DAVID SPURRETT

David holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Natal, and has been a visiting researcher at King’s College, London and St John’s College, Cambridge. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is co-author or co-editor of four books, and author of over 40 scholarly articles and has presented his work at almost fifty conferences around the world. He has received various awards for his work including the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award and Distinguished Teacher’s Award at the University of Natal, and a President’s Award from the National Research Foundation. His current research focuses mostly on philosophy of science and human decision-making (especially when it goes wrong).

UVISTRA NAIDOO

Uvi is a young doctor who, as he was nearing his degree’s completion, contracted MDR TB. He tells the compelling story of his sickness and recovery and how it has made him a better doctor.

SANDRA GIRAMAHORO

Born in Rwanda in 1990, Sandra Giramahoro became a refugee in South Africa upon arrival with her family in 1997. Despite the enormous challenges facing her and her family, she managed to, with the help of generous people along the way, enroll into Durban Girls’ High School where she was appointed the Head Prefect in 2008. She has just completed her undergraduate degree at Yale University. Sandra’s story speaks of the hardships faced by many of South Africa’s refugees today, but is also a life affirming story of hard work and the love of a family.

SAM SOLE

Sam Sole, is a managing partner at the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit which develops investigative journalism in the public interest.
He has worked for the investigative magazine Noseweek and served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune. Sole won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for reporting on the criminal investigation of then-national deputy president Jacob Zuma. Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer, he has received numerous journalism awards, including recognition for their Oilgate exposé that traced the involvement of a company linked to the African National Congress to a scandal over diversion of money from a state contract to coffers of the ruling party. Sole was instrumental in revealing links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa’s underworld such as Glenn Agliotti. Sole, Stefaans and Adriaan Basson won the Taco Kuiper Award for their investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

NEIL COPPEN

Neil Coppen works as an actor, writer, director and designer in Durban, South Africa. His collaborations include works with visual artists, writers, community groups, sound designers, film- makers, authors, animators, choreographers and musicians. He has written six full length plays which include the critically acclaimed Tin Bucket Drum, Tree Boy and Abnormal Loads. Neil was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama.

DR FLY AND THE NURSES

Dr Fly and the Nurses is an a cappella swing trio composed of Jessica Sole, Sophia Basckin and Natalie Shama. They are very excited to get the chance to wiggle about at TEDxUmhlanga.

JANINA MASOJADA

Janina is a renowned architect from Durban. Together with Andrew Makin, she founded designworkshop:sa - a firm that defines itself by the relevance of its conceptual design, and considered resolution. Their appointment, after winning this international architectural competition, to design the New Constitutional Court Building of South Africa in Johannesburg (in collaboration with Urban Solutions) brought them attention and acclaim. They have been awarded Provincial and National Institute of Architects Awards of Merit for their work, as well as 4 Awards of Excellence from the South African Institute of Architects, the highest number of any practice in the country. Janina completed a Masters in Architecture at MIT, Boston, returning to S.A to work in marginalized community development projects for non-government organisations pre-1994. In her practice she has participated in exhibitions, conferences and colloquiums both locally and abroad, in publications on both architecture, and art in architecture. Janina is currently involved with conceptual consultation to organisations, is a Creative Director and Scientific Committee member for the Union of International Architects 2014 programme, Architecture Otherwhere.

ROY GLUCKMAN

Roy Gluckman graduated with a Bachelor in Business Science degree (2009) and an LLB degree (2011) from the University of Cape Town. After finding his passion for constitutional law and human rights, he devoted his time to produce and present his Constitutional Law and Bill of Rights Programme to over 4000 high school learners in the Western Cape and Gauteng. He is currently serving his articles at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Attorneys in Sandton, Gauteng. He is passionate about the potential that the law has to help transform society, but believes that community and societal engagement is essential in order for this to occur. His hope is to facilitate a conversation among the depressed yet ever hopeful stakeholders of this country, to help foster a commitment to meaningful transformation of South Africa and encourage this buy in from the young professionals in this country.