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TEDxMahikeng 2019: Pathways


How do we find ourselves here? 


Founded by Kgosi Molema Tawana, way back when rocks were soft, our patch of the world remains the beloved home of a proud people, Barolong boo Ratshidi. 


Once misnamed Mafeking, we were reborn Mafikeng, and have reinvented as Mahikeng. 


With each incarnation, we embraced a renewed sense of who we are. And, with that, new and exciting possibilities.


From our vantage point, we see kin all around: across the border in Botswana, on the platinum belt in Rustenburg, above the gold reef in Klerksdorp, over the rivers in Potchefstroom, amidst the maize fields in Ventersdop, and down the road in Taung, and Vryburg.


Together, our pasts are interwoven, and our futures intertwined.


We’ve followed long and winding roads, with myriad twists and turns. 


Along the way, we have built, destroyed, and rebuilt.


Today, yet again, we stand at the crossroads, ready to take bold steps forward, and needing to find fresh, unbeaten paths.


Which way shall we go?


We are delighted to invite you to the first ever TEDxMahikeng conference, and the first such event in the entire North West Province. The event takes place on Friday 29 March 2019, at North West University, Mahikeng Campus.


Book your seats now.





Our speakers, all known for their pioneering, pathfinding work, come from industry, government, academia and society. They are leaders of corporations, researchers doing cutting-edge work, entrepreneurs building exciting businesses, and activists working to make life better for vulnerable communities. In and amongst them are artists and tastemakers working at the sharpest ends of their disciplines. All shall share perspectives on the lay of the land, and shed light on the way forward.


Friday 29 March 2019, 08:00 – 15:00

08:00 – 08:55 | Registration

09:00 – 10:45| Session 1

Prof. Dan Kgwadi – Vice Chancellor, North-West University (welcoming address)

Prof. Job Mokgoro – Premier, North West Province (opening address)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng – Chief Justice of South Africa

Ntirelang Berman – Botswana's leading folk musician

Grace Masuku – Heritage practitioner, recipient of  The Order of the Baobab

Dr. Steven Gordon – HSRC researcher on Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery

Dhesigen Naidoo – CEO of the Water Research Commission

10:45 – 11:15 | Conversation Break

11:15 – 12:45 | Session 2

Motlapele Morule (aka Mo Molemi) – Farmer, entrepreneur, hip-hop artist

Mmabatho Portia Morudi – Apiarist

Cois Harman – Farmer, Agricultural Research Council Mentor of the Year for 2018

Dr. Botlhale Tema – Scientist, author of Land of my Ancestors

Ilan Godfrey – Photographer, author of The Platinum Belt

Davis Cook – Innovation specialist, CEO of RIIS

12:45 – 13:45 | Lunch

13:45 – 15:15 | Session 3

Dr. Roche Mamabolo – Author, founder of Lora Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Altaaf Aboo – Venture capitalist, business growth specialist

Oshebeng Koonyaditse – Radio presenter, football commentator and analyst

Kgafela oa Magogodi – Poet, spoken word theatre director, Wits University academic

Botlhale Tshetlo – Entrepreneur, founder of Hairtural

Vincent Moloi – Award-winning filmmaker, director of Tjovitjo and Skulls of My People

16:00 – Late | Networking at Nxt Do



Friday 29 March | 2019

Great Hall | North-West University | Mahikeng 

R500 Std. | R250 NPOs | R100 Students