Dreams + Talents = your most beautiful life.

Do you know your talents?

Many of us figure out what we’re good at as we go along in life. Most of us only really find out as adults. How different would your life look if you knew your talents when you were fifteen?

22 January: Talent discovery workshop.

Luk Dewulf mytalentbuilder.com

This year, for the first time, we will host a talent discovery workshop to help teachers discover talents in students.

The workshop will be facilitated by Luk Dewulf, who has written bestsellers on talent. Luk challenges schools to be more successful in detecting, using and empowering talent in children. He answers questions such as: What is talent? How do you discover your talent? What is the difference between ‘talent’ and ‘talent in action’? How can you develop skills to use your talent more effectively? (You can hear his TED talk on talents here.)

23 & 24 January: Dare to Dream events.

When we started out our Dare to Dream events in 2014, we focused only on events for the girls. We often received feedback from our host schools that the boys wanted such an event too, and this year, we will hold 2 events – one for the girls and one for the boys .

With the 2 events, we will reach more than 1.500 students from 3 schools!

23 January – Dare to Dream event (girls)

  • Introduction by Luk Dewulf on talent
  • 3 inspirational South African women

Meet the speakers 

Dr Lieketseng Ned

Dr Lieketseng Ned

Occupational Therapist

Dr Lieketseng Ned is an Occupational Therapist (BSc OT, UWC) with an MPhil in Disability Studies (UCT) and a PhD in Health Sciences Rehabilitation (SU). She is a Lecturer at the Centre for Disability & Rehabilitation Studies within the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University. She convenes the Post Graduate Diploma in Disability and Rehabilitation and the short course portfolio. Her research interests are critical disability studies and community integration, community based rehabilitation, Indigenous knowledge and methodologies, and decolonial health and education. She is part of an international collaboration with the University of Helsinki for a research project themed methods and practices of doing disability research in the global scale. She is a deputy chairperson of the advisory board to the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre and is part of the awarded 2019 top 200 Mail and Guardian South African young leaders.

Hlengiwe Radebe

Hlengiwe Radebe

Sustainable Energy Advisor

Hlengiwe is Sustainable Energy Advisor at Sustainable Energy Africa. She works with local governments around sustainable energy and alternative energy approaches, including project implementation of energy services partnerships. She has worked in sub Saharan Africa in programmes supporting cities to transition to a sustainable energy future. Currently her work looks at addressing issues around the energy crisis in the country by supporting municipalities with implementation of coordinated Small-Scale Embedded Generation permitting systems and energy efficiency policies. Hlengiwe holds a Master’s degree from Wits University in Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies. Hlengiwe is a feminist and strongly believes in youth development. She hopes her work will contribute in addressing energy poverty in Africa. In 2016 she was selected as part of the Barclays Top 100 Brightest Young Minds in recognition of her community development work and leadership attributes. In 2019 she was awarded as one of the Mail and Guardian Young South Africans.

Vera-Genevey Hlayisi

Vera-Genevey Hlayisi

Audiologist

Vera-Genevey is an audiologist and lecturer and researcher in Communication Rehabilitation at the University of Cape Town. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (hons) degree in Audiology and a Master of Science degree in Audiology. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies in Audiology and is a National Research Foundation grant-holder for her doctoral research on Person-Centred Care. As researcher, she has been published in international peer-reviewed academic journals as well as congresses. Most recently, she has been listed as one of the top 200 young leading South Africans in the healthcare industry. Outside of research, she is passionately involved in the audiology profession locally, as a management member of the South African Audiologists Association and internationally, as a contributor and collaborator with the Child Language Africa program. Before working in academia and research, Vera was a fervent contributor in rural public health care in Limpopo South Africa where she worked with many underserved communities.

24 January – Dare to Dream event (boys)

  • Introduction by Luk Dewulf on talent
  • 3 inspirational South African men

Meet the speakers 

Andile Human

Andile Human

Student, Bachelor of Social Sciences

Andile Human is a 23 year old from the township of Mbekweni in Paarl. Raised by his mother and grandmother. He is currently a 3rd year student at the University of Cape Town studying towards a Bachelor of Social Sciences specialising in Film & Media and Political Sciences. When he is not busy with academic work he is a youth leader, mentoring and motivating young people from his community. Andile is also a Master of Ceremony at events. He still makes time over weekends to do work on Western Cape FM, he is also a singer and composer and belongs to Korus and Bantwanas music groups. One of his many ambitious dreams is to one day own a Media company and a recording label driven by his passion for both media and music industry.

Luvuyo Rani

Luvuyo Rani

Director, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Luvuyo Rani is an award winning entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and holds degrees in Business Administration and Economics. Luvuyo is director of the award winning Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT Services Company with over forty branches. For his extraordinary work providing access to technology, he was awarded the 2007 KPMG and Cape Times entrepreneur award. Luvuyo was part of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipients in the category business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment and was awarded Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.

Nathan Nyembo

Nathan Nyembo

Radio host, UCT Radio

Nathan Nyembo was born and raised in South Africa by Congolese parents. He is better known on the airwaves as Freshcutt by his fellow University of Cape Town students. Nathan is an up and coming radio presenter of note and currently is with UCT radio - to date he has few shows under his belt. Recently he joined Monate show on Friday afternoons. Nathan is also a voice over artist, model and full time Marketing student with passion for Hip Hop and all things urban culture.