Download the Breaking Down Borders Youth Summit 2017 programme

Summit Speakers

Bakang Palai

Property Developer and Investor

Phenyo Moroko

Entrepreneur and speaker

Naomi Mwaura

Transport and Development Specialist

Napo Masheane

Poet and Playwright

Mama Ashantewaa Ngidi

Social activist

Baba Buntu

Academic and researcher

Pearl Pillay (RSA)

Youth Activist

Vuyolwethu Seti

Lecturer, UNISA

Bongekile Radebe

Social entrepreneur

Thabang Mabuza

Social entrepreneur

Neliswa Fente


Didier Bayeye

Marketing Manager – Africa and Indian Oceans, Sun International

Refilwe Mathenche

President of the African Women’s Movement

What our delegates had to say about summit 2017

Onkokame Mosweu (Botswana)

I am really happy to be here in Johannesburg South Africa, as a part of this platform because it deeply resonates with whatI am about and the vision and passion I have for Africa. I am intensely and largely passionates about youth empowerment, youth vote, youth voice and youth development. Indeed participation in this platform and being in the presence of youth from all over Africa is incredible. It is important that we as Youth must create these platforms for ourselves. Amongst others, a very important thing that I got to learn that has ignited my passion once more for African youth was how we must reshape our narratives. It is time for us to give our own narrative, shape it, create it and tell the world our stories. I have had an aazing time and created so many networks here. The conversation were completely lit, completely relevant, and totally thought provoking. The lessons learnt here will contribute to my work and what we want to do as young African leaders. To the organizing team thank you so much for conceptualising this idea. We can only do better, we can only do more, and we can only go up and forward. Thank you.

Chris Vuba (South Africa)

A big congratulations to the Breaking Down Borders team who managed to bring together these young leaders to start an initiative that could be an answer and response to getting the youth voice out. Not only that, but to really start getting programs and systems in place and create the kind of momentum that we need as youth in terms of development of out continent. I am very excited to be part of this initiative. What came out of the conference as my highlight is: how we must decolonise our structures from the ground up, also the principle of unlearning and relearning which is what I am walking away with and I will definitely be implementing once I am back in my space.

Thato Mochone (Lesotho)

It has been an insightful week, productive, fruitful, very educational and very emotional at the same time. emotional in that we as Africans have neglected our culture and context, our indigenous way of living: we have the best climate, best souls and should have focused on Agriculture, which we have completely neglected. I was amazed how I was made aware that entrepreneurship and small business is a solution for the high unemployment in Africa. Another thing that came up was the importance of networking and collaborations. I am super excited because next year when we are hosting another BDB session, I will have a testimony that I would love to share with the cohorts because what I took today is not just another information that I am going to store away at the back of the brain, I have been challenged to take action and I am very grateful at the back of my brain, I have been challenged to take action and I am very grateful to the organisers for giving me an opportunity to be part of this awesome, auspicious event. Thank you so much.

Toivo Nuugulu (Namibia)

I am pleased to have been part of the Breaking Down Borders Youth Summit as a delegate and a panelist. It was quite a great experience because we got to interact with different youth leaders from different countries and we got to see some tourism attractions around Gauteng. The event was well organized and I just want to encourage that this (the summit) goes further to become annual. the information and the knowledge was mind blowing and I will take knowledge back to my country. Thank you BDB!