaf women’s lived experiences of their constitutional rights in South Africa published in Feminist Academic Journal Agenda as well as an essay published in Writing What We Like, edited by Yolisa Qunta. Senne’s writing appears in Mail & Guardian Friday, The Citizen, MTV Shuga, W24 and Huffington Post SA, amongst others. 

VUYI QUBEKA was born and bred in Johannesburg and spent most of her school holidays visiting with her grandmother in KwaZulu Natal. She didn’t realise then how much the frame through which she viewed her logo would shape and influence the way that she saw all her selves: Present. Past. Future. In turn pushing her to examine the intricacies of the divine feminine within the family. Her work explores the traumas (familial + collective) of the country, continent, and on indigenous groups through decolonizing childhood fairytales and the framework to build and narrate these stories. Vuyi Qubeka as storyteller, with DiopMawu: an ethereal entity of elders, work predominantly in the medium of intervention offerings and installations, photography and videos, as well as poetry and prose. Vuyi is largely a self-taught creator, whose output is anchored by spirit. She has exhibited at the PH Centre in Cape Town, where she offered a cleansing offering, as well as offering a ritual journey for the launch of Isipili magazine. Her work often sees her offering interventions in public spaces within the cities she exists in, namely: Johannesburg and Cape Town.

APARNA PALLAVI is a former eco-journalist, now on a sabatical researching indigenous knowledge around forest foods, especially one crucial food called Mahua, on a personal project. Her project, which is not funded, and carried out entirely in spirit of gift is now in it's last stage and she is preparing to write her book on the subject over the next two years. 

SHERMAN PHARO is an actor / fisherman from the small town, Hawston, and has played in many local and international productions. Having grown up in a home of domestic violence he has since been openly speaking up and standing up against it and the affects of women and child abuse.

NANDIPHA MNTAMBO graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 2007. Material Value, a solo exhibition of her work was shown at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (2017). Mntambo won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2011, for which she produced the national travelling exhibition Faena. She has had seven solo shows at Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg (2007-17) and two at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2013-15). Mntambo features in the inaugural exhibitions at the Norval Foundation. Notable group exhibitions include Not A Single Story, the Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair in Johannesburg (2018); Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2017); Afrique Capitales across Paris and Lille (2017); Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2015) and Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); What Remains is Tomorrow, the South African Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). She was born in 1982 in Mbabane, Swaziland, and now lives in Johannesburg. 

FUMANI MTHEMBI is a co-founder of the Pele Energy Group (“Pele”) and the managing director of its subsidiary, Knowledge Pele (“KP”). Pele is the largest, 100% Black-owned independent energy and development company in South Africa. Fumani holds an MA Science, Society and Development degree from Sussex University. Knowledge Pele has expertise in research, advisory, development, ESG and community industrialisation. Knowledge Pele executes on the Group’s structural transformation agenda through applying a social impact investment model to transform rural, township and peri-urban communities into thriving economies. ‘We believe that we have a responsibility to continue the struggle by solving grand social challenges through the process of creating new economic value.’

We're really looking forward to welcoming you to an engaging and inspiring evening.