When Siphelele Chirwa took the stand in front of nearly 200 other young South Africans at an innovation showcase outside Johannesburg last month, her words rose above the glorious thunderstorm breaking outside. Imagine, she asked, getting to the end of your life and nobody has ever asked you what your big dream was.
Struggle stalwart Jay Naidoo has called on young change-makers in South Africa to not fall into the trap of pursuing individual success at the expense of their communities.
How could a lunchbox change a life? How could a rural matriculant know the sky is the limit when nobody has given her career guidance where she lives?
Literary Nigerian treasure, Ben Okri, has called on South Africans to find innovative ways to heal the wounds. At his speech (click to hear podcast) at the Steve Biko memorial lecture event last year, he said that for most of his life it seemed unthinkable that Apartheid would ever end. It seemed like an unalterable fact, like fate, or the moon, or hunger. He described apartheid as a long, nightmare-laden sleep, and the democratic era as a new day.