OYW Southern Africa event - 27 February, Johannesburg

Join Southern Africa's first OYW event of the year on Tuesday 27 February in the heart of Johannesburg. We're pleased to share OYW Counsellor Advocate Thuli Madonsela will be joining OYW Ambassadors for a Q&A.

RSVP: [email protected]

When & where:

Tuesday 27 February 

OPEN Workspaces

138 West Street Sandton, Johannesburg

Theme: Connect & Collaborate

In the spirit of our event theme, we are wasting no time and will be collaborating from the evening. 2017 OYW Ambassadors Visha Govender, Krisen Padayachee and Aimee Thomas are taking action and collecting water for the elderly and disabled that will be sent down to Cape Town in collaboration with Gift of The Givers. 

What do you need to do? As your entrance fee to the event, bring along a bottle of water in the size of your choice to contribute to their target of collecting 5,000L.


16:30 Arrival and registration

Please arrive promptly for registration and exclusive exposure to OPEN workspaces. Flexible workspaces are the largest trend overseas and South Africa is fast catching on. 

16:30 Tour of OPEN

Don’t miss an exclusive tour of one of South Africa’s most innovative spaces.​

17:00 Session 1: Guest speaker Advocate Thuli Madonsela

Two-time One Young World Counsellor and local hero to many, Advocate Thuli Madonsela will be joining us for our first event in order to engage in topical conversation about our local community. Make sure to have your burning questions ready for a Q&A.

18:00 Session 2: Pitch your project

The first of its kind! This session is designed to showcase active Ambassador projects in our local community and establish how we can collaborate and support each other’s initiatives. Post the pitches, each ambassador (presenters and audience) will be asked to pledge support for one other initiative during the year. The contribution of the pledger can be from something as small as sharing the other ambassador’s work on social media or attending one of their events in the year, to something bigger that they feel that they may be able to assist with in the project. Our hope is to illustrate that One Young World is much more that an international conference, and creates a local community that work together for tangible outcomes.

8 initiatives will get the opportunity to showcase their work on the night in a 2.5 minute pitch.

If you would like to be one of them, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Showcase my work – 27 February 2017 for further instructions.

19:00 Session 3: Set the 2018 community agenda

As Coordinating Ambassador, I am here to serve the needs of our community. The only way to effectively achieve this, is to understand what local ambassadors would like from our community on the ground. Please come some thought as to what you feel community is about and what you would like to see happening in our network. 

Want to bring a guest?

As a local community, we should be passionate about affording other people the incredible opportunity we have all had. If you know someone that has the characteristics of a One Young World Ambassador, we will reserve some guest spots. Please email [email protected] with the subject line: Guest 27 February and include in the body of the email a short paragraph on why this person would be a great OYW delegate and include their contact details.

Follow OYW's Africa network on social media:

Facebook: One Young World Africa Network (OYWAN)

Instagram: @oyw_africa

Opportunity by Southern Africa Coordinating Ambassador, Mandy Muchnick