Highlights from Lead SA ChangeMakers Conference

Yesterday, people from various spheres of influence came together to contribute to discussions about change and share their experiences of working to transform communities around them.

Image: 702 lunchtime presenter, Azania Mosaka leading a panel discussion at the ChangeMakers conference.

The conference presented an opportunity for like-minded people who are already doing great things in their respective spaces to network and share their stories. The conversations were encouraged by panel discussions, Q&A sessions and Ted Talk style presentations from a variety of ChangeMakers. We've included some highlights below for those who missed the live-streamed event.

The first panel discussion of the conference was themed "The State of Change", hosted by Azania Mosaka panelists included Dr Imtiaz Sooliman (Gift of the Givers), Ella Bella (Generation Earth), Paul Pereira (Wham! Media), Bokang Montjane (Bokang Montjane Foundation), Ndileka Mandela (Thembekile Mandela Foundation).

The State of Change discussion centred on the role of the Non-Governmental Organization in transforming South Africa. Watch the panel discussion below:

Redi Thlabi invited under-stated ChangeMaker, Sisanda Msekele to join her for a Q&A session.

Msekele is a Phd candidate at Wits University, who has just last month graduated with her Masters in Anthropology.

Msekele has been blind since she was 18 and uses a guide dog to get around. Her mother died giving birth to her and she lost her father not long after, and has no family in Johannesburg. Msekele has relied on government funding since her first year of study. Catch her Q&A with Redi Thlabi below:

Young South Africans are doing great things in all spheres they are developing the economy, one of them is Lead SA Future Leader Melilizwe Gqobo who is the founder of "Hubspace" in Khayelitsha.

Find out more about Gqobo's inspiring initiative, that's changing the lives of other young South Africans, by clicking play below:

The panel discussion facilitated by John Maytham was the most practical part of the ChangeMakers conference.

Joined by Professor Dan Kgwadi; Wits University Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib, Professor Lourens van Staden, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng and Wits University SRC President, Shaeera Kalla Maytham led a discussion titled "Changing the Landscape of Education".

Each panelist's contribution to the discussion was focused on making quality education accessible to ALL South Africans, watch the panel discussion below:

You can catch up on the entire event by going to the live stream page, where you can choose to watch some highlights or watch the entire event as it unfolded yesterday. Catch up on tweets from the event by following the #ChangeMakers on Twitter.

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