2016: Lixesha | It is Time

 

Time is an elusive concept. While the West has defined a set of rules by which the modern world measures time, there remain vastly different understandings of the concept which impacts the way communities and cultures organise their world. Time, whether linear or cyclical, finite or never-ending, nonetheless provides an ideological perspective through which we live our daily lives, reference our pasts, and envision our futures.

TEDxCapeTownWomen believes it is time. It is time to interrogate this very concept from a uniquely South African perspective. We ask:

  • How can we look differently at our history in order to better shape our future narrative?

  • How can we uncover alternative ways of knowing that can serve our nation better?

  • How does adopting a more holistic and African perspective shape the way we interact with sexuality, technology, gender?

TEDxCapeTownWomen believes it is time. It is time to interrogate this very concept from a uniquely South African perspective. How can we look differently at our history in order to better shape our future narrative? How can we uncover alternative ways of knowing that can serve our nation better? How does adopting a more holistic and African perspective shape the way we interact with sexuality, technology, gender?

It is also time to be both brave, and humble, and confront some of the most pressing issues our city and country faces, some of which themselves are a result of inequal access to precious resources such as “time”.

Join us to be part of this timely conversation, Lixesha.


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“evolution: it’s coming for us”

Dr Imogen Wright is a software developer, startup founder and recovering theoretical physicist. She has a PhD in bioinformatics from the University of the Western Cape, and co-founded the company Hyrax Biosciences, which uses machine learning and web services to enable low-cost drug resistance testing for HIV, TB and other infectious diseases.

Wright was selected as the 2016 runner-up at the Innovation Prize for Africa awards for Exatype, Hyrax Bioscience's flagship drug resistance testing product.

@imogenwright | Watch talk


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“Historic Journies through Coochie conversations”

Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Editor of HOLAAfrica, is the intoxicatingly scary gatekeeper of HOLAAfrica, an online Pan African queer womanist community dealing with sexuality and all things woman. and a Youth Fellow for the Open Society Foundation. She is also a writer, digital and social media consultant and freelance journalist who tackles sex, politics and other less interesting topics. During weekends she is a wine bar philosopher and polymath for no pay.

@tiffmugo | Watch talk


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“Historic Journies through Coochie conversations” 

Siphumeze Khundayi, Artistic Director of HOLAAfrica, is a multi-disciplinary freelance performer and photographer who these mediums as a means of activism, focusing particularly on issues of identity which was informed by her Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and Drama and her Honours degree in Gender and Transformation (UCT). This links to the work she does as Artistic Director of HOLAAfrica a web based platform raise awareness surrounding issues of African female sexuality.


She currently forms part of Drama4Life Playback Theatre Company; has had performances in Artscape Women’s Festival, Drama 4 Life, GIPCA Live Art and Cape Town Fringe, Infecting the City, and Vrystaat Kunstefees.

@Khundayi | Watch talk


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"becoming invisible”

Eve Annecke is intrigued by indigenous practice in an approach to child-centred human development, in nature. She co-founded Lynedoch EcoVillage, Lynedoch Early Learning Centre, and the Sustainability Institute. She has a Montessori background, and is steward for the Lynedoch land. Her focus is on transformative learning, connected to place. She is responsible for creating the SI’s approach to learning, and her masters level teaching through Stellenbosch University is in sustainability, complexity, environmental ethics and dialogue. She co-authored Just Transitions: explorations of sustainability in an unfair world (2012). She is currently completing a year-long project as participant, facilitator and teacher on Becoming Indigenous in the 21st Century at Schumacher College, UK. Eve has been on the SI board as founding director since 1999. She has two amazing sons, a wonderful godson, loves the wild, cooking, gardening and walking very far.

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“Technology resuscitates art”

Siya "Umlilo" Ngcobo is a multi-disciplinary artist whose areas of interest and expertise include dance, film, radio, TV, theatre and media. With over 30 000 listens on soundcloud, and even higher total views for his music videos on Youtube, the “Kwaai Diva”, Umlilo has proven to be one of the most exciting acts to come out of South Africa in recent years utilising social media, technology and avant garde art. His background as a multi-media journalist has contributed to the avant-garde aesthetic and lush sounds that have garnered worldwide acclaim and have been showcased at a number of museums and art galleries around the world including Vitra Design Museum's travelling exhibition titled "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design".

@S_I_Y_A_ | Watch performance 


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“From (wo)man to womxn”

Bongeka Masango is one of the three members who make up the vibrant YouTube trio Pap Culture. Her main role in the trio is camerawoman, editor and director. She feels very strongly about women's issues and believe that there is a lot that we still can do as females given the chance.

@IAmNotBongi | @papculturesa | Watch talk


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“From (wo)man to womxn”

Nwabisa Mda is a Junior Strategist by day and living her best life creating Pap Culture (proudly South African YouTube channel) with her amazing co-founderss. Talkative by nature and an unofficial comedian (to those who know me best), she was raised by a single parent and was pushed by her mother all her life to be the best version of herself. Having had her fair share of challenges growing up and even in my adult life, she chooses to live by the words of Maya Angelou: “if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it change your attitude”.

@NwiseWise | @papculturesa | Watch talk


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“From (wo)man to womxn”

Thembekile Mahlaba was born in Durban to a businessman/teacher power couple, who hail from the opposite ends of KZN. She moved to Cape Town to complete her tertiary education in Film Studies and Drama. As a recent Honours Graduate in Drama, working towards a career as a film director, she is passionate about popular culture, the consumption of knowledge and current affairs.

@_Thembe | @papculturesa | Watch talk

Date:
29 October 2016

Venue:
Iziko Museum, Cape Town


session one

Implosion
Imogen Wright
HOLAAfrica
Eve Annecke


SESSION TWO

Explosion
Siya “Umlilo” Ngcobo
Papculture
Dr Sindiwe Magona


View event photos here.

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“poverty is not invincible”

For nearly thirty years, Sindiwe Magona has been authoring the lives of South Africans from a broad range of ethnic and economic backgrounds. Her probing and poignant stories, poem, articles, and plays examine the ever-thorny challenges within the apartheid and post-apartheid world. Her first published works, To My Children's Children and Forced To Grow, coming on the cusp of the new Democracy, provide further evidence to the local and global community of the influence of prejudice but not its victory. With a particularly acute perspective of woman's issues in strife-ridden South Africa, Magona's expansive genre of literary works reveal the anguish of the domestic worker who daily beats back the wolf of poverty from her door as found in the award-winning short story collection Living Loving and Lying Awake at Night; the mother attempting to the seemingly insurmountable cultural and linguistic chasm to explain why her son killed an innocent woman in Mother To Mother; the professional woman who battles against the scourge of AIDS brutally seeking access to her bed in Beauty's Gift; or the young Xhosa girl blossoming under the gaze of her dedicated father in her latest novel Chasing the Tails of My Father's Cattle.

@sindiwemagona | Watch talk