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TEDxJohannesburg Salon: Surviving Pandemics



Many countries here in Africa were inadequately equipped to withstand the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.


While the continent was not unique in this regard, and has evidently done better than expected, COVID-19 has exposed an apparent need for the people of Africa to strengthen their capacity to collect data, innovate appropriate solutions, and support programs that address the shortcomings. Doing so could ensure that when the next pandemic comes, African populations can be more certain of their prospects of surviving it without having to endure economic collapse and large-scale loss of life.


TEDxJohannesburg, along with a select few events in Brazil, Nigeria, and India, has teamed up with TEDx and Skoll Foundation to explore the issues and see how local communities around the world are responding to the challenges, in their respective contexts.


On Thursday 3 December 2020, TEDxJohannesburg hosts a virtual deep dive with local innovators and social entrepreneurs who are leading the way, and stepping up to the challenge.  


See our schedule:


11:00-12:30 | SESSION 1

Mia Malan | Journalist, founding editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa

Shaneel Bachoo | Research & insights specialist

Prof. Wendy Stevens | Principal investigator of iLEAD

Prof. Justin Jonas | Technologist, technical advisor for the National Ventilator Project

Kabelo Motlhomi |Violinist

Danjuma Adda (Nigeria) | Hepatitis patient advocate, Aspen New Voices fellow

Stacey Rozen | Interdisciplinary designer, illustrator, expressive arts practitioner & craftivist

Laura Grant & Alastair Otter | Data journalists

12:30-12:45 | Q&A

12:45-14:15 | SESSION 2

Gustav Praekelt | Technologist, founder & chairman of Praekelt Group

Liabo Setho | Journalist, TV presenter, economics reporter

Dr. Anatole Manzi (Rwanda, USA) | Public health specialist, Aspen New Voices fellow

Saad Uakkas (Morocco) | Final year medical student, global health advocate

Kabelo Motlhomi | Violinist

Luba Kassova (Bulgaria, UK) | Co-founder of AKAS, audience strategy expert

Mervyn Abrahams | Researcher, economic justice advocate

Prof. Lynn Morris | Principal medical scientist in the Centre for HIV and STIs at the NICD

14:15-14:30 | Q&A



We invite you to join us.


Free Virtual Event

Thursday 3 December 2020

11:00-14:00 SAST